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Gear & Gadgets

Gift Guide 2017: STEM Toys for Kids

By | Dec 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm

These days kid’s toys offer more than just moving pieces around the board or driving them around a sandbox. Today, parents can help their kids get a head start in STEM and have fun doing it together. This holiday if you are looking to…

Education

Girl Scouts Announce First National Computer Science Program for Young Women

By | Dec 4, 2017 at 2:30 pm

There’s no denying that the skills gap is going to be a serious problem in a few short years. Even with computer science degrees flying off the shelves from prestigious universities and coding bootcamps alike, the sheer amount of positions to fill is growing…

Education

How to Choose the Right STEM Field

By | Nov 11, 2017 at 3:50 pm

A huge emphasis is placed on going to college for a degree in one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. This makes sense when you consider that STEM-related industries are constantly growing and boast an average entry-level salary that is 26…

Gear & Gadgets

NYC

LEGO Celebrates Women of NASA With Latest Build Set

By | Oct 18, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Growing up if you were a girl that wanted to play with LEGOs, you had to head over to the boy’s isle and find the latest Sci-Fi set. Today, LEGO is developing more gender-neutral sets and finding new ways to encourage girls to become…

Diversity

Leading Tech Firms Committed to Closing Skills Gap by Promoting Women in STEM

By | Aug 8, 2017 at 10:50 am

There will be an estimated two million computing and engineering positions that need to be filled over the next decade. While that might sound pretty great for those excited about job growth, the talent pool in these fields is far from capable enough to…

Education

Girl Scouts Add 23 New Merit Badges to Promote STEM

By | Jul 25, 2017 at 3:50 pm

There’s nothing quite like a Thin Mint after a long day. However, the Girl Scouts are about a lot more than seasonal cookies. As their website says, they “believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) to change the world.” And if you…

Trends

Phoenix

Why STEM Education Is Crucial to the Longevity of Tech Communities

By | Jul 2, 2017 at 10:30 am

There’s a pervasive problem occurring in Phoenix. It’s no secret, but it’s an issue that few seem ready to address. The so-called “Valley of the Sun” — like other emerging tech hubs — has struggled to compete in this era of global digitalization. Of…

Science

St. Louis

US High School Rocketry Team Wins Gold with a Rocket and an Egg

By | Jun 26, 2017 at 12:20 pm

As a kid the opportunity to build a rocket was limited to paper towel rolls, tape, Mentos, Diet Coke and some imagination. Today high schoolers are learning the intricate details of building a rocket that can launch them into a carrier in STEM and…

Gear & Gadgets

mBot Teaches Kids to Code in a Cute Robot Shell [Review]

By | Mar 14, 2017 at 3:30 pm

As adults, there are so many resources available to us to break into the world of programming and coding. From organizations like General Assembly and the hundreds of localized coding bootcamps, you can practically throw a stick into the wind and find a way…

Interviews

Capital One’s Jennifer Manry on Girls Finding Their Passion in Tech

By | Jan 19, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Nearly eight in ten middle-skill jobs in today’s workforce require digital skills. This represents 32 percent of all labor market demands in nation. In order to fill the talent gap, it’s critical to expose our youth to STEM education earlier in their life, build…

Interviews

Big Bang’s Mayim Bialik Debunks Notion of the Lonely Scientist

By | Dec 21, 2016 at 11:20 am

Growing up in the 80s, women pursuing higher education degrees in STEM fields were few and far between. Even today, women hold a disproportionately low share of STEM undergraduate degrees, particularly in engineering, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. One of the main…

Events

Chicago

International Garage Band to Headline Chicago Tech Rocks

By | Aug 1, 2016 at 2:04 pm

With Derrick Rose leaving Chicago, the Windy City is reminded of a similar issue that plagues their startup and tech communities: talent leaving for greener pastures. Tech companies and budding startups alike have experienced an unusual number of qualified people leaving for bigger tech…

Opinion/Analysis

Teaching Coding Can Also Help Improve Our Students’ Math Scores

By | Jul 18, 2016 at 11:00 am

Through the process of learning code, kids learn how to problem-solve. They are presented with a task and they must use the right code to complete the task. They must use the correct commands in the correct sequences to achieve success. This requires kids…

Startups & Apps

Get Science Delivered to Your Door with MEL Chemistry

By | Jun 30, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Curiosity is an innate human trait – regardless of whether we’re pursuing a science career. We always want to know more about the world that surrounds us, which is why documentaries and science-related TV shows tend to be a huge success a bit throughout…

Education

San Francisco

Roominate Expands Their Pantheon of STEM Education Toys

By | Oct 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm

When Alice Brooks and Bettina Chen initially founded Roominate in San Francisco, they implemented a driving mission to ignite young girls’ interest in STEM fields via their technological toy sets. To that end they designed and developed a fully customizable line of building systems…

Diversity

This Male Engineering Student Explains Why His Female Peers Are ‘Unequal’

By | Oct 12, 2015 at 11:00 am

In a recently penned letter to the editor of his school’s student newspaper, The Easterner, Eastern Washington University senior Jared Mauldin addressed a letter to “the women in [his] engineering classes” and pointed out why they were unequal when compared to him. But before…

Crowdfunding

CANNYBOTS, the Robotic Toy That Teaches Programming

By | Oct 8, 2015 at 12:30 pm

A brand new programmable robo-toy building kit called Cannybots has found astonishing success on Kickstarter. The project has amassed just over $122,000 of support, far surpassing their original goal of $40,000. The Cannybot is a wheeled toy that arrives in a multi-part construction kit….