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USDA and California Lutheran University Create Hackathon Competition

This is a press release from the USDA

On September 23rd – 25th, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will join with California Lutheran University and VSolvIt to host Hacks 4 Health- a hackathon specifically focused on health and nutrition. Additional federal partners include the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In addition we will be joined by LARTA, Latino Coalition for Health California and the California Department of Health and Human Services.

Hackathons are one of the most creative ways to approach problems in nonconventional ways. They have become an effective means of getting bright minds engaged in developing modern solutions for government programs. Our two-day Hackathon event will engage diverse teams to create practical solutions around health and nutrition. Participants will create solutions in the form of applications, business plans or policy recommendations. A panel of judges will determine winners based on the application’s practicality and potential for social impact.

The Hackathon theme is Health & Nutrition. One of USDA’s missions is to harness the Nation's agricultural abundance to end hunger and improve health in the United States. For example, the Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) works to increase food security and reduce hunger by providing children and low-income people access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.

The target prize range is $10K for first place and a one year internship in LARTA’s incubation facility, $5K for second place, and $2500 for third place.  Prizes will be awarded to teams, not individuals. We also intend to give out swag items as provided by the sponsors (i.e. mouse pads, t-shirts, etc.). USDA products (surplus items only) will also go into the package, like honey or pollinator packets.

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Indeed’s 2016 Best College Majors for Jobs of the Future

This is a press release from Indeed

AUSTIN, Texas (August 18, 2016) | As college students prepare to head back to school, job site Indeed released the fields of study and majors that will best lead to jobs of the future.

“Our recent research tells us that the most high-potential jobs of the future are concentrated in a relatively few key sectors, creating both an opportunity and challenge to students figuring out a major,” said Tara Sinclair, chief economist for job site Indeed. “Gone are the days when a college degree could guarantee financial security–it is increasingly important for job seekers to think carefully about where their studies will lead them.”

Students looking for strong career paths in the future should consider majors such as computer science, engineering, healthcare administration, and finance, according to Indeed’s findings. As of 2014, business, health services, and biological and biomedical services were among the country’s top five most popular majors, while engineering ranked eighth, and computer and information services came in at 11, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

“If you’re interested in computer science, engineering, or another area with high demand and potential for strong salaries, the data shows it would be smart to consider a major in the field,” Sinclair said. “However, if you’re focused more on the liberal arts, you may want to look to supplement your degree with additional courses or relevant work experience through a part time job or internship.”

Overall, getting a college degree is a benefit to landing a job of the future, as 75% of opportunity jobs require a 4-year degree.

“The list below may be food for thought for people entering college or still undecided in their major,” Sinclair said. “Meanwhile, people who are not pursuing a four-year degree should consider getting skills that will lead to other in-demand roles, perhaps getting experience with certificate programs or requests for on-the-job training.”

In a recent study, Indeed found that 92% of all jobs that have shown wage growth keeping up with inflation, and an annual salary of over $57,700, are concentrated in 5 occupations: computer and mathematical, architecture and engineering, management, healthcare practitioners and technical, and business and financial operations.

Beyond competitive pay, the jobs Indeed identified have a number of other traits in common, including: high employer demand versus supply, little chance of automation, and dynamic fields that will expand, not shrink, as technology changes the workforce.

Best Fields of Study and Majors for Jobs of the Future

  1. Computer and information sciences

Majors include: Computer Science, Computer Programming, Computer Networking

  • 55,367 graduates in 2014
  1. Engineering

Majors include: Engineering, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering

  • 92,162 graduates
  1. Architecture

Majors include: Architecture

  • 9,144 graduates
  1. Business – Management

Majors include: Business Administration, International Business

  • 358,079 graduates (general business)
  1. Health Professions & Related Programs

Majors include: Biology, Nursing, Medical Assistant, Healthcare Administration, Medicine, Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy

  • 198,770 graduates
  1. Business – Finance

Majors include: Finance, Accounting, Economics

  • 358,079 graduates (general business)

Most Popular Fields of Study (2014)

  1. Business: 358,079 graduates 
  2. Health Professions and related services: 198,770 graduates
  3. Social Sciences & History: 173,096 graduates
  4. Psychology: 117,298 graduates
  5. Biological and Biomedical Sciences: 104,633 graduates
  6. Education: 98,854 graduates
  7. Visual & Performing Arts: 97,246 graduates
  8. Engineering: 92,162 graduates
  9. Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs: 87,604 graduates
  10. Homeland security, law enforcement, and firefighting: 62,409 graduates
  11. Computer & Information Services: 55,367 graduates
  12. English Language & Literature/Letter: 50,404 graduates

*Data source: National Center for Education Statistics.

