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James Dyson Foundation To Host 100 Students in Chicago, Illinois As Part of STEM Career Accelerator Day Activities (#STEMCAD2015)

The James Dyson Foundation (JDF) plans to host 100 students from Phoenix Military Academy in Chicago, Illinois on October 19th, 2015 as part of a global campaign called the STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015 (#STEMCAD2015). The students will participate in JDF’s Rapid Prototyping Workshops that will help students to engage in a hands-on design engineering activity. The activity will give students an insight into the design process at Dyson, and will give them an opportunity it into practice too. 
Students will be able to learn innovation skills through brainstorming and building prototypes, a key component of JDF’s vision and strategy. Moreover, Dyson engineers will be on site to mentor students through the activities and to give perspective for a future in STEM. 
In addition to the #STEMCAD2015 program and their activities in K-12 education, JDF also offers annual scholarships to incoming engineering college students, providing them with the means to follow their passion.  
“The James Dyson Foundation feels strongly about working with the students of Chicago. We believe that bringing experiences like #STEMCAD to the classroom are vital in showing young people how exciting a career in engineering can be.” –Jenna Blanton, Manager JDF North America
About James Dyson Foundation: 
The James Dyson Foundation is dedicated to encouraging young people to think differently, make mistakes, invent and realize their engineering potential. James Dyson invented the world’s first bag-less vacuum cleaner, the catalyst for global company that currently exists. Dyson is a technology company with machines in 75 countries around the world and 2,500 engineers worldwide.  
About STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015:
STEM Career Accelerator Day (#STEMCAD2015) is a national campaign and series of concurrent events hosted during the week of October 19-23, 2015 designed to engage and expose students, parents, and teachers to career-focused experiential learning at corporate sites, government facilities, higher education institutions, and a virtual platform. Through #STEMCAD2015, employers and educators across the country will be hosting events that inspire 10,000+ students in grades 8-12 to pursue a career in STEM fields. 
For more information on this site, please contact the James Dyson Foundation at For more information on STEM Career Accelerator Day overall, please contact Tim Edwards of STEMconnector® at

Microsoft's 2015 Hardware Event: Initial Thoughts on Surface Book

Today Microsoft held their hardware event for 2015, and it was IMPRESSIVE.  Having covered #EdTech over the past two and a half years, one thing always bothered me: product versatility.  Product versatility, at least my definition of it in the edtech space, focuses on the need for a product used in education to have as many use cases as possible outside of the classroom.  

One of my favorite experiences in my academic pursuits was when I was able to work and study anywhere.  This means in a large leather chair at a coffee shop, at a diner, in the library, at my desk, while watching Sunday Night Football with my roommates... you get the idea.  Products like Apple's iPad didn't function incredibly well at a desk, and Microsoft's Surface Pro never really felt functional in my lap; having both a laptop and a tablet was a hassle.

Students will develop a favorite device, and will not be incredibly productive on something that has been forced upon them.  For this reason I have long been a supporter of BYOD programs.  Microsoft's event today may have made me completely against BYOD over the course of 10 minutes.

The Surface Book was unveled as Microsoft's answer to competitor's laptops.  My first reaction was, this looks great, but it doesn't really have a lot of application to education or the real world in terms of differentiating Microsoft from Apple or other hardware manufacturers.  Then the presenter removed the screen from the base, creating a tablet.  The versatility of the Surface Book has yet to be tested in the real world, but based on the presentation this computer may be the messiah of the EdTech movement and putting a device in the hands of every student.  

I am going to work on getting a demo unit, to give my feedback and provide a review.  I will also continue posting about the issue of product versality over the next few weeks.

Did you watch the Microsoft event?  What do you think of the Surface Book and the other new hardware presented?


Full STEM Ahead! New America After 3PM special report on STEM released

This is a guest blog by Anita Krishnamurthi, VP of STEM Policy at the Afterschool Alliance

Last week, we released our first ever special report on afterschool science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning based on our 2014 America After 3PM survey data. Full STEM Ahead: Afterschool Programs Step Up as Key Partners in STEM Education is the first comprehensive look at parental perceptions of STEM programming offered by afterschool providers and examines demand, access and satisfaction both nationally and by state.

Responding to the national priority on improving STEM education and recognizing that hands-on, inquiry-driven learning is a natural fit for the afterschool setting, afterschool providers have enthusiastically embraced offering STEM learning in afterschool. While observations of the afterschool field have led us to believe that the number of afterschool STEM programs has been on the rise, the America After 3PM data presented in Full STEM Ahead confirms those observations. 

