STEM programs crucial to the future

Jennifer Byrd

Volunteer Writer 

Logan Brown shows off this physics project concerning electro-magnetic energy. Photo by Dennis Gosnell


Cell phones, computers, automobiles, and the energy that powers them are just a few of the products that are produced that require Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) knowledge.

STEM fields are crucial in our rapidly advancing technological world. Without the students, educators and employees that work in these areas, we would not have any of the luxuries we have today.

The problem currently being addressed by educators and politicians is the rapid decline in the U.S., standing as a STEM leader. According to the World Economic Forum, the U.S. is currently 52nd in the world for quality of Science and Math Education, and a declining seventh in overall global competiveness. In stark contrast, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects STEM jobs to grow 17 percent between 2011 and 2021, with seven of the ten fastest growing occupations being STEM related.

To combat this issue, RSC Science and Engineering Dean, Dr. Wayne Jones, along with advisor Nick Bastani, have become active in creating STEM awareness in Oklahoma. According to Jones, to resume our role as technological leaders society as a whole needs a background in STEM.

Some of the ways RSC is involved with such an initiative include the 19 degrees in STEM related fields, on campus workshops, and reaching out to the younger generation that will one day become STEM leaders.

Some past projects include Teacher Workshops, the First Annual Central Oklahoma Science and Engineering Festival, and the annual summer event, Kids College. This summer over 1,600 students attended 135 classes, with many of those classes being STEM related.

It is crucial to get the future leaders of America interested in STEM at a young age. Many children love their video games, but not as many understand the technology that makes them function. To help spark their interest, RSC holds a Science Fair every year during the Spring semester for grades K-12. Jones and Bastani, also serve on the Boards at Northeast Academy for Health Sciences and Engineering, working closely with a group of young people that are about to enter college in STEM programs.

The coming decade appears to be a make or break it time for the U.S. in reference to our global impact in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It is up to every single American to become active and encourage the youth around them to participate in these subjects.

Mr. Bastani realizes the importance of each individual in making a difference.

“As a nation we can no longer afford to be just an end user,” Bastani said.

By 15th Street News Posted in Raider Life Tagged Central Oklahoma Science And Engineering Festival, Engineering, global competiveness, kids college, , , , STEM,

Samsung loses patent battle with Apple

­­­Chelsea Ratterman

 Samsung loses patent battle with Apple

A court case between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics may have determined the future of the smartphone market.

In a patent and trademark infringement case against Samsung, Apple was awarded $1.05 billion dollars in damages, one of the largest intellectual-property awards on record.

Samsung, a publicly traded company in the Korean stock exchange, lost 7.5 percent on Monday, August 27 following the verdict. This resulted in a loss of $12 billion to Samsung’s market capitalization.

Apple, on the other hand, closed out on the New York Stock Exchange, with a 1.8 percent increase, resulting in an $11 billion gain. This brought Apple’s market capitalization, already the highest in the world, to $633 billion.

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Propelling tomorrow’s youth into a technological future

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

It is often said that the future is held in the hands of the youth, and for a country to thrive the youth of that nation must be educated and have the know-how to continue moving their nation forward. Miles Garcia, resident of Oklahoma and student at Rose State College, is one such youth. Continue reading

By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged engneering, jet propulsion laboratory, johnson space center, mathematics, Miles Garcia, NASA, NCAS, ,

Netiquette gives email boundaries

By:Chelsea Ratterman, Assistant Editor

Etiquette is hardly a foreign word in society. While many think it has gone to the wayside, it is still very much present, only transformed to fit the times. Since the 1960s, manners have become more relaxed, and are based on treating everyone with kindness and respect. Eating with elbows on the table still warrants a warning from mom, and wearing white after Labor Day is still a ghastly idea.  There is etiquette for online, as well. Small rules determine whether or not you get a response, and make things more efficient. Some rules for online etiquette are

  • Always put something in the subject line, if you want the message read and responded to in a timely manner.
  • DON’T SEND A MESSAGE IN ALL CAPS. This is just as bad as yelling at someone in person.
  • Don’t send one-word responses.
  • Watch your words. Be succinct to avoid time consuming explanations later.
  • There is no such thing as privacy online. Don’t send a message with sensitive information in it.

Thank you notes are case dependent. If one receives a large gift, a handwritten note is required. For small gifts or favors, thank you notes can be sent online.

Manners are the epitome of a respectful society, and have been since the French courts invented etiquette to make courts run more smoothly. They will never completely die out, but will always adapt with the times, and new forms of it will be introduced as new forms of contact are invented.

