Insufficient STEM education costing Washington 25K jobs

Technology jobsWashington is facing a shortage of qualified STEM workers. From “A new report shows the benefits Washingtonians would reap if the state addressed its weak support for science in higher education. The study, released Tuesday evening by the Washington Roundtable and The Boston Consulting Group, claims that Washington is leaving 25,000 jobs unfilled because there aren’t enough qualified job applicants.”

Click here to read more about the crisis in Washington.

Owensboro Ind. seeks “District of Innovation” status

Students in a computer labFrom KSBA: “Administrators at Owensboro Public Schools want to break a few laws — seven, if they get their way. The district will file an application to become a state-approved District of Innovation in the coming weeks. The plan, penned by a team of 21 educators, proposes two separate but cohesive plans that call for a scheduling overhaul at the third- and fourth-grade level in participating schools and establishes a learning academy and ‘master teachers’ who would follow cohorts of at-risk sixth-graders for years to come.”

Click here to read the details of Owensboro Independent’s proposal.

Removing Obstacles to STEM Education is Critical


Dr. Mohammad H. Qayoumi, president of San Jose State University, said this about STEM education in a piece for the Huffington Post: “Embracing technology is critically important, as 21st-century jobs will increasingly require an educated and highly skilled workforce. Over the next 10 years, 5 out of 8 new jobs and 8 out of 10 of the highest paying positions in the United States will be in careers related to science, technology, education, and math (STEM) subjects.

But in a decade the United States could face a shortage of one million STEM graduates. The nation’s economic vitality hangs in the balance.”

Read the solutions Dr. Qayoumi suggests here.


Boy Scouts get involved with STEM

Boy Scouts in STEM
Courtesy of the Portsmouth Daily Times

From the Portsmouth Daily Times: “The Boy Scouts Simon Kenton Council hosted a special STEM University at Portsmouth High School on Saturday, with workshops giving scouts an opportunity to earn their merit badges in science.

The Simon Kenton Council includes 18 counties in Ohio and northern Kentucky, and includes the Tecumseh District of Scioto, Adams, and Lawrence counties in Ohio, and Greenup County in Kentucky. Scouts from all 18 counties were invited to attend the free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) University at Portsmouth High School on Saturday.”

Read more: Portsmouth Daily Times – Be prepared for STEM education”

KY Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

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From the KY Entrepreneur Hall of Fame website:

The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame is a physical and virtual destination that shares and celebrates the stories of Kentucky’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Our mission is to raise awareness of the impact that entrepreneurship has made in the Commonwealth and encourage others to pursue similar ambitious endeavors.

The class of 2012 was inducted on November 13th, 2012 at 6pm. Registration is by invite only. If you would like to attend, please send us an email.

Nominations are open for the class of 2013. To nominate, fill out this form. Anyone can nominate.

If you have questions or would like to become involved please email us

Kodable and the KidTech Summit


Kodable is an iPad curriculum that introduces kids to programming fundamentals and logic lessons.  The fuzz family crash landed on Smeeborg and they need your help navigating the Technomazes! Use drag and drop commands to direct your fuzz through the colorful lighted maze. Don’t get lost, or your fuzz might not be too happy! Kodable is for ages 5 and up and is available to download from the iPad App Store.

For more information on the KidTech Summit, check out the flyer below:


Episode 16: Kodable & KidTech Summit

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Courtesy of SurfScore

Kodable is an iPad centered curriculum, teaching K-2nd grade students the fundamentals of programming. The KidTech Summit is March 23 at the Oldham County Public Library and its purpose is to get kids in Kentucky excited about STEM. Organizations from Louisville, Lexington and Oldham County will demonstrate the power and possibilities of STEM to kids.

Both Kodable and the KidTech Summit involve Grechen Huebner, and in this episode of the Innovation Update, Josh talks with Grechen about her efforts to increase enthusiasm for STEM in Kentucky and expose students to just how empowering it is to learn programming.


Honoring Women in STEM History

Scientist holding beakerFrom AAUW: “March is Women’s History Month, and the theme for this year is Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). AAUW is excited that this year’s theme highlights STEM because it provides a great chance to recognize the women who have broken barriers to succeed in STEM throughout history.”

Learn more about how women in STEM will be honored this month.

Is Deficiency in STEM Education Hurting IT?

IT OfficeFrom The Data Center Journal: “Education is arguably the national pastime in the U.S. Americans love to talk about its importance and pour lots of money into it. For all the talk (and dollars), however, the results seem abysmal, and technology companies often complain about a lack of talent—usually owing to poor STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. But is there really a problem, and if so, what should be done about it?”

Click here to find out what can be done.