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Competency in Computer Science: A Crucial Element of STEM Education

As the global economy grows ever more dependent on digital technologies, our nation’s competitiveness will depend on our ability to educate our students and our workforce in the fundamentals of science and technology. By 2018, STEM jobs are expected to increase 17% and more than 70% of these jobs will be in computer science (CS). Despite the increasing need for competency in STEM, 50% of U.S. schools still don’t have focused STEM programs and schools in 36 states do not grant graduation credit forcourses in CS. Many teachers have limited ...

Supporting Our Girls: The Key to Closing the Gender Gap in STEM Education

The American economy relies on the productivity, entrepreneurship, and creativity of all its people, yet women are being left behind in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Supporting more women in STEM is the key, and NMSI is taking the steps to bridge this gap, but there is still much work to be done. To address and shed some new light on this pressing matter, STEMconnector and Tata Consultancy Services have issued a new white paper highlighting the vast disparities between men and women in the ...

State of the Union 2014 – The State of STEM Education

During President Obama’s State of the Union Address last night, he emphasized the importance of “preparing students with skills for the new economy – problem solving, critical thinking, science, technology, engineering, and math.” Indeed, throughout the speech, the President highlighted critical industries, such as renewable energy, healthcare, advanced manufacturing and technology, all of which demand STEM-literate workers and innovators. But will our students be prepared to take on these jobs of the future? Unfortunately, it’s clear that our nation is still facing a STEM crisis. The latest PISA scores have highlighted as much, with the U.S. ranking 30th in math ...

Is the STEM Crisis a Myth? The Truth About STEM Education

The STEM crisis is considered by many to be one of the foremost issues facing America’s education system and our economy. However, there are some who call the shortage of STEM graduates and professionals a myth. NMSI STEM Student Engagement Director, Lynn Rogers, explains the nature of the STEM crisis and what we need to do to fix it. According to Lynn, there are some professionals who believe that the STEM crisis is a myth, based on the idea that recent STEM graduates are having trouble finding positionsin their field. ...

Promoting STEM Education: Preparing your Company for Future Leaders

STEMconnector has been a stalwart champion of STEM education, as we have reported previously with their series of Town Hall Presentations, and they have continued this trend by hosting another webinar featuring 11 CEOs from their publication 100 CEO Leaders in STEM. Participants included Surya Kant of TCS North America, Jorge Benitez of Accenture, Al Bunshaft of Dassault Systemes, Anita Zucker of Intertech Group, Michael Araten of K'NEX, John Veihmeyer of KPMG, Steve Swad of Rosetta Stone, Eric Spiegel of SIemens Corporation, Sajan Pillai of UST Global, and Balaji ...

AP Success Sweeps Across Indiana Schools

We’ve already seen amazing AP results in states such as Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, and now we’re thrilled to announce the results for our Indiana schools! We partnered with Indiana’s AP-TIP IN program, and we couldn’t be more proud of all of the students and teachers who earned these achievements. Congratulations to all of you for your dedication and hard work. Now, on to the results! ...

Comprehensive Program Improves College & Career Readiness for Students

We’re very proud to announce the national results of the NMSI Comprehensive AP Program for the 2012-2013 academic year!  We are now in our fifth consecutive year of success for the program, and new academic performance data confirms that we are providing a dramatic increase in academic performance across the country.  NMSI schools have a desire to improve, and they have once again significantly raised the number of passing scores on Advanced Placement (AP) exams, at a rate that far exceeds the national average.  Here are some of the ...

Where are all the Engineers? STEM Crisis Causing Major Shortage

As we are moving into the new school year, the conversations surrounding the Common Core State Standards and STEM education have grown increasingly vibrant, and rightfully so. America is still very much in a STEM crisis, and it is going to take some time to get out of it. Until that happens, the conversations must continue. To do so, Rigzone.com – the “gateway to the oil and gas industry” – recently posted an article by Robin Dupre, which explores the different facets of the STEM crisis – as highlighted ...

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