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Exciting Hands-On Science Stage Shows Abound at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

This post is part of our ongoing series highlighting awesome events going on at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, taking place April 26th & 27th at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more here: blog.stemconnector.org/usa-science-engineering-festival.

Without a doubt, hands-on, interactive activities are some of the most powerful ways to excite kids in STEM.  And at the Festival Expo there will be a plethora of these interactions available to keep young learners' curiosity and imaginations stoked for days, including through a compendium of unforgettable stage shows, such as presentations by: The 3M Visiting Wizards -- a dynamic traveling troupe of 3M scientists whose demonstrations will take kids inside the mysteries of chemistry, music, sound and the science of the ultra-cold; Mr. Freeze (aka engineer Jerry Zimmerman of the Fermilab) whose explosive presentations using gases, liquids and solids explore the frontiers of physics; Hands-On Science, the exciting outreach program known for dynamic stage shows inspired by the film Terminator II; noted sleight-of-hand maestro Apollo Robbins who will take you inside the science of illusion; and Steve Wolf, the famous Hollywood stunt and special effects expert who will demonstrate the science behind these action-movie frontiers.

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Application Open for 2015 KSTF Teaching Fellowships

This is a press release from The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

Comprehensive professional development program supports beginning STEM teachers
 
Moorestown, N.J., April 14, 2014 | The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) today announced the availability of applications for 2015 Teaching Fellowships. Valued at approximately $150,000, the prestigious five-year Fellowships are awarded to early-career teachers who are committed to teaching science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) in high schools nationwide. The application deadline is 12 a.m. PST on October 29, 2014.
 
“The KSTF Teaching Fellowship Program offers access to a network of professionals dedicated to a common cause—improving math and science education,” said Nicole Gillespie, KSTF’s Executive Director. “The program has been refined and improved over the past decade, and is highly effective at retaining the most promising beginning teachers, supporting them to become leaders and change agents in the profession.”
 
KSTF Teaching Fellowships are awarded annually to early-career STEM teachers who possess exceptional academic backgrounds and a desire to pursue teaching as a primary career. Fellowship applicants are evaluated with respect to the following selection criteria: their potential to develop the content knowledge needed for teaching, their potential to develop exemplary teaching practices and their potential to develop the qualities of a teacher leader. KSTF Fellows join a supportive and collaborative community of educators who are striving to become master teachers, while leading from the classroom. Fellows also receive other benefits, including stipends, funds for professional development, grants for teaching materials, and opportunities for mentoring and leadership.
 
“I don’t think in 30 years I’d be the teacher I am today, without Knowles or the relationships I’ve made,” commented Tracy Schloemer, a 2009 KSTF Teaching Fellow. 
 
In 2002, KSTF selected its first cohort of Teaching Fellows. Since the inception of the KSTF Teaching Fellowship Program, the community has grown to include more than 250 Fellows in 42 states. From receiving National Board Certification to developing curriculum to holding leadership positions in professional organizations, KSTF Fellows are distinguished within the field of education.
 
KSTF recently selected 32 beginning teachers—including two former Peace Corps members, a certified scientific diver and a veteran of the United States Army—to join its 2014 cohort of Teaching Fellows. Information about the 2014 cohort will be released in the coming months.
 
About KSTF                                                                                                                                                   
The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) was established by Janet H. and C. Harry Knowles in 1999 to increase the number of high quality high school science and mathematics teachers and ultimately, improve math and science education in the United States. The KSTF Teaching Fellowship, the Foundation’s signature program, awards exceptional young men and women with a five-year early-career Fellowship, empowering them to become master teachers and leaders in education. For more information, visit www.kstf.org.
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Women In Technology To Share Successes And Advice With Students At 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival

Women In Technology To Share Successes And Advice With Students At 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival (via PR Newswire)

Pinterest, Girls Who Code and Michelle in Training to be featured on Lockheed Martin's Center Stage BETHESDA, Md., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] will host a panel of successful female technologists and mentors…

Some of the Largest Companies in America to Converge at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo to Inspire the Nation in STEM!

This post is part of our ongoing series highlighting awesome events going on at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, taking place April 26th & 27th at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more here: blog.stemconnector.org/usa-science-engineering-festival.