About Indeed

More people find jobs on Indeed than anywhere else. Indeed is the #1 job site in the world and allows job seekers to search millions of jobs on the web or mobile in over 50 countries and 28 languages. More than 180 million people each month search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies on Indeed, and Indeed is the #1 source of external hires for thousands of companies (sources: SilkRoad & iCIMS). For more information, visit


DuPont Named 2017 ACTE Business of the Year

This is a press release from ACTE

ALEXANDRIA, VA | The Association for Career and Technical Education® (ACTE®) and its Board of Directors announce the 2017 ACTE Business of the Year: DuPont. The ACTE Business of the Year award celebrates businesses and organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to career and technical education (CTE) through their partnership and continuous support of CTE professionals.

DuPont is a science and engineering company which, for more than 200 years, has developed innovations that tackle global challenges. In partnership with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) and National FFA, DuPont has been a champion for bringing scientific inquiry-based learning to more students by elevating the rigor and accessibility of agricultural education.

DuPont's flagship program for agricultural educator development is the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA). This week-long academy focuses on helping educators enrich the scientific learning inherent in agricultural education, and teaches content through inquiry. The academy is the longest-running national professional development program in agricultural education, and it has paved the way to a greater acceptance of science and STEM in agricultural education.

DuPont also supports educators in partnership with NAAE by expanding the reach of NATAA with national and state-level agricultural programs through DuPont Agriscience Institute workshops, the National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program, and Agriscience Inquiry Institutes. These programs support agriscience teachers at every stage of their careers, helping them implement inquiry-based methodology and science rigor. DuPont also actively works to encourage talented young people to enter the agricultural education profession through its sponsorship of NAAE's National Teach Ag campaign.  

"DuPont understands that agricultural educators are the key to producing students who will be the next innovators and leaders in agriculture," said Jay Jackman, NAAE Executive Director. "Their support is helping agriculture teachers all over the United States give students a high-level educational experience in science, math and literacy in the applied context of agriculture."

With the National FFA Foundation, DuPont supports the pursuit of agricultural education by sponsoring multiple programs, such as the New Century Farmer program: a week-long workshop that offers advanced training in current science, technology and business management to active college students aspiring to manage modern farming operations and the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE).

DuPont will be recognized alongside other national ACTE award winners on Nov. 30, at the annual ACTE Awards Banquet during ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. VISION is ACTE's signature event, with more than 3,000 attendees and more than 300 workshops and sessions dedicated to improving the knowledge and capacity of CTE leaders. For more information on the Excellence Awards and the Awards Banquet, visit

About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation's largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.


Project Lead The Way and Digi-Key Team Up to Support STEM Programs for K-12 Students

This is a press release from Digi-Key Electronics & PLTW

August 16, 2016 - Thief River Falls, Minn. - (BUSINESS WIRE) | Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Electronics, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, and PLTW (Project Lead The Way), an industry leading provider of STEM programs to K-12 students throughout North America, today announced their partnership to provide electronic components in support of courses through the PLTW network of schools.

PLTW’s new ecommerce webstore technology and Digi-Key’s broad inventory and logistics capabilities enable PLTW’s school network to be able to quickly and efficiently obtain course kits and replacement components.

“Digi-Key is pleased to partner with PLTW in this important endeavor,” said Chris Beeson, EVP of Sales and Supplier Management. “Digi-Key and PLTW share the desire to engage the hearts and minds of students through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Working with PLTW continues our commitment to our academic program at all levels with a focus on developing students for STEM disciplines in their pursuit of higher education.”

About Project Lead The Way
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world, and provides teachers with the support and resources they need to devote more time to inspiring students. PLTW programs can be found in over 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit

About Digi-Key Electronics
Digi-Key Electronics, based in Thief River Falls, Minn., is a global, full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, offering more than four million products from over 650 quality name-brand manufacturers. With over one million products in stock and an impressive selection of online resources, Digi-Key is committed to stocking the broadest range of electronic components in the industry and providing the best service possible to its customers. Additional information and access to Digi-Key’s broad product offering is available at


National FFA Organization, Discovery Education and Join Forces to Introduce Students to Careers in Agriculture

This is a press release from National FFA Organization and Discovery Education

New Careers Exploration Website,, Offers Classrooms Nationwide Dynamic Digital Resources Connecting STEM Concepts to Real-World Agricultural Career Paths

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, August 16, 2016/National FFA Organization) | In today's world, students are always looking for ways to get a jumpstart on the competition, and employers are looking for employees who are a cut above the rest. It's for this reason that the National FFA Organization, Discovery Education and have partnered to create AgExplorer. is a new career exploration website that is a robust, comprehensive career resource to help students explore the broad range of careers in agriculture.

