Houston Matters

When is Too Soon to Start Thinking About Your Child’s Career?

Posted on · We discuss how students and their parents are handling requirements set out in an education law (House Bill 5) passed back in 2013. The bill stipulates, among other things, that eighth graders choose one of five areas of study, which will affect the courses they take in high school: STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), […]

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Health Insurance Brokers, Kids and Career Tracks, and Curly Hair: Houston Matters for Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Posted on · This year’s deadline for Texans wishing to sign up for health insurance through healthcare.gov is Feb. 15, just a few weeks away. It’s the second season of enrollment made available through the Affordable Care Act. During this second round, insurance brokers are taking a more proactive approach, marketing themselves more aggressively as a resource for […]

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Teaching Kids Build Mars Rover Models

Posted on · We learn about a workshop to help teachers prepare their students to participate in the annual Mars Rover Model Celebration and Exhibition, in which Houston students design and create models of potential Mars rovers. The program is designed to get kids interested in STEM fields and space exploration. Student teams will present their work at […]

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Could Art Create Better STEM Students?

Posted on · There's a growing movement to incorporate the arts into STEM learning, an initiative called STEAM. A research project out of the University of Houston says bringing arts into the same fold as science, technology, engineering and math will increase the quality of graduates in those fields. We look at how integrating the arts would impact […]

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Turning STEM into STEAM, Houston Skiers, Into the Woods at Main Street Theater: Houston Matters for Tues., Feb. 11, 2014

Posted on · We sure do love our acronyms, don't we? We watch HBO, type LOL, eat PB&J. In education circles, an acronym of choice for some years now has been STEM – a reference to science, technology, engineering and math – four fields of study in which many would like to see the next generation of Americans […]

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Turning STEM Into STEAM

Posted on · There's a growing national movement to bring the arts back into core learning tracks in junior and high schools. The movement seeks to capitalize on the popularity of STEM programs.

Houston Matters

Minorities and STEM

Posted on · Science, technology, engineering and math majors can lead to high-paying jobs, especially in Houston where many of these industries thrive. And yet, there are some disparities when it comes to which students are participating in such STEM programs. African-American and Hispanic students account for less than 15 percent of those graduating with STEM degrees. And […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 9, 2013

Posted on · Science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM – majors can lead to high-paying jobs, especially in Houston where many industries rely on people with that knowledge. And yet, there are some disparities when it comes to which students participate in such STEM programs. According to the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, African-Americans […]