Corporate America represents one of the nation's largest supporters and employers in STEM. And at the Festival Expo in April you'll be brought up close and personal with some of the most notable companies in this realm as they serve as high-profile Sponsors for the Festival, helping to wow the next generation of innovators through dynamic hands-on exhibits and presentations in science and engineering.  Companies such as: Lockheed Martin (the Festival's founding and presenting host),  Northrop Grumman and MedImmune (presenters of the Festival's Extreme STEM Symposium), InfoComm International, Walmart, Microsoft, K&L Gates, 3M, Dow, Caterpillar and many others. Be at the Festival Expo to discover and be inspired by these STEM leaders!

Learn More: 2013/2014 Science Festival Sponsors

From Space Heroes to Innovators in Bioscience and Planetary Exploration -- You'll Meet Them at the Festival's X-STEM Extreme Symposium!

This post is part of our ongoing series highlighting awesome events going on at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, taking place April 26th & 27th at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more here: blog.stemconnector.org/usa-science-engineering-festival.

What two noted scientists at Northrop Grumman are spearheading efforts to usher in the next amazing high-tech space telescope to replace Hubble? Who was the first African American to walk in space? What famous molecular biologist now heads the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)?  You'll find out by meeting these and other exciting visionaries at the X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium set for April 24 at the Washington DC Convention Center. This unforgettable event, presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune, will give students and others the chance to interact with noted STEM pioneers ranging from space exploration, green technology and storm chasing, to bioscience and high-tech startups. Register today! Tickets are going fast.

Learn More: X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium

U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference to Host “Cyber Security is STEM” Lunch Panel

This is a press release from U.S. News STEM Solutions

DHS Cyber Security Education Chief and Cyber Security Leaders to Accelerate Cyber Security STEM education in Schools
 
Washington, D.C. | U.S. News STEM Solutions announced today the “Cyber Security is STEM” session preceding the 2014 U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference. Industry Cyber Security leaders will join Robin “Montana” Williams, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Branch Chief of National Cybersecurity Education & Awareness, on Wednesday, April 23 for an invitation only lunchtime panel to brief educators on the nation’s Cyber Security education strategy and how Cyber Security is playing a key role in advancing America’s STEM mission and inspiring students to pursue these cutting edge careers.
 
“Cyber Security is growing at an unprecedented pace and involves some of the most modern uses of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It touches almost every part of our lives, from tracking down computer hackers that try to steal identities, protecting health care records, to biometrics on our smartphones,” remarked Williams. “The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) provides our education system a strong tool for our nation’s educators to partner with industry.”
 
Leading companies are taking an active role to inspire millions of students around Cyber Security. BAE Systems is launching the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) LifeJourney where students can test drive their future as a CTO. “Students become part of my Cyber Technology team at BAE Systems and help tackle real-world challenges,” said Peder Jungck, CTO with BAE Systems. “Students are connecting what they learn in the classroom with what we do in the industry.” 
CompTIA is also playing a key role in Cyber Security education with their CompTIA certifications. Steve Morrill, Director of Technology at Loyola Blakefield High School in Baltimore commented: “Two years ago our students were unaware of the career opportunities in Cyber Security and STEM. In the last year our students developed a real passion for their future in STEM, earned CompTIA certifications and won Global Cyber Competitions accelerating their desire for computer science, math and analytics. Cyber Security is one of the most popular team sports on campus. Even more important, is that our students are securing internships with leading companies and are inspiring their classmates to pursue Cyber Security.”
 
Rick Geritz, CEO of LifeJourney, will moderate a session on how schools are providing their students the skills and capabilities to take advantage of this rapidly growing STEM market. 
 
For more information on the “Cyber Security is STEM” luncheon, email us at kevin@lifejourney.us or claudia@usnewsstemsolutions.com.
 
U.S. News STEM Solutions
The National Leadership Conference is a mission-critical event focused on the shortage of science, technology, engineering and math skills in the American workforce. Produced by U.S. News & World Report, it brings the issue onto the national stage and assembles major corporations, leading educators, top policymakers and education technology companies in order to create the collective impact needed to fill jobs now and advance the future STEM workforce. In 2014, the conference is held April 23 – 25, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the USA Science and Engineering Festival. www.usnewsstemsolutions.com.
 