"We're excited to introduce this transformational resource that will allow students to explore the 235 unique careers in agriculture," said Joshua Bledsoe, chief operating officer of the National FFA Organization. "FFA is uniquely positioned to provide the foundation of the talent pipeline for the agricultural industry. In addition to engaging our students and supporting our teachers, will help us tell our story and the story of agriculture to the world. Together, we can all strengthen the future of agriculture."

In the next five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the industry of agriculture will have more than 60,000 job openings annually, and an estimated 22,500 of those openings will not have highly skilled graduates to fill them. In 2015, hosted nearly 78,000 job postings in the U.S. alone. AgExplorer is the tool students can use to explore this industry and see what career is the best fit for them.

AgExplorer features 235 unduplicated agricultural career profiles that include a career description, typical responsibilities, job outlook, education requirements, average salary and links to a college and university database and jobs currently available.

The National FFA Organization's strategic career success partner,, worked with industry leaders to identify 235 unduplicated careers in agriculture and developed profiles for each career. In addition, maintains a database of all two- and four-year colleges and universities that offers some type of agricultural degree. This database is then linked to each career profile. Additionally, the salary data provided for each role is industry validated through the Compensation Benchmark Review™ tool and will be continually monitored as part of the partnership with

AgExplorer also features nine videos that highlight how each of the eight agricultural pathways and agricultural education are part of the global solutions to feeding the world. It also offers the Career Finder, an interactive assessment designed to help students match careers with their interests.

“Discovery Education is proud to partner with the National FFA Organization to offer classrooms nationwide an array of dynamic, digital resources that help connect real-world STEM applications to a variety of potential agricultural career paths,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president of Discovery Education. “We are dedicated to preparing students to be college and career ready, and AgExplorer will help achieve this mission by connecting students’ interests and academic strengths to a broad array of promising careers in today’s rapidly growing agriculture industry.”

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 U.S. Virgin Islands.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at

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, 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

About is the leading provider of global talent solutions in agriculture and food. The company strives to improve the industries by connecting job seekers and employers with a targeted, online tool that is economical and produces results. With a presence in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, has more than 1 million page views each month and employers post more than 7,000 jobs through the site monthly. Beyond the job board, offers human resource professionals a suite of products which includes the Compensation Benchmark Review, Agribusiness HR Review, Ag & Food HR Roundtable, and much more. For more information, visit


Earthwatch Institute’s New Program Empowers Young Women in Science and Storytelling

This is a press release from Earthwatch Institute

Pilot team comprised of 15-18 year-old young women from Los Angeles County worked alongside leading female scientists and storytelling experts on archaeology expedition in Colorado

Los Angeles / Boston (PRWEB) August 15, 2016 | In July ten teenaged girls left their comfort zones in Los Angeles County to embark on a one-week archaeology-focused Earthwatch expedition in Colorado led by female scientists and storytelling experts.

For some, it was their first flight, first time seeing quite so many stars in the night sky, and first time in the stunning high desert landscape. For all, it was a unique opportunity to work alongside leading “real” scientists to dig into the past – unearthing the stories of Colorado’s Pueblo and Basketmaker communities – as well as their own personal narratives.

Earthwatch student fellows
from Los Angeles perform
their first archaeological
dig in Colorado.

“We’ve been sending students out into the fields for decades – and are always thrilled to hear how powerful the experience was for them,” said Earthwatch CEO, Scott Kania. “But this pilot team focused on young women, science and storytelling really blew us away. We seemed to have hit on a kind of special sauce.”

The new program, launched with seed funding from the Borun Family Foundation, aims to empower girls 15 to 18 years old to explore their passion for science while building STEM learning skills. In addition, they are mentored throughout the project by a storytelling professional to work on sharing their own personal stories – helping to build confidence, pride, and understanding.

“Our foundation looks for meaningful projects which fill gaps we see in funding of social and environmental needs,” said Amy Ruth Borun, Chair of the foundation. “This project is a perfect combination, supporting environmental science and encouraging girls to pursue careers in this important area. We look forward to seeing the project grow in the future.”

