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Huawei's 'Seeds for the Future' Program Launches in U.S.

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20 students at American universities are selected to travel to China for cutting-edge ICT training, cultural exchange

PLANO, Texas, July 21, 2016 (PRNewswire) | Huawei today announced that it has completed the selection of 20 university students who will participate in its groundbreaking "Seeds for the Future" education program, which will be offered in the U.S. for the first time this year, in partnership with the American Councils for International Education. The program, which involves a two-week cultural and work experience trip to China from July 29 to August 12, is designed to support STEM education in the U.S. by bridging the gap between academic knowledge and practical skills, and promoting a greater understanding of the global technology industry through cross-cultural experiences.

"After launching successful programs in other parts of the world, we are very excited to bring our flagship educational program to the U.S. and help prepare American students for a thriving career in ICT," said Bill Plummer, Vice President, External Affairs at Huawei USA. "Today's global technology market is evolving at an unprecedented pace. Through Seeds for the Future, we intend to meet the demands of this rapidly-changing business environment and help close the global skills gap by developing local ICT talent in the countries we operate and providing students with the experiences they need to thrive in a digital economy."

Students selected for "Seeds for the Future" will be given first-hand learning opportunities through interactions with Huawei staff and visits to Huawei laboratories, where they will witness live demonstrations of advanced communications technologies, such as 5G, LTE, and cloud computing. In addition to gaining an understanding of the latest skills needed to be successful in ICT, they will have the opportunity to experience Chinese culture and language by taking Chinese classes and visiting major tourist attractions such as the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City.

The application deadline to participate in the program was May 1, 2016.  Huawei and the American Councils for International Education received over 150 applications from university students across the U.S. The students who will take part in the program's inaugural year come from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of academic institutions including theMassachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Washington, University of Alabama, Pennsylvania State University,University of Kansas, University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Stanford University.

"As I enter my third year at Penn State, I'm eager to explore opportunities in the security and risk sector, and put my passion for learning Chinese into action," said Caleb Kitchen, Seeds for the Future student. "The Seeds for the Future program allows me to see how a telecommunications giant like Huawei works in a global marketplace. This is a hands-on opportunity that a lot of students don't have the chance to participate in and for that, I'm grateful. I'm most excited to network and expand my knowledge of how the company works internationally, since I've primarily had U.S.-based marketplace experience thus far."

Huawei has long supported STEM education around the world through partnerships with educational institutions and various initiatives aimed at improving digital skills. In 2015 alone, Huawei arranged for 77 student groups from over 60 countries to visitChina. In the U.S., Huawei invests about $10 million per year in research and collaboration programs, and works with distinguished ICT experts at 50 universities including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York University (NYU), Yale University, Stanford University, University of Texas at Austin, University of California at Berkeley, andNorth Carolina State University, as part of its open innovation research model.

More information on the 2016 Huawei Seeds for the Future Program can be found here:

About Huawei 
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei's 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.


FIRST® Announces 2016 STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant Winners

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Grant provides underrepresented and underserved students from 10 communities access to creative problem-solving and hands-on learning opportunities

MANCHESTER, N.H. - (BUSINESS WIRE) | FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) today announced 10 winners of the 2016 FIRST STEM Equity Community Innovation Grants. The grants, made available to increase access to FIRST programs for underrepresented and underserved students, will help more communities develop new and innovative approaches to address equity, inclusion and diversity inequalities in STEM (science, technology, education, and math) fields.

FIRST launched the STEM Equity Community Innovation Grants this year to ensure more of the targeted students and communities are exposed to creative problem-solving and hands-on learning opportunities. Applications were evaluated based on their alignment with FIRST in its goal of increasing diversity; demographics affected; community need; execution strength; track record of serving targeted students; and the value of proposed activities. Grants ranged from $5,000 to $50,000 with an average of $35,000.

“As the demand for qualified STEM professionals continues to grow, inequalities in education and afterschool programs have affected students of color and female students’ ability to excel in these fields,” said Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST. “Through these grants, we are proud to lay the foundation for more successful futures by providing opportunities for 4,200 students in nine states and one Canadian province to gain new skills and real-world experiences. For their communities, this opportunity offers practical workforce development and equity solutions that otherwise have been unavailable.”

