STEM

Sergey Ryzhov / stock.adobe.com

Engineering touches everything — from our cars to our smartphones, to how our roads work and to putting humans in space. But sometimes, it seems that products or designs aren’t completely thought through before they come to market. Ideas might seem really good on paper, but they don't always make sense for the reality of a person's lifestyle, culture or identity. 

Emily R Files / WUWM

The most-winning team at Milwaukee’s Riverside University High School might be its robotics club. The Riverside RoboTigers qualified for world championships four of the last five years.

This weekend, the team is heading to Detroit to compete against thousands of other teenage engineers in the FIRST Robotics Championship

Emily Files

Sixty percent of college graduates are women. But they’re not pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at the same rate as men. Women represent only 35 percent of undergraduate STEM degree-holders in the U.S. — Milwaukee’s Alverno College is trying to chip away at that imbalance.

Julia Landauer / facebook.com

We’ve done quite a few interviews over the years on Lake Effect about where education in the STEM fields - science, technology, engineering, and math - fits in the 21st century economy. In particular, there has been a concerted effort to attract more girls to the field, so that someday there will be more women in engineering and tech fields.

READ: Closing the Tech Gender Gap One Girl at a Time

Rachel Morello

Today’s education and business communities talk a lot about “jobs of the future.” What are those jobs? And how are kids being prepared for them?

Educators commonly promote the cause of “preparing kids for jobs that don’t even exist yet.” But what does that mean?

In Wisconsin, we now have a better idea where employees coming up in the next few decades might find some of those jobs.  

Girls in Tech Comes to Milwaukee

Jul 15, 2013
Kalexanderson, flickr

A Milwaukee area group forms to attract girls and women to technology fields.