This year, the students traveled to the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Colorado where they worked with Dr. Susan Ryan and her predominantly female staff. They performed fieldwork all day and in the evenings, storyteller, author and educator Nora Dooley led them through a novel storytelling curriculum. The primary goal: to help the students find and tell their stories, and eventually hone them to powerful, three-minute narratives.

Dooley continues to mentor the girls and in the fall they will share their stories in front of families, teachers, and classmates at a special event in Los Angeles.

“Sometimes the greatest gift we can give to our students as educators and mentors is the sense of being able to accomplish anything that you set your mind to,” said Ryan, whose path to becoming a scientist wasn’t always linear. Ryan said working with the team reminded her of what it was like to be their age again – and that for some it can be a challenging time filled with self-doubt.

“With my time here, I’ve been able to learn things and I have had access to resources that I wouldn’t have otherwise before,” said student fellow Emily Wang. “This experience has really impacted me and helped me to feel that I can go into science.”

About Earthwatch Institute:
Earthwatch Institute ( is an international nonprofit organization that connects citizens with scientists to improve the health and sustainability of the planet. Since its founding in 1971, Earthwatch has empowered nearly 100,000 volunteers from all walks of life to join leading scientists on field research expeditions that tackle critical environmental challenges around the globe – from climate change to ocean health, human-wildlife conflict, and more. Earthwatch works with all sectors of society, from corporations to teachers, students, community leaders, zoos and aquaria, and more.


STEMconnector Partners, Tata Consultancy Services and Chevron, Sponsored US2020's STEM Mentoring Awards at the White House

On August 11, 2016, the STEM Mentoring Awards, presented by US2020 and co-sponsored by two active partners of STEMconnector, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Chevron, honored exceptional work in the field of STEM Mentoring. Awards were given in three categories: Excellence in Volunteer Experience, Excellence in Corporate Culture and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships, demonstrating an ecosystem-wide approach.

TCS and Chevron, together with US2020, celebrate leadership in STEM mentoring

"Young people today need to acquire a transdisciplinary set of skills and a foundational knowledge of STEM disciplines, combined with an artistic and creative mind, in order to succeed,” said Surya Kant, President, North America, UK and Europe, TCS as part of the day's program. "We are proud of the dedicated efforts and achievements of the STEM Mentoring Awards winners, who are key contributors to shaping the youth of America for 21st STEM careers." According to Kant, there is a clear labor shortage in market, including a daunting 80% of jobs demanding computer science or digital fluency skills. Kant also highlighted the STEM Innovation Task Force’s STEM 2.0 initiative, citing its importance for helping students to be career ready. TCS’s goIT program is an excellent example, as it is preparing students for the workforce at a local level, scaled nationally. Also demonstrating TCS’s commitment to mentoring is the Million Women Mentors initiative website, built by TCS to encourage more STEM mentoring for women and girls. TCS also created a key local mentoring program website for US2020.

Later in the day, Balaji Ganapathy, Head of HR Workforce Effectiveness for TCS North America, led a panel and offered a theme of the “five P’s for success”: purpose, people, pilot, prepare, and personalize. Featured on the panel was Blair Blackwell, Manager of Education and Corporate Programs at Chevron. "At Chevron, like many companies, our people are an important asset in supporting STEM education. Finding ways for our employees to engage and inspire students through role modeling and mentoring plays an important role in inspiring the next generation of engineers and innovators.  Chevron is proud to support these awards that recognize excellence and best practices for companies and educators in creating high quality opportunities that will help us to prepare a diverse STEM workforce for the future."

STEMconnector and all of its partners would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s STEM Mentoring Awards. Mentoring is a proven way to help better prepare students for the workforce, and should be championed whenever possible.


Employers and Workers are Still Struggling to Close the Skills Gap

This is a press release from Spherion

The 2016 Emerging Workforce® Study from Spherion Uncovers Waning Worker Confidence in their Job Performance and Career Advancement Abilities

ATLANTA, Aug. 9, 2016 (PRNewswire) | Despite the red flags raised last year as workers expressed concerns about their perceived lack of job skills advancement, new findings from the 2016 Emerging Workforce® Study (EWS) commissioned by Spherion Staffing reveal that employers and employees have made little progress to narrow the skills gap in the last 12 months. In fact, the study found that the skills gap actually may have grown wider.

Conducted online by Research Now among 416 U.S. human resource managers and 2,810 employed U.S. adults ages 18 and older, the 2016 EWS reinforced the skills gap's impact on both the current and future workforce. While employees fear their companies are not doing enough to prepare them to thrive, employers worry that their teams' skills development and training discontent will make already-challenging retention efforts even more difficult.

