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New York State Master Teachers Getting Extra 15,000

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The New York State Master Teacher Program started in 2013 and gives participants a $15,000 annual stipend for four years as a way to reward high-performing teachers.

New York’s 623 master teachers teach STEM subjects,(science, technology, engineering and math) at schools in almost 300 districts.

Barbie’s Book Sparks Outrage

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Barbie’s: I Can Be a Computer Engineer’ book, which was released in 2013, has been slammed for being one of the most sexist and demoralizing representations of how women can excel in computer science.

Novelist and screenwriter Pamela Ribbon, reviewed the content of the book, found the book at a friend’s house and was dismayed to see how out of touch the content was from reality.

In the book, which is ostensibly aimed at young girls with the goal of interesting them in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) careers, Barbie wants to be a computer engineer, but requires the help of two male friends to solve her computer problems.

Barbie, who is working on a game idea to teach girls about computers using puppies, tells her sister Skipper in the book that she is only creating the design ideas because she’ll need Steven’s and Brian’s help to “turn it into a real game!”

Barbie, who is working on a game idea to teach girls about computers using puppies, tells her sister Skipper in the book that she is only creating the design ideas because she’ll need Steven’s and Brian’s help to “turn it into a real game!”

The plot thickens when a virus infects Barbie’s computer, Barbie’s female computer science teacher instructs her how to backup and repair an infected computer (a good skill), but to actually get that done she needs Steven and Brian’s help.

The book, published by Random House, received withering comments online as female programmers, engineers and pop stars, who freelance as InfoSec experts, all chimed in with their criticism and “suggestions” to fix the text of the book

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Tech Summer Camps Booming In Popularity

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Tech summer camps are growing in popularity particularly around the Pacific Northwest.

iD Tech Camp is holding several summer tech camps at the University of Washington.Video games are very popular. At iD Tech Camps, kids ages 7-to-17 are learning how to code, program, and develop video games and apps. They also get hands-on training in Photoshop, web design and popular robotics classes.

Camp counselors are trying to get young people trained in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs. iD Tech Camp points says more than one million jobs in STEM fields are expected to go unfilled by 2020. Yet, 9-out-of-10 high schools don’t offer computer science classes. Computer Science is a field where the females are  outnumbered by males. Still at the tech camps there are more boys than girls.

Major tech companies like Twitter, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn released their workforce diversity figures this week after much pressure. According to USA TODAY, males outnumbered female staff by an average of 70% to 30%. The majority of workers were white followed by Asian.

 

Twitter’s Figures & Stats

 

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Twitter’s diversity figures, by ethnicity. Graphic via Twitter.

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Google’s Stats

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Philly’s Robot Expo @ Drexel

Ben Franklin 4th grader Samir Smith-Campbell takes a turn at the controls druing the Philly Robotics Expo at Drexel University. (Emma Lee/for NewsWorks)

A Darwin robot sits idle during a pizza break at the Philly Robotics Expo at Drexel University. (Emma Lee/for NewsWorks)

Seventh graders Johnny Ing, Jacky Chen, Zach Raber and George Sharswood watch as robots compete to knock down a structure and each other at the Philly Robotics Expo. (Emma Lee/for NewsWorks)

 

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