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UMass announces STEM fellowships

Take a look at how the University of Massachusetts is providing fellowships for graduate students from “historically underrepresented groups”… https://www.gazettenet.com/UMass-Amherst-creates-STEM-fellowship-for-underrepresented-groups-19453320

What are your thoughts?

I think this is great that a university is proactively trying to encourage diversity into STEM subjects, however, there needs to be careful considerations put into place to no be indirectly “offensive” and drive a wedge between the students who achieved the same thing but without the fellowship.

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Sexism towards STEM YouTube Channels

“Despite progress towards greater equality in STEM, female science communicators on YouTube continue to face bias and social discrimination, impacting their popularity and reception among viewers,” concluded the researchers.

Take a look:

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/rude-youtube-comments-may-explain-lack-of-female-stem-hosts-1.3568086?mode=amp

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STEM becoming STEAM

A growing debate is regarding the placing of ‘A’ into STEM, standing for Art.

Many people are asking whether Art belongs…

As I have said in other posts, there is a definite need for aligning job roles and careers to creative interests. The example I often use is how Art skills is desired for UX Designers, and likewise for many other subjects that can feed into STEM subjects.

All industries are crying out for more STEM trained professionals, and the primary route for this is to be a STEM graduate. But it is just as important to have soft skills, the way to learn those are through creative and practical ways.

Whatever letters do or do not get added, the bottom line is that there are careers in all sectors that need both STEM training and creative skills. So don’t ever feel that you aren’t “clever” enough etc to be in an IT or engineering job, because there is a place for all skills.

Take a look at a few articles on the debate:

https://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2014/11/18/ctq-jolly-stem-vs-steam.html

http://www.statepress.com/article/2018/03/spartcult-the-team-for-steam

https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252439491/Oracle-MBX-Oracle-uses-interns-and-grads-to-encourage-others-into-Stem

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12%

That is the percentage of female engineering and technology undergraduates in the UK.

This needs to change, and it is good to see it reported that the government is trying to push initiatives alongside industry leaders for a goal of equalism in these sectors. But, I think it would also be good to see the universities’ and colleges taking a more proactive approach to recruit, spark an interest and inspire women to do these degrees. Not just to boast the stats, but because this is what is needed.

I also think it is interesting that the article says “The challenge the modern woman has in the workforce is the expectation to do and be EVERYTHING.”, this could be why women don’t want to have that pressure whilst also trying to be heard in a male dominated industry, such as technology. I think there is an expectation to an extent as there are certainly more complications when wanting to advance your career and wanting a family, but it is important to remember this depends on the individuals involved.

Take a look at the full article:

http://www.womeninstem.co.uk/women-in-tech/government-initiatives-push-to-get-women-in-stem

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Is STEM pushing aside the creatives?

A recent article debates whether the recent emphasis on STEM subjects at school is pushing aside the creative subjects like Art and Music.

My response to this is no it’s not, it may seem that in schools this is happening, but in industry they coincide… especially technology. For example, a mobile application company will only survive if its apps are user friendly and it has good marketing… which is produced by the “creatives”. Another example would be music producers, they use and need technology to create the latest number 1 song and promote it.

Although even myself, in person and on this blog, discuss the importance of going into a STEM job, this does not mean that anybody should narrow themselves down to only studying or being interested in STEM areas. Personally, I love to paint in my spare time and read fiction novels, this only helps me in my IT degree and job… I know what colours compliment each other for a website and how to write reports.

This is why STEM is great, because it not only plays a huge part in other industries/roles/jobs but they all feed into STEM too, it brings so many components together.

Take a look at the article and see what you think 🙂

http://www.cityam.com/283206/debate-we-over-focusing-stem-expense-creative-skills

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STEM Forbes Article

I could not agree more with this article that is based upon research commissioned by Microsoft.

It not only highlights the growing gender gap within the STEM industry, but also expresses how careers are not highlighted to young women as they should.

Take a look:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rodberger/2018/03/31/stem-education-new-research-sheds-light-on-filling-the-stem-gap-for-girls/#61da704c1cf9