"Employees who believe their workplace does not provide relevant and practical skills development tools are more likely either to become unmotivated to seek growth opportunities or look elsewhere for positions more suitable to their abilities and training needs," said Sandy Mazur, Spherion Division President. "Either outcome is detrimental to long-term business success, and as our Emerging Workforce® Study found, both businesses and workers are taking a dangerous risk by ignoring these skills development disconnects."

The 2016 EWS found that employees are as equally concerned today as one year ago that their professional abilities not only are outdated, but will hinder their ability to move forward. Nearly one-third (32 percent) of workers believe their current skills will prevent them from earning a promotion. Likewise, a nearly equal number (35 percent) is concerned about falling behind in acquiring the new skills required to succeed in more advanced future positions.

As they work to overcome this confidence crisis, more employees are holding their companies responsible for their lack of progress. Nearly one in three (32 percent) does not feel his or her company has provided adequate skills training. Additionally, 40 percent admit they find it difficult to devote time to pursuing skills development opportunities.

Spherion also found that while employers believe they are making strides to address workers' skills concerns, significant room for improvement remains. Nearly half (45 percent) of companies say they have increased their investment in training and development programs during the last two years. In spite of these efforts, only a small number of workers (14 percent) would give their company's training and development programs an "A" grade.

So why are workers who say they welcome new approaches to skills development so dissatisfied? According to the EWS, this discontent may stem from perceptions that the training programs their company offers are not relevant. Forty-five percent of workers believe that company-provided development programs are not applicable to their day-to-day job needs. Furthermore, today's workers seem to lack trust in their team's ability to provide valuable direct training, with significant numbers considering third-party experts (34 percent) and online training and certification courses (23 percent) more credible educators.

An encouraging sign is that employers and employees appear to be on the same page regarding the main skills that will be required for future success, including problem solving, strategic thinking and the ability to understand and interpret data. The challenge for both parties remains finding the ideal strategies to enhance these skills, and ensure that workers feel prepared to meet the changing demands of their industry and individual workplace.

"Closing the skills gap is the responsibility of both employers and employees, and better communication can help eliminate some of the disconnects that have prevented progress," said Mazur. "Through more frequent and open dialogue, both parties can identify which types of training and development programs are the best match for individual needs and examine how workers can enjoy continuous growth at their company."

For more than 19 years, the Emerging Workforce® Study has tracked the shifting opinions and attitudes of workers and their employers in the context of ongoing social and economic events The 2016 study also explores opinions on themes such as top workplace concerns, wages and benefits, recruiting challenges, the transformation of the modern "office" and work/life balance. To learn more about the Emerging Workforce® Study, visit

The 2016 Emerging Workforce® Study was conducted online within the United States between February-March 2016 by Research Now Group, Inc., on behalf of Spherion among 416 human resource managers. Results were weighted as needed to reflect the composition of U.S. companies, based on company revenue. An online survey of 2,810 employed adults also was conducted by Research Now on behalf of Spherion during the same time period. Results were weighted as needed for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income to represent the target population. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. A full methodology is available upon request.

About Spherion 
Spherion Staffing Services is a leading recruiting and staffing provider that specializes in placing administrative, clerical, customer service and light industrial candidates into temporary and full-time opportunities. As an industry pioneer for more than 70 years, Spherion has sourced, screened and placed millions of individuals in virtually every industry through a network of offices across the U.S. To help clients meet their workforce goals, Spherion offers companies a unique combination of personalized customer service and in-depth knowledge and expertise of the communities where Spherion offices are located. Each local office is individually owned and operated by a team of staffing specialists who are well-known and acquainted with the community and supported by a strong network of talent. To learn more, visit Also, as part of one of the fastest-growing industries, Spherion is actively expanding into new territories, with more than 75 franchise markets available. To inquire, visit


National Science Foundation Brings Computer Science Education to Minecraft

This is a press release from LearnToMod

The National Science Foundation awards $750k Small Business Innovation Research grant to ThoughtSTEM's LearnToMod technology, a Minecraft Modding software with the potential to teach millions of kids computer science.

The LearnToMod Minecraft modding software teaches kids computer science inside their favorite video game.

SAN DIEGO, CA (PRWEB) AUGUST 03, 2016 | With leaders in technology pushing for increased computer science (CS) education in American schools, progress in CS education is coming from an unlikely place: the beloved sandbox video game, Minecraft.

