NEWS STORIES - STEM IN WISCONSIN

New STEM and computer coding classes bring fresh approach to Tosa Summer School

Wauwatosa NOW / June 27, 2017

In the minds of children, school and summer often do not jibe.

That is not necessarily the case in Wauwatosa, where a pair of new summer school programs designed to give kids hands-on engineering and computer experience have taken an already popular program to new heights. Read more.


A closer look at Brillion Elementary STEM Exploration Station

Fox11 News / June 23, 2017

In early May, we showed you a new learning program that students were using at Brillion Elementary School. Read more. 


GE Girls at MSOE program inspires middle school girls to consider STEM careers

Fox6 News / June 22, 2017 

It's girl power in action all week at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Brian Kramp spent the morning learning about the GE Girls. Read the story and watch the video. 


Video: Testing combustibles at the GE Girls program

Waukesha NOW / June 20, 2017

As part of the GE Girls program, middle school girls work on experiments Tuesday, June 20, at the GE Power & Water facility in Waukesha. GE Girls is sponsored by General Electric and is a program designed to encourage girls to explore STEM careers. Watch the video.  

Kimberly students appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

ABC 2 Green Bay / May 9, 2017

A group of students from Kimberly demonstrated their award-winning creation in front of a national audience.

The Kimberly Kitchen team showed off an imaginative invention on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Read more.


The new Milwaukee School of Engineering president plans expansion as downtown booms

The Journal Sentinel / April 24, 2017

The lot is just north of the college's Grohmann Tower Apartments, just west of its Kern Center recreational facility, and southwest of Viets Field, the soccer field that tops MSOE's largest parking structure.

The school needs to decide how to develop that parking lot, along with other parking lots it owns, Walz said. Read more.


MPS students showcase STEM projects

TMJ4 / April 21, 2017

More than 400 students from 53 Milwaukee public schools took part in the MPS STEM Fair at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Eighth grader Soren Henkel of Fernwood Montessori made a project everyone wanted to see. He made "an LED matrix that makes a hologram of your hand using lasers." Read more.


New approach to learning designed to graduate well-rounded, competent high school students

MMAC / April 13, 2017

Inspired by their work with students in Destination Imagination and the documentary, "Most Likely To Succeed," Amber Regan and Julia Burns created Pathways High, a personalized, project-based high school opening in downtown Milwaukee in August 2017. Diverse by design, Pathways High has enrolled approximately 100 students from varied socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds from both city and suburban neighborhoods. The goal: to graduate more students fluent in academic, technological and interpersonal skills. Read more here.


Rise in Degree Numbers in STEM Fields is Good News for Wisconsin's Startup Scene

WEDC / April 5, 2017

The number of graduates from Wisconsin higher education institutions who are completing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields has been rising in recent years—a trend that bodes well for the state’s startup scene, according to Aaron Hagar, vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Read more here.


Success by design: Determined women break through as engineers

The Journal Sentinel / March 25, 2017

Kathryn Baisley, a junior studying to be a mechanical engineer at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, remembers walking into her physics class in her freshman year and noticing that only four out of about 25 students were women.


'Kimberly Kitchen' cooks up national berth

The Appleton Post-Crescent / March 19, 2017

There's a collapsible kitchen in Kevin Janota's technology education classroom at Kimberly High School.
It features all the equipment one would expect a kitchen to have: a stand mixer, spatulas, a tea kettle, a toaster, a cheese grater and measuring cups.
But this is no ordinary kitchen. Read more.


125 teams receive grants for Robotics League participation

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction / March 16, 2017
Robotics teams from 125 public, charter, and private schools as well as homeschool student groups are sharing $250,000 in grants to support their participation in Robotics League competition.

Requests from eligible teams for the first-time grant program totaled $468,131, requiring a 53 percent proration of the grant. Teams eligible for grant awards are made up of high school students in grades nine through 12 that work with a mentor to design, construct, program, and operate a robot that will compete at a robotics event. Read the full press release here.


Study: To Get High School Students Interested in STEM, Invest in Parents

Education Week / March 8, 2017

When parents of high schoolers are given guidance on how to talk about the importance of science and math, their children are more likely to score well on a STEM standardized test and, years later, pursue a STEM career, according to a recent study from the University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read more. 


5th Women in STEM event draws 250

Rivertowns.net / March 1, 2017

Despite extremely cold weather, more than 250 students from 12 different school districts attended the fifth annual Women in STEM event at Hudson Middle School held earlier this month.

While there were fewer attendees than in recent years, Melisa Hansen, Hudson School District School to Career coordinator said business participants noted that the smaller crowd made it possible for them to have "rich conversations with students." Read more. 


Parker plays host to First Lego League state competition

GazetteExtra / February 28, 2017

Parker High School was a little more populated than usual on a weekend as it played host to the state First Lego League competition Sunday. Read more. 


Wauwatosa Schools embrace STEM program

Wauwatosa NOW / February 14, 2017

Employers and educators believe studying science, technology, engineering and math can propel kids to productive, lifelong careers.

With that ideal in mind a program known as STEM has emerged nationwide and is now taking hold in Wauwatosa. Read more. 


Launching the Next Generation of Scientists and Mathematicians

Milwaukee Community Journal January 27, 2017

Together with Beta Alpha Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Marcus Theatres®, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) is sending 10,000 students and Club members to view the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures. This new motion picture celebrates the careers of three African-American women who made unprecedented contributions to the U.S. space program in an era when women and blacks faced enormous challenges.


