This way, Valtrex helps to regulate the immune system within a short period of time and restrict possibilities of the infected cells After the purchase of Ventolin the situation was changed a lot.
The doctor prescribed me Flagyl. Zithromax without prescriptionPremarin works just fine for me. I used this pill for three months after a full hysterectomy at the age of 50.

Global STEM Talent Summit Highlight Reel and Video Series!

The Global STEM Talent Summit was the worlds' first employer led and largest in its history. More than 30 speakers shared their perspectives on bridging the STEM talent shortfall. This year marked a turning point called the STEM Praxis Moment with a focus on transitioning from theory into action. With more than 430 million STEM jobs to fill by 2030, companies should discuss collective strategies to drive scale and speed that future proof the STEM pipeline rather than individually compete for the diminishing talent pool. With 25 strategic partners and growing with combined revenues of more than $1.3 trillion and 4.5 million employees, GSTS unique sequence of strategically connected summits supported by a large coalition of strong and impactful partners with exemplary leadership capabilities to define the future of STEM talent development.

Below is a highlight reel of the entire day's action. In the weeks to come, we will be showcasing in-depth videos of the panels, keynote addresses, and backstage interviews from the summit here on the blog! You can catch all these videos and more on the STEMconnector YouTube Page!

Regeneron Selected by Society for Science & the Public as New Sponsor of the Science Talent Search

This is a press release from Regeneron

 Regeneron’s $100 million, 10-year commitment supports the competition and STEM outreach and equity programming

Regeneron CEO and CSO are both Science Talent Search alumni

Tarrytown, NY and Washington, DC (May 26, 2016) | Society for Science & the Public (Society) today announced that Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) is the new title sponsor of the Science Talent Search. Selected through a competitive process that garnered interest from the nation’s leading companies and philanthropists, Regeneron will become only the third sponsor in 75 years of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious high school science competition.

The new sponsorship will be celebrated at a special event today at the American Museum of Natural History, which is known for its extensive science education program. The event will be hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ph.D., the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, and can be viewed via webcast at 9:00 a.m. EDT at http://edge.media-server.com/m/go/sciencetalentsearch.

Regeneron is committing $100 million to support the Science Talent Search and other Society programs through 2026 and will assume title sponsorship of the competition effective immediately. As part of its commitment, Regeneron is nearly doubling the overall award distribution to $3.1 million annually, increasing the top award to $250,000, and doubling the awards for the top 300 young scientists and their schools to $2,000 each. During its history, the Science Talent Search has provided more than $25 million in awards to over 8,500 students and schools.

“We are honored to be the new sponsors of the Science Talent Search, a national treasure that showcases the critical role science plays in advancing society. For me, participating in the Science Talent Search was a life-changing experience that inspired my future scientific career,” said George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Scientist and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron, President of Regeneron Laboratories and a top winner of the 1976 Science Talent Search. “For nearly 30 years, Regeneron has worked to turn groundbreaking science into medicines that will improve human lives. We are committed to supporting a rich pipeline of future talent who will improve our world through science and engineering for generations to come.”

“The commitment that Regeneron has made to the Society for Science & the Public and our storied program is extraordinary,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of the Society, Publisher of Science News and an alumna of the 1985 Science Talent Search. “In the 75-year history of this competition and nearly a century of science education, this is the largest commitment we’ve ever received from a single organization. Through the dedication of Regeneron not only to continue but to advance the Science Talent Search, we will be expanding the program’s reach like never before, extending the opportunities that individual research can offer and inspiring even more of our nation’s talented young scientists.”

As a key component of the sponsorship, $30 million will be dedicated to scaling Society initiatives focused on increasing outreach and equity for students across the United States to nurture their interest in the sciences. This funding will support inspirational and aspirational programming designed to reach new and underprivileged communities, support teachers and inspire more students to pursue careers in STEM.

“Regeneron is led by two alumni of the Science Talent Search, so we know first-hand what it means to promising young students,” said Leonard Schleifer, M.D., Ph.D., Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Regeneron and an alumnus of the 1970 Science Talent Search. “It’s absolutely critical that the best and brightest minds pursue careers in science and engineering. This unrivaled program provides important motivation and reinforcement for talented young people to stay this course.”