Grant Sponsors include Alcoa Foundation, Boeing, and Microsoft, among others. Grantees will receive resources and support from FIRST as they develop their programs.

The 2016 FIRST STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant award winners include:

  • Alberta First Nations Robotics Capacity Building (Barrhead, Alberta, Canada): The Alberta Distance Learning Centre is a public online school serving 600 schools and 40,000 students annually. Working with aboriginal communities, the grant will help start five new FIRST teams to introduce First Nations and Metis students to robotics.
  • Diversifying Delaware’s STEM Workforce (Wilmington, Delaware): The Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware and Delaware State University will diversify Delaware’s future STEM workforce through the FIRST® LEGO® League program, focusing on at-risk African American, Hispanic, Latino and female students.
  • F3 Idaho Project – FIRST Fueling Futures (Boise, Idaho): The Idaho AfterSchool Network and its coalition will increase the diversity of FIRST participants across Idaho and address the disparity in participation among rural, female, minority and economically disadvantaged students.
  • FIRST Steps Toward Building Community in Socorro Through STEM (Socorro, New Mexico): The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and its partners will expand community participation in FIRST programs with a focus on underserved Hispanic, Native American and female students.
  • Girls Inc. STEM Programs and FIRST LEGO League (Omaha, Nebraska): Girls Inc. of Omaha will promote activities that build STEM awareness and knowledge, problem-solving, teamwork and more to girls at two Girls Inc. sites in Omaha.
  • Meadowcreek High School Cluster Robotics & Computational Thinking Program (Norcross, Georgia): The Meadowcreek Cluster will expand its robotics education and computational thinking training in elementary and middle schools while providing high school students the opportunity to mentor younger peers.
  • Minneapolis Equity Robotics Project (Minneapolis, Minnesota): The Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association in cooperation with Minneapolis Urban Robotics Alliance (MURA) and other collaboration partners, will provide underserved youth the opportunity to participate in urban FIRST® Tech Challenge teams.
  • NERA Deaf and Hard of Hearing Reverse Inclusion Teams (Charles City, Iowa): The Iowa School for the Deaf will provide access to FIRST programs through a strategy of “reverse inclusion.” Teams will be started by deaf and hard-of-hearing students in mainstreamed settings and others will be invited to participate.
  • S.A.Y. Play Robotics. Think Robotics…S.A.Y. Detroit! (Detroit, Michigan): S.A.Y. Play, a youth community center which uses sport as the hook for academic achievement, will give 60 students access to robotics and connect them with positive role models.
  • STEM Infusion – Columbus Coalition (Columbus, Ohio): Columbus City Schools will collaborate with industry professionals, nonprofits and higher educators to create a diverse and inclusive learning community for local underserved students.

The 2017 FIRST STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant application process will open in the fall of next year, and grants will be awarded to a mix of current and new recipients. More information will become available at

About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $25 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to


University engineering students tackle real-world needs with game-changing ideas

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TI Innovation Challenge showcases students using tech to change the world

DALLAS, July 20, 2016 (PRNewswire) | With a growing demand for problem-solving technology, the pressure is on for engineering students to be industry-ready upon graduation. To aid in student readiness, Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) hosted the TI Innovation Challenge Design Contest in North America, in partnership with Mouser Electronics, where future engineers were tasked with using TI technology to create solutions tackling challenges faced by our world today.

"TI continually seeks ways to bring theoretical science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects to life for students. One of the many ways we do this is by hosting the TI Innovation Challenge to give students practical engineering design experience," said Peter Balyta, Ph.D., president of TI Education Technology. "When students marry engineering education with hands-on creativity, they have the potential to turn their innovative prototypes into the next big technology that will change the world."

Future engineers were recognized in the 2016 TI Innovation Challenge North America Design Contest for projects that tackle real-world needs.

Of the nearly 180 teams entering technology solutions, three final teams were recognized at the annual award ceremony on July 19 in the TI Engineering and Innovation Hall at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. Their inventions addressed problems in the medical, space and health and wellness industries. After a day of touring a TI manufacturing facility and innovation center, the students presented their projects to TI business leaders and contest judges, with the winning project being out of this world—literally.

