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Diversified Search Acquires BioQuest

This is a press release from Diversified Search

Acquisition of California-based life sciences executive recruiting firm expands market leadership in healthcare

September 26, 2016 1 — PHILADELPHIA — (BUSINESS WIRE) | Diversified Search, one of the top ten executive search firms in the U.S., has announced its acquisition of BioQuest, a leader in retained executive search for healthcare innovators in the life sciences market, headquartered in San Francisco. Under the terms of the agreement, BioQuest will operate as an independent, wholly-owned subsidiary within the Diversified Search family of companies.

“BioQuest’s nimble, innovative, and creative approach to leadership recruiting are a perfect cultural fit for us”

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“BioQuest, with its ongoing success recruiting leaders for life sciences companies in the venture capital and private equity markets, is a marquee addition to our healthcare portfolio,” said Diversified CEO and President Dale E. Jones. “With BioQuest as part of the family, Diversified cements its leadership position in executive search, particularly in medical device, biopharma, diagnostics, digital health, health IT, and consumer medicine.”

“BioQuest’s nimble, innovative, and creative approach to leadership recruiting are a perfect cultural fit for us,” noted Diversified Chairman and Founder Judith M. von Seldeneck. “We are thrilled to have found exactly the right partner to grow our network in the thriving California life sciences market.”

BioQuest, led by Co-Founder and Managing Partner Roger Anderson, is known for its expertise in recruiting boards of directors, CEOs and C-suite executives, along with key functional vice presidents. With more than 30 years in the industry, BioQuest has built leadership teams for innovative companies in medicine, science, and technology.

“This is great news for our clients,” said Anderson. “Our clients will see no change in the high level, high-touch service they have come to expect from us. At the same time, they will benefit from the broader reach we gain from joining the Diversified family.”

About Diversified Search
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Diversified Search has nine offices around the country and, through its association with AltoPartners, global reach in more than 55 offices in 35 countries around the world.

About BioQuest
Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Southern California, BioQuest is a retained executive search firm specializing in building leadership teams for healthcare innovators. Its extensive network is the result of more than three decades of close collaboration with venture firms, corporate boards, and industry leaders.


STEMconnector to Release 'Women's Quick Facts' Book at the Million Women Mentors Summit & Gala on October 5th!

STEMconnector and Million Women Mentors are pleased to announce our next publication: Women’s Quick Facts: Compelling Data on Why Women Matter! This book is a significant resource on the case for women and their economic contribution by aggregating thousands of compelling facts with info-graphics. Greta Van Susteren, media icon, will keynote the launch of Women’s Quick Facts during the Million Women Mentors Summit & Gala Luncheon on October 5, 2016, at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC.

We will be highlighting some of the key facts from the book in STEMdaily and on social media using #WomensQuickFacts!

All are urged to get copies from the Women's Quick Facts website and use the quick facts with statistics to continue building the case for equity. More than 310 organizations are cited in Women’s Quick Facts. For bulk orders, contact Jordan Bullock at

Apollo Education Group, Manpower Group and STEMconnector Host First-Ever Upskilling America’s Workforce: Preparing for the Future of Work by Aligning Business and Education

Register Now for a Live Webcast: Upskilling America’s Workforce: Preparing for the Future of Work by Aligning Business and Education. Hosted by Apollo Education Group, Manpower Group and STEMconnector.

What does a sustainable talent strategy look like in the 21st century world of work? Faced with a tightening labor market and rapidly changing skills needs, senior leaders – from CEOs to CLOs - are increasingly focused on retooling and developing their people. According to ManpowerGroup's latest Talent Shortage Survey, 38-percent of employers globally report difficulties filling jobs. 65-percent of employers say they don’t have enough technical skills to fill the jobs they must staff to succeed.  Meeting their skills needs will require a fundamental rethink of talent management and specifically how learning happens.