Key findings of the report are as follows:

  • STEM programming has become widespread in afterschool. Nearly 7 in 10 parents with children in afterschool report that their children participate in STEM learning in their afterschool programs.
  • Parents consider STEM as a factor when choosing their child’s afterschool program. More than half of parents with children in afterschool report that STEM was an important factor in selecting their child’s program.
  • There is a high level of satisfaction with afterschool STEM programming. 8 in 10 parents whose children participate in afterschool STEM programs are satisfied with the STEM offerings.
  • Parents believe afterschool programs activate interest in STEM. 65% of all parents agree that afterschool programs can help children gain STEM-related interests and skills and 70% of parents think that afterschool programs should offer STEM learning opportunities for young people. 
  • Afterschool programs help all children access STEM learning, regardless of where they live. They reach children from populations that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM and help to engage them in these fields.
    • 69% of both boys and girls participate in afterschool STEM learning and parents of both genders report similar satisfaction with the STEM offerings.
    • Parents of children from low-income families express stronger support for afterschool STEM programs in comparison to higher-income families.
    • African-American and Hispanic parents have a more positive opinion of and experience with afterschool STEM programs compared to Caucasian parents. 60% of African-American and 57% of Hispanic parents consider the availability of STEM programs as an important factor when choosing their child’s afterschool program, compared to 47% of Caucasian parents.

While the findings are very encouraging, we need to remember that for every child in a program, two more are waiting to get in. Additional investments in afterschool programming would allow another 20 million children to participate in STEM programs and access opportunities to engage in STEM. The report discusses challenges and makes a few recommendations, a few of which are listed below:

  • Increase investment in afterschool programs.
  • Engage and educate parents about the important role that high-quality afterschool programs can play in supporting STEM learning.
  • Strengthen partnerships between the larger STEM education community and afterschool programs to increase and improve afterschool STEM programming.
  • Increase technology and engineering programming available in afterschool.

For more details, please read the full report. You can also download the Executive Summary for a shorter read that gives you just the key findings.

Check out the interactive dashboard where you can see national and state-level data and download state fact sheets; and share, tweet, or pin the STEM infographic! If you're planning a STEM-rich Lights On Afterschool event, spread the word with STEM-themed Lights On social media posts.

Feeling inspired to use this data and talk up afterschool STEM to your partners, parents, and other stakeholders? Take a look at our brand new website – the Afterschool STEM Hub has resources and tools to make the case for expanding and supporting innovative and engaging informal STEM learning.   


Hawkeye Community College to Host 200 students in Waterloo, Iowa as part of STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015

Hawkeye Community College plans to host 200 high-school students at their campus in Waterloo, Iowa as part of global campaign, STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015. The program aligns to a key initiative of Hawkeye’s strategic 3-year plan, Connect to Innovation and Technology
During the career exploration event, students will participate in multiple educational sessions designed to inspire students to invest themselves in their education and STEM career pathways. Sessions include a virtual reality science experience, 3D immersion in biology, and hands-on 3D printing. Teachers and school counselors will also be engaged in these sessions, which will give them a glimpse into the opportunities that STEM careers provide.
A particular focus of the event will be to encourage girls and students from minority backgrounds to consider STEM careers.  Approximately 50% of participants at the Hawkeye program are expected to be young women and students from a minority background. 
“Hawkeye Community College is very pleased to be a part of STEMCAD 2015. This event will allow us to share our commitment to innovation and technology in education and workforce training with high school students in our area.  The opportunity to increase the diversity of individuals pursuing a STEM education and career is particularly exciting for the workforce needs in our region.”  - Dr. Jane Bradley - Vice President, Academic Affairs at Hawkeye Community College
About Hawkeye Community College
Hawkeye officially opened in 1966 and has comprehensive community college status over the years. The college offers more than 45 one-year and two-year programs for credit classes with specialized training geared towards business and industry. Hawkeye Community College aims to become a globally informed community of successful lifelong learners with a vision of being recognized for educational excellence, exceptional student services, and responsiveness to diverse communities.
About STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015
STEM Career Accelerator Day (#STEMCAD2015) is a national campaign and series of concurrent events hosted during the week of October 19-23, 2015 designed to engage and expose students, parents, and teachers to career-focused experiential learning at corporate sites, government facilities, higher education institutions, and a virtual platform. Through #STEMCAD2015, employers and educators across the country will be hosting events that inspire 10,000+ students in grades 8-12 to pursue a career in STEM fields.
For more information on this site, please contact STEM Coordinator, Jill Dobson of Hawkeye Community College at For more information on STEM Career Accelerator Day overall, please contact Tim Edwards of STEMconnector® at

