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Putting STEM to work

“When people think of an industrial factory, they think dark, dirty and heavy lifting and it’s not that way anymore…People don’t understand that…it’s meant for somebody with higher analytical skills and higher troubleshooting abilities [as well as for somebody] who can turn a wrench.” http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/01/12/apprenticeships-could-provide-a-pathway-to-the-middle-class?int=a4...
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Building Brighter Futures One Line of Code at a Time

This post is guest-written by Shawna Sopp, Marketing Director at The Help Group In a classroom in Sherman Oaks, a small group of students gather to learn Processing, a beginner programming language. All semester this group has been learning about 2D objects starting with squares and circles and moving up to simple 2D games. Today they start working in 3D.  The teacher gives them simple instruction...
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A Progress Report on STEM at Village Glen

Last week, Village Glen had a visitor, someone who had heard about our programs and about STEM at Village Glen in particular. He himself runs a school in England for students with special needs, so it was a rare opportunity to see how someone unconnected to and unfamiliar with our school would view us. His impressions were uniformly positive. He was amazed by middle school students milling about ...
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Data in a digital age

We are awash in a sea of data. When you accessed your smart phone to navigate from home, your location and destination were tracked by satellite. When you bought something online, or ran a search as part of your research, those data were recorded. That exponentially growing pile of data includes medical records, financial records, educational records, and criminal records, to name but a few. Consi...
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STEM, Autism, High School and beyond

A new survey in Utah of students with IEPs who left school in 2011 found that 19% were neither in school nor employed one year after graduating. The numbers for those on the autism spectrum are considerably higher: Paul Shattuck of Drexel University claims that 35% of those on the spectrum between 19 and 23 have never had a job or had post-secondary education. How do we defend against such numbers...
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STEM, AUTISM & Computing

The worlds of STEM and Autism are replete with large variances. On the STEM side, there is a large variance between the number of STEM jobs available and those projected for the future, and the number of qualified candidates for those jobs. The latter is far smaller than the former. A similar variance exists on the Autism side, between the number of high school students on the spectrum who graduat...
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STEMMING The Tide

In February of 2012, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued a report on how to produce an additional one million college graduates with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Economic forecasts had predicted that the nation would have a million fewer graduates in STEM fields than had been estimated, so the Council’s proposal was designed to sug...
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The Arts and STEM

The great divide between the arts and the sciences, what the late scientist and writer, C. P. Snow, called “the two cultures” is of modern vintage—it didn't always used to be so. There was a time when it was recognized that art, as much as science, is directed at understanding ourselves and the world in which we live. Is Picasso’s “Guernica” , his famous and powerful painting executed in revulsion...
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The future of STEM

So, you don’t want to be a physicist or a computer analyst—is there still a STEM job for you? The question is important because over the next decade, occupations within STEM fields will grow almost twice as fast as non-STEM jobs. And the skills that workers will need even at the entry-level are far more sophisticated than they have ever been in the past. As the Alliance for Science & Technolog...
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A boost for STEM

The California State legislature has just approved California High School Advanced Computer Science Bill—SB 1200. The bill would require the UC and CSU to develop guidelines for courses in computer science for high schools that meet the A-G math requirements for admission to the UC and CSU. The bill is awaiting the governor’s signature. The reason for approving the bill is not hard to see. As Cali...
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