STEM & STEAM Programs Encourage a Generation of Leaders

STEM Education Programs

It’s a well-known fact that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers pay well and have high job placement rates. Despite this, K-12 students show less interest in pursuing careers in STEM disciplines, partly because teachers don’t introduce them to STEM concepts until middle school or high school. Educators traditionally focus on math and language arts, rather than all parts of STEM in early school years.
Teachers are working to change this trend by broadening their curriculum to include more STEM and STEAM topics. STEAM refers to programs that focus on both STEM subjects and on the arts. In STEM and STEAM education, youth don’t learn what to think, but instead, are taught how to think and approach real-life problems critically. By fostering this interest early on, educators are paving the way for the present youth to be future leaders and innovators.

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Carolyn Drives an Austin Electric Vehicle!

Women of Green Austin Electric

Women of Green founder Carolyn Parrs got to drive an Austin Electric Vehicle recently! These all-electric cars and pick-up trucks offer a green transportation option to businesses, institutions, non-profit organizations and more.

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Why Engineering Schools Need More Creative Women

Why Engineering Schools Need More Creative Women

Engineers are good at solving problems. We make bridges safer, computers faster and engines more efficient. Today, the profession is working on an especially thorny problem: gender equity in higher education. While other fields of study continue to make significant advances towards gender equity, engineering schools are still struggling to pull their numbers of women students past the 20 per cent threshold. This week, McMaster University is hosting a conference for more than 150 deans of engineering from schools around the world. One of the major issues we’re discussing at this Global Engineering Deans Council Conference is the gender imbalance that remains a challenge across the field. We are making progress, but we need a breakthrough.

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Indigenous Peoples Lead the Way in Environmental Stewardship

In a world first this year, one of the local Maori tribes in the country’s North Island won a 140-year-old battle for recognition of their river as an ancestor. The new status for the Whanganui River – the country’s third-largest – now means if it is harmed in any way, for example, degradation of its waters, the new law will consider the harm inflicted on the river the same as it would a real person.

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“Tropical Tycoon” Nely Galan Inspires Other American Latina Entrepreneurs

Nely Galan, Media Mogul

Nely Galan is one of the most influential Latinas in the world. Her advice to women? “Ladies, don’t buy shoes, buy buildings. Dream a bigger dream.” When Nely Galan was a little girl, she didn’t hang posters of movie stars and musicians on her wall. She hung a photo of Sherry Lansing, the first woman to head a Hollywood studio. Women need to see someone else succeed—to know that their dreams are possible, and attainable by someone who’s not so different from them. Galan grew up to become that woman for others in the Latina community and beyond. From Having Nothing To (Almost) Having It All That girl with business heroes went on to become a TV station manager in New Jersey by the time she was 22 years old. After three years of running it like it was her own business, the station was sold. She was crushed—this defining moment is one she loves to retell—and she confronted her employer. “How could you do this to me?” she asked. “You need to get your own chips,” he replied. “These are mine.” So she did. Galan started her own production company, consulted for networks, and, after many years of not […]

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‘Queen Bee Syndrome’ among women at work is a myth

Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

“Queen bee syndrome” – displayed by leading professional women who keep other females out – is a myth, according to a study. The new research reportedly looked at top management teams in 1,500 companies over a 20-year period and found that where women had been appointed chief executive, other women were more likely to make it into senior positions.

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The Older We Get, The Less Eco We Get

Sad but true, as we get older, we choose economics over the environment. What can we do to change this? Share your thoughts below!

I recognize that I do not see a random sample of young people by teaching graduate students in environmental policy and sustainability management at Columbia University. I also confess that my visit last week to Portland, Oregon to meet with sustainability management students at Willamette University is influencing my mindset. Portland has been working on sustainability for a long time, and it shows. Caveats aside, I find that more and more people born since the mid 1980’s have internalized aspects of an environmental ethos, and that awareness will soon have a major impact on American politics. While Gallup continues to poll on what I consider the false tradeoff between economic growth and environmental protection, even their data reports growing environmental awareness, especially among young people.

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From our heart to yours! Happy Valentines Day

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Happiness Holiday to You…

May this be a reminder that you are so needed in this world, at this time, to be the good, the change, the one (and you know what that is for you). If you are waiting for something to shift to do that, to be that, then don’t. The time is now.

Happiness holiday to you and your family. May you have the courage this year to just say YES.

From all of us at Women Of Green

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Women Of Green!

 

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