The Science Talent Search has been identifying and celebrating the best and brightest young scientific minds in the United States since 1942. The competition receives more than 1,800 applications each year from high school seniors across the country. By submitting an application to the Science Talent Search, entrants vie to be honored as one of the nation’s top 300 young scientists, from which 40 finalists are selected for a week-long competition in Washington, D.C. Student finalists have met personally with eleven U.S. Presidents, including John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama.

About the Regeneron Science Talent Search
The Regeneron Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science & the Public since 1942, is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. Each year, approximately 1,800 student entrants to the Science Talent Search submit original research in critically important scientific fields of study and are judged by leading experts in their fields. Often, these students endeavor to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges with promising research on medical issues, technology breakthroughs and social innovations. Unique among high school competitions in the U.S. and globally, the Science Talent Search focuses on identifying the next generation of scientists and engineers who will provide critical leadership in shaping the future of research and development for our nation and the world. The top 300 entries are recognized as the top young scientists in the United States, and they and their schools receive prizes of $2,000 each. The top 40 candidates are selected as Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists and invited to Washington, D.C., to attend a weeklong celebration of science, meet with lawmakers and leaders, and compete for top honors.

Program alumni include recipients of the world's most coveted science and math honors, including eleven National Medals of Science, three Breakthrough Prizes, seventeen MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, two Fields Medals and twelve Nobel Prizes. Distinguished Science Talent Search alumni include Society Trustees Mary Sue Coleman (president emeritus, University of Michigan), Tom Leighton (co-founder and CEO, Akamai Technologies) and Frank Wilczek (2004 Nobel Prize in Physics), among many others.

Intel was the title sponsor of the Science Talent Search from 1998-2016. For the first 55 years (1942-1997) of the Science Talent Search, Westinghouse was the title sponsor.

About Society for Science & the Public
Established in 1921, Society for Science & the Public (the Society) is one of the nation’s oldest non-profit membership organizations dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Through its acclaimed science competitions, including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Broadcom MASTERS, and its award-winning Science Newsmagazine and family of media properties, Society for Science & the Public is committed to inform, educate and inspire. For more information about the Society and its work, please visit www.societyforscience.org.

About Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Regeneron (NASDAQ: REGN) is a leading science-based biopharmaceutical company based in Tarrytown, New York that discovers, invents, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions. Regeneron commercializes medicines for eye diseases, high LDL-cholesterol, and a rare inflammatory condition and has product candidates in development in other areas of high unmet medical need, including cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, atopic dermatitis, pain and infectious diseases. For additional information about the company, please visit www.regeneron.com or follow @Regeneron on Twitter. 

About the American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History, founded in 1869, is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. The Museum encompasses 45 permanent exhibition halls, including the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions. Five active research divisions and three cross-disciplinary centers support approximately 200 scientists, whose work draws on a world-class permanent collection of more than 33 million specimens and artifacts, as well as specialized collections for frozen tissue and genomic and astrophysical data, and one of the largest natural history libraries in the world. Drawing on its scientific resources, the Museum’s educational programs range from early-childhood science classes to offerings for middle school, high school, and college students that include unparalleled opportunities to conduct authentic scientific research with scientist mentors. Through its Richard Gilder Graduate School, it is the only American museum authorized to grant the Ph.D. degree and the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Visit amnh.org for more information.

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Turbo-Charge Your STEM Brainstorming Sessions

Pepper Bullock, Founder of Safe Harbor Consulting in Atlanta, and Tara Carcillo, CEO of The Clearing in Washington D.C., are collaborating on a series of facilitation aids for new leaders to be release later this year.  This series will give leaders in STEM and elsewhere, insights into the ‘trade secrets’ used by professional consultants when hosting ideation or leading groups. As a prequel to the app, scheduled to be release this fall, they have posted a 5 minute YouTube video (embedded below) that shares how to Turbo-Charge your brainstorming with ideation concepts inspired by Design Thinking. This free video gives the new leader a framework for faster and more creative brainstorming outcomes.

