What do you get when you bring together middle school students and mentors, send them on outdoor adventures and explorations of future careers and then challenge them to build something? You get an incredibly fun summer that includes learning while building important career readiness skills.
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We hear a lot about the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to our global economy. We are told that STEM is where the jobs are now and where job growth will be in the future. Chmura Economics & Analytics estimates STEM jobs to grow 18% in Virginia by 2024—nearly double the growth for non-STEM fields. This is why it is important to inspire middle and high school students to pursue Hot STEM careers.
What do you think of when you think of a factory? Some loud, dirty place where thousands of workers assemble the same parts over and over for 8 hours a day? Well guess what? We're not talking about your Grandfather’s factory anymore! Thanks to Advanced Manufacturing – the making of products using cutting edge technology- factories in Virginia and all over the US are undergoing some exciting changes. Today's high tech work environments are bright, relatively quiet factories that are almost as sterile as a medical lab.
About half of all of the people in the world are women. Women, however, are grossly underrepresented when it comes to our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workforce. That starts in our education system. According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, while girls at the K-12 level take STEM classes at about the same rate as boys, when they get to college, their interest drops exponentially.
Worms. Trojan Horses. Hackers and Clouds. What comes to mind when you hear these words? I’m not talking about what’s happening in the movies, but what’s happening in cyberspace- that area that connects all of us and our computers to the internet and each other.
Where are great ideas related to science and innovation being brought to life for middle school students this summer? At VCU's da Vinci Works program. The da Vinci Works program is an innovation ecosystem where VCU students of various disciplines who have a passion to create come together to develop, test and execute their ideas. For six weeks, college students gather in a VCU studio workshop steeped in the tradition of Leonardo da Vinci, one of history's greatest innovators.
Article by Sathya Achia Abraham, Virginia Commonwealth University – Science, technology, engineering, math and health (STEM-H) are a daily part of life – the technology that is integral to most workplaces, the medication that treats illnesses, the roadways and buildings that provide routes to travel and shelters for housing.
A hands-on, up-close-and-personal laboratory experience can be transformative – boosting student grades and keeping undergraduates interested in a future career in scientific research, according to an analysis at 20 participating universities nationwide, including Virginia Commonwealth University. Retention of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students at universities nationwide lags significantly compared to non-STEM students.
On January 13, NASA and the U.S. Department of Education marked the successful completion of a pilot program designed to engage more students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Attendees at the event, held at NASA Headquarters in Washington, included senior officials from both agencies as well as invited guests.