STEM Jobs and Skills are in Demand

The Grand Challenges for the 21st century will require all levels of STEM professionals: from assembly line workers trained to use highly technical machines, to PhD astrophysicists. In fact, many of the jobs of tomorrow do not even exist today as they are dependent on future problems that will arise and the required technologies needed to solve those problems. However, the demand for STEM jobs,…

You don’t have to be COOL to be a STEM Role Model

I wasn’t particularly cool in high school, though I wasn’t exactly un-cool either. Successfully crossing the boundaries between the jocks, brainiacs, and the StuCo kids, I made it through mostly unscathed. Being a national champion powerlifter, ranked number 2 in my class, and winning student body President on a platform of “Change” afforded me a semi-safe haven in this liminal state between cool/un-cool. Of course,…

Hidden STEM Economy? STEM For All

When we think of STEM, we tend to think of highly professional white collar jobs that require copious amounts of education. In reality, STEM jobs encompass so much more than the Dilbert-like stereotypes much of the world retains about these fields. The Brookings Report: Hidden STEM Economy (Read the report here) released in June 2013 sheds light on a hidden STEM economy, and the demand for STEM jobs…

Cubiclephobia: Death of the cubicle

Is a job about producing value or about being seen in your cube when your manager walks by? Is a job about creating, innovating, and leading, or being tethered to a grey cubicle? How do you think outside the box, if the box you are assigned to stifles all creativity and innovation? In the late 1960s, Robert Probst conducted studies to learn about the ways people…

STEM vs. the Arts?

STEM, STEAM, STREAM…. SCREAM?!

Is it STEM or STEAM? Why not STREAM? This battle of acronyms makes me want to SCREAM! I am not sure how long the acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) has been around, but the new buzzword is STEAM (sprinkle in the Arts), and it seems to be gaining steam in popularity. Why not call it STREAM, add a dash of reading in the…

A Case for Engineering in K-12

A Case for Engineering in K-12

In order to meet the forecasted demands for U.S. Labor in technical areas that require scientific and mathematical training, it is imperative that educators and students begin to understand STEM professions and the role of engineers. By advocating science and math in a more holistic, inclusive and social context, more students will develop confidence in these subjects and be prepared to pursue a career in engineering. This article is useful for parents, educators, counselors, and administrators.