Dawn of a Digital Learning Day

Education has come a long way since the little red schoolhouse. Shortly after the inception of the Internet, educators looked for ways to incorporate new technology into course curriculums. For more than 15 years, digital technology has played an ever-increasing role in education.

In schools throughout the country, typing classes replaced cursive writing. This is an effort to make today’s youth develop relevant skills for the advancing technological world.

Transcending national barriers

Thanks to the Internet, like-minded individuals can find each other, even when separated by thousands of miles. As a society, we’re no longer limited to national barriers for identity. Online communities are built and strengthened by members throughout the world. The same mentality can be applied toward learning.

In previous generations, conformity was one of the hallmarks of education. There was a “one size fits all” mentality as far as curriculum was concerned. In those days, students were punished for attempting to write left handed.

The future of education

Thanks to the digital revolution in education, students with unique learning styles can connect in an environment tailored to specific needs. Educators are embracing individualistic approaches to education, which is made possible via the use of digital learning services.

In celebration of the technological advancements we enjoy today, the Alliance for Excellent Education and its partners are calling on educators and students to participate in the first-ever national Digital Learning Day, Feb. 1, 2012. Digital Learning Day will celebrate innovative teaching practices that make learning more personalized and encourage exploration of how digital learning can assist students in completing college.

By 15th Street News Posted in Editorial Tagged Alliance for Excellent Education, conformity, Digital Learning Day, digital revolution, , , online communities,

New well creates flow of ideas

By: Logan Pierce, editor-in-chief

A grant provided by Northrop Grumman Corp. allowed Rose State College to dig a well on campus during the winter break. The purpose of the well is to help educate environmental science students on issues regarding water resources.

The well is roughly 35 feet deep, with underground water deposits. Unlike surface water, the underground deposits are not susceptible to evaporation, making them a viable commodity during a drought.

Overdrawn at the water bank

new water well

A grant provided by Northrop Corp allowed RSC to dig a well on campus during winter break.

However, problems can occur with repeated years of drought. This puts a strain on underground deposits, which are used primarily for agricultural purposes. Without knowledge of how to monitor water levels and resource management, one could find themselves overdrawn at the water bank.

Students can use the well to learn how to calculate flow rates in order to use the well water, while still maintaining it, as opposed to just using it up.

The last straw

“Beneath the cap, there’s a tube that goes down the well’s full length,” Stephen Lynch, physics lab assistant said,  “It’s similar to a glass of water with a drinking straw. The water level inside the straw is equal to the outside water level.”

Lynch said that by measuring the water levels, we could determine how long it takes the well to replenish itself between uses.

When digging the well, a geological instrument gathered core soil samples. Three 10-foot-long segments were collected, and are currently stored in the physics lab. There are plans to construct a display case for the soil samples.

STEM research

The new well is one of many projects funded by the $15,000 Northrop Grumman Corp. grant provided to the campus. The grant goes to help develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.

Other technology funded by the grant includes:

  • A Thermal Cycler, which assists in DNA research
  • Computational Chemistry Workstations, used in pharmaceutical and health science research
  • Bridge and load amplifier sets that stress-test load-bearing structures
  • Recertifying and maintaining a 3-D printer used in engineering model building.
By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged core soil samples, drought, Engineering and Math education, environmental science, Northrop Grumman Corp., , STEM, , underground water deposits

Teachers Using Social Media

By: Narges Taghavi, Feature Editor

A few years ago, the notion of integrating social media into the classroom was considered laughable. Services, such as Twitter and Facebook, were thought of as distractions, with no place in a learning environment.

Today however, it seems that now more and more professors are taking advantage of the benefits of social media and discovering that they can better educate with the help of technology.

For instance, the use of the Word Press website allows professors to post class lectures and graphics, for students to view.

Word Press isn’t the only way teachers are using technology in the classroom. Many professors use D2L to post class updates, home assignments, and lectures.

“Several semesters ago I decided to record my lectures and place them on D2L so that if a student missed class they could easily catch up by going to D2L to listen to the lectures; And though they may not have been occupying a seat in class, they heard the same lecture as their classmates who were in class.

“I am happy to say the response has been overwhelmingly positive and students also appreciate the opportunity to be able to go back again and again if they wish to make sure they understand the material.” Dr. Michael W. Lovegrove, professor of history, said.

The combination of social media and education will continue to grow, provided the social media continues to be a true educational tool.

“I am mixed in my thoughts regarding social media as a teaching tool, but I would never rule out any new and innovative teaching techniques provided that they are effective,” Dr. Lovegrove said.

Word Press is there for every student to take advantage of and can come in handy for those who miss class, especially now that flu season is right around the corner.