Today, the U.S. National Science Foundation has announced its awarding of a $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant to computer science education startup, ThoughtSTEM, in order to accelerate the development of its Minecraft Modding and CS education software, LearnToMod. To date, LearnToMod has taught computer science to over 50,000 students, and students using the software have produced over 1.5 million Minecraft mods. Features developed during the 2-year grant period are expected to entice even more students and teachers to start using the platform for Minecraft modding and computer science education.

ThoughtSTEM’s game development studio, Multi-Dimensional Games, first launched LearnToMod in early 2015, after it was featured in WIRED. At that time, the software contained a series of tutorials videos that taught students how to craft Minecraft mods with an easy-to-use drag-and-drop programming interface. These mods were ported directly to private Minecraft servers where students could test how their code affected Minecraft gameplay.

In mid-2015, the National Science Foundation awarded ThoughtSTEM a preliminary $150,000 award to improve LearnToMod further: Minecraft educators at ThoughtSTEM crafted new tutorials for teaching students Minecraft modding in Javascript, software developers revamped LearnToMod’s built-in game engine, Vox-L, where students can test their mods in-browser, and Dr. Stephen Foster, CEO of ThoughtSTEM and lead developer at Multi-Dimensional Games, created new tools to assist teachers using LearnToMod in classrooms.

“The potential impact that Minecraft could have on computer science education in this country is huge,” says Dr. Foster. “We have a CS education phenomenon on our hands: millions of kids who love Minecraft are interested in learning how to mod. With the National Science Foundation’s help, we have big plans to make LearnToMod the most cutting-edge platform for CS education.”

Currently, over 2,000 educators world-wide are using LearnToMod in classrooms, and it’s not hard to understand why. “Mods allow kids to make their mark on their favorite video game,” says Lindsey Handley, COO and Co-Founder of ThoughtSTEM. “They can let their imaginations run wild and come up with an incredible idea, then, bam, program it, and see it appear in the game. So it really energizes kids to learn about computer science, more so than if you taught coding in a more traditional way.”

Pricing for LearnToMod is $29.99 per year, for which students get access to over 350 Minecraft modding tutorials (over 80 hours of educational content), a secure, easy-to-mod private Minecraft server, and, of course, access to web-based Minecraft mod editors.


eCYBERMISSION STEM Competition Kicks Off Its 15th Year

This is a press release from the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE) | Registration for eCYBERMISSION, a web-based STEM competition free to students in grades 6–9, is now open. Now in its 15th year, eCYBERMISSION challenges students to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their local communities. Registration is open until December 7, 2016.

“We’re thrilled to see how the 2016-2017 eCYBERMISSION teams will accept the challenge and develop real-world solutions for the benefit of their communities,” said Louie R. Lopez, Program Manager for eCYBERMISSION. “Every year, I’m fascinated by projects submitted by our students. The bar is certainly raised each year with novel solutions to STEM-related issues in their communities.”

To compete in eCYBERMISSION, a program sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, students form a team of three to four and choose a Mission Challenge based on the teams exploration of a community issue—technology, environment, food, health & fitness, robotics, etc. Teams use either scientific inquiry or the engineering design process to propose a solution to that community issue.

Students can win on a state, regional, and national level, with national winning teams receiving $9,000 in U.S. saving bonds and attendance at eCYBERMISSION’s National Judging & Educational Event. In addition, up to five teams have the opportunity to receive the Army’s $5,000 STEM-in-Action Grant to further implement their projects.

STEM professionals are encouraged to participate as volunteers—Virtual JudgesAmbassadors, and/or CyberGuides—to help build students' interest in STEM. eCYBERMISSION provides online resources for teams to assist with project completion.CyberGuide Live Chats, for example, involves volunteers providing virtual feedback to teams about their Mission Folders—the official write-up of their project.

Registered teams competing have until February 22, 2017 to submit their Mission Folders.

About Army Educational Outreach Program
The AEOP Cooperative Agreement was formed by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and includes Virginia Tech as the lead organization, the Academy of Applied Science, American Society for Engineering Education, the Technology Student Association, the University of New Hampshire and NSTA. AEOP is charged with addressing national needs for a STEM literate citizenry through a portfolio of educational opportunities which includes unique experiences, competitions, and high school internships that aim to spark an interest in STEM and encourage participants to pursue college and careers in STEM fields. The Army is committed to increasing the STEM talent pool in order to ensure our national security and global competitiveness. For more information on AEOP, visit

About NSTA
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association 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.



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