  1. First place: Dakotah Karrer, Vince Rodriguez, David Smith and Trent Tate from Texas A&M University took the expression "shooting for the stars" to a new level when they were named the overall winners for their project, TSat RF Satellite Communication. The students worked with Texas Space, Technology, Applications and Research (T-STAR) to create a prototype of a space communication system, which will be used to conduct low-Earth orbit research, a crucial need for growing space exploration efforts.

    The critical long-range wireless communication for the satellite is provided by TI's Sub-1 GHz CC1120 RF transceiver with the CC1190 RF front-end amplifier which provides reliable communication and data from the T-STAR satellite to an Earth station.
  2. Second place: Awarded to Texas A&M students David Cuevas, Nathan Glaser, Joe Loredo and Rafael Salas for their Powered, Programmable Elbow Orthosis. The brace-like device uses a TI ultra-low-power MSP432™ microcontroller(MCU) to stabilize, limit and assist elbow movements to restore upper arm functionality to users suffering from a range of injuries or disorders which weaken muscles and muscular activity.
  3. Third place: Matthew Bries and Nagaraj Hegde from the University of Alabama brought home this distinction forSmartStep a device that uses a TI Bluetooth® low energy CC2540 wireless MCU to wirelessly monitor a user's activity through the insole of their shoes, which is displayed to the user through a smartphone app the team developed. The SmartStep is 99 percent accurate in detecting when a user is sitting or standing, two activities that are difficult for many commercially-available activity trackers to distinguish.

Winning projects are selected for their use of engineering practices and are judged on industry-ready standards, such as quality of the design and written documentation and effective use of TI technology. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three winners to help further the development of their design or to go toward academic pursuits: $10,000 for first place, $7,500 for second place, $5,000 for third place and $1,000 for categorical prize winners.

Congratulations to teams who placed in the category prizes:

Learn more about the TI University Program and the TI Innovation Challenge at

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world's brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at


Fathom's Dominican Republic STEM Voyage Underscores its Commitment to Student Education Around the World

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Students from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma will also join Fathom's STEM sailing as part of their partnership with the brand

MIAMI, July 15, 2016 (PRNewswire) |  Fathom, the pioneer in social impact travel and Carnival Corporation's (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) 10th and newest brand, is finalizing preparations for its July 17 Dominican Republic voyage representing the first ever cruise to the Caribbean focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming. The 7-day cruise will feature specialized STEM-focused workshops for educators that Fathom developed in close collaboration with the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL). Fathom also will play host to the fifth annual Clean Tech Competition, a unique research and design challenge for pre-college youth. Additionally, advertising students from the Gaylord College at the University of Oklahoma's (OU) student-run advertising and public relations agency Lindsey + Asp will join the sailing as part of their partnership with Fathom to promote this first-ever STEM-focused cruise to the Caribbean.

"Since our founding, Fathom has considered experiential education a central element of the experience we are bringing to travelers and communities," said Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation. "By hosting the first-ever STEM cruise to the Caribbean, we are demonstrating our commitment to education in a creative and innovative way by engaging as partners, educators and students who are actively working to advance our collective understanding and application of STEM while at the same time working to further build young leaders."

Russell has a personal reason for wanting to create this community. "Both Tyson (10) and Lucy (8) love complicated math. I want to do all I can to encourage their continuing passion. We need to make math and science and business cool and exciting for kids -– so they embrace their interests and don't feel like outsiders for studying what they love."

According to Russell, Fathom's partnership with the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College student-run advertising and public relations agency is yet another way the company is furthering its commitment to education. "The students created an incredible project during their capstone class on behalf of Fathom, which led to an ongoing partnership between Fathom and Lindsey + Asp. Through this partnership, they have applied their classroom learning to a 'real-world' marketing opportunity – to build awareness and drive sales for Fathom," she said. "With this cruise, we have created a 'living lab' for them to put their skills to work as they promote Fathom while seeing for themselves the truly unique impact experience we provide enhanced this week by the STEM theme."