Companies spend billions of dollars building talent pipeline programs without getting the needed business impact. Now, business leaders realize they must develop innovative approaches to upskilling and reskilling, refreshing and retooling their workforce to be competitive and to create a human capital advantage.

Please join us via webcast on September 29th, from 10:30 to 12:30pm eastern from the National Press Club in Washington, DC for this timely and essential conversation. An intimate group of CEOs, CHRO’s and CLO’s hosted by Jonas Prising, Chairman & CEO of ManpowerGroup and Greg Cappelli, CEO at Apollo Education Group, will be joined by Dale Jones, CEO of Diversified Search, Rebecca Haley, VP, Human Resources at Genesis and Jesse Jackson, CLO at JP Morgan moderated by Mark Hamrick, Washington Bureau Chief, Senior Economic Analyst, Bankrate for a powerful, action-oriented discussion on the role of employers in upskilling the 21st Century workforce. As this is a very hot topic, we expect a great response to join the conversation virtually from around the nation.

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Genentech Employees "Co-Mentor" STEM Learning in South San Francisco

Q&A interview with Ragnar Von Schiber, Associate Director, Corporate & Employee Giving at Genentech

Did you know that compared to neighboring communities, South San Francisco (SSF) schools face unique challenges including limited resources and larger class sizes, and only 30% of high school graduates go on to attend a four-year college?

In order to address these issues and inspire a new generation of STEM students, Genentech has been working on a number of exciting programs with the South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) since 2008 and recently broke ground on the Science Garage – a new 6,900 square-foot, state-of-the-art biotech lab and classroom at South San Francisco High School. We sat down with Ragnar Von Schiber, the Associate Director, Corporate & Employee Giving at Genentech to learn more about their STEM initiatives in the community, how they measure results, and lessons learned for other aspiring STEM programs. This important work has even drawn praise from the mayor: 

“The need for hands-on learning of STEM subjects is a focus for leaders in business, medicine, law, education, and government who recognize that science and math are drivers of economic competitiveness. It’s wonderful to see the growth of Genentech’s partnership with the South San Francisco Unified School District through Futurelab, which equips students in our community to compete in the 21st century workforce.” – South San Francisco Mayor Mark Addiego.

      Ragnar Von Schiber

STEMconnector (SC): Tell us about the history of the Futurelab program and how it has grown over the years?

Ragnar Von Schiber (RVS): Genentech has been committed to science education in our local South San Francisco community for many years. In 2008, we introduced Gene Academy, which pairs third- to fifth-grade students with Genentech employees for after-school mentoring. In 2015, we deepened our commitment with the launch of Futurelab – a collaborative program with the South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) to give students at every grade level the opportunity to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and inspire them to pursue STEM careers.

Currently, we provide hands-on science education to more than 9,000 students in grades K-12, and in 2016 we had 1,300 volunteers give 25,000 hours. We hope to help create a center of science education excellence in South San Francisco.

SC: How do you prepare the mentors for the program?  You utilize more mentors than students.  How does the mentorship teamwork help the process?

RVS: All mentors attend a volunteer orientation where they learn more about the program, their role and responsibilities. They also learn best practices via weekly emails that provide just-in-time guidance and timely topics for mentors to discuss with their mentees.

Co-mentoring is a great way for colleagues to share the responsibility and reward of mentoring and ensures that students see a familiar face each week. Each year, about 50% of our mentors are returning volunteers, often staying with a student for all three years of Gene Academy.

SC: You originally only worked with students struggling academically, but have expanded the program for shy students and those who need more scientific challenges. How has this helped grow Futurelab?

RVS: Our Gene Academy students are selected by their teachers to participate for a number of reasons. For example, they might need extra homework help, or could benefit from the support of a mentor, or be natural learners and passionate about science. Regardless of why they're selected, all students will have two mentors who guide them through weekly sessions that alternate between basic homework help and fun, hands on science days. 