Montana STEMfest 2015 Joins Forces with STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015 To Engage 300+ High-School Students

Inspired Classroom plans to connect with 300+ high-school students from across the state of Montana from its interactive distance learning studio in Missoula, MT on October 19th-20th, 2015 as part of the national effort, STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015. The program, referred to as Montana STEMfest, will collaborate with national and state industries and faculty members from both The University of Montana and The National Science Foundation. 
Through Interactive Video Conferencing, Montana students will have the opportunity to engage with an industry/faculty pairing to pursue career track and higher education pathways. Industries include; Rivertop Renewables, Blue Marble Biomaterials, Sunburst Sensors, NASA,, Trout Unlimited, CTA Architecture, Community Medical Center Physical Therapy. Students will participate in minds-on learning activities and have the opportunity to interact with industry leaders.
The Montana STEMfest is part of the 2nd annual STEM Career Accelerator Day program, being held across employment sites, university and community college campuses, and virtual platforms across the United States.
A particular focus of #STEMCAD2015 and Montana STEMfest is to engage young women, rural populations, and students from minority backgrounds to consider STEM careers. For this event, over half of our industry role models will be women. Inspired Classroom will also connect with schools on each of our seven American Indian Reservations.  Additionally, several of Montana’s Tribal colleges will be participating in the event as both presenters and participants. 
“One of the most amazing things about teaching in Montana during the 21st century is that our zip codes no longer matter. We can expose our students to experts, global issues, and authentic opportunities and discussions like never before. The STEMfest is one such opportunity; crumbling the four walls of the classroom and putting learning in the hands of our students.” –Jessica Solberg 2016 MEA/MFT Montana Teacher of the year
STEMfest is sponsored by funding from the National Science Foundation and Inspired Classroom.
Industry Partners & Presenters:
  • Blue Marble Biomaterials—Stacy Jackson and Michaela Davenport
  • CTI Architects—Jackie Bull
  •—Jeanette Russell
  • Trout Unlimited—Paul Parson
  • Rivertop Renewables—Tyler Smith
  • Suburst Sensors—Reuben Darlington
  • Community Medical Center PT—Jennifer LaForest
  • Team Kaizen Games—Josh Hughes
  • NASA Goddard Flight Center
University of Montana Faculty Presenters
  • Mark Reiser, Ph.D.
  • Frank Rozenzweig, Ph.D.
  • Shannon Hinds Furnis
  • Whisper Means, M.S.
  • Brent Ruby, Ph.D.
  • Tom Gallagher, Ed.D.
  • Mike DeGrandpre, Ph.D.
  • Franny Gilman
  • Brad Layton, Ph.D.
For more information on this site, please contact Alli DePuy at For more information on STEM Career Accelerator Day, please contact Tim Edwards of STEMconnector® at

The University of Memphis & E-Day To Host 2,500 Students As Part of STEM Career Accelerator Day Activities (#STEMCAD2015)

The University of Memphis will be hosting approximately 2,500 students from the Memphis area on its campus on October 23, 2015 for the annual E-Day program. In 2015, University of Memphis and E-Day will join forces with the global campaign, STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015 (#STEMCAD2015). 
University of Memphis is planning over ten interactive events for the students to learn more about opportunities in the STEM fields. These activities include biomaterial design, a boat design and race competition as well as designing a cardboard beam. 
The university is excited to host these programs because STEM engagement is a major priority of the university. MemphiSTEM, a National Science Foundation funded project at the university, promotes STEM careers to community members. In addition, the Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Teaching and Learning (CRISTAL) aims to recruit, retain and prepare the next generation of STEM researchers, educators and industry professionals. The goal of these experiential learning activities is to get students interested in the fields of biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, civil engineering and engineering technology.   
The university’s program is called E-Day, an engineering-focused event that featuring competitions as well as engineering lab tours and multiple walk-up activities throughout the college. This program has historically attracted thousands of Memphis area middle and high school students! 
“Engineering, possibly more than any other profession, has a positive impact on the quality of life for everyone. Engineers design and implement solutions to many of society’s most difficult problems touching everything from individual health to national security to the global environment. This event is aimed at informing students about the interesting and rewarding career opportunities available to them in the field of engineering and technology, " said Dr. Richard Sweigard, Dean of the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis.
About the University of Memphis & E-Day: 
The University of Memphis was founded in 1912 and has enrollment of over 20,000 students. The university sits on 1,607 acres and offers bachelor’s degrees as well as master’s degrees, doctoral degrees and a law degree. E-Day is an annual open house event hosted by the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis.
About STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015:
STEM Career Accelerator Day (#STEMCAD2015) is a national campaign and series of concurrent events hosted during the week of October 19-23, 2015 designed to engage and expose students, parents, and teachers to career-focused experiential learning at corporate sites, government facilities, higher education institutions, and a virtual platform. Through #STEMCAD2015, employers and educators across the country will be hosting events that inspire 10,000+ students in grades 8-12 to pursue a career in STEM fields. 
For more information on this site, please contact David Greganti of the University of Memphis at For more information on STEM Career Accelerator Day overall, please contact Tim Edwards of STEMconnector® at

