STEM

Digital Divide
9:39 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

To Diversify Nation’s Tech Pipeline, AP Computer Science Gets A Reboot

Jacquie Parker, a senior at Ritenour High School in north St. Louis County, works on a project based on the pilot curriculum for AP Computer Science Principles.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Relatively speaking, not that many students take the Advanced Placement course in computer science.

Out of a little more than 2.3 million students for all subjects, fewer than 40,000 students took an exam for the course last year. While there was a slight uptick in the percentage of minority and female students, the data continue to show a jaw-dropping lack of racial and gender diversity.

Nationally, only 4 percent of all students who took the test were African American and just 20 percent were female.

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Women at work
2:57 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

WISE Conference To Connect St. Louis Women In Science

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As of the last U.S. Census, only 28 percent of the workforce in science and engineering was female.

The Women in Science & Entrepreneurship Conference is addressing that disparity. It aims to help women in the sciences find the right career path and go further. WISE, as the conference is being called, will take place Friday in St. Louis. The event is sold out.

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Ferguson business assistance
5:20 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Emerson Launches "Ferguson Forward" Program, Funds Youth Jobs And Scholarships

Fortune 500 company Emerson has announced a renewed commitment and investment in the Ferguson community where it is headquartered. (Pictured: Emerson's data center in North St. Louis County)
Credit St. Louis Economic Development Partnership website

The global manufacturing company Emerson is upping its investment in the Ferguson community to show "renewed commitment" to the place it has been headquartered for 70 years.

"We choose to be here and are committed to this community, especially now in its increased time of need," chairman and CEO David Farr said in a press release. "We...want to help remove barriers so that more of our neighbors can succeed."

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STEM Workforce
8:43 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

New Report Says STEM Jobs Are On The Rise. But Can St. Louis Fill Them?

The 2014 State of the St. Louis STEM Workforce Report suggests the region needs more workers with the specialized knowledge and skills required to fill a growing number of jobs in science, engineering, technology and math.
Credit Image courtesy of St. Louis Community College

By 2022, employment in the STEM fields ― science, technology, engineering and math ― is projected to grow by 12.4 percent in the St. Louis region.

That’s compared to an expected growth of only 9.2 percent for non-STEM jobs.

Those are among the estimates provided in the sixth annual State of the St. Louis Workforce Report, released this week by the St. Louis Community College.

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Teacher Training
2:29 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Teachers Learn To STEM-itize Their Lessons

From Left: Elementary school teachers Kelly Greenwood, Mathew Williams, Sarah Tehan and Joanna McPherson cut into a pig heart during STEM TQ training.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Even though Barbra Pener teaches science and robotics, she likes to start the school year with a quick history lesson.

She points to a picture of the famous late 19th and early 20th-century scientist Marie Skłodowska-Curie that hangs on her classroom wall.

“Her husband Pierre is in the photo, and she’s holding the baby,” Pener said.  

She then rattles off for her eighth-grade students Skłodowska-Curie’s list of accomplishments, including multiple Nobel Prizes and the discovery of two radioactive elements.

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Tech jobs in St. Louis
12:20 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Report Says STEM Jobs In St. Louis Are Hard To Fill

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A recent Brookings Institution report looks at millions of job openings across the country to see how hard it is to fill science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) positions in a hundred metro areas. The answer: hard.

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Immigration Policy
10:02 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

STEM Degrees In Hand, International Students Face Uncertain Future

Yinzi Liu studies zebrafish embryos in a Washington University lab.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Yinzi Liu sat in the café at Washington University’s Medical School and nervously fiddled with the sleeve on her coffee cup.   

The 28-year old will graduate tomorrow with a doctorate in developmental, regenerative and stem cell biology.  While earning her degree she spent countless hours glued to a microscope, peering into zebrafish embryos for clues that could one day lead to the early detection of human birth defects.

By most accounts she should be brimming with excitement. Instead she’s loaded with anxiety.

“The clock is ticking,” Liu said.     

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Education
12:01 am
Wed January 15, 2014

All-Girls STEM Charter Could Open In 2015

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Six years ago Mary Stillman attended a lecture by Ann Tisch at Washington University.

“That was my ah-ha moment,” Stillman recalls.  “Here she is talking about this group of public schools for girls who wouldn’t otherwise have this model of education and it’s working.”

Tisch is the founder of the Young Women’s Leadership Network, which operates a network of all-girls public schools and boasts a 93 percent graduation rate at its flagship institution in East Harlem.

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Science Education
5:14 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

New UMSL Undergrad Science Education Facility To Promote Interactive Learning

An artist's rendering of the new Science Learning Building, part of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Benton-Stadler science complex.
(Via University of Missouri-St. Louis)

The University of Missouri-St. Louis has begun construction on a new science teaching facility.

The four-story addition to the Benton-Stadler science complex will house laboratories, lecture halls, and a central meeting space for students and faculty.

The dean of UMSL’s College of Arts and Sciences, Ron Yasbin, says science education used to mean students going to lectures on campus, and then working through homework problems on their own, outside of class.

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Education
11:12 am
Sun November 3, 2013

New Program Aims To Encourage More Women To Consider STEM Related Careers

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Companies from across the St. Louis region are launching a new program on Monday that’s aimed at steering women toward careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, related fields.

The mentoring and job shadowing project is a partnership between the private all-girls Catholic high school Cor Jesu Academy and companies that include Ameren, Watlow and Barry-Wehmille Companies, Inc.

President of Cor Jesu Academy, Sister Barbara Thomas, said they’ve worked with each company so that a woman engineer is onsite to guide students.

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