Johnson Controls Launches Program to Help Women Re-enter the Workforce

The NEWS Magazine January 27, 2017

Johnson Controls, a building and energy storage solutions and technologies company, is looking for women who have been out of the workforce for two or more years and want to be employed using their analytic and engineering skills. The “Next Chapter” program has employment opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields who are returning to the workforce after a two- or more-year break in their careers.


Bright urban ideas: Forest Park students win first at Future City competition

South NOW January 24, 2017

If these students are the future, the future seems bright.

A team of Forest Park Middle School seventh-graders took home the top prize at the Future City competition held Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where middle school students were tasked with creating a city that could exist 100 years in the future.



Talking to children about STEM fields boosts test scores and career interest

UChicagoNews January 17, 2017

A new study finds parents who talk with their high schoolers about the relevance of science and math can increase competency and career interest in the fields.


High School Students Learn By Creating At South Milwaukee 'Fab Lab'

WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio January 16, 2017

The term project-based learning is a buzzword in education these days. Teachers are constantly looking for ways to make learning more fun and engaging, through hands-on experiences that show students how to apply academic concepts in real-world situations.


MSOE grads top earnings list, but which Milwaukee-area college offers best return on investment?

The Milwaukee Business Journal January 16, 2017 

Right or wrong, the Milwaukee School of Engineering gets recognized for having the highest-paid graduates out of all Milwaukee-area — and even state — colleges. Some say that’s unfair, since it trains mostly engineers — a highly paid profession in itself.


Top 5 STEM Jobs in 2017, Where to Find Them in Milwaukee Area

Milwaukee Patch / January 15, 2017

U.S. News & World Report came out with its 100 Best Jobs of 2017 list last week, and though jobs in the health-care jobs dominated it, STEM jobs — those in science, technology, engineering and math — were also prominent on the list. Read more. 


Database: How southeastern Wisconsin public schools rank

Milwaukee Business Journal December 16, 2016

In southeastern Wisconsin's public schools, enrollment is declining more swiftly, student diversity is increasing — and large achievement gaps affecting low-income students and students of color continue to be a major problem for the area's public educational institutions, according to new data.


Database: These are the top-ranked high schools in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Business Journal December 15, 2016

Eight of the top 10 best performing public high schools in Wisconsin are in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, according to new data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Click through the attached slideshow to see which high schools are the best in the state or sort through our database to figure out where your child's high school stands.


Database: These are Wisconsin's best middle and junior high schools

Milwaukee Business Journal December 14, 2016

A ranking of the top 25 public middle schools in the state show that southeastern Wisconsin schools have a significant number of Wisconsin's best junior highs, but notably no schools within the Milwaukee Public Schools district made the list. Click through the attached slideshow to see which middle schools are the best in the state or sort through our database to figure out where your child's middle school stands.


Database: These are Wisconsin's best elementary schools

Milwaukee Business Journal December 13, 2016

More than half of Wisconsin's top 25 public elementary schools are located in southeastern Wisconsin, according to rankings compiled by American City Business Journals, parent company of the Milwaukee Business Journal.


Marquette Opus College of Engineering receives three grants worth $630,459

Urban Milwaukee November 29, 2016

Marquette University’s Opus College of Engineering has received three grants worth $630,459 to fund two projects and start a robotics program within some Milwaukee Public Schools.


Engineers design new lead detector for water

National Science Foundation November 21, 2016

Mechanical engineer Junhong Chen and a team at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM), have developed what you might think of as a "canary in the coal mine" for lead in water.


How Technology is Changing Our Lives

Urban Milwaukee November 16, 2016

Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith was in town yesterday to share advice for how to boost the entrepreneurial scene and tech industry in Milwaukee and beyond. The Appleton native and Columbia University Law School graduate was here to speak “On the Issues” with Mike Gousha at Marquette University Law School, but his day actually got started before that.


Discovery World Event Encourages Girls to Explore STEM Fields

WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio November 16, 2016

Enhancing instruction in STEM fields continue to draw a lot of attention in the education world, and the effort to draw more girls to science, technology, engineering and math is seen by many as especially important.


California, Illinois, New York and Wisconsin Students Win Regional Siemens Competition at University of Notre Dame

Business Wire November 14, 2016

ISELIN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Four students have been named National Finalists in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology after earning top spots in one of two regional competitions that took place this past weekend. The Competition is the nation's premier science research competition for high school students and promotes excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. For more information, go to: www.siemens-foundation.org.


Milwaukee Bucks give back with ‘Engineer the Future’ event as students build arena replicas

Sports Illustrated November 14, 2016

In an effort to inspire Milwaukee students to learn about and pursue opportunities in STEM fields, the Milwaukee Bucks participated in the first “Engineer the Future” event at North Division High School last week where students had the chance to build a replica scale of the new Bucks arena.


MPS students build mini versions of Milwaukee Bucks arena: Slideshow

Milwaukee Business Journal November 9, 2016

More than 200 Milwaukee Public Schools students recently got the chance to build their own miniature version of the Milwaukee Bucks' new arena as part of an effort to encourage them to try engineering careers. Check out the attached slideshow put together by Milwaukee Business Journal freelance photographer Kenny Yoo of the students at work and the community leaders who participated in the event.