Not all schools have access to enough equipment for their students, which means they waste time building, un-building and re-building their projects.
We need to address issues like access to resources, teacher professional development and ageing classrooms to get the full benefit of STEM education in primary schools.
Career changers are intrinsically motivated and tend to be more committed to teaching, having changed careers later in life.
STEM professionals who change careers to become teachers are often intrinsically motivated, and can help engage kids in STEM subjects with their real-world experience.
Research shows that when parents engage in simple science projects with their kids at home, it boosts their learning in school.
From collecting bugs to using math apps, there are many ways parents can engage in STEM activities with their kids to support their learning.
Space inspires, and the establishment of a Space Agency in Australia is well positioned to drive engagement in STEM.
In school makerspaces, students problem-solve with traditional craft materials alongside.
digital technologies such as 3D printing, virtual reality, programmable robots and video work.
Creative makerspaces in Ontario schools weave passion with digital technologies to teach 21st century skills.
What’s left when Obama walks off into the sunset?
How did an administration committed to restoring "science to its rightful place" actually do?
One thing they seem to agree on: Not prioritizing science in their platforms.
Neither major party has made science and engineering issues a big part of its platform. But research – and its funding – are crucial if the U.S. wants to maintain status as a global leader.
Isaac Newton’s portrait. What can students learn from his life?
Research shows that students feel motivated when they learn more about the struggles and failures of the world's greatest scientists.
Perhaps your career path is paved with big data.
Most industries tap into big data these days – meaning more and more jobs are opening up in this field. Here's some background on the skills and qualities you'd use as a modern big data professional.
Sometimes the best way to learn is to build a robot.
The FIRST robotics competition brings school students together to build a robot to complete a challenge. And it's an inspiring way to encourage interest in STEM.
The author, teaching at the very front of his calculus class.
More students are taking Advanced Placement calculus in high school. They may be learning techniques for solving certain problems at the expense of the mathematical foundations they need to advance.
Being made to feel you don’t belong in your chosen field is stressful.
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Being underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math means women can be made to feel they don't belong, with long-term mental health consequences.
A team of scholars are working to connect disciplines.
Separation of disciplines in academia hurts our ability to innovate and solve big problems.
How can technology be harnessed to teach children in an effective way?
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How can we prepare children for a tech world while fighting the distractions it inevitably brings?
Believing “math isn’t for everyone” may steer kids away from tackling the challenge.
Kids who think being good at mathematics is just a matter of God-given talent are less likely to pursue math-related fields. But research says this kind of belief is misguided.
Kids need to love science to thrive.
Just having a national curriculum for science doesn't solve all of our problems.
Shorten is right to see the importance in science, technology and maths, but his policies don’t have proven efficacy.
A heavy focus of Bill Shorten's budget reply speech was preparing for the future with science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. While this focus is a step in the right direction, the policies probably aren't the right way to go about it.
Pointing Britain’s schools in the right direction?
After five years of polarising and radical reforms, the Tories aren't letting up on their vision for schools.
One study found women twice as likely to be chosen for tenure-track STEM jobs.
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Figuring out points along the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math pipeline where women are doing ok can help focus efforts to improve sex ratios where they can make a difference.
Who’s missing from the STEM picture?
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Even when women and minorities earn STEM degrees, they don't take the next step into gainful employment at the same rates as white men.