New Foundational Skills of the Digital Economy

Burning Glass in partnership with the Business-Higher Education Forum released The New Foundational Skills of the Digital Economy: Developing the Professionals of the Future.  This report identifies 14 foundational skills including: 1) human skills; 2) digital building block skills; and 3) business enabler skills that they believe are crucial for people who want to keep pace with a changing job market.  Read more.

STEAM Month in Rhode Island

Governor Gina M. Raimondo issued a proclamation declaring March as ‘STEAM Month’ in Rhode Island. STEAM Month highlights the work Rhode Island is currently doing to support STEAM education and economic development. On Tuesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6, members of the Governor’s Cabinet will embark on a series of visits that highlight Rhode Island’s educational programs, work-based learning opportunities, and workforce development efforts that will support STEAM’s continued growth. Read more.  

“Discovering You”

“Discovering You”

Today, in celebration of National Engineers Week, NBC News Learn launched “Discovering You,” an original video series celebrating the careers of engineers who are inspiring the next generation. NBC News Learn, the education brand of NBC News, produced the series in partnership with Chevron, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The 20-part series showcases what motivates a diverse group of engineers both academically and professionally, including teamwork, creativity and making a difference in the world around them. Aligned to state and national education standards, each video is produced with tailored lesson plans for…

Rhode Island STEAM Education Leader Award

The Rhode Island STEAM Center @ Rhode Island College, in collaboration with the Office of Governor Gina Raimondo, the Rhode Island Department of Education, and Vertikal6, will recognize an outstanding educator with the 2019 Rhode Island STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts + design, Mathematics) Education Leader Award for contributions to STEAM education in the classroom, district, state, or community.  Applicant must be a full-time, licensed K-12 teacher at a public school in Rhode Island who has at least 3 years of experience teaching (the 2018-2019 school year may count as one of those years).  A team of two teachers may…

2019 New England Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge

AET Labs, Stratasys & GrabCAD are pleased to present the 5th annual New England Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge. The 2019 “People’s Choice” semi-final event honors students from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont & Connecticut who are entering the global Extreme Redesign Challenge, or are simply looking to compete on a local level. The challenge invites students to redesign an existing product to improve how a task is accomplished, or design something entirely new that addresses an unmet need. This is a quest to find the most creative, mechanically sound, and realistically achievable design using 3D printing. This year’s winning…

Report of 2018 NSSME

The Report of 2018 NSSME+ (The National Survey of Science & Mathematics Education) details the results of a survey of 7,600 science, mathematics, and computer science teachers in schools across the United States. Areas addressed include: teacher backgrounds and beliefs; science, mathematics, and computer science professional development; science, mathematics, and computer science courses; instructional objectives and activities; instructional resources; and factors affecting instruction.  Read more.

Diversity, Retention Rates, and Undergraduate Computer Science

A new report released by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) uses data to examine and understand retention in U.S. undergraduate CS programs.  Although the report, Retention in Computer Science Undergraduate Programs in the U.S: Data Challenges and Promising Interventions, reveals that significantly better data is needed to draw any broad conclusions, it offers  a number of recommendations regarding data collection, successful interventions, and future research based on case studies from specific institutions and successfully-implemented interventions. Recommendations include: Instructors of introductory courses need to be involved in data collection. Data should be evaluated in different contexts, using different denominators to determine…

Call to Action: America’s Strategy for STEM Education

The Committee on STEM education of the National Science & Technology Council has released, Charting a Course for Success: American’s Strategy for STEM Education.  This five-year strategic plan for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education outlines a strategy that will succeed best with participation by the entire STEM education stakeholder community.   The plan identifies three aspirational goals: 1) build strong foundations for STEM liteacy 2) increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM and 3) prepare the STEM workforce of the future  These goals can be reached through cross-cutting set of approaches which include development of partnerships, engagement with converging disciplines,…

2018 State of Computer Science Education

The Code.org Advocacy Coalition and the Computer Science Teachers Association released the 2018 State of Computer Science Education Report in late September.  The report contains the status of computer science education policy across the nation and identifies nine policies that help increase and broaden participation.  Data on individual states including Rhode Island are included.  Read more.

Resilient Rhody: New State Climate Preparedness Strategy

Rhode Island released an 85-page climate-preparedness strategy – Resilient Rhody – which responds to changing weather and environmental conditions in Rhode Island caused by climate change.  The report offers recommendations and implementable actions to better prepare the state for these impacts.  Key areas include critical infrastructure and utilities, natural systems, emergency preparedness, and community health and resilience. An Executive Order signed by Governor Gina Raimondo on September 15, 2017 put into motion nine months of collaborative work among expert stakeholders on climate resilience and included state agency staff and statewide organization leaders.   The recommended climate resilience actions introduced throughout the…