Our Gene Academy students participate in hands-on science activities receive homework help and one-on-one mentoring. For many students, this may be the only one-on-one time they have with an adult all week. We have heard directly from teachers how a relationship like this can truly have a powerful impact by, improving attendance, and increasing confidence and curiosity.

For our Helix Cup science competition, every 8th grader in the district participates. Students who typically excel at science often fare well, but we have also seen finalists and winners who may not have previously loved science also succeed because they’re wiling to try, able to overcome failure and innovate a winning solution. Promoting scientific exploration has the potential to awaken more students to find their own strengths and it is our hope that Futurelab can support this.

SC: You just had a groundbreaking for the Science Garage- a new 7,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art biotech lab and classroom at South San Francisco High School. What do you hope to accomplish with the new space that may have limited you before?

RVS: Science Garage includes a classroom and lab-space plus a two-year California state-approved biotech curriculum, which will be taught to high school students across SSFUSD. When complete in 2017, more than 1,000 students annually will participate in biotech coursework. Currently, 150 students – hailing from two high schools -- are already taking the first year of the curriculum this year, as part of an innovative prototyping approach, and another 800 students were able to get a taste of this new way of teaching science through a “biotech teaser” unit that is taught in all biology classes, focused on problem-solving.

The cutting-edge teaching space will allow for an enhanced hands-on learning experience for local high school students. We want to bring exciting experiences to students – and to support teachers and schools in doing their best work.

SC: Science Garage is also a curriculum. How did you go about developing it? Tell us about the goals of this two-year program?

RVS: We worked directly with Sara Shayesteh, an El Camino High School science teacher who previously worked in an immunology research lab, to develop the biotech curriculum. She created the curriculum and trained teachers to teach this year’s first two-semester biotech course, which is being taught at both high schools in newly retrofitted labs. Next year, the course will advance by adding a second year’s curriculum and it will take advantage of the new Science Garage classroom and lab space.

The program is designed to meet laboratory science requirements approved by the University of California and California State University systems. The students will always be doing something hands-on and they’ll get a chance to experience what it’s like to work in a lab and be a lab scientist. Science Garage will have a fully functioning biotechnology laboratory complete with centrifuges, thermal cyclers, gel electrophoresis machines and other equipment.

Additionally, the curriculum will help students prepare for college and increase their awareness of careers in biotech.

SC: How do you measure results for the program, and how have these results helped you alter the program to be more effective or shift priorities? What insights have you found that could help other STEM initiatives?

RVS: Our early data show that 100% of students surveyed reported increased interest in science over the course of one of our Futurelab programs. Both our data and teacher experience suggest some of the biggest shifts in excitement are occurring amongst students who were previously disengaged. Futurelab is only in its early days, but we’re excited by the success we’ve seen already.

Most recently, Futurelab was recognized by the White House-sponsored US2020 STEM Mentor award, selected from a field of applicants nationwide, as an excellent Public-Private Partnership. This recognition reflects the uniqueness of our partnership with SSFUSD.

In addition to the depth of our investment, there are a few key design elements that we believe make Futurelab special. The first is a “hyperlocal” approach aimed at making a difference in our own backyard. The second is a deep emphasis on hands-on STEM activities to engage all students. The third element is a focus on mentoring. By connecting our employees with SSF students we give kids a chance to learn about what people do at Genentech and in biotech careers in general. The final, crucial ingredient is our partnership with SSF schools. Futurelab was built in SSF, for SSF.  We know that educators in SSF know best what their students need, and what will work here.

SC: How has diversity played a part in your goals- both for the mentors and the students?

RVS: South San Francisco is a diverse community where students speak 44 different languages and 65% of all elementary students are English Language Learners.  

For both our employee mentors and students, Futurelab is a crucial element of our commitment to increasing diversity within STEM, bringing different backgrounds, perspectives and ways of thinking to the table as we search for solutions to the world’s most challenging illnesses.