Pepper is speaking at the Womenetics event below where he will be explaining these ideation techniques. 

http://www.cvent.com/events/academy-innovation-ideation/event-summary-df5e928bd8e945a1b4462f248b547a22.aspx

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Cubic President and Chief Executive Officer Bradley H. Feldmann Recognized Among 100 CEO Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector®

This is a press release from Cubic Corporation

CEO offers insight into the importance of STEM and innovation at Cubic Corporation

May 23, 2016 - SAN DIEGO (BUSINESS WIRE) | Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today announced Bradley H. Feldmann, president and chief executive officer (CEO), is among 100 CEO Leaders in STEM, published by STEMconnector®, the one-stop resource for “who is doing what” in STEM education and careers. The published book, 100 CEO Leaders in STEM, features the unique perspective of CEOs on the issues facing America’s workforce in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

Each CEO recognized is featured in a two-page spread in the 100 CEO Leaders in STEM book, and includes their thought-provoking reflections on STEM education, workforce development, public-private partnerships and diversity. The profiles will help to influence and prompt the national conversation regarding these issues.

“I am honored to be selected along with other CEOs from global companies and look forward to sharing insight on the important topics of diversity and innovation in the current workforce,” said Bradley H. Feldmann, president and chief executive officer, Cubic Corporation. “Cubic was founded from and thrives on a culture of innovation and STEM initiatives help drive the success of this company.”

“We are proud to highlight Bradley Feldmann as one of the 100 CEO leaders in STEM and recognize his leadership and excellence,” said Edie Fraser, chief executive officer, STEMconnector®. “The role of CEOs becomes critical to business and innovation. These role models are change leaders.”

Feldmann also recently received the 2016 Duane Roth Distinguished Contribution Award for Technology by CONNECT, a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego, for his contributions in elevating San Diego as a global innovation economy.

100 CEO Leaders in STEM is a STEMconnector® publication sponsored by Diversified Search, Sodexo, Tata Consultancy Services, and Walmart. To see the full list of honorees and download the electronic version of 100 CEO Leaders in STEM, go tohttp://stemconnector.org/100-ceo-leaders-in-stem-v2.

About Cubic Corporation
Cubic Corporation designs, integrates and operates systems, products and services focused in the transportation, defense training and secure communications markets. As the parent company of two major business units, Cubic’s mission is to increase situational awareness and understanding for customers worldwide. Cubic Transportation Systems is a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services to create intelligent travel solutions for transportation authorities and operators. Cubic Global Defense is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems, secure communications and networking and highly specialized support services for military and security forces of the U.S. and allied nations. For more information about Cubic, please visit the company's website at www.cubic.com or on Twitter @CubicCorp.

About STEMconnector®
STEMconnector® is a consortium of over 150 companies, associations, academic institutions and government entities actively working to advance STEM education and the future of human capital. STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link “all things STEM.” STEMconnector®’s network includes organizations at the global, national, state and local levels. Our work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers. STEMconnector® has a particular emphasis on diversity and women. Visit the STEMconnector website at http://www.stemconnector.org/ and on Twitter @STEMconnector.

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Georgia Power engages 100,000 students in STEM learning

This is a press release from Georgia Power

Company wraps up successful school year of education partnerships, classroom curriculum

ATLANTA, May 23, 2016 (PRNewswire) | Georgia Power announced today a significant increase in the number of students engaged in its energy learning programs throughout the 2015-2016 school year. Nearly 100,000 students in schools across Georgia participated in the company's in-school initiatives including Learning Power, PowerTOWN and Georgia Pre-K Week this year. As part of Georgia Power's commitment to education, the company works in classrooms and communities across the state to deliver lessons and seminars through these programs focused on energy and engineering, as well as science, technology, education and math (STEM) topics.

"There is no greater investment we can make in Georgia's future than ensuring that our students and our teachers are prepared with the basic skills and knowledge they need to be successful in key STEM areas," said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. "Enhancing education is the responsibility of all of Georgia's companies and we're honored to have the opportunity to continue to have such an impact across the state, year after year."

