Immigrants, Women, and STEM

Immigrants, Women, and STEM

Immigrants play an increasingly important role in global STEM education and employment. The United States, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, is the number one destination of global STEM talent. Most immigrants coming to the United States are

First generation students unlock knowledge

First generation students unlock knowledge

Research on how people learn suggests that low-income and first generation college students excel when they are actively engaged in learning instead of passively listening to lectures.

STEM STEAM Synergy

STEM STEAM Synergy

As we enter the second half of the second decade of the 21st century, there remains an alarming shortfall of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. Most experts agree the United States alone will need nearly 2

Design Thinking in Preschool

Design Thinking in Preschool

Design thinking — a dynamic and fluid iterative approach to problem solving has captured the imagination of educators and kids alike with its emphasis on the intuitive creativity we all remember from childhood. I wondered if our tiniest students, preschoolers

The world in general disapproves of creativity

The world in general disapproves of creativity

“The world in general disapproves of creativity,” wrote Isaac Asimov. In a 1959 letter to a team of scientists at MIT, the great science fiction writer advised his colleagues to prepare themselves for disapproval. Creative ideas would appear outlandish and

STEM, Meet Design Thinking

STEM, Meet Design Thinking

From U.S. presidents to local principals, the message to improve student learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is loud and clear. But all too often the message fails to include any ideas of how to engage more students

Technology of the Future and Design Thinking

Technology of the Future and Design Thinking

Imagine a future where tiny robots carry medicine directly to a cancer tumor in the body, completely destroying the tumor with no toxic side effects. That is the promise of nanotechnology as applied to medicine and biotechnology — a new

Creativity is the Nature of Science

Creativity is the Nature of Science

Wading through the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), one cannot help but notice the references to creativity.   The NGSS guide us along the paths of eight understandings about the nature of science, one of which is “Science is a

Connecting College to Workforce Needs

Connecting College to Workforce Needs

As workforce demands for highly skilled workers accelerate, it is essential for higher education institutions to partner with the private sector …

Innovation Spurred by STEM

Innovation Spurred by STEM

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education is a critical component in the education of all students that contributes to economic vitality in a borderless global society.  Top math and science performer Singapore, as measured by PISA (Programme for International