Cognizant Opens 2016 Grant Application Period For Making the Future Afterschool and Summer Programs

This is an annoucement from Cognizant

Cognizant has opened up the 2016 grant application period for Making the Future Afterschool and Summer programs. Child-serving U.S. non-profit organizations wishing to run after-school, in-school, and summer Maker programs can apply from October 1 through November 15, 2015. Programs must support the program’s mission, which is to inspire young learners in the STEM disciplines by providing fun, hands-on learning opportunities. Visit to download the grant application.


Michigan High School Creates EdTech Focused Classroom

Grosse Pointe North High School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan is home to the "Innovation Lab."  This is a multifunctional classroom/professional development space that opened in the fall of 2014. This space is used on a daily basis to house Digital Seminar, a modern technology class, as well as various core classes that work on collaborative and tech-based projects.

Board of Education Trustee Judy Gafa says, "this classroom was made possible by Mr. Sean McCarroll's vision and partially funded by the generosity of the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education... Innovation, critical thinking, problem solving and creativity are encouraged and embraced."




One Million and One Women Mentors

This is a guest blog by Jacqui Lipson, Vice President at Widmeyer Communications

As a youngster I was single-mindedly focused on marine biology and very inclined to science subjects. All signs pointed to me pursuing a degree in that area and potentially a career in the field. But I left it behind. There was no event or issue that prompted the switch, nothing dramatic—I simply lacked a mentor, someone who could see my passion and encourage me on that path.

It’s natural for young people to want to explore the world around them, but an interest in the novel simply isn’t enough.  A child’s natural inquisitiveness needs to be nurtured and sustained—especially if it is to bear the fruit of a successful career in adulthood. This is particularly true of scientific and technical careers. According to Change the Equation’s analysis of data from both the National Center for Education Statistics and the College Board, between 2003 and 2009, 48 percent of bachelor's degree students who entered science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields switched to non-STEM majors or dropped out by 2009. Many young people express interest in the natural and created world— the entire notion of children’s play, in fact, is firmly rooted in the experimentation and creativity that form the foundation of STEM disciplines-- however we see a significant drop off in these interests as youngsters—especially girls—enter middle school.

It goes without saying that increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields is not only necessary from a workforce standpoint, but it would also open the door to a more equitable future in STEM for those individuals who currently feel shut out. When it comes to young women, in particular, we’ve long since proven wrong the assumption that girls are less inclined to STEM subjects.  According to a 2012 Girl Scouts Report, STEM Generation, research showed it’s not that young women have declining interest in STEM; they have so many varied interests that a lack of focus or clear vision of female role models hinders their pursuit of STEM. Unfortunately, gendered stereotypes still dominate the field, and these stereotypes often make STEM career paths more complicated to navigate for women. At the college level, women are six percentage points more likely than men to switch out of STEM majors, according to recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics. The STEM community, including academia, nonprofits, professional societies, corporations and even small business, has an obligation to support and encourage students to develop and maintain their interest in STEM, but we are failing.

There are several ways to address the gaps that continue to plague women and STEM. One of the more successful components of diversity programs is built around the simple concept of mentorship. Support from a role model who offers guidance, encouragement and opportunities may be one the keys to keeping girls and young women interested and succeeding in STEM studies and careers. It’s a critical ingredient and one that many agree works: According to research conducted by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, three in four female students interested in a STEM career who also have a mentor feel they will be successful in pursuing that career. Organizations like the American Association of University Women, who have been studying the challenges surrounding STEM and gender diversity for years, also point to the importance of solid management practices, which include mentorship opportunities, as key to supporting women’s success in the field.