For educator programming, Fathom worked alongside Ray Ann Havasy, Ph.D., director of the CSTL, to design progressive and engaging professional development workshops to help educators continue promoting student learning of critical STEM concepts. Fathom workshops will provide specialized training and information on STEM-related teaching resources, collaborative STEM program support, and technical career development opportunities. The featured onboard programing will emphasize the following areas:

  • Project based learning
  • Hands-on science activity ideas and demonstrations
  • Dinosaurs
  • Weather
  • STEM questioning techniques
  • Earth science
  • Endangered species

As host of the Clean Tech Competition, Fathom will welcome onboard talented 15- to 18-year old students from around the world to showcase their creative solutions to "Make an Impact" by offsetting humans' negative effects on the planet. The competition is designed to foster a deeper understanding of STEM-related concepts, recognize outstanding talent, and prepare the next generation of globally competitive innovators. The winning team will receive an award of $10,000, as well as the opportunity to develop an ongoing relationship with a professor who will serve as a long-time mentor and assist them in furthering their work and education.

Fathom's Partnership with the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College

An additional element of the Fathom's July 17 cruise will be the participation of University of Oklahoma (OU) advertising students on the sailing. Members of the University's student-run advertising and public relations agency Lindsey + Asp will travel aboard the STEM-focused sailing to film Fathom's impact activities and share its commitment to student education globally. Participating in the sailing is just another step in what began as a semester-long capstone project, which led to the agency's full-time partnership with Fathom to apply four years of coursework and academic study in a "real-world" engagement designed to promote the new brand.

As a part of the students' semester-long project, they worked closely with Fathom to strengthen Fathom's brand awareness and educate the consumer marketplace about the new impact travel category. The students conducted focus groups on to design their campaign for the company then implemented a robust program throughout the year.

STEM Activities Augmented by Social Impact Experiences

Travelers sailing aboard the STEM voyage will participate in the range of social impact activities in the Dominican Republic for which Fathom has become known, including educational programs benefitting school-aged children and adult students alike. For STEM educators on the July 17 cruise, Fathom has organized additional, special exchanges between U.S. and Dominican teachers to discuss how to further integrate STEM content into the Dominican school curriculum.

In addition to the education programs, Fathom offers a broad range of authentic impact activities focusing on the environment and economic development. The company has developed close partnerships with organizations with deep roots in theDominican Republic. The activities travelers participate in will have an immediate and lasting impact, tailored specifically to what each community needs most. Example impact activities include building water filters for Dominican homes; helping a women's cooperative produce artisan chocolates; improving homes and common areas in impoverished communities; assisting arts and crafts entrepreneurs; participating in community English-language retention activities; and supporting reforestation efforts.

Fathom's STEM sailing is a first of its kind in which educators can learn, share and motivate each other while continuing their own professional development and supporting talented pre-college youth from around the world. They may do all this while collectively impacting the lives of thousands of Dominicans through organized social impact activities. Prices for the seven-day STEM trip to the Dominican Republic start at $499 per person, excluding taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard social impact immersion experiences, three on-shore social impact activities and related supplies. To reserve a spot on this and future Fathom sailings, travelers may call 1-855-932-8466 or work with a travel professional. Learn more at

About Fathom Travel to the Dominican Republic
Fathom is a different kind of cruise that combines one's love of travel with the desire to travel deep and make a difference in the world. Fathom defined a new category of travel, Social Impact Travel. Part of the Carnival Corporation (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:CUK) family, Fathom offers consumers authentic, meaningful travel experiences to enrich the life of the traveler and work alongside locals as they tackle community needs in the Dominican Republic. Fathom is unique in that it leverages Carnival Corporation's expertise and scale for a one-of-a-kind business model to create long-term collaboration with its partner countries, allowing for sustained social impact and lasting development. Fathom will serve the sizable and growing market of potential social impact travel consumers – approximately one million North Americans – in addition to global travelers already pursuing service-oriented travel experiences worldwide.

Sailing aboard the MV Adonia, a 704-passenger vessel redeployed from Carnival Corporation's P&O Cruises (UK), Fathom will engage, mobilize, educate and equip travelers on every Dominican Republic trip allowing for rich personal enrichment and thousands of impact activity days per visit– and tens of thousands of travelers a year to communities of promise, providing unprecedented scale for impact.

About Fathom Travel to Cuba
Recently earning U.S. and Cuban government approvals, Fathom was the first cruise company to sail from the U.S. to Cuba in more than 50 years. Fathom's round-trip culturally immersive cruise itinerary will initially feature experiences in the Cuban port cities of Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba, providing travelers the opportunity to see the vast island and enjoy a rich and vibrant culture that until now most U.S. travelers have only seen in photographs. Designed for rich immersion and ease of travel, the Fathom Cuban itinerary offers passengers a comfortable cabin including all the amenities of a modern hotel, plus the convenience of having to unpack only once. Every night, Fathom travelers return to the comforts of the MV Adonia, where they can relax knowing that all the details of getting from location to location in Cuba are handled.