Education program highlights from the recent school year include:

  • More than 3,200 local events in schools reaching more than 80,000 students as part of the signature Learning Power program.  Learning Power provides customized curriculum and materials at no cost to schools with education coordinators presenting STEM-related lessons highlighting energy basics such as simple circuits and energy efficiency, in addition to activities that help students understand how energy is made and distributed.  In just five years since the program began, Georgia Power has hosted more than 14,000 events reaching 380,000 Georgia students.
  • Nearly 1,000 PowerTOWN electrical safety presentations reaching thousands of students and adults. PowerTOWN uses a model town table kit to demonstrate real-life scenarios involving electricity and explain how to safely live and work around electricity every day.
  • Dozens of Georgia Power employees spotlighted literacy by reading in more than 160 Georgia classrooms to 3,800 students as part of Georgia Pre-K Week in October.  The company partners with the non-profit Voices for Georgia'sChildren and other leading Georgia companies to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood education through this annual event.  

Supporting classroom education also means supporting teachers. For more than a decade, Georgia Power has provided much-needed funds for new Georgia teachers through its New Teacher Assistance Grant program. Last year, the company awarded 41 new Georgia teachers with $1,000 grants to purchase classroom supplies and start their careers as pre-K, elementary, middle and high school teachers.  Since 2004, the company has awarded more than $350,000 in individual grants to more than 350 new teachers in communities across the state.

In addition to STEM-related education programs, improving education at all levels is also a primary philanthropic initiative for Georgia Power. In 2015, the company contributed $5.8 million to support education initiatives such as the Ron Clark Academy, University System of Georgia Foundation, Inc. and Berry College, Inc. This includes company matched employee donations to 86 institutions of higher education and a $500,000 donation for Georgia Public Broadcasting's updated interactive in-classroom video series for teachers: Chemistry Matters and Physics Fundamentals.

To learn more about Georgia Power's commitment to education, including all of its programs and resources available for students, parents and educators, visit www.georgiapower.com/education

About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), one of the nation's largest generators of electricity.  Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind.   Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower) and Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower). 

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365,000 Attendees Celebrated STEM at the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival!

Last month, 365,000 attendees fueled their curiosity by exploring thousands of hands-on STEM activities at the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival!  The Festival kicked off on Thursday, April 14th with our X-STEM Symposium, a TED-Style conference for students in middle and high school, sponsored by MedImmune, that featured inspiring presentations and workshops by some of the most innovative names in STEM. Sponsored by Chevron, Sneak Peek Friday returned on April 15th with over 60,000 kids experiencing moments of discovery by directly engaging with our exhibitors before the general public. 

The USA Science & Engineering Festival culminated with a free and open to the public Expo over the weekend of April 16th-17th with Founding and Presenting Host Sponsor Lockheed Martin. The Festival covered over 2 million square feet with exhibitors showcasing 3D printing, robotics, mechanical engineering, the latest medical research, chemistry, storm chasing, computer coding, paleontology, space exploration, geography, STEAM, green technology, flight simulation and so much more! Attendees had the unique opportunity to test drive robots, discover the surface of Mars, create a circuit, make their own lip balm, learn about life-saving techniques, ride in the U.S. Air Force Rapid Air Strike, join the Maker & DIY movement, chat with real life astronauts, scientists and engineers and so much more all under one roof! Stage show performances included a live downlink with NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams from the International Space Station, Actor Wil Wheaton, Science Teachers Steve Spangler and Science Bob, NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan, Grammy Award Winning Science Rockers They Might Be Giants and much, much more!  

View more photos of the celebration here. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/usasef/albums/72157665854777113)

The USA Science & Engineering Festival would like to thank our exhibitors, performers, volunteers and especially our sponsors for helping us to once again bring back the nation's largest celebration of STEM to Washington, D.C. Thank you to our media partners, including STEMConnector, for spreading the word about this record breaking event. 

Stay tuned for details about the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival by following us on Twitter (@USAScienceFestival) and Facebook.

PPG Foundation Donates $95,000 for National Science Education Initiatives

This is a press release from the PPG Foundation

May 19, 2016 - PITTSBURGH (BUSINESS WIRE) | The PPG Foundation recently donated a combined $95,000 to support national science education initiatives of three organizations. The grants highlight PPG’s (NYSE:PPG) commitment to increasing educational opportunities for youth in the areas of math and technology.