From corporations to nonprofits, organizations across the nation are seeking ways to ensure students have access to adults who are invested in their future, ones whom can inspire, mentor and encourage them in STEM fields.  Leading the charge is Million Women Mentors (MWM). A collaboration of more than 58 partners with more than 350,000 pledges to mentor girls and women in STEM entered to date. This effort would reach more than 30 million girls nationally. This is a good start, however, if we are to change the systemic lack of diversity and support for women and underrepresented minorities in the STEM professions more needs to done—and quickly.

Mentorship programs are critical but they start and end with individuals. It’s that simple and therefore that easy for each of us to play a role whether formal or informal, in a young person’s life. So to any young women considering marine biology, I say, stay the course. Check out the Gills Club and find a mentor who can make sure you stay “in the swim” to an incredible professional career in science and beyond.

Jacqui Lipson is a Vice President at Widmeyer Communications. Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners company, is the nation’s oldest communications firm with a dedicated PreK-12 education practice. We now have more than 25 years’ experience working in education public policy, advocacy and marketing communications. Widmeyer Communications possesses a deep understanding of the critical issues the field faces, and what it will take for all children to reach their potential in a public education system. We partner with philanthropies, nonprofit organizations, associations, corporations and local, state and federal government entities to craft and deliver education messages and communication strategies that advance our clients’ ideas and agendas and help them achieve results. For more information, visit


Encouraging The Next Generation of STEM Game Changers

This is a guest blog by Justina Nixon-Saintil, Director for Education at the Verizon Foundation

Curiosity, initiative and determination: skills that no test can measure in our children, but highly valued qualities that need to be cultivated from an early age. These are also the very skills that fuel entrepreneurship and the tenacity that drives us to rewrite our personal histories.

A wonderful example of this is a talented group of Latina eighth graders in Los Fresnos, Texas, who, in 2013, came up with the idea for a smartphone app that could help their blind classmate, and visually impaired students like him, better navigate their school grounds, using Google coordinates and step-by-step audio directions.

These students never dreamed that their idea would win a national competition, become a real-working app and earn them a visit to the White House, where they would be praised by the President of the United States, for the intellect and compassion that went into to their invention. And they never imagined they would become inventors and entrepreneurs before graduating middle school. Their one-of-a-kind app, named Hello Navi, recently sold to a company planning to expand it for use on college campuses nationwide.

The experience has changed the course of their lives, opening the eyes of six middle school girls to the exciting futures they could have by embracing technology skills and their own creativity.

In its brief three-year history, the contest that breathed life into the idea for Hello Navi has also helped realize the dreams of scores of students whose ideas address myriad pressing social problems -- including teen depression, severe allergies and childhood obesity. Because of this unique learning experience, these students have discovered new passions for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects, and in some cases, their achievements have transformed entire school cultures, helping students see what they can achieve if they simply have the courage to voice their ideas.

Requiring no-coding-skills, the Verizon Innovative App Challenge is helping students realize that one doesn’t need to be a professional coder or engineer to create a breakthrough in technology. The program has helped level the playing field between the techies and the street-smart, giving everyone an equal opportunity to change the world for the better, even while still in middle school.

The process is simple. Students gather teams, come up with an idea for an app that solves a social challenge in their school or community and explain how it would work in an essay and short video submission. Judges narrow the more than 1,000 submissions that flood in to a handful of winning middle- and high-school teams, who can win up to $20,000 for the school or non-profit organization they represent, tablets for each team member and the chance to bring their app idea to life with the help of experts from MIT Media Lab.

Curiosity, tenacity and hard-work are the qualities that pave the way to the tech innovations of tomorrow. Our country needs more ideas like Hello Navi. And it needs more classrooms, afterschool programs and families where the spirit of entrepreneurship is harnessed and encouraged. Programs like the App Challenge can help us get there. Encourage the teachers and students in your life to learn more and submit an idea for the next world-changing app, before Nov. 24. 

Justina Nixon-Saintil is the director for education at the Verizon Foundation, accountable for the development, implementation, and measurement of the organization's education programs for both K-12 and higher-ed. Included within Justina's responsibility portfolio is accountability for building partnerships with premier non-profit organizations to provide professional development to teachers on the integration of technology in the classroom, app development training to students, and the development of mobile content to support learning. Justina holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo and an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business. In addition, she has a pre-certification in teaching for both middle school math and K-5 elementary education. She is on the Business/Education Council of the Conference Board and a board member of LULAC National Educational Service Centers.



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