For more information about Fathom or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Professional, call Fathom toll-free at 1-855-932-8466 or visit  

About The Center for Science Teaching and Learning 
The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) has a mission to encourage STEM learning and literacy in everyone. CSTL is a 501(C3) nonprofit organization that is operated by a passionate, intelligent, and highly qualified staff that includes scientists, certified teachers, and former school administrators. These professionals are dedicated to creating STEM programs that engage people, making learning a real adventure. Learn more at


Chevron Announces $1.4 Million Investment in South Bay Schools

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Twenty-four School Districts and Non-profits Receive STEM Grants

July 14, 2016 — EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE) | Chevron completed today a month-long series of “Energy for Learning” grants totaling $1.4 million distributed to twenty-four school districts and other non-profit organizations in the South Bay. The grants represent funding for local Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-related education programs.

The more than $1.4 million contribution is a reflection of the Chevron El Segundo Refinery’s ongoing support for education programs in the South Bay, and in recognition of the facility’s one hundred and five year history in El Segundo.

“We are extremely proud to support STEM funding and help teachers and schools gain additional resources through these grants,” said El Segundo Refinery General Manager Henry Kusch. “Many generations of Chevron employees and their families in the local community have seen firsthand the quality education programs our schools provide.”

Among the grant recipients is the El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) which will direct the grant funds to implement the final component of Project Lead the Way ensuring all 6th grade science courses at the El Segundo Middle School have engineering education for every student in grades K-12 thanks to Chevron’s ongoing generosity and support.”

In Manhattan Beach, the funds will be used to further infuse K-12 classrooms with inquiry based mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards though UCLA Center X Math support, Project Lead the Way and Robotics at Mira Costa High School and elementary schools. “STEM is everywhere you look,” said Dr. Mike Matthews, Superintendent of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. “It is critically important for this millennial generation to be both tech savvy and STEM ready and Chevron’s partnership continues to help better prepare our students in this regard.”

The number of STEM jobs is estimated to grow twice the pace of all other jobs through the next several years and currently 20% of all U.S. jobs – 26 million positions – require knowledge in at least one STEM field.

Schools and programs supported by the $1.44 million Chevron grants include:

  • California Academy of Math and Science
  • California Science Center
  • Centinela Valley Union High School District
  • Da Vinci Science Academy
  • El Segundo Unified School District
  • Environmental Charter High School
  • Hawthorne School District
  • Hermosa Beach City School District
  • Lawndale Elementary School District
  • Lennox Math & Science Academy
  • Manhattan Beach Unified School District
  • Montebello School District
  • Project Lead the Way
  • Redondo Beach Unified School District
  • Roundhouse Aquarium Oceanographic Teaching Station
  • South Bay Workforce Investment Board
  • SoCal Regional Occupation Center
  • Wiseburn School District

As well as the Education Foundations of El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Wiseburn and Hawthorne School Districts.

About Chevron
Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available


Fairchild Receives $1.24 Million Grant From NASA For Growing Beyond Earth STEM Education Program

This is a press release from the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden 

MIAMI, July 13, 2016 (PRNewswire) | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $1.24 million grant from NASA for its Growing Beyond Earth STEM education program as part of the 2015 Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities. Fairchild's proposal was one of nine selected from 73 applications.

Fairchild will use the grant over four years, starting October 1, 2016, to administer botany experiments within South Florida middle and high schools. Fairchild and NASA aim to identify edible plants that might be suitable for growth aboard NASA's International Space Station. The experiments will include more than 100 kinds of edible plants that will be grown in conditions similar to those in space. The goal is to provide a more sustainable food supply for long-duration space missions.

Growing Beyond Earth is part of The Fairchild Challenge, an award-winning environmental science competition based in Miami. The project will help to expand ongoing NASA research into a citizen science program for students. It will also serve groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields. Through their participation in the project, students will inform future NASA plant research by evaluating edible plants that meet NASA's criteria for size and edibility.

