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Parents Value Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Learning Opportunities Provided by Afterschool Programs
At this time when there is widespread concern that U.S. students are not prepared for a changing economy that relies on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), parents of nearly seven in 10 children who participate in afterschool report that their child's program offers STEM learning opportunities, according to a household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance. A special report released, Full STEM Ahead: Afterschool Programs Step Up as Key Partners in STEM Education, finds broad support among parents (70 percent) for providing STEM learning in afterschool, and high satisfaction (80 percent) with afterschool STEM offerings among parents of children in programs that provide this education. Findings from the new report are based on responses collected for America After 3PM from 30,000 U.S. households, including in-depth interviews with more than 13,000 parents and guardians. More than half of parents with children in afterschool (53 percent) say STEM was an important factor in choosing their child's program, the new report finds, and parents report that STEM activities are offered more often in urban than in rural and suburban programs.
Posted on 04 Oct 2015
Gender Bias at Work Turns Up in Feedback
Research suggests that men and women are assessed very differently at work. Specifically, managers are significantly more likely to critique female employees for coming on too strong, and their accomplishments are more likely than men's to be seen as the result of team, rather than individual efforts, finds new research from Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Those trends appear to hold up whether the boss making the assessments is male or female.
Posted on 04 Oct 2015
Tech Diversity: Apple Adds African-American To Board, Dropbox Hires Global Head Of Diversity
Two Silicon Valley giants are taking strides toward diversity this week, with Apple adding James Bell, an African-American business executive, to its board of directors while Dropbox has hired Judith Michell Williams, an African-American woman formerly with Google, to serve as its global head of diversity.
Posted on 04 Oct 2015
EU Code Week 2015 videos - Check out why coding skills are good to learn and the Ode to Code robot dance
During EU Code Week, 10 - 18 October, hundreds of thousands of people - children as well as adults - will celebrate creating with code. Check out some EU Code Week videos.
Posted on 04 Oct 2015
Safer Internet Forum 2015, 28- 29 Oct2015, Luxembourg
Safer Internet Forum (SIF) is a key annual international conference in Europe where policy makers, researchers, law enforcement bodies, youth, parents and carers, teachers, NGOs, industry representatives, experts and other relevant actors come together to discuss the latest trends, risks and solutions related to child online safety.
Posted on 04 Oct 2015
Changing the gender landscape of Australian science - Dr. Marguerite Evans-Galea, Science in Australia Gender Equity Initiative
Dr. Marguerite Evans-Galea is on the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Steering Committee, which is bringing the Athena SWAN Charter to Australia. The Australian Pilot of Athena SWAN begins in August 2015 and it is led by the Australian Academy of Science.
Posted on 25 Sep 2015
If you think women in tech is just a pipeline problem, you haven't been paying attention
According to the Harvard Business Review, 41% of women working in tech eventually end up leaving the field (compared to just 17% of men). When researcher Kieran Snyder interviewed 716 women who left tech after an average tenure of 7 years, almost all of them said they liked the work itself, but cited discriminatory environments as their main reason for leaving. In NSF-funded research, Nadya Fouad surveyed 5,300 women who had earned engineering degrees (of all types) over the last 50 years, and only 38% of them are still working as engineers.
Posted on 25 Sep 2015
Fifty-Three EU Robotics Projects at IROS 2015, Hamburg, 28. September - 02 October2015
This year's IROS 2015 conference will be a show in European excellence in the robotics field with 53 EU-funded projects presenting the most recent research and innovation in robotics. It's a unique opportunity to see how the EU programme on robotics contributes to progress in the field.
Posted on 25 Sep 2015
300GBP Grants for Robotics debates
The British Science Association wants to empower many more people 'not just scientists' to constructively engage in debates over science's role in their lives, their local economy, and the UK's future. To make sure conversations are happening at a local level, they plan to work with organisations on our Future Debates series, to run debates across the country. They want to find out what people think of a big issue in science and technology that could potentially have a significant impact on our society. Each year, Future Debates will focus on a particular issue. Our topic for this year is Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS). To support these events, event organisers can apply for grants of up to 300GBP to organise a debate around the topic of Robotics and Autonomous Systems. The events must be held between October 2015 and February 2016. Requests for funding will close on the 30th of September.
Posted on 25 Sep 2015
Take on the Ultimate STEM Challenge
BP has launched the Ultimate STEM Challenge, a competition in partnership with the Science Museum and STEMNET. This year, students aged 11-14 across the UK are being challenged to use their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills to develop energy efficient solutions to real-world challenges.
Students will have the chance to compete for prizes, including a cash prize of 500GBP to spend on science equipment or a field trip. The celebratory final event will take place during British Science Week at the Science Museum in London.
Posted on 25 Sep 2015

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