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Generation STEM:What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (PDF)

The goal of the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) is to elevate the voices of girls on issues that matter to them and their futures. The aim of this report is to explore how girls can better become engaged in STEM through examination of what girls themselves say are their interests and perceptions about these important fields.


Students’ Attitudes Toward STEM: Development of an Instrument for High School STEM-Based Programs (PDF)

The intent of this study was to develop an instrument to measure the current level of attitude that students’ exhibit toward STEM education.


Distinguishing the Factors Influencing College Students’ Choice of Major

Choosing a college major represents a major life decision — a decision that research has shown to be the most frequently identified life regret for Americans. The focus of this study is to identify the foundations of the psychological process by which undergraduate students select their academic majors. A meansend analysis was first employed to identify the factors that students consider integral to the process of selecting a major. This qualitative study was followed by a large-sample survey of undergraduate students and used conjoint analysis to better understand how “important” the identified factors are to students as part of this decision-making process. Finally, feedback from practitioners was sought and used to create a list of recommendations for recruiting and advising today’s college students. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]


The STEM Workforce Challenge: the Role of the Public Workforce System in a National Solution for a Competitive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce (PDF)


U.S. Youth Reluctant to Pursue STEM Careers, ASQ Survey Says (PDF)


Microsoft Releases National Survey Findings on How to Inspire the Next Generation of Doctors, Scientists, Software Developers and Engineers
Microsoft Corp. today announced the findings of two national surveys, conducted online by Harris Interactive, of college students currently pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees and of parents of K–12 students. The goal of the surveys was to gain insight about what can better prepare and inspire students to pursue post-secondary education in STEM subjects.


New Jersey STEM Vital Signs
The future of New Jersey depends on its ability to boost student performance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Young people in New Jersey will increasingly face stiff competition for jobs from people across the world, and to succeed in the global economy, students will need a much stronger foundation in STEM subject areas.


Career and Technical Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics’ (NCES) Career/Technical Education (CTE) Statistics system derives data about career/technical education primarily from existing NCES surveys. Some of the most informative data in the CTE Statistics system are from high school transcript data. This method of obtaining data provides a more accurate and complete picture of participation in career/technical education than can be obtained by other means. The CTE Statistics system also uses data from NCES’ surveys of postsecondary students, secondary and postsecondary faculty, adult learners, and from longitudinal surveys that track students through high school and into the labor market and/or postsecondary education.

Education Longitudinal Study of 2002: Base Year (PDF)
Follow Up (PDF)


STEM Assessment Devices

Arizona State University developed several tests that assess the test-takers’ in STEM-related careers.


STEM Careers Take Too Much Work, Students Say In New Survey


STEM (PDF)

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce has released a document that examines the role of STEM careers in the current workforce. The report examines the shortage of STEM workers and the economic consequences that the United States faces if we do not encourage more workers and potential workers to pursue STEM careers.


National STEM Education Board made the following six recommendations to the Obama administration regarding STEM education (PDF)

In the following article, Dr. Hayes Blaine Lantz writes about the “T&E” in STEM and how it is important to integrate the four studies into singular thematic experiences, starting at a young age. He also discusses the elements of the 21st Century Skills as a part of STEM education.


Hayes Blaine Lantz, Jr. Ed.D. – VP of STEM Curriculum at CurrTech Integrations

The Overlooked STEM Imperatives: Technology and Engineering K-12 Education, ITEEA 2009


Duncan Letter (PDF)

ITEEA STEM Connections Newsletter Archives


STEM Connections


Firm Says Analysis Shows Engineers From Harvey Mudd Earn Highest Salaries

CNNMoney.com (7/22, Ellis) reported that salary-tracker firm PayScale.com released a report Thursday on the pay for new grads at 999 bachelor degree-granting institutions as well as median mid-career salaries of those with 10 years in the field. The analysis showed “Harvey Mudd alums go on to earn a mid-level salary of around $126,000,” while Dartmouth College, Harvard, California Institute of Technology, Colgate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, Duke and Bucknell rounded out the top ten list of schools with the highest-paid mid-career graduates.” The “best-paying degrees” in the analysis were “petroleum engineers,” who “earn a starting salary of $93,000 and a mid-level salary of $157,000. That’s $49,000 more than the next most lucrative majors, aerospace engineering and chemical engineering, which both produce graduates earning a salary of around $108,000.” The third-highest paying major was “electrical engineering…with mid-level pay of $104,000 per year, followed by nuclear engineering, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, physics and computer engineering.”

Florida Foundation Program Designed To Meet STEM Goals

The Daily Tell (7/22, Butler) website reported that the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice announced a five-year program that “will invest between $500,000 and $2.5 million annually” for STEM preparation “in three high schools and five middle schools in the Sarasota and Charlotte counties of Florida.” The foundation “hopes that, if successful, the program will be implemented in more counties across Florida.” The foundation program “incorporates two strategies for helping Florida students master mathematics and science. First, the program aims to improve teacher readiness and preparation to meet Florida’s Next Generation Math and Science standards,” and “second…to collaborate with employers and internship providers to enhance student opportunities that increase achievement and promote readiness” in STEM topics.

Engineering Camp Gives Massachusetts Students Introduction To Opportunities

MassLive.com (7/22, Sallerson) reported, “While their friends may be spending the summer watching television or playing video games, the students attending an engineering camp at Springfield Technical Community College are busy expanding their minds and exploring possibilities.” The students use the Boston Museum of Science’s “Engineering the Future” curriculum, and have so far done projects that “included building a model deck, towers, rockets, steam-powered ‘put-put boats’ and a mouse detector.” They also have visited engineering companies in the region each Thursday, including “Thorn Industries, a company…that manufactures medical implants and surgical instruments.” Summer program instructor Gary Janulewicz, who also teaches at the high school’s engineering academy, said, “It helps them with an interest (and) a focus. … They see that there are opportunities out there. They better understand the skills that are necessary to be successful.”

Pittsburg State Camps Focus On Teamwork In Technology

The Pittsburg (KS) Morning Sun (7/22, Nash) reported that “students in the Pittsburg State Construct Your Future summer technology camp have spent their week making bridges and mixing concrete,” albeit with “Popsicle sticks and hot glue.” The kids are part of summer technology camps in “robotics, plastics and construction” that offer “mostly the basics of each field, and an advanced session…next week.” Camp leader Jim Otter, who is also chairman of the Department of Construction Management and Construction Engineering Technology, said, “The camps have some common goals, and the first is that teamwork is critical. … We teach problem solving and critical thinking, and how to create something. We want to expose the kids to technology and get them to know a little about construction or a little about robotics. That way, they can find there is more to robotics than just clipping Legos together.”

Cerrito College Holds STEM Summer Workshops

The Downey (CA) Patriot (7/22) reported that “Cerritos College’s Pathway Programs hosted middle school and high school students in summer workshops, where they were introduced to careers” in STEM topics and covered “topics such as robotics” and “solidworks.” The program “was funded by the Career Technical Education Pathways Initiative Grant provided by the Economic and Workforce Development Department of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.”