"Our local school children will become part of the age-old science of growing plants in new environments, now with the goal of producing food wherever humans may find themselves living in the future," said Dr. Carl Lewis, Director of Fairchild.

Fairchild will provide indoor plant growing equipment called "mini botany labs," including an LED-lit growth chamber and enough pots, soil, and seeds to run experiments throughout the school year.

"With this funding, we will be able to offer our botanical expertise to support NASA's current research and empower our local network of STEM-minded middle and high school students to contribute to plant science research that has universal implications," said Amy Padolf, Director of Education at Fairchild.

About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Established in 1938 as an 83-acre garden in Miami, Fla., Fairchild is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, orchids, fruit trees, and more. Fairchild reaches more than 200,000 school children each year with its environmental education programming.


Washington STEM and Washington MESA Launch Engineering Fellows Program

This is a press release from Washington STEM and Washington MESA

Washington STEM and Washington MESA launched the Engineering Fellows program today to increase engineering education efforts throughout the state focusing on King County and the Yakima Valley. National STEM organization 100Kin10 provided funding for this innovative project.

Engineering Fellows is a highly competitive program that brings engineering expertise directly into fifth grade classrooms around the state. Thirty fifth grade teachers from the Yakima Valley and King County are collaborating with professional engineers and college/graduate engineering students to design and implement engineering design challenges that are integrated with their local curriculum.

“Teachers and engineers will work together through the Engineering Fellows program to create a high-quality STEM experience for Washington students,” said Patrick D’Amelio, CEO of Washington STEM. “Washington state is number two in STEM job availability, and Engineering Fellows will ensure students are ready to take advantage of these great opportunities.”

The project launches this week as the engineering fellows take part in an intensive Summer Design Institute at the University of Washington; the fellows will develop a menu of design challenges and teaching plans to be used during the 2016-2017 school year.

“The participating teachers and engineering practitioners are lending their experience and expertise to elevate instructional strategies to better engage and inspire the next generation of engineers, scientist and leaders,” said James Dorsey, CEO of Washington MESA.

During the school year, students will benefit from the experience of their teachers as they engage in design challenges. The Fellows will reconvene throughout the year during Saturday sessions to reflect upon and refine the design challenges. Over the next three years, Washington STEM and Washington MESA plan to expand the program to ensure that almost 200 fifth grade teachers are equipped, empowered, and well-supported to engage students in engineering design challenges based on real-world problems

Engineering Fellows:

5th Grade Teachers



Visala Hohlbein

Bailey Gatzert Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Samantha Egelhoff