  • A $45,000 grant to the American Chemical Society is supporting the development of Chemistry of Color, an online chemistry module for elementary-, middle- and high-school teachers and students. The 18 lessons, which are divided by school levels, will be supplemented with a video series.
  • The Chemical Educational Foundation received a $25,000 grant to support its YOU BE THE CHEMIST® science education programs. Designed for kindergartners through eighth-graders, the programs introduce students to real-world applications of chemistry.
  • A $25,000 grant to Twin Cities Public Television in Minnesota supports national programming of the “SCIGIRLS®” PBS KIDS television show and website for young people ages 8-12. The SciGirls show features girls using science and engineering in their daily lives.

“We are very pleased to support these three organizations as they introduce students across the U.S. to science and chemistry through engaging, hands-on education,” said Sue Sloan, executive director of the PPG Foundation. “Ensuring this next generation of innovators is equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in areas like advanced manufacturing is a priority for PPG and the PPG Foundation.”

The PPG Foundation aims to bring color and brightness to PPG communities in the United States. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in industries related to coatings and specialty materials. Plus, we empower PPG employees to make an impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at www.ppgcommunities.com and follow @PPG_Communities on Twitter.

PPG: WE PROTECT AND BEAUTIFY THE WORLD

At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $15.3 billion in 2015. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

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Engage Young Students With Quality STEM Investigations in New NSTA Press Collection

This is a press release from NSTA

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE) | An all-in-one source of investigations offers creative experiences to engage the youngest students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom collects some of the best STEM activities from Science and Children, NSTA’s award-winning journal for elementary teachers.

The investigations are classroom-tested to meet the needs of both preK–5 students and busy teachers. They’re designed for traditional classrooms as well as homeschool or informal education settings. The 36 lessons are:

  • conveniently organized into grade-level bands;
  • grounded in science education research;
  • designed to encourage learning across disciplines, promote real-world problem-solving skills, expose children to STEM careers, and serve all students equally well; and
  • connected to all elements of the Next Generation Science Standards.

“Whether you are just beginning to delve into STEM experiences or you’re eager to find fresh ones, Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom will provide you with new, interesting, and productive strategies,” writes the book’s editor, Linda Froschauer, a veteran of more than 37 years of teaching, former NSTA president and current editor of Science and Children.

Browse sample pages of this title for free at the NSTA Science Store website.

For additional information or to purchase Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom, visit the NSTA Science Store. To order by phone, call 800-277-5300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET weekdays. The 326-page book is priced at $30.95 and discount-priced for NSTA members at $24.76. (Stock # PB413X; ISBN #978-1-68140-030-3)

About NSTA
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

NSTA Press® produces 25 to 30 new books and e-books each year. Focused on the preK–college market and specifically aimed at teachers of science, NSTA Press titles offer a unique blend of accurate scientific content and sound teaching strategies. Follow NSTA Press on Facebook for the latest information and new book releases.

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First National Assessment of Technology and Engineering Reveals 43% of 8th Graders Can Use Engineering to Solve Problems

This is a press release from The Museum of Science, Boston

May 17, 2016 - BOSTON | Forty-three percent of 8th grade students nationwide were able to apply technology and engineering skills successfully to real-life situations, according to the first-ever Nation’s Report Card for Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL), released today by the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) and the National Center for Education Statistics: http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/tel_2014/.
Highlights:

  • Female students scored higher than male students on average;
  • 56% of white and Asian students, 28% of Hispanic students, and 18% of black students scored at Proficient or above;
  • 59% of higher-income students (not eligible for National School Lunch Program) scored at or above Proficient, compared to 25% of lower-income students;
  • Students attending schools in suburbs scored higher than peers in towns, cities.

The innovative digital assessment, administered in 2014, measured whether 21,500 randomly selected 8th grade students from 840 public and private schools could apply technology and engineering skills to immersive, engaging scenario-based problem-sets, testing them through their interaction with multimedia tasks, and asking where they learned these 21st century skills. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as The Nation’s Report Card, is the largest continuing national measure of what students know and can do in key subjects.

