Measuring the Social Impact of Your Employee Volunteer Program

This report analyzes how volunteerism impacts social impact, the social outcomes or changes that come about as a result of volunteer work. Sigma-Aldrich, a life-sciences company in St. Louis and supporter of STEMpact, measures their social impact through the 17,000 students and 400 educators reached through STEM TQ.

source: CSC Learning Lab Brief

Students Need STEM Education for 21st Century Economy

Young Americans lag behind their foreign peers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. That's bad news for our nation's future, since STEM jobs are among the fastest growing and highest paying in the country. Efforts to improve STEM education have focused largely on changing what and how we teach students at school. But kids spend just seven hours each day – and 180 days each year – in the classroom on average. To truly prepare young Americans for tomorrow's economy, our nation's policymakers and civic leaders must look beyond the classroom – and support programs that ignite students' passion for learning during "off" hours.

source: US News

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How to Course Correct STEM Education to Include Girls

In many science, technology, engineering and math fields, especially in engineering and programming, women are under­represented: While they represent half of all college-educated workers in the U.S., they made up just 28 percent of science and engineering workers in 2010 — an increase from 21 percent in 1993, according to the National Science Board's 2014 Science and Engineering Indicators Report.

source: Ed Tech

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Improving STEM Integration in Schools

STEMpact and the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis sponsored their first of several STEM Leadership Series workshops to school leaders across Missouri. Partnering with the Missouri Math and Science Coalition, the series focuses on how to deeply integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles into classrooms and schools. School leaders, administrators and educators from 21 districts attended the event, traveling as far as 80 miles.

source: Washington University ISP

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Parents Value After-School STEM Learning, Report Says

Parents rate homework help, physical activity, and healthy snacks at the top of their list when choosing after-school programs for their children, but access to hands-on activities in STEM—science, technology, engineering and math—is gaining a following, according to Full STEM Ahead, a new report from the Afterschool Alliance, released Tuesday.

source: Ed Week

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Leaders Want Minority Students to Fill STEM Jobs

With the population of Hispanic students in elementary and secondary schools climbing at the same time the U.S. is struggling fill jobs related to science, technology, engineering and math, policymakers are looking for ways to steer more Hispanic students into those STEM fields as a way to help them secure higher-wage jobs.

source: US News

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STEM TQ: Instructing teachers to STEM-ITize curriculum to get kids ready to work

STEM TQ, the annual program, shows kindergarten through eighth-grade educators how to better enhance STEM curricula — science, technology, engineering and math — through hands-on and real-world examples.

source: St. Louis Business Journal

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Post-it Brand Unveils New Study Emphasizing the Importance of STEM Education in the United States

Post-it Brand from 3M revealed results from a survey that sheds light on the value of STEM education in the United States, thus furthering the conversation around the need for student proficiency in these subjects. According to the study, parents of students ages 13 – 18 believe math and science are the subjects that will prepare students the most for the job market. However, nearly 70 percent of those parents surveyed admit they are not as prepared as they could be and state they frequently struggle to help their students with STEM-related homework.

source: Business Wire

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'Physics Girl' Tells How She Makes Kids Love STEM

Dianna Corwin, software engineer for GE, created a Youtube channel that teaches different types of physics concepts in engaging ways. She hopes to get more women involved in the ‘hard’ sciences and wants to help make STEM appealing to young students. 

source: US News

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Study finds parents still don't understand STEM job opportunities

While a clear majority of parents in the U.S. believe it’s important to educate students in the so-called STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math, many hold misperceptions about how gaining expertise and degrees in those fields can boost job options. In recent study commissioned by the Alcoa Foundation, 77 percent of those surveyed were “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to encourage their child to pursue a career in manufacturing industries, but 67 percent don’t consider manufacturing jobs ripe for advancement.

source: Pittsburgh Post- Gazette

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Exposing Every Student To STEM

Former Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department Education Jim Shelton makes his case as to why STEM education is important even for students who aren’t considering careers in science, technology, engineering and math. “Everything we know about the way the world is evolving is saying that STEM is becoming a more important part of not only the technology sector, but every sector of the economy—and, frankly, solving most of the world’s most important problems,” Shelton says. “So STEM education is important for every student, no matter what they want to do in life.”