We know that our future leaders are sitting in classrooms today and we are excited to continue partnering with South San Francisco to engage, inspire and equip these leaders of tomorrow.

SC: Your program focuses on helping students after-school, but have you found examples of making an impact in the classroom as well? Tell us about your relationship with the school district and the teachers.

RVS: Futurelab consists of three signature programs spanning grades K-12: Gene Academy, Helix Cup, and Science Garage. Gene Academy is focused on after school mentorship, while Helix Cup and Science Garage enhance the in-classroom curriculum.

Helix Cup is an annual science competition designed to help middle school students develop problem solving, teamwork and science skills. Every eighth grader in the SSFUSD participates – more than 600 students. Science Garage is a classroom and lab that through a two-year, California state-approved biotech curriculum, will equip high school students for STEM careers.

We meet with SSFUSD administrators and teachers regularly to plan, execute and evaluate programs and to ensure that Futurelab supports the unique needs of students in this school district.

SC: You currently only work with the South San Francisco Unified School District. Do you have plans to expand the program, or help scale the model to other communities?

RVS: Right now it is important for us to focus in one defined area, see what’s working and what gets results. After we analyze results we will consider how to share with others as an example, or potentially expanding into other communities.



New Progress and Momentum in Support of President Obama’s Computer Science for All Initiative Tata Consultancy Services Partnership with Learning Blade® Highlighted

This is a press release from TCS and Thinking Media

Tata Consultancy Services Partnership with Learning Blade® Highlighted

September 14, 2016 | “We have to make sure all our kids are equipped for the jobs of the future – which means not just being able to work with computers, but developing the analytical and coding skills to power our innovation economy. In the new economy, computer science isn’t an optional skill – it’s a basic skill, right along with the three ‘Rs.’” President Obama, January 2016

Just 8 months ago, in his final State of the Union Address and subsequent weekly address, President Obama set a bold goal—every American student should have the opportunity to learn computer science (CS). The President’s case was simple. More than nine in ten parents want CS taught at their child’s school and yet, by some estimates, only a quarter of K-12 schools offer a CS course with programming included. However, the need for such skills across industries continues to grow rapidly, with 51 percent of all science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs projected to be in a CS-related field by 2018. Since the President’s call to action, strong momentum for CS education has been growing at all levels of government and in the private sector.

To mark this progress, and celebrate new commitments in support of the President’s initiative, the White House is hosting a summit on Computer Science for All today September 14, 2016.

As part of the White House’s Computer Science Summit, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, collaboration with Thinking Media’s Learning Blade® was featured as key component of nationally announced commitments.  TCS and Learning Blade teamed up this year to develop a new computer science mission that highlights computer science careers and skills needed to be successful in these high-demand careers. The commitment featured at the White House is:

Thinking Media is committing to exposing up to 30,000 middle school students in 320 schools in Arkansas to CS careers through the Governor of Arkansas’s initiative to deliver Learning Blade, a tool for increasing STEM career awareness, by December 2017. In addition, at a national level, TCS will collaborate with Thinking Media and Learning Blade to introduce 10 CS careers and technologies in way that emphasizes social interaction and impact.

 “Recognizing the value of career awareness as a key component to advancing computer science job readiness for our nation’s students is rewarding for our company. We appreciate TCS’ support to create this material and are honored to be included in this national effort,” said Sheila Boyington, President and CEO for Thinking Media/Learning Blade.

Governor Asa Hutchinson remarked that “The Learning Blade’s focus on STEM education will offer Arkansas’s students new and exciting opportunities to learn real-world computer science concepts. This program will help our young learners master the fundamentals required for an array of specialized and highly-competitive STEM careers.” 

 In order to prepare young people for 21st century careers, students need to be able to relate to the innovative work that professionals actually do within companies. We believe that the CS missions are a pioneering effort to expand their outlook and we are glad to partner with Learning Blade to inspire tomorrow's leaders today.”Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, TCS.

