LittleBits’ latest product, the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Student Set, debuts March 8, and it mirrors CEO Ayah Bdeir’s own personal history: “I wanted to be a designer,” she said, “but my parents said I owed to myself to be an engineer.” She became both.
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No one disputes that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Eric Schmidt built their careers—and fortunes—on their technical know-how. But their successes wouldn’t have occurred if they hadn’t pursued softer subjects like psychology and international relations.
University of Pittsburgh student entrepreneurs will soon be able to compete for $18,000 in prizes.
One girl will land an internship with Marvel Studios.
Marvel is launching a new program to encourage more teenage girls to explore the possibility of a career in scientific fields.
What do the aerospace, semiconductor, and audio equipment industries have in common? They’re all part of the advanced industries sector, which the Brookings Institution defines as 50 industries characterized by their “deep involvement” with STEM.
In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama pushed for an emphasis on "offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one."
Obama pushing for stronger Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students during his State of the Union address isn't new.
Obama keeps calling for better STEM students, so how's America doing?
TEAMS FROM 30 HIGH SCHOOLS HONED ENGINEERING SKILLS, CREATIVITY
PITTSBURGH, Dec. 16, 2015 – Hempfield Area High School took top honors in Carnegie Science Center’s Chain Reaction Contraption Contest on Friday, Dec. 11, with its “Humpty Dumpty”-themed contraption. Thirty-five teams from 30 area high schools participated in the engineering competition, which this year challenged teams to “Tell a Story.”
SpaceX just did something amazing.
After helping to launch 11 communications satellites to orbit the spaceflight company managed to bring back the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket to Earth, landing it on a pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida as people in mission control and around the world looked on, cheering.
"The Falcon has landed," an announcer on the SpaceX webcast said.
Since the 1970s, Department of Mechanical Engineering course 2.007 has introduced undergraduate students to hands-on designing and building.
These gifts could help kids fall in love with science and math.
One afternoon in 2012, Matt Stewart was in the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh watching kids play with puzzle pieces. The pieces were part of an exhibit Stewart helped design to teach the building blocks of coding to children as young as four. He soon noticed one young girl taking charge with some puzzle pieces, and showing her classmates how to use them to solve problems.
While parents and teachers alike will be busy with holiday activities throughout the month of December, they should mark their calendars from December 7-13th for Computer Science Education Week.
2016 Category Descriptions
The Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Award recognizes accomplishments in the areas of manufacturing and materials processes which have led to significant business, economic, or societal benefits for the region.
Leaders of 27 Networks Nationwide Exchange Strategies for Building Equitable, Real-World STEM Learning Opportunities for Students
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 12, 2015 – Representatives from Carnegie Science Center and the Remake Learning Council were among those who gathered in Washington, D.C., this week representing the newly formed Pittsburgh Regional STEM Ecosystem.
Every parent dreams of their children turning into adults with successful careers they love. But how can you tell if your kid has a bright future in one of the fastest-growing industries in the world?
Starting in December, you can apply to become a NASA astronaut. Starting Dec. 14, the space agency will accept applications for the next class of astronaut candidates — some of whom may be involved in a future Mars mission.
“I’m worried about my company becoming too dude-ish,” the founder said. “How do I hire more women engineers?” I gladly took that call. A leader’s job is to build the team with as few blind spots as possible (“diverse by construction”), then guide them to their potential.
The founder who called me worries that in the competitive war for talent his startup might be ignoring, or worse yet, repelling a meaningful set of candidates.
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Dear Pittsburgh Regional STEM Education Advocate and Supporter,
Sixth-grade students at Lighthouse Community Charter in Oakland, California, eagerly pull laptops off a cart and settle down with a partner to experiment with Turtle Art, a program meant to introduce them to the basics of programming and some math concepts.