This morning at the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference in Austin, Texas, actress, neuroscientist, and keynote speaker Mayim Bialik presented awards for the publication’s Best STEM High Schools in 2013.
The U.S. News rankings are based on the evaluation of 500 “gold medal” public schools on its Best High Schools list, and STEM test data for 2011 from Advanced Placement (AP). While 500 schools were eligible, only half — 250 institutions — made the cut. The top three schools were the same as in 2012, with High Technology High School, in Lincroft, N.J., ranked as the best STEM high school for the third consecutive year.
According to U.S. News, students at the top-ranked school come from more than 50 school districts and are able to earn a college credit at Brookdale Community College, also in Lincroft, which offers a class in sustainable energy. Freshmen at the school can enroll in engineering design and software applications classes. For the comprehensive list of the top-ranking STEM high schools, click here.
Top 5 of the Best High Schools for STEM (with STEM Index out of 100)
1) High Technology High School (Lincroft, N.J.), 97.2
2) Thomas Jefferson High School For Science and Technology (Alexandria, Va.), 95.5
3) Troy High School (Fullerton, Calif.), 89.9
4) Academy of Allied Health and Science (Neptune, N.J.), 88.3
5) Lynbrook High School (San Jose, Calif.), 88.0
As a brand ambassador for Texas Instruments (TI), Bialik noted at the U.S. News conference that “no matter where kids go to school, all students should be afforded equal access to an education.” TI offers innovative classroom technology aimed at teaching STEM efficiently.
The actress currently stars on the TV show Big Bang Theory, and earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience at UCLA. She is an active advocate in STEM outreach, getting more students and girls to participate in the math and science fields.
Bialik is one of numerous keynote speakers at the STEM Solutions conference, which runs June 17-19. The conference, at the Austin Convention Center, brings together more than 2,000 U.S. leaders in business, education, and government, who will address STEM issues and propose for solutions for filling the STEM talent pipeline for the U.S. workforce . Conference tracks include sessions on the roles of colleges and institutions in spreading STEM awareness, closing the gender gap, and a session on companies that deliver continuing education, to name a few.
See more on the conference here.