In an ever-changing, increasingly complex world, it’s more important than ever that our nation’s youth are prepared to bring knowledge and skills to solve problems, make sense of information, and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions. These are the kinds of skills that students develop in science, technology, engineering, and math, including computer science—disciplines collectively known l STEM Opportunities for Students as STEM/CS.
If we want a nation where our future leaders, neighbors, and workers can understand and solve some of the complex challenges of today tomorrow, and to meet the demands of the dynamic and evolving workforce, building students’ skills, content knowledge, and literacy in STEM fields is essential.
The United State government and agencies offer a myriad of resources and opportunities for all ages. This link takes you to the US Department of Education website with links to newsletters, educational opportunities, funding resources, strategies, etc… https://www.ed.gov/stem
This link will take you to Science.gov, a primary source for searching Federally-sponsored opportunities and programs for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas. These opportunities range from scholarships, research internships, and graduate fellowships that under- graduate and graduate students can apply to directly to funding opportunities for academic institutions to establish innovative undergraduate and graduate training programs. https://www.science.gov/STEM_Opportunities.html
An amazing array of Federal agencies offer internships, fellowships, scholarships and research collaborations. It’s often overwhelming to try and find out what’s available so having these resources together on these pages is a real benefit!
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December 2022 Newsletter article on STEM
Andrea Hanson, AAUW La Crosse Branch President, encourages everyone to read the 11/15/22 article from “The 19th” entitled, “What holds women back from the tech industry.” I was dismayed to learn that progress has not only stopped, but regressed for women and nonbinary people entering tech. How depressing it is to know Black and Latina women hold only 5% of all computing jobs. I was not surprised, though. Computer science students in my WGSS 100 classes have been sharing their experiences of being an “only” or “one of a few” for years.
You can read the full article here: https://19thnews.org/2022/11/ girls-who-code-tech-gender-gap/
AAUW has long documented the significant and intersectional STEM equity issues in all levels of education, and workplaces. Initiatives to encourage and support girls and women in STEM share a long history as well. STEM fields were represented among AAUW founders. STEMEd for Girls is one of AAUW’s newest program. Launched as an online program in 2021, it features mailed STEM kits, live streamed workshops with women scientists, and support for parent and caregiver involvement.
In-person workshops are planned for summer 2023. Take a look: https://www.aauw.org/resources/ programs/stemed-for-girls/
The WI-AAUW has challenged every branch to host a yearly STEM program. To make this happen, our Branch needs a STEM Coordinator. Jeanne Tondryk, out-going WI-AAUW state STEM coordinator, shared with me wonderful program ideas in a recent phone conversation. One idea is simply promoting 2023 STEMEd for Girls through our area’s diverse youth- serving programs. I know we will find excitement for this project, not only in schools and colleges, but also nonprofits, civic organizations and businesses. What a joy it would be to support girls’ and nonbinary youth of color interest in STEM! (Note: Offering support and opportunities for nonbinary youth in our programming is needed more than ever.)