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Roberts, Julia Link – NCSSS Journal, 2015
How do schools with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fit in with state goals to increase innovation and to boost the economy? This article briefly discusses how educators can encourage creativity and innovation.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Innovation, Creativity, Teaching Methods
Roberts, Julia Link – NCSSSMST Journal, 2014
Currently, the U.S. is not stacking up in educating students in STEM disciplines. "America lags in providing top-level schooling in STEM fields…, and this may jeopardize future economic growth, job creation, and international competitiveness" (Smarick, 2013, p. 12). International assessments of student performance, including the Program…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Student Diversity, Science Achievement, Achievement Gap
Roberts, Julia Link – NCSSSMST Journal, 2012
Advocating for advanced learning or talent development in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is both timely and very important. It is very important to speak out on behalf of talent development as the future of society depends on providing opportunities for developing talent to optimum levels. Some basic questions can set an…
Descriptors: Talent, Advocacy, Talent Development, STEM Education
Roberts, Julia Link – NCSSSMST Journal, 2011
Innovation fuels the economy by creating jobs rather than just filling them. Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (2009) says that innovation is (1) "the introduction of something new" and (2) "a new idea, method, or device." "Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators: Identifying and Developing Our Nation's Human Capital" (2010)…
Descriptors: Science Careers, Talent, Innovation, Talent Development
Roberts, Julia Link – NCSSSMST Journal, 2010
What role can specialized schools with focus on mathematics, science, and technology have in sparking innovation? Such specialized schools can be and in some cases currently are leaders in promoting high-level content knowledge, creative and critical thinking, and problem solving--the basic ingredients of innovation. In this article, the author…
Descriptors: Creativity, Innovation, Talent Development, Specialization
Roberts, Julia Link – NCSSSMST Journal, 2010
Diverse learners are capable of becoming talented professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)--but they need opportunities to develop. "Just as in generations past, there are talented students from every demographic and from every part of the country who with hard work and with the proper opportunities will form…
Descriptors: Talent, Talent Development, Gifted, Science Education