Tag Archives: STEM

Philly ‘STEMists’ Head to National Competition

15 Jun

As the school year winds down, students from across the country are gearing up to compete in the National Engineering Design Competition.

MESA Design Competition - 6.15.15

In April, I attended the MESA Day Prosthetic Arm Competition organized by Dr. Jamie Bracey, director of STEM Education, Outreach and Research at Temple University. Dr. Bracey leads Pennsylvania Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA).

Teams of “STEMists” from seven high schools – Abraham Lincoln, Edison, Frankford, G.W. Carver, High School of the Future, Hill-Freeman World Academy and Penn Wood – competed for an all-expenses-paid trip to Utah to represent Pennsylvania in the national competition. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Their challenge was to design and build a low-cost prosthetic arm suitable for an urban environment.

The day began with inspiring keynote remarks by Ken Scott, an electrical engineer, who shared how he got started in engineering.

MESA - Ken Scott - 6.15.15

Scott said:

A lot of it is curiosity. If you like solving problem, engineering is for you. No one is better at solving problems than engineers. It’s about having the initiative to do different things. … Engineers rule the world. Everything starts with engineering.

The teams were judged on a number of tasks, distance accuracy, object relocation and dexterity, design efficiency, technical paper and academic poster presentation.

MESA Judges - 6.15.15

And the winner is …

MESA - 1st Place - 6.15.15

Good luck to Dr. Bracey and the awesome STEMists from George Washington Carver High School.

Dr. Jamie Bracey: Walking the STEM Talk

4 Nov

A lot of people talk about the need to broaden the funnel of youth who pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. Fact is, the changing demographics make it an economic imperative.

Dr. Jamie Bracey, director of STEM Education, Outreach and Research at Temple University, walks the talk.

Jamie Bracey

Dr. Bracey leads Pennsylvania MESA, an initiative that is “designed to prepare students for academic and professional careers in mathematics, engineering, science, and technology.” She says the key to STEM success is OTL and MTP.

OTP

Dr. Bracey’s success in seeding the STEM pipeline is recognized in the September issue of Black Enterprise:

Pennsylvania MESA is equipping middle and high school students with the tools they need to compete in the global market.

Read more: Unlocking Innovation in Teens

STEM Everywhere

11 Jun

A new report by the Brookings Institution found that STEM is, well, everywhere. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.

STEM is Everywhere

Some key findings:

  • Workers in STEM fields play a direct role in driving economic growth. And it’s not just jobs in the innovation economy. As of 2011, 26 million U.S. jobs require a high level of knowledge in any one STEM field. The “hidden” STEM economy represents 20 percent of all jobs.
  • Half of all STEM jobs are available to workers without a four-year college degree, and these jobs pay $53,000 on average.
  • Half of all STEM jobs are in manufacturing, health care, or construction industries.
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations constitute 12 percent of all STEM jobs, one of the largest occupational categories. Other blue-collar or technical jobs in fields such as construction and production also frequently demand STEM knowledge.

Read more: The Hidden STEM Economy

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