How did the modern electric grid come to be?

Whenever The Stemwinder has some free time, the best use of that time is to read. When it is time for futuristic out of the box thinking, science fiction is the genre of choice. Whether old-school Isaac Asimov, or contemporaries like William...

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Robot Summer Camp for High School Students

Summer camp. For many, those words bring to mind rustic cabins, swimming in a small lake, hiking through the woods, and conquering obstacle courses. For others, it invokes the memories of...

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Women in STEM Majors and Careers

  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math form the STEM college majors. STEM careers take off in many directions and provide many opportunities for a college student to develop their interests. And, importantly, these majors and careers are no longer a “boy’s only” club. The number of female STEM undergraduates is...

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Majoring in STEM and interested in a career in the US military?

A tremendous amount of engineering and technology goes into making the military prepared for action, and the US military hires science, technology, engineering, and math majors for STEM careers. The men and women of our armed forces have opportunities to use some...

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Engineering for the “B” Student

There has been an explosion of engineering disciplines and subspecialties in the past fifty years. And because engineering and the creativity it requires is a team effort in many ways, there are careers for engineers of varying personal capability. Just as a...

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Learn about physics and STEM majors by watching the Olympics

Are you looking at STEM colleges? Considering a career in science or engineering? Or are you just wondering how physics could apply to the so-called real world? All of these come together at the Olympics. Like many of you, The Stemwinder has been...

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Mathematics: pure vs. applied math

Can you be in STEM without math? Math is the foundation of all STEM education. There – that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. But my assertion really needs to be thought through, because it is not obvious that higher-level math is necessary for every STEM degree. First, some...

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Technology and High Tech

Technology can refer to both the tools we use, and the skills and knowledge used to create them; because of that duality, it is possible and often desirable for the technologist to create a tool, with embedded technology that effectively shields the...

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Finding a STEM college

An easy icebreaker when talking about STEM college education is to ask “What are the best colleges for ____ majors?” The key to answering that question is the quality of the school’s education - the nuts and bolts of what they teach and how, using what resources and combination...

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Chemical Engineering – Isn’t That Just Chemistry?

So, you took freshman chemistry. Then organic chemistry. And AP chemistry. Along the way you discovered you really enjoy being in the lab, weighing and measuring, titrating and subliming…and maybe you could actually do this on a pro level.One of the major divisions in education, and career path, is...

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Critical Thinking Skills for STEM Majors (and Careers)

When I hear students discussing college admissions for liberal arts degrees, and what they would learn, I often hear the term ‘critical thinking skills’. Well, no matter what you want to do in life, you need these. Let’s deconstruct the phrase: ‘skills’ means a level of expertise achieved through...

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What is engineering?

When I hear a parent talk about their student going into engineering, my first question is ‘what branch of engineering interests them?’ which often results in a blank look. To help my readers with this question, I’m going to be writing about different engineering disciplines and the educational and...

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