source: Tech Crunch

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​Monsanto Fund awards $1.9 million grant to Institute for School Partnership​

The Institute for School Partnership (ISP) at Washington University in St. Louis has partnered once again with the Monsanto Fund to bring high quality science education to students in St. Louis through its MySci program. The Monsanto Fund awarded the ISP with a $1,935,000 grant, beginning July 1, 2015. Over the three-year grant period, the ISP will create a hands-on, inquiry and project-based science curriculum for middle school students that integrates elements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

source: Washington University Newsroom

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STEMpact program equips educators to foster love of science in students

Teachers at STEM Teacher Quality (TQ) visited Sigma-Aldrich, a chemical-supply company in Midtown St. Louis, to learn about experience they could do in their own classrooms. This is just one example of the adult-learning experiences teachers participated in over the two week institute. 

source: The St. Louis American

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Teachers have summer-school fun at STEM-TQ

STEM TQ facilitators showed Fox 2 Now how fun and relevant STEM education can be, for children and for adults. Next week, these facilitators, among many more, will help science educators from across the St. Louis Metro area learn how to "Stematize" their lessons. The Institute will help educators learn new and fun ways to reach students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. 

source: KTVI

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St. Louis Companies Buy-In to Local STEM Education

Since 2010, a group of area companies have been working to create a smarter, more creative, more enthusiastic workforce by investing in professional development for teachers. It’s an investment that will take over a decade to execute but the payoff is already visible.

source: STLtoday.com

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The 'Holistic Approach' to Integrating STEM, Common Core

Integrating Common Core education standards involves integrating once-disparate school subjects with one another, experts said Tuesday at the 2015 U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference. According to panelists, these expectations can help students develop not only science, technology, engineering and math proficiency, but true STEM fluency. 

source: US News

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Liberal Arts vs. STEM: The Right Degrees, The Wrong Debate

The demand for STEM jobs is on the rise. What does this mean for a Liberal Arts Education? Many higher education institutions are suggesting combining liberal arts with STEM fields, dispelling the idea that STEM and liberal arts are dichotomous degrees. 

source: Forbes

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CTE and STEM Education: Two Sides of the Same Vital Coin

Can Career and Technical Education (CTE) foster growth in STEM fields? CTE can provide deeper understanding of STEM career pathways, build interest in STEM, reach typically underrepresented students, and help students master STEM competencies.

source: Ed Week

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First of its kind, all-girls STEM charter school to serve minority students

According to studies, minorities are the most underrepresented when it comes to careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, a STEM college preparatory school set to open in the fall of 2015, hopes to change the course of that statistic by preparing minority students for STEM careers while providing a single gender school setting.

source: KWMU

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Navy's top official visits St. Louis, talks STEM

The Navy’s highest officer stressed the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education while in St. Louis on Wednesday.

source: STL Today

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STEM Worker Shortage: An International Crisis

At this moment in time, the UK produces only 90,000 STEM graduates a year. This means that the UK faces a shortage of qualified engineers. In order to raise these figures, careers in STEM are being massively promoted to try and encourage people from all backgrounds to join.  Similar shortages are felt throughout Europe.

source: The Telegraph

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Tristan Walker - The Visible Man

Walker is a celebrity in Silicon Valley, known primarily for his success and creativity as head of business development at Foursquare, which he joined in 2009 and left in 2012. Foursquare was one of the original location-based "check-in" apps, and Walker put the startup on the map by landing hundreds of partnerships with merchants and brands such as American Express and BravoTV. By the time he left to become entrepreneur-in-residence at Andreessen Horowitz, everyone wondered, "What's next for Tristan?" Walker's hustle and charisma aren't the only reasons for his fame. Walker is black. In Silicon Valley, even in 2014, a visible, successful African-American is big news. The technology industry's lack of minority representation is deplorable.

source: Fast Company

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STEMpact

STEm degree holders enjoy higher earnings, regardless of whether they work in stem or non-stem occupations.

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economics & statistics administration