LifeJourney™
LifeJourney™ is an online career simulation experience that enables students to test-drive their future by living a day in the life of America’s STEM leaders. www.lifejourney.us

Physicist Michio Kaku is Among the Noted Authors Headlining the Must-See Book Fair at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

This post is part of our ongoing series highlighting awesome events going on at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, taking place April 26th & 27th at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more here: blog.stemconnector.org/usa-science-engineering-festival.

Michio Kaku, the famous physicist and science visionary whose current bestseller, The Future of the Mind, is causing a serious buzz in the biotech world, will be among the noted authors headlining the Festival Expo's must-see Book Fair in April. Hosted by Anderson's Bookshops, the Book Fair (a free event) will take you up close with some of the nation's top authors in science  who are inspiring readers, young and old alike, in the wonders of STEM. In addition to Kaku, these writers will include: basketball great and STEM motivator Kareem Abdul Jabbar, whose recent book, What Color is My World? chronicles the lives of noted African American inventtors; Andrea Beaty, who will discuss her recent work, Rosie Revere, Engineer -- a book being highly praised as an inspiration to young girls in STEM; Jon Scieszka, who will unveil his exciting new Science Invention Series;  Megan McDonald, whose recent book, Stink Solar System Superhero, is popular with young learners; and David Macaulay, the award-winning author whose current work, The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body, is also sure to be a favorite.
 

STEM Leaders Attending USA Science and Engineering Festival

This is a press release from The International Association for STEM Leaders

The International Association for STEM Leaders (IASL) is becoming globally recognized for creating the gold standard model for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics excellence in both traditional and nontraditional educational settings. On April 24-25, top STEM leaders from around the world will gather in the Washington, D.C. Convention center for the first annual STEM-Leaders awards as part of the STEM Leadership Summit. Emphasis of the awards goes to individuals and groups who have demonstrated exceptional leadership at the school, district and state levels. Both K-12 and higher education leaders will be recognized.
 
Dr. Jeff Mathews, a nationally recognized leader from Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology from Texas will be in attendance and shares, "The IASL STEM Leadership Summit promises to be a tremendous step in the journey of creating a common understanding of STEM education. In order for a team to own the standard of excellence, a common "golden standard" must be established and I am excited to be a part of this experience as together we lead -- moving STEM forward for the future of our students and our country."
 
IASL is a grass roots organization focused on leaders whose work is making a significant difference in the lives of students every day through STEM. In collaboration with identified global STEM leaders such as Dr. Mathews, the IASL is promising to provide guidance for creating excellence in STEM programming and its first goal is to develop the first internationally recognized STEM education certification program that is industry-based and recognized throughout the world.
 
We are also pleased to announce Sherry Lassiter will be presenting MIT’s vision for Fab Labs. Ms. Lassiter is one of the architects of the MIT global initiative for field on-site technology development, the Fab Lab program. A Fab Lab, or as users like to call it, fabulous laboratory, is a rapid prototyping platform for technical education, innovation and personal expression. The Fab Lab network includes over 200 digital fabrication facilities in 34 countries. Lassiter is Director and co-founder of the Fab Foundation, and is on the board of Fab Folk Inc., both non-profit organizations committed to building technical capacity in a locality, improving individuals' abilities to develop themselves and their communities and bringing access to tools and knowledge that cultivate and support innovating practices.
 
In addition to learning more about Fab Labs, IASL organizers are also scheduling and planning ways these leaders can share model STEM efforts, collaborate on new ideas for STEM programs, and learn innovative ways to reach all students with STEM. At the IASL summit, organizers will meet with their corporate partners and STEM leaders to bring together selected invitees who are leading exemplary STEM programs at NGOs, schools, school districts, academies, nontraditional institutions, and outreach programs.
 
The IASL Leadership Summit will be held in collaboration with the USA Science and Engineering Festival; all leaders in STEM are welcome to contact the IASL (www.stem-leaders.com) for more details regarding participation.  

