Why net-zero needs a gear change in STEM education

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National Grid have announced a major new investment in London – and now they’re looking for the right people to fill jobs in the future. Today Gareth Burden – Project Director, London Power Tunnels – tells City A.M. why they’re doing it.

For this country to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 we require the development of cutting-edge technology and new infrastructure built on a transformational scale – a theme the Prime Minister majored on at his Conservative Party Conference speech this week. 

What we need to achieve our goals is a Net Zero Energy Workforce which combines technical expertise, with softer skills and a passion for climate action. In fact, one of the biggest obstacles we face in reaching net-zero is the emerging employment and skills gap.

Currently, the UK’s energy sector directly employs 144,000 people but to reach net-zero it needs to fill 400,000 roles. This has the potential to be an opportunity for significant employment in every part of the United Kingdom with huge boosts for London and regional economies.

However, if the uptake of science, technology and engineering (STEM) subjects at school, university and as a career remains at current levels, we won’t be able to reach our target and the environment, and economy, will suffer as a result. 

Read more: Boris Johnson announces millions for wind energy revolution

To succeed in building a Net Zero Energy Workforce, we need to inspire the next generation to choose STEM. Research carried out by Development Economics for National Grid found that we need to increase the number of A level candidates for physics by 24 per cent and maths by 19 per cent to maintain the pipeline of qualified talent Britain needs.

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Keeping STEM education amid a pandemic

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For the vast majority of teachers and students this year, school looks quite different. Instead of the heavy traffic in hallways, slamming lockers, and crowded desks bumping into each other, most schools are still navigating the foreign territory of education during a pandemic.

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The once-normal practice of teachers and students physically visiting one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s premier 17 National Labs as part of its ongoing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math or STEM education has been disrupted. Our pre-COVID days were filled with public lectures, workshops, competitions, student research laboratories, museum visits, and lab employees volunteering in schools as tutors and presenters.


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But that doesn’t mean there are not alternatives to keeping students of all ages immersed and curious about scientific discovery and potential job opportunities in STEM. The nation’s educators, parents, and Labs must stretch our creativity and innovation to find ways to still engage, educate, and inspire our youth.

COVID may have altered the way we educate, but we know that our nation’s outstanding educators and content providers can change and adapt.

DOE and its National Labs offer vast online resources in the form of lesson plans, activities, worksheets, reading materials, and virtual field trips. We’ve revamped our STEM Rising K-12 page to make it easy to find virtual resources in one spot, like our hands-on experiments that can be done at home, videos or live chats with STEM professionals to see the interesting work they are doing, and virtual conferences.

Sometimes these changes in STEM education simply mean adapting programs and competitions. For instance, this year’s Bridge Building Competition sponsored by Brookhaven National Lab was streamed live. Instead of having the high school teams who designed and constructed 190 model bridges gather in person, their bridges were dropped


Private Tutoring Market in US Will Showcase Positive Impact During 2020-2024 | Emphasis on STEM Education to Boost the Market Growth

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Technavio has been monitoring the private tutoring market in US and it is poised to grow by USD 6.26 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 6% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. Chegg Inc., Club Z! Inc., Growing Stars Inc., Huntington Mark LLC, John Wiley & Sons Inc., MindLaunch Coaching, Pearson Plc, Sylvan Learning LLC, Varsity Tutors LLC, and Wyzant Inc. are some of the major market participants. To make the most of the opportunities, market vendors should focus more on the growth prospects in the fast-growing segments, while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments.

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Emphasis on STEM education has been instrumental in driving the growth of the market. However, the availability of open-source material might hamper market growth.

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Des Moines leader Nancy Mwirotsi receives $10,000 grant for STEM work

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Nancy Mwirotsi, founder of Pursuit of Innovation 515 (Pi515) in Des Moines, has been awarded a $10,000 Nation of Neighbors grant from Royal Neighbors of America, one of the first and largest women-led insurers in the country.

Mwirotsi is known in the area for her advocacy work on behalf of underserved women, refugees, and low-income students, the press release announcing the award stated. She will use the grant to expand her Girls Entrepreneurial Summit program that focuses on educating young women on business basics including planning, financials, marketing, and digital promotion.

“I am shocked and quite honored to have received this grant,” Mwirotsi said in the release. “It’s such a blessing to be recognized for your work.”

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Nancy Mwirotsi, founder and executive director of Pi515, speaks on Sept. 14, 2020 at Edmunds Elementary School in Des Moines. Attending speakers disapproved the model of 100% virtual instruction, instead advocating a hybrid model to better assist students with learning disabilities, language barriers, and less access to technology at home. Mwirotsi recently received a $10,000 grant for her work with Pi515. (Photo: Olivia Sun/The Register)

Pi515’s mission is to help create an inclusive culture for underserved women to learn STEM and provide them with the employment skills needed to launch them into new planes of achievement.

“Pi515 is taking on the inequity in STEM-related careers by directly addressing the pipeline. Each year, we embrace 100 students, particularly girls, from diverse backgrounds,” Mwirotsi said. “We introduce them to teachers and companies with employees who look like them, and provide role models that inspire them. We provide – at no cost – essential skills


William Paterson University Awarded ‘Transformative’ STEM Grant

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WAYNE, NJ — William Paterson University was awarded a five-year, $1 million Scholarships-in-STEM grant from the National Science Foundation, the university announced.

The grant will support WPU students majoring in mathematics and computer science through scholarships and mentoring, according to the university.

“The overall goal of this project is to increase STEM degree completion of low-income, high achieving undergraduates with demonstrated financial need,” says Venkat Sharma, dean of the College of Science and Health, who serves as the team’s STEM administrator. “I congratulate all of our colleagues for their hard work in obtaining this highly competitive and transformative grant.”

Over the five-year duration, the project will support 26 first-year and transfer students who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in mathematics, computer science, or computer information technology.

First year students will receive scholarship support for up to four years and transfer students will receive up to two years of scholarship support, the university said.

With this grant award, William Paterson intends to enroll three cohorts of low-income, academically talented students as mathematics and computer science (MaCS) scholars and support them with scholarships.

The University will also work to improve year-over-year retention rates for MaCS scholars who are first-time, full-time, first-year or transfer students, and improve graduation rates for all MaCS scholars.

Additionally, the funds will support a research study that investigates the relationship between college retention for low-income students and strength-based, culturally responsive mentoring. The proposed project will also refine the recruitment pipeline of females into the target STEM majors, which will increase enrollment and, consequentially, increase the number of underrepresented STEM graduates entering the workforce.

This grant will also allow the University to develop leadership programs at its seven partner schools, the university said. These include:

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