Guest Post by Justin Walters: A few days ago on a lazy Sunday, I sat down at our kitchen table with my eight-year-old daughter, Claire, to eat a snack. We engaged in our usual chit-chat as I tried my best to appreciate this little bit of time we had alone together, time that seems to grow ever more scarce as she grows older. Suddenly, out of the blue, she asked me a strange question.
Uncomfortable: Implications of Race, Class & Gender for the Classroom
No matter how comfortable I am sitting here at my desk overlooking the Caribbean sea, what I did not expect is how uncomfortable I would be when I leave the home I have made for myself here. Read about how I am experiencing race, gender, and class in a new way, and consider the implications for your classroom.
If I had a $1,000,000…. for “STEM” Education.
Lockheed Martin has granted $1 million to implement and sustain Project Lead the Way programs across the U.S. If I had a million dollars, (as I start humming Barenaked Ladies) How would I improve STEM education?
“I made it in engineering without help. They will too.” There is a problem, and They do need help!
“I made it in engineering without help. If these young women are meant to be engineers, they will too,” explained a female High School Engineering teacher. I nearly fell out of my chair when I heard this woman utter these words after I asked how she recruited and retained young women into her classes. Assuming […]
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.
Google Algorithms for Women in Tech
Google uses algorithms to recruit and retain more women. Does it work? Women are significantly underrepresented in technology, and especially in leadership positions at technology companies, and they shouldn’t be. “Having women leaders is not just a question of equity or somehow ticking the box,” said Sylvia Ann Hewlett, who studies gender diversity and business at […]
Chocolate-covered Broccoli? Not the Roominate!
Making a toy pink or shaped like an animal is not a sure fire way to attract young women, though the toy makers have tried. If a girl doesn’t like the toy, or if our culture tells a young female that she shouldn’t like a toy based on gender stereotypes, making assumptions on what is […]
Diversity Strategies for STEM
STEM Pathways for All Students, & Linking STEM Careers to Student Work Values: Meagan Ross will be presenting these two workshops at the CTEEC Annual Conference in Tulsa 9/13/12.