Your STEM degree could save your life: If you use it to start a fire

A study carried out earlier this year indicates that college graduates are finding the job market increasingly difficult to crack. Several fields of study, including computer science and the arts, are proving degrees don’t carry the clout they used to. Career site Zippia used US Census information to estimate the unemployment rate in people aged 22-25, …

Is Technology Really Going to Destroy More Jobs Than Ever Before?

No Need To Panic You’ve probably heard that a robot is going to take your job. It’s an oft-repeated refrain, heralded in article headlines and speeches from luminaries such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking. Some experts predict that anywhere from 38 to 57 percent of jobs could be automated in the next few decades, depending on who you ask, and …

Mastercard bringing STEM education opportunities to 200,000 girls by 2020

Mastercard recently set a goal to reach 200,000 girls ages 10-13 around the world with its signature Girls4Tech program by 2020. The commitment was made as the company kicked off a global marathon of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workshops in celebration of the International Day of the Girl. According to the World Economic …

‘Racist Art Has No Business Here’: Activists and Chinatown Residents Protest Omer Fast Show at James Cohan Gallery

Yesterday, the art collective Chinatown Art Brigade (CAB) led a protest at James Cohan Gallery’s Chinatown space in New York, where the Berlin-based artist Omer Fast has transformed a ground-floor Grand Street facade and part of its interior into what a news release calls “the waiting room of a Chinatown business with an eclectic aesthetic.” …

Metropolitan Museum of Art Issues Statement Against U.S. Decision to Pull Out of UNESCO

Following news earlier today that the United States will pull out of the cultural organization UNESCO, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s president and CEO, Daniel H. Weiss, has issued a statement about the news. He calls UNESCO “an important leader and steadfast partner” in the ongoing struggle to conserve cultural monuments and decries the Trump …

Next week: Hear from the educator bringing hip-hop to STEM education

  In order to better engage with students in the classroom, teachers in urban communities need to understand the context they live in. That’s the main push from educator, author and speaker Chris Emdin, who’s coming to Philly as part of the ExCITe Center’s Learning Innovation Series on Oct. 24. Emdin, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science …

Tech companies support Trump’s STEM education plan (updated)

The president also directed Betsy DeVos to prioritize STEM and computer science education. Yesterday, Donald Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum that directed the Secretary of Education to prioritize STEM and computer science education. The directive includes establishing a goal to put $200 million per year towards expanding this type of education in K-12 programs and higher education …

Basquiat’s ‘Red Skull,’ Sold at Christie’s in London for $21.5 M., Will Fund New Charter Schools in New Jersey and Miami

There was one bit of good news to come out of the last week’s auctions in London: the anonymous consignor of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Red Skull (1982), which sold for $21.5 million at Christie’s contemporary evening sale Friday night, announced that he or she would donate all the proceeds after taxes to the the New Jersey chapter of the …

BASQUIAT VERSUS BANKSY

One was an artist, the other just a talented graphic designer. On the eve of the opening of a new exhibition of art by Jean-Michel Basquiat in London, Banksy revealed two painted homages to his American predecessor. The contrast between the most famous exponents of two different generations of street art from opposite sides of …