Learning Blade challenges students to take on game-based projects that expose them to different aspects of science, technology, engineering, and math education – commonly referred to as STEM. Learning Blade is used in over 25 states including statewide in Tennessee and Arkansas and DC.   The new Learning Blade Computer Science mission will be officially launched in Arkansas this fall.

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billion for year ended March 31, 2016 and is listed on the BSE Limited and National Stock Exchange of India Limited. For more information, visit us at

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SAP Partners with Oakland Unified School District to Open STEM Academy to Equip High School Students for Future Careers in Technology

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​WALLDORF, Germany, Sept. 15, 2016 (PRNewswire— SAP NEWSBYTE SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced the opening of Skyline High School's Computer Science & Technology Academy in Oakland, Calif. This innovative six-year early college high school program will provide young adults with valuable skills and guidance to get a head-start in their pursuit of careers in technology.

"The technology industry will add hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next decade,*" said Jennifer Morgan, president, SAP North America. "We must ensure the next generation is educated and ready to assume the mantle of leadership and innovation in the digital economy. Public-private partnerships and investments in education are key to equipping today's students with the skills they need for tomorrow and ensuring the United States remains at the center of technological innovation for years to come."

The program was developed in partnership with Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), Berkeley City College (BCC) and the Career Ladders Project. Students who participate in the program will acquire technical skills and professional certifications, and have access to SAP employee mentors and workplace learning opportunities within SAP. In addition to earning a high school diploma, all participating students will earn a technology-focused associate degree from BCC free of charge, providing these students with a substantial advantage in the highly competitive technology industry.

"Public-private partnerships, like that of SAP and OUSD, are vital to fostering a STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] pipeline of career-ready talent that will keep California competitive for years to come," said California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.

SAP's partnership with OUSD is an active step in preparing today's young leaders for technology-focused careers. It builds off the success of other SAP-funded six-year early college high schools such as BTECH in Queens, New York; C-Town Tech in Boston, Massachusetts; and Templeton Secondary School in Vancouver, British Columbia.

"Living in the Bay Area, our students know well the opportunity that lies ahead of them with advanced skills in technology," said OUSD superintendent Antwan Wilson. "The opening of the Computer Science & Technology Academy at Skyline High School creates a critical pathway for our students to reach that opportunity. After graduating from the Academy, Oakland students will go far to help fill the skills gap. We thank SAP for working to ensure that in OUSD, Every Student Thrives."

SAP and OUSD are hosting a celebration event at Skyline High School on Friday, September 16, with the inaugural class of 100 students and 200 current academy students. Oakland A's legend Reggie Jackson, a passionate advocate for STEM education in local communities, California Associate Attorney General Venus Johnson, and Oakland Chief of Education David Silver will be joining the expected crowd of 400 students, family members, educators, and SAP employees.

For more information, visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews.

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CSNYC Launches National Computer Science Education Consortium

This is a press release from CSNYC

NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2016 (PRNewswire) | At today's White House Summit on Computer Science Education, CSNYC announced the launch of the CSforAll Consortium, a national organization formed in response to the growing computer science (CS) education community, the broadly bipartisan support for CS, and the President's call to action to provide every student with access to CS education.

Computer Science for All (#CSforAll) is a bold new initiative to empower all students from kindergarten through high school to learn CS and be equipped with the computational thinking skills they need to be creators in the digital economy, not just consumers, and to be active citizens in our technology-driven world.

The CSforAll Consortium website,, will serve as a hub for families, schools, and districts looking for resources that match their needs, including content by grade level and target audience. The site will help connect members of the national CS education community, provide an avenue for disseminating their work, and track our collective progress toward the goal of providing every student with the opportunity to learn CS.

"We are proud to leverage what we have learned from our efforts to bring computer science to every student in the New York Citypublic schools," notes CSNYC Executive Director Michael Preston. "Launching the CSforAll Consortium enables us to give back to the national community and help build momentum across the country."