Thurgood Marshall Elem. School

Seattle Public Schools

Aubrey Ashenbrenner

Kimball Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Nicole Trudeau

Kimball Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Marcia Ventura

Maple Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Angie Nall

Arbor Heights Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Indi Ekanayake

Rainier Prep Public Charter


Scott Hicke

Rainier Prep Public Charter


Harrison Pasion

McMicken Heights Elementary

Highline Public Schools

Diana Ryan

McMicken Heights Elementary

Highline Public Schools

Chris Brase

Marvista Elementary School

Highline Public Schools

Nancy Becker

North Hill Elementary School

Highline Public Schools

Wendi Warren

Carriage Crest Elementary

Kent School District

Donna Pearson

East Hill Elementary School

Kent School District

Douglas Ferguson

Martin Sortun Elementary School

Kent School District

Julie Hagen

Covington Elementary School

Kent School District

Catie Larsen

Covington Elementary School

Kent School District

Amanda Henry

Meridian Elementary School

Kent School District

Ronna Garcia

Selah Intermediate

Selah School District

Jennifer Quigley

Selah Intermediate

Selah School District

Angela Steiner

Selah Intermediate

Selah School District

Kristen Bucknell

Union Gap School

Union Gap School District

Megan Beckstrand

Nob Hill Elementary School

Yakima School District

Ron Richter

Harrah Elementary School

Mount Adams School District

Brian Buehler

Harrah Elementary School

Mount Adams School District

Raymond Merkel

Washington Elementary School

Sunnyside School District

Ruth Kupp

Washington Elementary School

Sunnyside School District

Ann Aliberti

Chief Kamiakin Elementary School

Sunnyside School District

Hillary Fought

Hiawatha Elementary School

Othello School District


Field / Major


Alan Aragon

Electrical Engineering

Columbia Basin College

Armand Shahbazian

Electrical Engineering

Seattle University

Barbara Medina

Mechanical Engineering

Seattle University

Kristina Stern

Mechanical Engineering/Computer Science

Seattle University

Kelemua Tesfaye

Civil Engineering

Seattle University

Samira Rezaei

Electrical Engineering

University of Washington

Kenjiro Goodson

Human Centered Design and Engineering

University of Washington

Holly Brunner

Materials Science Engineering

University of Washington

Farah Nadeem

Electrical Engineering

University of Washington




Laura Grignon


Coughlin Porter Lundeen

Gino Mazzotti


Brown and Caldwell

Tom Corcoran


Integrus Architecture

Matt Nielsen



Michael Frank



About Washington STEM:
Washington STEM is a statewide nonprofit advancing excellence, equity, and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. For more information, go to

About Washington MESA:
MESA engages thousands of educationally disadvantaged students so they excel in math and science and graduate with math-based degrees. MESA partners with all segments of higher education as well as K-12 institutions. For more information, go


The STEMconnector Team Mourns the Loss of a Champion of STEM Education, Larry Bock, Founder of the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Festival visionary and founder Lawrence A. Bock – a tireless advocate for STEM education and innovation – died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer at his home in the San Diego area. He was 56. 

The USA Science and Engineering Festival released the following statement from Festival Executive Director, Marc Schulman: ”It is with great sadness and heavy heart that we say goodbye to Larry Bock, the founder of the USA Science and Engineering Festival, who passed away at his home last evening. Larry waged a monumental battle with pancreatic cancer. He will be remembered as a brilliant entrepreneur, passionate philanthropist and dedicated family man. His passing is a profound loss but his legacy of inspiring math and science education will have a lasting impact on students and our nation for future generations.” 

Larry launched the San Diego Science Festival to educate and inspire our next generation to pursue STEM careers. He then evolved this into the USA Science & Engineering Festival, the nation’s largest science festival held biennially in Washington, D.C.

In addition to his work with the Festival, Larry was a serial entrepreneur who founded, co-founded or financed the early stage growth of 40 companies from inception to an aggregate market capitalization of $70 Billion.

He received numerous awards and honors, including being selected by the US Commission for UNESCO to represent the U.S. for the 2011 Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science; receiving the Hoyt S. Vandenberg Prize from the Air Force Association for the best STEM Education Program; receiving the 2014 Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize of the Society of Developmental Biology; and being named by Venture Capital Journal as one of the “Ten Most Influential Venture Capitalists.” 

Larry also served on a number of boards, including the Advisory Board and the Technology Advisory Board of the NanoBusiness Alliance; the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration; and on the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley

Larry and his wife Diane, established the Larry and Diane Bock Chair in Nanotechnology at the University of California, Berkeley held by Dr. Paul Alivisatos. They also founded the non-profit Science Spark and Community Cousins, a non-profit foundation focused on breaking down racial barriers, which was selected by former Vice President Al Gore as one of 10 outstanding grass root efforts nationally. 

“Larry’s accomplishments in life were a testament to his brilliance, passion, drive and love. Among his proudest accomplishments are his two daughters, Quincy and Tasha. He has been taken from us much too early. We extend our deepest condolences to his beloved family, and are honored to be able to continue the important work he started. He was one of a kind.” 

In lieu of flowers or gifts, contributions may be made to Science Spark for producing the continuation of the USA Science and Engineering Festival, his crowning achievement. The Festival combines his love of science, entrepreneurship, jovial spirit, sense of adventure and his fondest hopes and dreams as a Dad.

2016 - 2018 MESA President Selected

MESA USA, a nationally recognized program in STEM education, elected its new President, James Dorsey, at the 2016 Annual MESA National Engineering Design Competition in Ogden, Utah. James gained the unanimous support of the executive leadership of MESA USA and will represent the eleven member states effective July 1, 2016. 

James said after his selection as President, “It is an honor to be selected by my peers and colleagues to help lead MESA USA during this new era, when STEM education is central to the national education and workforce conversation. Together, the members of MESA USA will continue to advocate for STEM education, equity and access in MESA states in order to impact diverse populations to contribute to a competitive global workforce.” 

