The Current State Of STEM In The United States

From Edudemic: “With all of this discussion and promotion of STEM in the United States and jobs in the associated fields, it can sometimes even feel like there’s a push to move students away from other fields, and from jobs that don’t require very specific STEM training. That said, its important to remember that there are a wide array of jobs that need to get done, and we’ll always need people to do them. Many of them are more STEM related than previously identified; Just because a particular job doesn’t require a graduate degree or a specialized type of degree beyond high school (for example: Engineers commonly need at least a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, if not a higher degree), doesn’t mean that it isn’t a STEM related job.

The handy infographic below from Fast Company takes a look at what they call the ‘hidden’ STEM economy. Using data from the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, it takes a look at a number of jobs that are not commonly thought of as being STEM related, but actually are. The concept of both white collar and blue collar STEM jobs is relatively new.”

Click here to read the full article and check out the infographic below.

Five innovative Kentucky companies

Innovation bubbleIn the wake of Fast Company ranking Kentucky high on two of its lists of characteristics that support innovation, The Lane Report wrote an article looking at five of the most innovative companies in Kentucky. Their list includes: Genscape, Lexmark, Appriss, Harshaw Trane, and Big Ass Fans. What companies would you add to that list?

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VAMPY 2013: STEAM Labs Photos

STEAM Labs was taught by Nielsen Pereira at VAMPY 2013. Here’s how the class was described on the VAMPY website:

People around the world now design and build Rube Goldberg®-style machines to satisfy society’s fascination with the creative contraptions. Apply the engineering design process to construct STEAM Machines™ (chain reaction machines that run on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math concepts) using everyday objects and technology such as motors, sensors, and micro-controllers. You will learn real-world engineering skills, gain experience with systems thinking and multi-team collaboration, and start exploring pathways to better understand careers in engineering.

Photos from the class can be seen below.

VAMPY 2013: Problem Solving Photos

Problems You Have Never Solved Before was taught by Catherine Poteet and Amar Patel at VAMPY 2013. Here’s how the course was described on the VAMPY website:

Have you ever had to build a boat out of concrete? Mail a potato chip? Find a way to clean polluted water? Drop an egg with only a few sheets of paper to safely catch it as it hits the ground? This class is designed to stretch your problem-solving and creative thinking skills. You will be required to solve unique, real-world related problems, and then communicate your processes and findings.

Photos from the class can be seen below.