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,…

The State of STEM

In the newly released report, The State of STEM: Defining the Landscape to Determine High-Impact Pathways for the Future Workforce, lead author and STEMconnector’s Senior Director of Product Development & Research, Erin White, conducted over 100 interviews, reviewed existing STEM research, and harnessed insight from STEMconnector members and leaders from all sectors of the STEM ecosystem to find meaningful opportunities for impact in developing the future workforce.  This comprehensive report helps define the landscape of the STEM ecosystem and offers recommended areas of focus for practice and investment to address the gaps in STEM talent. Read more.

Wavemaker Fellowship Application

Every year, talented graduates are faced with the decision of where to start their careers. The Wavemaker Fellowship provides a financial incentive for graduates pursuing a career or starting a business in Rhode Island in technology, engineering, design and other key sectors, by defraying student loan payments for up to four years. The program offers qualifying individuals a refundable Tax Credit Certificate worth the value of their annual student loan burden for up to four years. In addition to the financial benefit, Fellows are invited to participate in various personal and professional development programs, social and professional networking opportunities, community-based…

Policy Companion Statement to Science and Engineering Indicators 2018

The National Science Board released its policy companion statement to Science and Engineering Indicators 2018.  The statement underscores the Board’s view that growing the nation’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is critical for our economy and global competitiveness. It offers recommendations for strengthening a diverse STEM-capable U.S. workforce inclusive of all levels of education.  Read more.

Securing Our Future: Closing the Cybersecurity Talent Gap

Raytheon and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) commissioned Securing Our Future: Closing the Cyber Talent Gap, a survey to understand the career interests and educational preparedness of millennials (ages 18 to 26) in 12 countries around the world. Results from the October 2015 survey indicate that millennials aren’t acutely aware of cybersecurity job opportunities but they are generally interested. Schools are also not preparing young adults for these jobs, and there is a gap within the gap, with females less interested and informed about careers in cybersecurity than their male counterparts. Read more.

Revisiting the STEM Workforce

The National Science Board’s Revisiting the STEM Workforce is a companion policy report to the Science and Engineering Indicators 2014. The report provides a data-driven overview of the U.S. workforce and offers key insights that are aimed at helping government, education, and business leaders make more informed decisions about how to maintain a strong, STEM workforce. Primary insights include: The “STEM workforce” is extensive and critical to innovation and competitiveness. It is also defined in various ways and is made up of many sub-workforces. STEM knowledge and skills enable multiple, dynamic pathways to STEM and non-STEM occupations alike. Assessing, enabling,…

Solving the Education Equation

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) and the Johns Hopkins School of Education released a report calling for a national commitment to “rebalancing the education equation to create the equitable learning environments necessary to improve STEM literacy and competency “ in today’s diverse society. The report, Solving the Education Equation: A New Model for Improving STEM Workforce Outcomes Through Academic Equity provides six recommendations needed to address the culturally based explicit and implicit biases that exist in education, particularly in STEM. Read more.

Building a STEM Workforce

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee spent the summer engaging with scientific stakeholders to inform possible reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act, or legislation authorizing the National Science Foundation (NSF). In July, the Committee put out a request for input on the topic of “Maximizing the Impact of Basic Research.” COSSA submitted detailed comments to the Committee on August 14. The Committee is now seeking input on the topic of “Building a STEM Workforce.” Interested parties are invited to comment. Read more