The robots are coming. That’s the consensus among groups like the Brookings Institute, which released a report earlier this year stating that 36 million existing jobs in the U.S. are at high exposure for automation in the future. While workers in affected areas such as food and clerical services see such trends as a threat, others view it as an opportunity.
A $200,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Science will go toward a new learning tool for those in the construction trades: a virtual reality training facility. Two new simulators are expected to provide reality-based training for heavy equipment operators. The Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) secured the funds as part of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) challenge grant.
From the suffrage movement to labor activism, women have had a long fight for equality in society and in the workplace. And that fight isn’t over, especially for women who go into science, technology, engineering, and math … or STEM … fields of work. A study from the U.S. Department of Commerce found that only 24 percent of the people who work in STEM are female. That’s right, only 1 in 4 of the STEM workforce is women. But there is work to change that, and we’re going to be speaking with some of Las Vegas’ leading women in technology.
Currently, there are not enough students following the path to a STEM career to meet the economy’s needs. As educators are scrambling to address the growing gap, a small group of local scientists, educators and community leaders turned to technology and grant funding, successfully bringing the first NASA-based Challenger Learning Center in the state to an unobtrusive brick building on campus at Sparks High School.
About 140 children comprising about 18 teams competed Saturday in tournaments designed to stimulate and develop their interest in science and technology. The First Lego League and Body Forward Challenge was held at Sparks High School. Nationally recognized as an opportunity for local children to apply research and robotics while exploring how engineering meets medicine, […]