Male students continue to occupy the most seats in science, technology, engineering and math high-school courses in the New South Wales region of Australia, according to a study. The research, examining two decades of high-school course enrollments in Australia and Canada, indicates that female students dominate humanities-focused subjects, such as textiles, English and dance.
Girls from a Colorado middle school learned about paper circuitry and coding during a visit to a mobile laboratory called CO.LAB, part of an initiative from the Red Hat's Open Source Stories program. The national program develops collaborative, creative science, technology, engineering and math projects to draw the interest of middle-grades girls to STEM-related fields.
The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition in Ohio is tackling workforce issues by connecting with 21 school districts in its region. The coalition works in schools through classroom visits, apprenticeship programs, curriculum advising and recruitment events.
Educators can use technology to improve learning and prepare students for careers, writes Matt Prusiecki, superintendent of an Indiana school district. In this commentary, he offers three key strategies, including by using personal hot spots, making classroom spaces more innovative and introducing virtual portfolios for students to showcase their work.
Career and technical education programs at some high schools are integrating courses in robotics, unmanned aviation technology and mechatronics to help prepare students for in-demand jobs in these fields. A Maryland high school offers a four-year Aerospace Engineering & Aviation Technology program and is constructing an indoor space for students to practice operating drones.
Seven colleges and universities -- each with their own employer partner or partners -- are piloting the effectiveness of digital credentials. The TeeUpTheSkills program, led by Education Design Lab, is aimed at providing students with skills and credentials that will make them "digitally discoverable" by employers.
Eighth-grade girls in an Indiana school district recently attended the annual Nontraditional Employment for Women -- or N.E.W. -- Opportunities Workshop. There, they learned about potential careers in fields where women are underrepresented, including welding and engineering.
An Ohio school district is offering three career and technical education courses at all high schools, Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli says. The effort, which began about one year ago, is aimed at ensuring students have more pathways to success in college and career.
Fresno City College in California will receive about $1 million in state funding to grow the college's robotics program. Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula said the funding he helped secure will expand career opportunities and job training.
Baby mice with two biological fathers and no mother have been produced in a lab using a gene-editing technique, according to findings published in Cell Stem Cell. Researchers used stem cells from two male mice to create embryos implanted into female surrogates, producing offspring, but none of the pups survived for more than a few days after birth.