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Breaking the STEM Ceiling for Girls
The World Bank
Although just as many girls as boys are completing high-school level education, and more women graduate from university worldwide than men, women remain a minority in the STEM fields. In the United States, for example, women earn only about 35 percent of the undergraduate degrees in STEM, a number that has remained unchanged for the past decade, even though they account for almost 60 percent of college graduates. And that statistic hides differences across STEM fields, with women earning about 40 percent of the degrees in mathematics, but only 18 percent of those in computer sciences or engineering.
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Mike Rowe: You Have to Make Work Cool Again to Make America Great Again
Working Nation
Mike Rowe, former host of Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" and advocate of the skilled trades through his foundation mikeroweWORKS, made his third appearance before a congressional committee to talk about jobs and education's role in tackling the widening skills gap problem in this country. Rowe was invited to be part of a panel to discuss the state of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in America, as well as changes that can be made to strengthen CTE and better prepare students for the workforce.
Engineers Week 2017: Dreaming Big and Inspiring Students
American Society of Civil Engineers
Every February, engineers worldwide seize on Engineers Week to engage with grade-school students and help them envision careers in the profession.
This year has provided even more reason for excitement with the foundation DiscoverE's official 2017 theme, Engineers Dream Big, linked to the release of ASCE's inspiring, giant-screen movie Dream Big: Engineering Our World. ASCE is co-chair of 2017 Engineers Week.
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Aquaponics STEM Classrooms In Action, Part 3
Aquaponics USA
After graduating from California State University, Channel Islands, Mr. Luke Hanes started his teaching career at Rosamond High School in Rosamond, California at the beginning of the school year in 2015, where there was a fully functioning STEM Food Growing System waiting for him to give it some TLC.
Around the Community:
Scholarship Opportunity: SkillsUSA STEM
SkillsUSA is offering multiple $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors in high school as well as college/postsecondary students whose area of study will lead them into a STEM-related field. This scholarship program is part of SkillsUSA's STEM Fund. The STEM Fund was established to raise public awareness that career and technical education an integral part of STEM. Online applications are due March 15th.

Job Opening: Director of STEM Policy at Afterschool Alliance
This position offers an experienced professional an excellent opportunity to build on the gains made to date in advancing afterschool STEM and cement the role of afterschool programs in national and state STEM education policies and initiatives. Working with the Vice President of Policy, the STEM Policy Director will lead the STEM policy work for the Afterschool Alliance and ensure that it is well-supported by research and communications.

Grant Opportunity: Upward Bound Math and Science Program
The UB Program is a discretionary grant program that supports projects designed to provide students with the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter into, and succeed in, a program of postsecondary education. There are three types of grants under the UB Program: UB; Veterans UB; and UB Math and Science (UBMS) grants. The UBMS Program supports projects designed to prepare high school students for postsecondary education programs that lead to careers in the fields of math and science.
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The Week Ahead:
(9:30 AM)
NASA Advisory Council


3/15: STEM Education

(10:30 AM)

Senate Appropriations Committee (Labor, HHS, Ed)


3/15: Diversity and Inclusion Fuels Innovation in STEM Reception

(5:00 PM)

Society of Women Engineers


3/16: Investing in the Future - Early Childhood Education Programs

(10:00 AM)

House Appropriations Committee (Labor, HHS, Ed) 


3/16: What's Next for STEM Education: Boosting Teachers and Teaching

(1:00 PM) 

New America 

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