The largest manufacturing exposition and conference in the Northeast, EASTEC, wrapped up in West Springfield, Mass., on May 16 with a series of speaker sessions focused on workforce development. Students, educators, and manufacturing representatives filed into the Manufacturing Brilliance Theater to hear solutions for filling job vacancies and how to get students engaged in STEM and manufacturing.
Last month, President Barack Obama hosted 100 student innovators from more than 40 states for the third annual White House Science Fair, celebrating student achievements in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. This year’s group of youths included app coders, algae growers, video game designers, city planners, roboticists, and rocket scientists.
Despite reports that maintain there is a shortage of science, tech, engineering, and mathematics talent, new analysis from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) contradicts such claims, revealing that only one of every two STEM college graduates is hired into a STEM job each year.
Ahead of the STEM Festival in South Washington in September, Leadership Clark County and Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council are inviting local businesses to participate in a series of programs over three days to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics among youth of all ages. Read more
ThomasNet, publisher of IMT Career Journal, on April 1 launched the ThomasNet North American Manufacturing Scholarship program to actively help the manufacturing sector close the STEM skills gap, providing up to 30 scholarships of $1,000 each to high-achieving students pursue their dreams in engineering, skilled trades, and supply chain management/business operations. Students have until July 1 to apply.
Becoming a top scholar was not easy for valedictorian-turned-author Stefanie Weisman, who, as a student, had the tendency to walk out of a classroom with “no idea” what was just discussed, something she attributes to an undiagnosed learning disability. Two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s later, she reveals to IMT Career Journal how her greatest challenge was keeping up with her ultra-competitive STEM courses to get a computer science degree. Here, she offers tips for STEM students. Read more
To produce more engineers, scientists, and other high-tech professionals requires, among other things, a rebranding of STEM that shows the importance of these fields to human progress. And as both the number and variety of solutions broaden, stakeholders are creatively engaging tomorrow’s STEM workforce by turning science into a sport. Science competitions can recapture the public’s imagination and engage student competitors in hands-on work and real-world practice that inspire them to pursue STEM careers. Read more