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STEM News Roundup: A Busy Week in STEM News

STEM News Roundup: A Busy Week in STEM News

This week has been quite the busy week in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) news. Check out some of this week's biggest STEM headlines below.

State Partners with Tech Company to Bring Virtual Makerspaces to All Public Libraries

Maryland's network of public libraries has announced a partnership with the edtech company Workbench to bring virtual makerspaces to all of the state's 200 plus public libraries.

The move further signifies the solidification of the modern-day library in the maker movement, a movement that embraces the inventors and other creative thinkers who comprise STEM fields.

Read the full story.

Big Screen Film "Hidden Figures" Provides Big Message to STEM Learners

The latest buzzed-about movie to hit the theaters, "Hidden Figures" is receiving a lot of buzz not only for being a great film, but also for carrying an inspiring message that is crucial to the diversification of the STEM workforce.

Based on the real yet remarkably infrequently told story of Katherine G. Johnson, the film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe to pack the perfect punch of star-power guaranteed to capture a growing generation's attention.

Katherine Johnson and her colleagues are the African American women who contributed to the important mission of launching John Glenn into orbit. "Hidden" no longer, their stories are the ones that young future STEM learners of all races, ethnicities and backgrounds need to hear.

Read the full story.

The Best and Worst Cities for STEM Professionals

WalletHub has released another one of its "best and worst" in education lists, this time aggregating data that indicates the best and worst cities in the U.S. for STEM professionals.

Using 17 different metrics, the list ranks 100 of the most populous cities in the country.

Examples of cities that STEM professionals fare well in include Seattle, San Jose and Boston, while these same professionals are less likely to have positive experiences in cities like Honolulu, Birmingham and Memphis.

See the full list here.

House Passes Bills Designed to Promote Women in Science

Two bills crafted to help women enter STEM professions has passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The first, called The Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act, helps women obtain entrepreneurial support through the National Science Foundation while the second, called The Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers Women Act, helps women pursue aerospace careers through NASA.

Read the full story.

Nicole Gorman, Senior Education World Contributor


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