With funding from the National Science Foundation, CSNYC will convene the Consortium, which currently comprises more than 180 organizations including nonprofits, government, industry, and education organizations, as well as experts and advocates who contribute to the growth of the CS education movement.

The Consortium steering committee will be chaired by CSNYC and includes the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM),, The College Board, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).

​CSNYC is a nonprofit founded in 2013 to ensure that all of New York City's 1.1 million public school students have access to a high-quality computer science education that puts them on pathway to college and career success. CSNYC is the City of New York's partner in CS4All: a 10-year initiative to train 4,775 teachers and reach all 1,700 public schools.


Science Sleuth Campaign Introduces Young People to STEM and Gives Back to Classrooms In Need Via Text Message

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NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2016 (PRNewswire) | American students are falling behind other countries in the critical subjects of math and science. That's why, the largest organization for young people and social change is partnering with 3M for the third year for a campaign called Science Sleuth.

Science Sleuth uses an SMS text-message game that asks young people to solve a mystery using their math and science skills. At the end of the game, players unlock funding to support STEM projects in classrooms in need. In the past two years, over 193,000 young people have played Science Sleuth and over 218,000 students in STEM classrooms across the country have benefitted from donations.

"Science Sleuth introduces young people to STEM in an effective way because it shows them how science, technology, math, and engineering are relevant to their life," said Aria Finger, CEO at "Last year, 70% of participants said they were more interested in science, technology, engineering or math after playing Science Sleuth."

Beginning today through November 30, young people can visit to sign up to play Science Sleuth. Players who share the game with three friends will have the chance to win a $5,000 scholarship.

"We are thrilled with the continued excitement and interest in Science Sleuth," said Tim Wong, director, 3Mgives. "This partnership reflects 3M's commitment to supporting relevant, fun and creative ways of showing students how science is applied to life."

For more information about the Science Sleuth campaign, click here.

One of the largest global orgs for young people and social change,'s 5.3 million members in 131 countries tackle volunteer campaigns that impact every cause. Poverty. Discrimination. The environment. And everything else. Our promise: Any cause, anytime, anywhere.

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At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M's creative solutions to the world's problems at or on Twitter @3M or @3MNewsroom.


More than 46,000 Students Worldwide to Build Robots and STEM Skills with FIRST® Tech Challenge VELOCITY VORTEXSM Presented by Qualcomm

This is a press release from FIRST®

4,600+ Teams of Students Tackle New Challenge During 2016/17 Season

September 12, 2016 - MANCHESTER, N.H. - (BUSINESS WIRE) | FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an international, K-12 not-for-profit organization founded to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, launched its 2016/17 FIRST® Tech Challenge season with an online game reveal on September 10. Teams of students and adult Mentors gathered at 70+ international Kickoff events to get a first glimpse of this season’s game: VELOCITY VORTEXSM Presented by Qualcomm Incorporated. An estimated 46,000 students on 4,600 teams in 17 countries around the world will participate this season.

FIRST Strategic Partner Qualcomm is the Season Presenting Sponsor for the 2016/17 FIRST Tech Challenge. A commitment to teams, via direct funding and time donated by hundreds of Qualcomm employees, helps inspire tens of thousands of FIRST students each year. Qualcomm directly supports events, programs, and thousands of teams globally.

“Qualcomm has been a proud supporter of FIRST for more than ten years, and we are so excited to continue expanding our support of FIRST Tech Challenge,” said Navrina Singh, director of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Over the past two years, our engineering and product teams have worked very closely with FIRSTto reimagine, develop and improve the control system with the latest mobile technologies. And this year, we are thrilled to increase our commitment to the program as the Season Presenting Sponsor of the FIRST Tech Challenge VELOCITY VORTEX season.”

FIRST Tech Challenge is a widely-accessible robotics program for grades 7 through 12 that promotes project-based learning. Using a proven formula to engage student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), FIRST Tech Challenge is one of the fastest-growing programs of its kind.

