Michael Swanbom

More than a dozen engineering students from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston have built two vehicles to compete in this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition in Detroit next week. One vehicle is a diesel. The other runs on compressed natural gas.

Airs Sunday, July 7 at 6 p.m. How can Louisiana better equip its citizens for future STEM positions?      Occupations in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are projected to grow by nearly 10% over the next five years. Experts estimate Louisiana alone will have 69,000 STEM job vacancies by 2018. But who will fill these positions?      Nationwide, more than 300,000 jobs are currently being left vacant because employers can’t find individuals skilled enough in STEM. In Louisiana, 40% of eighth-graders report never designing a science project. Only 3% of high-school seniors take advance college placement tests in science. While male students have shown a recent increased interest in STEM, Louisiana females’ interest has been decreasing since 2008.      So, how can Louisiana better equip its citizens for future STEM positions? Are Louisiana’s educators adequately prepared to teach STEM courses? And how can students be encouraged to pursue STEM careers? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “STEM Status: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math in Louisiana.”

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain ponders the possibilities of 3D Printing in manufacturing. Curious? Well listen here for all the details.   Printing a Bicycle in 3D

LeTourneau University's welding and materials joining department will carry out a two-year study to develop novel ways of joining steel on bridges, with $250,000 from the Federal Highway Administration.