By Devin Partida
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There’s no denying that STEM fields lack diversity. For example, engineering and computer science, two of the most lucrative fields, remain male-dominated. According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), 21% of engineering college students and 19% of computer science majors are female.
Many organizations, colleges, and universities are trying to address these gaps through various educational measures. This comes at a time when emerging technologies are being widely used across multiple industries, and more women are needed to pursue these fields to meet job demand.
One study found that role-model intervention had positive and significant effects on female respondents. A study from The Lyda Hill Foundation & The Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media reports that more women, especially Asian-American and Latinx women, have entered STEM fields since the late 1990s, but the statistics remain low.
Here are some female STEM professionals that can serve as role models.
Furhat Robotics has acquired US-based social robotics company Misty Robotics. The acquisition also means that Furhat Robotics has now expanded operations to the US market. Both the Furhat and Misty robots will continue to be on the market (initially under different brands and websites), and over time during this year integrated under the same brand with a strong vision and the strength of a new team.
The companies claim they are operating from a “unified vision”, and say that Furhat Robotics will continue to support the Misty Robotics brand, helping develop and expand the product range, as well as integrating Furhat and Misty features to enhance future social robots.
RobotLAB, as a platform-agnostic company is here to support our customers regardless of the ownership of the manufacturing company. Our commitment is to guide, troubleshoot and offer the last updates about Furhat and Misty!
The Furhat team suggests that its own product — a robot with a rear-projected animated face on it — is great for social robots that need to have an adult personality, such as airports, train stations, or medical applications. What Misty adds to the mix is something that is far more extensible, and can be more expressive with its little arms and facial expression. Nonetheless, the Furhat team explains that while the two robots look very different, they have a lot in common, as well.
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By Dan Matthews
Teaching in a STEM environment is tricky. No matter how hard you try, it always seems as though some students just can’t resonate with the learning material, or have had so many negative experiences with STEM in other classrooms that they’re unwilling to try due to fear of failure or embarrassment.
This is a problem for society, as well as teachers. Many of the social issues we face require STEM-oriented solutions, yet our education system consistently produces students who feel alienated from STEM subjects, and 52% of students report that it’s too difficult.
In reality, these students probably can achieve great things in STEM fields — they just didn’t connect with the subject matter at school. As a teacher, you can overcome this by foregrounding practical application in the classroom. This will help recapture the imagination of alienated or undermotivated students and will help lift the mood in the room.
Robots have been a point of fascination and study for centuries as researchers and inventors have sought to explore the potential for automated technology. While there’s a long history of the development and creation of autonomous machines, mobile, quadrupedal robots — or four-legged robotic dogs — have seen a significant boom in the last few decades.
Education is heavily reliant on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Schools have been forced to adapt or face the consequences.
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It wasn’t long ago that coding was seen by many as an odd hobby for geeks tinkering with computers in their basements. But over the past several years, coding has progressed from a hobby to a critical career skill. Even better for those hobbyists? Employers have shown a willingness to pay a premium for the work of employees with coding and programming ability.
Knowing this, you might be wondering if coding is something you should consider. But there are still a lot of questions to be answered. How long does it take to learn to code? Why should I learn to code? We asked professionals from a wide variety of careers to help answer your questions and share their thoughts on the benefits of learning to code. Whether you’re a marketer, a mom, a business owner, or just curious about the craft, we’re ready to convince you why coding is an important skill worth adding to your toolbox.
By Lisa O’Masta, President, Learning A-Z
Lessons learned over the course of the pandemic have highlighted ways that schools and districts can best support teachers and students.