Sunday Reading: STEMtember wraps up, on with learning!

As October begins, #STEMtember, our month long focus on promoting the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education has wrapped up. We had a busy month of STEM education announcements and events across Microsoft and hopefully we managed to encourage some students, parents, and teachers to consider the importance of STEM education both…


Heroes of #STEMtember: Engineering the power to fly high

If you have ever had a conversation with a child about how planes fly, why birds fly or why humans don’t fly, your answer has probably been something less than scientific – and completely age appropriate for the little person asking the question. However, if that child asked that question of Boeing test pilot Vince…


Heroes of STEMtember: A teacher of teachers creates innovative math curriculum using tech

How do we address stale curriculum and make teaching exciting? Specifically, how do we change plans in STEM subjects that can often lack the excitement needed to encourage students to study further. Perhaps we need something to help our teachers reach new heights; maybe we need innovative and robust methods of teaching that incorporate technology…


Heroes of #STEMtember: Science is life with Stefan Weitz

Tara Grumm, online marketing manager, Microsoft Citizenship I am really excited to bring this Heroes of #STEMtember video blog to you featuring Stefan Weitz (pictured above), a senior director with Bing. What amazes me about Stefan is his ability to not only track the highly competitive world of search engine innovation but maintain a rabid…

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Heroes of #STEMtember: Atari, Math, and Trek dreams turning to reality with Kudo Tsunoda

Tara Grumm, online marketing manager, Microsoft Citizenship As part of our ongoing series this month on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers, we had the pleasure of sitting down with the Creative Director of Kinect for Xbox, Kudo Tsunoda (pictured left). Not only is Kudo a rock star in the gaming world, but we…

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What does your dad think you want to be when you grow up?

Earlier this month we published a survey on how parents with children in K-12 education feel about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. One of the questions was what careers parents wanted their kids to pursue.  It’s probably no surprise that the top three careers were: 1)      Scientist 2)      Engineer 3)      Physician/Dentist However, the…

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Heroes of #STEMtember: Sunny science with Meteorologist Shannon O’Donnell

Editor’s note: This month we have been taking a look at science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for K-12 students. To kick things off we released the findings of a study on what parents and students think of STEM education. We also thought it would be interesting to look at some of the interesting…

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The 4 coolest STEM careers I wish I studied for…

Editors Note: We have declared this month #STEMtember to build awareness of the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Earlier in the month we released some research into how parents and students view STEM education and we’re planning a number of profiles of people with some of the coolest STEM jobs. Keep…


Motivating College Students to be STEM Majors

Lili Cheng is general manager of Microsoft’s Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs This summer my research team had six incredible interns, four women and two men.  As they head back to college, and as I look at my own two high school aged children, I find myself wondering, what motivates young folks to pursue STEM…


A Winning Strategy: Teaching Students and Cultivating an Interest in Computer Science

Combating viruses, saving the lives of expectant mothers, and retrieving food from a warehouse controlled by an evil dictator; it’s not just fun and games in teacher Pat Yongpradit’s computer science classes at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Students in his class are challenged to make sense of complicated algorithms and complex data…