Carnegie Science Center Announces Launch of STEMisphere

This is a press release from the Carnegie Science Center

New Website Will Connect Students, Teachers, and Parents with Cutting-Edge STEM Resources

PITTSBURGH, APRIL 14, 2014 | Parents: Now is the perfect time to hunt educational summer activities across western Pennsylvania for your children. A new, user-friendly tool launched by Carnegie Science Center will keep young minds sharp outside of the classroom.
 
Carnegie Science Center launched STEMisphere (www.STEMisphere.org), a free central hub listing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) resources.
 
The database contains hundreds of listings of programs, classes, events, and more in STEM-related fields for students ranging in age from preschoolers to high school seniors. Students, teachers, and parents can use keywords to search for programs with specific focuses, such as “robotics” or “astronomy.” They can further filter those programs by age and region.
 
Given its role as a “trusted voice in the region,” the Science Center works to be a leader in fostering STEM education, said Alana Kulesa, the Science Center’s director of strategic education initiatives.
 
The Science Center, as a “community collaboration catalyst,” hopes the website will spawn partnerships across the region, she said. Some of the listings are Science Center programming, while others are external opportunities from groups such as the Girl Scouts and YWCA. The website employs a portal concept, directing users to a universe of opportunities.
 
Anyone with a STEM resource may share a listing for free. Businesses with scientific internships, institutions with specialty camps, or industries sponsoring STEM-related competitions are invited to submit information to the website.
 
“We want to make it as simple as possible for people to submit their resource,” Kulesa said. “All you have to do is go to STEMisphere.org, click on the “Submit a Resource” button and fill out the form.”
 
Forms will be reviewed to ensure their educational value and their fit with STEMisphere’s mission. Once approved, submitted listings will appear online.
 
STEMisphere is currently adding resources for Summer 2014 and beyond and is encouraging providers to submit their programs as soon as possible to make sure they’re included, Kulesa said.
 
In the future, the site will expand its opportunities for parents, students, educators, and community partners. In addition, plans are in the works to grow STEMisphere’s footprint to include educational opportunities in West Virginia.
 
To take advantage of the directory or to submit a listing, visit STEMisphere.org. Join us at STEMisphere by liking us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/STEMisphere and following us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/STEMisphere.
 
Support for STEMisphere was generously provided by Shell, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Alcoa Foundation, and The Grable Foundation.
 
About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes and off-site education programs.
 
About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum. Annually, the museums reach more than 1.2 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities and special events.
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Pearson Launches Free Virtual Nerd Mobile Math App, Putting High Quality Tutorials at Students’ Fingertips

This is a press release from Pearson

More Than 1,500 Video Lessons Searchable by Standard and Topic

NEW ORLEANS - April 9, 2014 | Today at the 2014 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Conference, Pearson unveiled Virtual Nerd™ Mobile Math, a free math app that provides on-the-go access to a video library of more than 1,500 high quality math tutorials. Now available on the App Store, Virtual Nerd Mobile Math’s interactive tutorials, aligned to the Common Core and other rigorous standards, review fundamental math concepts for middle and high school students.
 
“Personalized learning is essential to ensuring that all students are on the path to meeting and exceeding today’s more rigorous learning goals,” said Pearson’s Senior Vice President Mike Evans. “Providing free, mobile access to Virtual Nerd’s outstanding math tutorials provides students, teachers and parents with a powerful tool for refreshing critical math concepts, on-demand and anytime, anywhere.”
 
With the launch of this free app, students, teachers and parents have access to math refreshers at the tap of a finger on their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Organized by topic and standard, Virtual Nerd Mobile Math makes it easy to navigate and find the video on the concept a student needs to practice. Virtual Nerd’s on-screen instructors provide clear and approachable explanations; students and teachers can mark “favorite” videos so that they can instantly return to them in the future. In addition, schools using Pearson's Common Core math programs, Pearson High School Mathematics Common Core ©2015, Pearson Integrated High School Mathematics Common Core © 2014, and digits ©2015, can search the app by the program's table of contents.
 
Virtual Nerd Mobile Math requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. An Android version will be available by fall 2014.
 
About Pearson
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit http://www.pearson.com.
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