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Will we use this in real life? Children always seem to ask this question when they are learning math. The answer is yes, math is everywhere. From counting money to budgeting and even taxes, math is in everyday life and usually has to do with personal finance. Geometry to Trigonometry might not be something everyone uses in their career, but everyone needs to file taxes. Although it is not challenging, children need to learn it early because math is relevant in real life. But when is it a good time to start teaching kids? – The sooner the better. This article breaks down when and how to discuss the different aspects of money. It starts from the simple exchange of goods, and then moves into the more difficult budgeting and taxes, all skills that are valuable for kids to learn. Teaching and guiding your child along the way will do wonders for how they approach money which is beneficial for their future.

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Students today, having grown up with technology, already have the basic computer skills that used to be taught in school. The next step is to introduce coding; however, how it is introduced is what matters. Student use apps in their daily life and are familiar with a range of technologies, but coding is a different ball game, so must be taught differently. Kelly Baur asks, “how do you build a successful coding culture, where students have a programmer’s, rather than an app-user’s mindset?” It is important to keep in mind and explain to students how coding is in the real world, so students know they are learning a valuable skill. In the article it is recommended to divide students based on characteristics such as math scores and activity preferences to ensure the students working together are at the same level. More »

Educators! Listening to music about science is a fun and interesting way to get students engaged. Research has proven music to be very influential and can affect the listener deeply. Showing younger learners an artist they may recognize is a great way to build connections with STEM. Just like the “Fifty Nifty United States” song that we all learned growing up, catchy science songs can stick with us for life. There are over 100 videos on this site initiated by Kirk Englehardt, for educators to inspire STEM learning in the classroom.

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The low number of female professors in STEM is not due to lack of female graduates. A study by the U.S. National Research Council found “more women than men are earning doctorates—yet women comprised 36 percent of assistant professors and only 27 percent of tenure candidates.” The problem is unwelcoming workplace conditions. For example female professors are looked down upon if they leave the office to pick up their children, even if they work from home the rest of the evening. The assumed motherly role females sometimes naturally have, make them less respected by males in the workplace. This type of discrimination has to end and a transformation of the work environment that accepts female professors is the way to increase them in the profession. More »

In our globalized economy, knowledge of different languages, cultures, and social systems is critical. Cultural competence and language education is not a top priority in U.S. schools. Recently, the U.S. Government invested to increase STEM in schools. Unfortunately, language curriculum was not included in the investment….and it should be. More »

This year, STEM majors are expected to make the most money after graduation. In a survey by National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) “more than half the employers surveyed said they planned to hire graduates with bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields, making them the most sought-after candidates entering the job market.”

Starting salaries for STEM majors are higher than any others—a compelling reason for students to get into STEM. Jobs in STEM fields are on the rise, yet hard to fill. The odds are in your favor! Learn more about STEM salaries here.

Universities need to make major changes in order to keep students in STEM degrees. Students are dropping out of these fields at a consistent rate—alarming for institutions! One example: “Traditional classroom lectures, for instance, are uninspiring – particularly for brighter students who have to sit in a lecture hall of 400 students trying to stay engaged and on point with subjects that can be especially challenging.” More »

Today, high school students are choosing not to take STEM courses if they are not required. Without necessary prerequisites for STEM majors, students are less likely to pursue STEM careers. Not only are students behind in STEM majors, but several other majors that require STEM classes. For example, math classes are required for Business students. Opting out of math offered in high school adds more courses for the student to complete before they can move forward in college. Fewer graduates in STEM careers is a major concern of corporate organizations with STEM positions to fill. More »