We’ve gathered a list of articles and interesting websites covering many topics that might interest you, such as the importance of STEM education for K-12 students, college readiness, coding, and more.
21st Century Trade Skills
mikeroweWORKS Foundation – Founded by Mike Rowe of the Dirty Jobs tv show. This site offers scholarships for individuals who are seeking training in the tech/vocational fields.
How to filter talents to the trades – Great insight to the importance of making traditional and 21st century trade skills as much of an option as our current, common approach to education.
Book: Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work, by Matthew B. Crawford. All about how hands-on activities and work, whether for meditation and relaxation or as the method of actual work, enables the mind to be much more creative in many people.
National Science Competition Projects
How origami influences engineering:
The Origami Revolution – from PBS’ Nova
Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy – Learn more about robotics and programming of robots
How computers work – videos from Code.org featuring Bill Gates and others
Code.org – tutorials and more to promote coding and computer science
Snap! – a graphical programming language through the Univ. of California at Berkeley
Tinkering – a great site recommended by a 10 year old girl scout
Technology Education Lab (see all tabs on homepage)
JASON Learning – This website connects youth with inspiring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) role models via a live, interactive webcast series.
ComputerScienceOnline – excellent website for your children to learn about computer science before college
More women than men in life sciences but less in STEM – Connecticut college analysis
PBS SciGirls – real tween girls putting science and engineering to work in their everyday lives