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U.S. Military Making a Difference in STEM Education

The need for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) employees are growing at a much faster pace than the education system is producing candidates. This discrepancy brings a consistent warning from employers in the United States, including the Armed Forces, about the ability to meet demand. Armed Forces programs seek to expand STEM education in the U.S., including a concerted effort to reach schools and students who often lack access to these opportunities. The gap between STEM graduates and the needs of the workforce is rapidly widening. In fact, according to data from nonprofit code.org, in the country, there were over 600,000 open computing jobs, with only 43,000 students entering the workforce the previous year with those skills and education. And the number of new STEM jobs could be as high as 1 million by 2020. The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) is a...

RoboKind Co-Founder Brings Robots4STEM to Dallas New Tech July Event

Richard Margolin, co-founder of RoboKind, took to the stage last Tuesday at the July Dallas New Tech showcase to introduce the company’s newest product for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The presentation established the importance of RoboKind’s Robots4STEM program by illustrating the current climate of STEM education. According to Margolin, “Over the last two decades, every STEM area we’ve increased engagement in the number of classes kids are taking except computer science. That’s actually decreased in the last two decades,” continued Margolin. “It’s not just we’re doing worse than in other areas, we’re doing worse than we were two decades ago.” With this dire portrait in mind, RoboKind has taken initiative to increase student interest in STEM courses by addressing the issue of how the material is taught. Margolin elaborates on seeing traditional...

Robots 4 Stem Camp July-August

Have a child (or know of one) from fourth to eighth grade who’s interested in robots and STEM but not sure where to go to help expand their interest? In Temple, Texas Robots 4 Stem Camp can help provide more information for both interested children and their parents on July 5-14, July 17-28, and July 31 to August 11. The camp is sponsored by The Learning Research Center, a business opened by Cindy Swain and her husband. When speaking about the camp to she stated, “This is a pilot here in Texas. Both my husband and I have a background in education. We’ve been looking for this kind of opportunity to go with our testing center.” The Robots 4 Stem Camp range in cost from $320 for a half day in the first half of July, and $640 for a full day, to $400 for a half day in August and $800 for a full day in the second July session. All of these sessions break down to about $10/hour, and with the...

RoboKind in the running for the Technology Inventor Award at Tech Titan 2017

Tech Titan is a yearly gala in North Texas held to help recognize applicants who have contributed greatly to the technology field in the past year. This year, Robokind’s founder and Chief Technology Officer, Richard Margolin is a finalist in the Technology Inventor category. Previous winners in this category have ranged from Texas Instruments to The University of Texas at Arlington. Posting on Twitter Mr. Margolin stated, “I’m honored to be a finalist for technology inventor.” If he is chosen as the winner a profile will be featured in the Dallas Business Journal and he will be recognized as one of the top contributors for technology in the North Texas area.  Part of what makes Robokind and their founder so inspirational and unique is their Robots4Autism program. This program uses a robot, Milo, to help educate children with autism. There are several unique hurdles that...

‘Hour of Code’ Sees More Girls Interested in STEM

An hour can be used for many things, cleaning, cooking, and work. For “Hour of Code” that hour is used to help teach younger people to become aware of coding, how it works, and some of the opportunities that this skill set presents. The Hour of Code study, completed in December of 2016, surveyed students from 563 classrooms that completed one of two Hour of Code activities. It looked at their feelings about the field before and after completing the activities, as stated above. To help solicit participation in the study teachers were offered $10 gift cards if their classroom participated. The statements that the participants were asked to comment on were: I like computer science. I think computer science is interesting. I have the ability to learn computer science. I am better at computer science than most kids at my school. Of the 8,000+ students that completed the activities and the...

Encouraging STEM Education to Cultivate Tech Hub Growth

In Heidi Jannenga’s piece on Tech.io, ‘Why STEM Education Is Crucial to the Longevity of Tech Communities’, she discusses the importance for providing accessible STEM programs to all students, regardless of geography of income. In the current era of global digitization, tech hubs like Phoenix, Arizona, have struggled to keep pace with the growing demand of a skilled work force in the tech industry.  Companies are feeling the side effects across the country, all resulting from an apparent lack of talent in fields like science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Nearly every sector of business, ranging from the automotive industry to healthcare, and even creative fields like film making and culinary arts, have been integrated with technology and science. Since technological innovation occurs in expected hot-spots like Seattle or Silicon Valley, it’s natural for...

Improved STEM education could become shot in the arm for American Pharmaceutical Industry

   It’s no secret that numerous industries across the country stand upon a rapidly evolving foundation of technology, which has become vital for growth and progress.             This certainly includes the pharmaceutical industry, which stands on the precipice of an impending dilemma. A $333 billion dollar business that employs an average of 854,000 people, major pharmaceutical is now predicting a huge shortage of skilled employees to occur over the next eight years. This deficit is blamed in large part on a lack of high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in K-12 schools throughout the United States.             Recently, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), released a series of reports which specify the need to increase focus on the education of science, technology, engineering, and math in order to close a skills...

Brewing up a Path for STEM Education

Though alcohol might not be the best means for enhancing cognitive function in relation to science and math, it might very well be a great, albeit unlikely, means for lending a helping hand in those fields. A Cincinnati brewery has released a new beer where a portion of its proceeds will be put toward support for a non-profit committed to the encouragement of STEM education. STEM stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math,” and now, MadTree Brewing stands in support of it as well. When its doors opened back in 2013, MadTree stated that it was “founded with a very scientific approach to brewing beer.” This can be clearly seen in its forthcoming release, Entropic Theory IPA; the brew was a culmination of extensive research and development, the result of over twenty different recipe iterations. According to company lab manager Ellen Lehman, “it was a really rewarding process...

Robot Promotes Temple Summer Camp

Jett the robot is more than just a pretty face, he’s also helping students to learn how to code. At the Learning Research Center in Temple, several open houses were held to help promote and inform parents and students alike about the Robots 4 STEM Camp. This camp uses Jett to help teach kids how to code in one of the most natural and easy to use types of coding, block coding. In block coding the user simply picks specific commands (blocks) and stitches them together to create a stream of code commands for the robot to follow. This means that the students are able to learn how to give Jett life, and help him to sing and dance, giving them the instant gratification of seeing their coding work brought to life. Aside from being fun for students to learn, coding offers great career opportunities after high school or college. Joseph Rocha, an instructor at the camp, previously worked in the...

STEM Education on the Front Lines

Often, students find the problem-solving and critical thinking that’s expected in computer science to be tedious or frustrating. For any teacher, that can be an intimidating obstacle to overcome. But for Juan Lozano, it’s a challenge to embrace as an opportunity for genuine change; a means through which to pave the way toward the future of American efforts in science and math, more commonly referred to as STEM subjects. Lozano, who started teaching computer science in the Highline School District in the state of Washington, has been working to do away with the inequality he was all too familiar with from his background spent as a professional in the field. “Coming from the industries, I saw the lack of access for a lot of underrepresented minorities in computer science and in the technology field.” Lozano knew his goal, then, was to “bridge the gap” by bringing his experience and...

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