“The great thing about the FIRST Tech Challenge program is that it is the perfect complement to the classroom,” said FIRSTPresident Donald E. Bossi. “Throughout their journey this season, students will develop a deeper understanding of STEM skills, as well as valuable career and life skills, which is why 200 colleges, universities and other providers make $30 million in scholarships available to FIRST students.”

In the 2016/17 game, VELOCITY VORTEX, teams work in an Alliance to score points against their opponents by placing small balls, called particles, into two different types of vortexes, including a Center Vortex on a rotatable stand in the center of the field. Robots can also light beacons with their Alliance’s color, and in the final 30 seconds of the match, raise a large ball off of the playing field and place the ball in their Center Vortex.

“We’re excited to bring VELOCITY VORTEX to the FIRST community,” said Ken Johnson, Director, FIRST Tech Challenge. “This year, teams can use vision processing and a variety of sensors to really build innovative designs. The capability of the Android operating system coupled with the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor at the heart of the control system means teams have no limit on their creativity.”

Need-based grants supported by Qualcomm and other Sponsors are now available for new and returning FIRST Tech Challenge teams participating in the 2016/17 season. Click here for more information about team grants.

FIRST Tech Challenge Global Sponsors include Official Program Sponsor, Rockwell Collins; Official IoT, CAD, and Collaboration Software Sponsor, PTC; and Season Presenting Sponsor, Qualcomm.

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, NH, FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $30 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST®Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4.Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to


Future City Competition Celebrates 25 Years of Inspiring Middle-School Students to Imagine, Design and Build the Cities of the Future

This is a press release from DiscoverE

This Year’s Theme, The Power of Public Space, Asks the Nation’s Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Graders to Envision Urban Public Spaces of Tomorrow

WASHINGTON DC, September 7, 2016 | Public spaces have the capacity to revitalize a city’s economy by introducing new businesses and bringing in new visitors.  They can also help reduce crime, ease traffic congestion, improve pedestrian safety, promote healthy living, improve the environment, and enhance civic engagement. A recent study by the UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Observatories Unit found that cities that devoted about 50% of their space to public use tended to be more prosperous and have a higher quality of life.

Imagine what it would be like to walk down the main street of a city 100 years in the future. What would you hear, see, smell, and feel? How would the people who live in your future city describe it? What would make it futuristic and innovative?

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2016-17, this year’s Future City Competition poses these questions and more as it asks middle school students to address The Power of Public Space and challenges them to design innovative, multiuse public spaces that serves a city’s diverse population.

Working in a team with an educator and STEM mentor, students present their vision of the future through a virtual city design (using SimCity™ software); a 1,500 word city essay; a scale model of their city (built with recycled materials); and in a short presentation to a panel of STEM professionals. Teams from 38 regions present their ideas at Regional Competitions in January. Winners represent their regions at the Finals in Washington, DC in February. 

Over 40,000 students, representing 1,350 schools, take part in the Future City® Competition. The deadline to register is October 31, 2016.  Register today or learn more at Visit our Facebook page for more information and updates on the Future City® Competition.

Future City was honored in 2015 as the grand prize winner of a $100,000 award in the UL (Underwriters Laboratories Inc.) Innovative Education Award program (ULIEA).  Developed in collaboration with the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), the UL Innovative Education Award  is open to nonprofits that motivate K-12 schools about science research through E-STEM programming and education about the environment.

Future City has ongoing opportunities for engineering and technical professionals to volunteer in a number of different roles, including mentors and regional coordinators. For information about Future City or to volunteer, visit

Major funding for Future City comes from the Bechtel Corporation, Bentley Systems, Inc, and the Shell Oil Company.

About DiscoverE
DiscoverE is leading a growing volunteer movement that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering. Our network of volunteers in the US and abroad is drawn from the DiscoverE coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences and making science and math relevant. For more information, visit



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