Since 1970, MESA’s mission to advocate for STEM education, equity and access in MESA states. has helped students from low-income and underrepresented communities become scientists, engineers and mathematicians, filling an urgent need for qualified technical professionals and increasing diversity in STEM. Through three branches of MESA, students are served through local centers in K-12, community colleges, and four-year institutions. MESA partners with these educational institutions, and industry throughout the United States to develop a diverse and competitive global workforce. Nationally, students who participate in MESA are five times more likely to pursue college degrees in math and sciences than their non-MESA peers.

MESA USA, serves over 49,000 students annually. The MESA USA States are Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah and Washington. 

James’ goal during his tenure is to, “deepen the MESA USA partner base and evolve our business model in order to influence the national conversation about STEM education. By taking on these efforts, the organization will continue to grow, thrive and serve more students in numerous communities across the country. This will support MESA USA in its efforts to lead on its advocacy efforts in STEM education, equity and access in MESA states. Together, we’ll strengthen the economic fabric of our communities, and develop the diverse and competitive global workforce our country needs.”

James has served as the Executive Director of Washington MESA since 2008, and previously served an additional 22 years with California MESA, including state director of undergraduate programs, national director of program development. 


Honeywell and U.S. Space & Rocket Center Ignite Singaporean Teachers' Passion for STEM Education

This is a press release from Honeywell

The program has inspired 2,576 middle school math and science teachers from 56 countries and 52 U.S. states and territories since 2004, reaching more than 3 million students

SINGAPORE, July 5, 2016 (PRNewswire) | The U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) and its long-term partner Honeywell (HON) hosted more than 200 teachers from 25 countries, including one from Singapore, and 36 U.S. states and territories at the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA), over two consecutive weeks from in June, 2016. Over the past years, five middle school teachers from Singapore have received scholarships to attend this program.

The award-winning scholarship program, created by Honeywell Hometown Solutions in partnership with USSRC, is designed to help middle school math and science teachers be more effective at teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Since its creation in 2004, HESA has graduated 2,576 educators from 56 countries and 52 U.S. states and territories.

"We are proud to work with Honeywell to offer this program to teachers from all over the world each year," said Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and Executive Director of the Rocket Center. "This program gives teachers innovative tools they need to engage their students and lead them toward success in the classroom and in the workplace. The educators who attend say HESA changed the way they teach and reinvigorated their passion for their work. The beneficiaries of this collaboration are ultimately the millions of children who come through their classrooms."

Teachers participated in 45 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction focused specifically on science and space exploration. Sessions include astronaut-style exercises such as high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based space missions, land and water survival training and interactive flight dynamics programs.

"Honeywell Educators at Space Academy is definitely unforgettable and awesome. It is designed so well that the participants get to experience real-life problem solving skills and have a holistic overview of space exploration, research and discoveries," said 2016 Singaporean graduate Shyamalatha Balasingam. "I hope to plan more experiential learning lessons which will enable my students to plan, design and execute their 'creations' based on real-life problems instead of focusing too much on preparing for exams."

"As a global leader in each of our business groups -- Aerospace, Automation Control and Solutions, and Performance Materials and Technologies -- Honeywell understands the importance of inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers," said Briand Greer, president of Honeywell Southeast Asia. "In order to do that, we are committed to equipping teachers with new techniques to ignite their passion for teaching challenging subjects like math and science in a way that inspires today's students to become the STEM leaders of the future."

HESA candidates complete a rigorous application process. Qualified teachers are awarded scholarships, round-trip airfare, tuition, meals and accommodations, thanks to the generous support of Honeywell and its employees.

To date, more than 3 million students benefited from the invaluable teaching techniques gained from HESA. For more information about HESA, visit:

About U.S. Space and Rocket Center
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is home to Space Camp® and Aviation Challenge®, the Apollo 16 capsule, the National Historic Landmark Saturn V rocket and world-class traveling exhibits. USSRC is the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and a showcase for national defense technologies developed at the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal. To learn more about the exciting programs and activities at the USSRC, visit

About Honeywell
Honeywell ( is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit 

About Honeywell Hometown Solutions
Honeywell Educators at Space Academy is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions,a the company's corporate citizenship initiative, which focuses on five areas of vital importance: Science & Math Education, Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit



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