"This assessment requires students to examine evidence, ask and answer challenging questions, and choose the right tools for the problem at hand... the exact kind of thinking that the modern world demands at home and in the workplace," said Terry Mazany, chair of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees NAEP.

"Having this baseline for student learning in engineering and technology is critical to our nation's leadership in innovation," said Museum of Science, Boston president and director Ioannis Miaoulis, who has championed this assessment since 2009.  "All of us in education, government, and industry must intensify our efforts to prepare students of all backgrounds and abilities -- girls and boys -- in school and out -- to succeed in our engineered world by introducing them to the engineering design skills enabling them to use science and math to solve problems. With TEL standards and assessments in place, states can help drive what students need to learn. We will use this data to work with states to ensure that the next assessment shows far better results."

The Museum helped develop the NAEP TEL and has worked with states to modify their standards and assessments. The Museum also offers affordable, integrative K-12 STEM curricula nationwide using the engineering design process geared to diverse learners, teacher professional development, and free out-of-school engineering curricula. Moreover, the Museum strives to enhance public perceptions of engineering through advocacy and lifelong learning. Museum curricula have reached an estimated 119,700 teachers and 10.5 million students in 50 states.

With the 2015 passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, states can now use federal funds to amend their science assessments to include engineering skills and practices, to fund STEM teacher professional development, and STEM learning both in classrooms and out-of-school settings.

On June 16 on Capitol Hill, Miaoulis will co-host the first Congressional Briefing on the NAEP TEL results with the National Assessment Governing Board in conjunction with the STEM Congressional Caucus to discuss implications and action steps.

The NAEP TEL results were reported in percentages of students attaining one of three levels, Basic (partial mastery), Proficient (solid mastery), or Advanced in the interconnected areas of Technology and Society, Design and Systems, and Information and Communication Technology. The test also addressed how well students practiced Understanding Technological Principles, Developing Solutions and Achieving Goals, and Communicating and Collaborating.

About the Museum of Science, Boston
One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science introduces nearly 1.4 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Hall of Human Life, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D Theater, and Butterfly Garden.The Science Behind Pixar, created in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios, has begun a 10-year national tour. The Museum is the nation's first science center with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster technological literacy in museums and schools nationwide. In 2015, its National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) received the National Science Board's Public Service Award. NCTL curricula have reached 10.5 million students and 119,700 teachers. Reaching over 20,000 teens a year worldwide via The Clubhouse Network, the Museum has also led a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. Visit: http://www.mos.org.

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FFA Advisors and Chapters Recognized for Agricultural Advocacy Efforts

This is a press release from the National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 13, 2016/National FFA Organization) | In the fall of 2015, FFA advisors and members were challenged to share the message of agriculture through social media and using the hashtag #SpeakAg. The idea behind the movement was to get a conversation about agriculture and the importance it plays in everyday lives.

During the #SpeakAg challenge students self-estimated that they were reaching an average of 397 people.

After the challenge, Monsanto, who sponsored the challenge as a special project of the National FFA Foundation recognized two advisors and chapters for their efforts.

Misty Bivens, of the LaRue County FFA Chapter in Hodgenville, Ky., was awarded one of the $1,000 grants from Monsanto earlier this year.

"It is important to teach my students about advocacy," Bivens said. "If we don't take control of the message that is agriculture, others will tell our story for us. Being an informed agriculturalist makes students understand the realities of agriculture and the various aspects of it."

The LaRue County FFA chapter used the money they received to do a service project at Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland, during National FFA Week in February. Members were able to bag 2,016 bags for the backpack program.

Trent Van Leuven, advisor of the Mackay FFA Chapter of Mackay, Idaho, agrees with Bivens on the importance of being an advocate. "Teaching about agricultural advocacy teaches students to use higher level thinking and identify false arguments. They learn that a majority opinion in the public's mind does not necessarily make it a fact."

Leuven and the Mackay FFA Chapter also received a $1,000 grant. The chapter plans to use the funds to help with travel to the National FFA Convention & Expo in the fall. Traditionally, the chapter takes a bus across country when traveling to the fall event. During that travel, students have an opportunity to experience different types of agriculture. Last year alone, 21 students from the chapter attended the event.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.

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