STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

2U Announces New Scholarships and Apprenticeships for WeWork Students

Online learning company 2U is extending its partnership with WeWork by offering $390,000 in additional scholarships and apprenticeships for WeWork students. Twenty students in WeWork's Access Labs Initiative will be able reduce their tuition payment by half with 2U's new "No Back Row" Future Devs Scholarship. And 10 graduates of the program will receive paid internships at 2U.

John Carroll U Wins NSF Grant to Support STEM Students

Students working toward degrees in science, technology, engineering or math at John Carroll University are getting a boost, thanks to a $640,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The university aims to "increase the enrollment and graduation rates of academically high-performing students [in STEM subjects] who have demonstrated financial need, particularly among first generation college students and underrepresented minorities," according to a news announcement.

Closing the STEM Gap

Generally girls lose interest in STEM careers as they get older. But, according to a new study, small changes at school and at home can have a profound impact on how girls perceive STEM careers, how confident they feel in class and how likely they are to pursue STEM academically and into their careers.

Non-Scientific Americans Want Kids Getting into Science

More than nine in 10 respondents to a new survey consider the world a better place because of science. Almost eight in 10 consider the best days of science still to come. And two-thirds are excited about the impact of science on society in the future.

AP CS Principles Most Successful Launch to Date; Has Become a 'Mission' for College Board

A recent computer science addition to the College Board's Advanced Placement course offerings has seen wild success decades after the non-profit originally introduced the subject in its college-level high school offerings.

Online Initiative Not the Answer to STEM Gaps in California

A proposed budget by California's governor would allocate $10 million to set up a new online "intersegmental" higher education initiative. The project would fund competitive grants for intersegmental teams of faculty to create new and redesign existing STEM courses — both online and hybrid — in a program titled the "California Education Learning Lab." While the Legislative Analyst's Office found Governor Brown's goal of improving student outcomes "laudable," this approach isn't the answer, the office wrote in an analysis of the proposal. First, the analysis noted, the proposal doesn't address "the root causes of STEM disparities among student groups"; and second, it overlaps with other online initiatives already underway.

Carroll U Lands $1 Million for STEM Retention Program

A project at Carroll University is working to improve retention for STEM students, thanks to a $1 million award from the National Science Foundation's Scholarships in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics grant program. The grant-winning project, "Carroll University Pro-STEM Initiative: Promoting STEM Retention through Self-Efficacy," is designed to provide academic and financial support for students majoring in STEM fields, especially if they are required to take calculus, in an effort to improve retention. Approximately 128 students majoring in mathematics, computer science, chemistry, biochemistry or applied physics will receive scholarships as a result of the award, accounting for about $660,000 in grant funds.

Report: Chemistry Programs Need to Increase Real-World Problem-Solving

Science isn't immune to the education-work skills gap that employers complain about in other fields. A recent survey found that most people in the chemistry field consider current curricula inadequate for helping STEM students prepare for future careers. The survey was undertaken by Elsevier's Reaxys division, which produces a chemistry research platform. The survey queried 186 chemistry professionals, researchers, students and educators.

TI Targets Engineering Students with Robotic System Learning Kit

Texas Instruments this week took the wraps off a new robotics system and curriculum aimed at university-level engineering students.

Gustavus Adolphus College Science Hall Renovation to Marry STEM, Arts

Gustavus Adolphus College is launching a $70-million renovation and expansion of its Nobel Hall of Science with an eye toward emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of liberal arts education. "The combination of traditional STEM disciplines with the arts is consistent with the growing STEAM education movement that produces well-rounded students who are prepared to drive innovation," according to information released by the college.

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