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Technology can help students with disabilities gain equal opportunity to jobs in STEM-related fields

Assistive technology helps students with disabilities and developmental disorders succeed in academic settings, but tech can do so much more by providing ease of access to equal job opportunities. In EdTech Magazine’s Accessible Technology helps students with disabilities pursue STEM degrees, schools and businesses like Microsoft are making an effort to provide and improve assistive technology that will help students follow their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The National Science Foundation (NSF) reports that students with disabilities are far more likely to enter STEM-related fields with an 11 percent entrance rate into undergraduate degrees. This significant growth is thanks to assistive technology and initiatives that level the playing field for students with disabilities in K – 12th grade. In 2016 Microsoft announced an effort to add new...

Bringing Future Students out from STEM Deserts

With increased productivity through technology and our ever-expanding global connection with one another, the significance of a high-quality education in math and science is quickly becoming more apparent as a foundation for progress and opportunity. It’s estimated that two-thirds of all jobs will require post-secondary education training based on critical thinking and problem-solving skills amassed through math and science by the year 2020. Nearly as many jobs will require basic literacy in those fields by then as well. Unfortunately, access to optimal STEM education is unevenly distributed throughout the nation, with millions of students living in what are referred to as STEM deserts; communities without proper access to challenging and stimulating science and math programs. This lack of STEM access is fast becoming a critical equality issue within the realm of education, especially...

Florida International University leads the charge to close gender gap in STEM fields

With the gracious push of a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, a team of professors based out of Florida International University are combining efforts with researchers from physics-oriented institutions across the nation to promote the promise and appeal of physics to young women as a worthwhile career. Focused on tasking 16,000 high school teachers with the recruitment of female students to major in physics in college, the initiative, led by FIU associate professor of physics education Zahra Hazari, will attempt to “change the face of physics in the United States.” Academics hailing from the American Physical Society, Texas A&M University and the American Association of Physics will be lending their efforts as well. In the United States and around the world, physics is a field traditionally dominated by men. Despite the fact that women make up half of the...

STEM Education Bringing Together Science and Math, Students and Faculty

What we want to do in life, be it work or leisure, is often set aside because of obligation to what we have to do. A perfect example is obviously school, a rite of passage we all go through in order to become informed and passionate about what shapes our history, our culture, and our world. We accomplish this through the guidance and encouragement of teachers, who provide us with understanding and the tools necessary to engage in critical thought through assigned objectives and work. Though students are surely aware of the importance of school and the part the faculty plays in their education, there can be a sense of animosity between students and educators, leading to anything from miscommunication to conflict. It can make school a divisive, unappealing place more akin to a daycare at best, and a prison at worst. But student-educator relations are the nexus of the entire academic...

Big business helps with after-school STEM programs

Big business is stepping up to help nonprofit organizations across the country provide schools with after-school programs focus on helping kids pursue their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related fields. In a press release from late 2016, Citizen Schools, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing middle school students with enriching education to low-income communities through after-school programs, announced a $100,000 donation from one of the largest tech giants out there, Dell EMC. Citizen Schools offers after-school programs in six states, which include apprenticeships with local experts in STEM-related subjects such as finance, microbiology, and robotics. “For many of our students, these are opportunities that they may want to pursue after middle school or even after high school.” Henry McCorkle, who runs a program in Orchard Gardens K – 8...

Computer Science needs a larger role in school

As the technology sector continues to expand, the need for skilled developers also grows. There is a shortage of knowledgeable programmers, and schools system are struggling to provide students with proper guidance to enter this field. In his 2016 article in Ed Tech Magazine, Computer Science (Not just coding) needs a bigger role in STEM Education, president, and CEO of Project Lead the Way and the author of One Nation Under Taught: Solving America’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Crisis, Vince Bertram gave a strong argument to why schools need to introduce technology classes for computer science earlier than college. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has estimated in 2022 there will be more than 1.3 million jobs available in STEM – an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – related fields. In his article, Bertram says, “Computer science, they say,...

Milo captivates at Fern Bluff Elementary’s STEAM Innovation showcase

As a teacher, you are tasked with filling your student’s little noggins with essential knowledge providing the best opportunities in life. Let’s be honest, keeping the attention of a classroom full of high-energy kids is no easy task. You’re competing with a world full of bright lights and sounds. 6-year-olds have their own iPhones, 8-year-olds have better Google-fu than you, and high school students think they know everything because the Internet said so. Parents are demanding the best education their taxpayer money can afford, but you can’t get Jr. to look up from the newest android. You wonder if there is a better solution that isn’t only engaging, but also affordable? Round Rock ISD Fern Bluff Elementary in Austin, Texas found a technology that doesn’t just captivate their students, but engages them on an all-new level. The school recently held a STEAM innovation showcase where...

RoboKind wins big at LAUNCH Festival!

RoboKind took the world’s largest Startup event by storm. Richard Margolin, Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer, went head to head in a pitch battle against some of the best entrepreneurs to win LAUNCH Festival’s Best in Education. Scouted last November by the Dallas IBM Startup Outreach program, Richard took on 20 of the top entrepreneurs companies in Dallas. His impressive pitch won the company a spot in the top 60 Startup quarterfinals. His winning streak didn’t stop there as RoboKind was selected among the top 10 to go to LAUNCH Festival where the top three gave their pitches to a panel of investors. While Richard impressed with his pitch, Milo captivated convention goers. “We were very successful at this event in achieving what we set out to do, which was a lot of exposure,” Richard said RoboKind and Milo were a big hit at the convention. Milo’s expressive face and mission to...

Launch DFW Covers Robots4STEM

LaunchDFW covered RoboKind’s recent press release for Robots4STEM. On March 9th, 2017, RoboKind announced the launch of their newest endeavor to make an affordable and accessible education platform to teach children the basics of coding and robotics. According to a recent Burning Glass report, there are an estimated 7 million jobs open. (“Beyond Point and Click: The Expanding Demand for Coding Skills,” Burning Glass Technologies, June 2016.) Schools are unable to meet the ever-increasing demand due to lacking resources and knowledge. Teachers do not require prior coding skills or computer science knowledge to utilize Robots4STEM in their classrooms. JettLingo’s visual programming language, which was developed by RoboKind, and the comprehensive curriculum are designed for grades K thru 12th grade. “The beauty of the JettLingo platform is its ability to give each student the access and...

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