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Chevron Expands Fuel Your School Program to Help Fund Classroom Projects

This is a press release from Chevron

Up to $8.6 million will be generated through an innovative collaboration with Chevron and DonorsChoose.org to help support public school teachers and students in 22 U.S. communities

SAN RAMON, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) | Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (NYSE:CVX) today announced the launch and expansion of the 2014 Fuel Your School program, an innovative collaboration with DonorsChoose.org, an online organization that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. In 2014, the Fuel Your School Program will generate up to $8.6 million in classroom supply funding for educators in 22 U.S. communities in 14 states where Chevron operates, with the help of local Chevron and Texaco marketers in 6 markets.

Beginning Sept. 1, 2014, public school teachers from participating communities are invited to post eligible classroom projects at www.DonorsChoose.org. From Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, 2014, the Fuel Your School program will donate $1 to help fund eligible classroom projects when consumers purchase eight or more gallons of fuel at participating Chevron or Texaco stations, up to a total of $8.6 million.
 
“Education is a building block to promote economic development and bright futures for young people,” said Dale Walsh, president of Chevron Americas Products. “Chevron is proud to expand this successful program to continue to strengthen educational opportunities in the communities where we operate.”
 
Since its 2010 inception, Fuel Your School has helped fund more than 17,000 classroom projects at 3,200 K-12 public schools as project funding has increased annually from up to $1 million in 2010 to up to $8.6 million for the 2014 program. The majority of project requests and funding to date have helped support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
 
“We’re excited to expand our collaboration with Chevron and help provide our nation’s teachers and students with the classroom supplies needed to help foster an innovative and dynamic learning environment,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “The Fuel Your School program makes it easy for educators, parents, community members and businesses to work together to provide students with the classroom supplies they need to facilitate hands-on learning opportunities.”
 
Fuel Your School is one of the many programs Chevron supports to increase learning opportunities for students and support the social and economic vitality of communities. In the U.S., over the last three years, Chevron’s total investment in education was more than $100 million, focused primarily on STEM educational initiatives.
 
For a full list of participating communities in the 2014 Fuel Your School program and to track progress, please visit www.FuelYourSchool.com.
 
Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company's success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of its employees and their application of the most innovative technologies in the world. Chevron is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. The company explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; 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 at www.chevron.com.
 
About DonorsChoose.org
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post requests, and individuals can give directly to the ones that inspire them. To date, 250,000 public and charter school teachers have used DonorsChoose.org to secure $184 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn.
 
Visit www.donorschoose.org/intro to hear Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert tell the DonorsChoose.org story.
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University of Detroit Jesuit High School & Academy Robotics Program receives $17,000 from W.K. Kellogg Foundation

This is a press release from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School & Academy

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a $17,000 grant to the University of Detroit Jesuit High School & Academy’s Robotics and Pre-Engineering Program for the 2014-2015 school year. The grant will be used to fund the hands-on robotics program where teams from grades 7-12 compete in FIRST Robotics competitions to enhance science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and mentoring skills of young men. Seniors from U of D Jesuit will coach and mentor U of D Jesuit 7th & 8th graders as well as Detroit elementary school boys and girls from Christ the King Elementary and Gesu Elementary to compete in FIRST Lego League competitions throughout Metro Detroit.
 
“In designing, programming, building and operating their robots, our students apply the concepts they learn in textbooks in a collaborative, team-oriented project to solve complex problems.” said Karl J. Kiser, S.J. President.  “Robotics provides the educational challenge students will need to be successful in bridging the STEM gap which exists in our country.  We are pleased that the Kellogg Foundation supports U of D Jesuit as we educate our nation’s next generation of STEM leaders.”
 
The future demand of STEM ready employees is one of the initiatives set by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and thanks to the Kellogg Foundation, U of D Jesuit’s Robotics and Pre-Engineering program is meeting the call.
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ASSET STEM Education™ Launches STEM Scholarship Program in Celebration of 20th Anniversary

This is a press release from ASSET

PITTSBURGH | ASSET STEM Education today announced the launch of a new STEM Scholarship Program in honor of the organization’s 20th anniversary. ASSET, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education improvement nonprofit, provides educators in all learning environments with effective professional development and hands-on classroom materials. The STEM Scholarship Program was recently awarded a $50,000 matching grant from The Hillman Foundation. The overall goal for the program for the 2014-15 school year is $200,000. Initial sponsors include Bayer, Dollar Bank Foundation and Westinghouse.
 
Budget constraints have forced a growing number of schools and organizations to eliminate or reduce their STEM education programs. In an effort to continue providing high-quality STEM education opportunities for all students, especially those in underfunded schools, ASSET has established the Scholarship Program. Funds raised through the program will help:
  • Provide classroom materials and/or educator professional development to high-needs, underfunded schools
  • Increase the number of students participating in hands-on STEM learning
  • Enhance educators’ effective instructional practices\
“At ASSET, our focus is on directly impacting teachers and students,” said Dr. Cynthia Pulkowski, Executive Director. “Establishing the STEM Scholarship Program is the perfect way to celebrate our 20th anniversary because the program is representative of our mission — advancing teaching and learning to engage, inspire and empower all students.”
 
Any Pre-K-12 school district or education organization may apply for a scholarship. The first-round application deadline is September 15, 2014. Applications and scholarships will be reviewed and awarded as received. Priority will be given to organizations with a high percentage of students on free/reduced lunch, high levels of diversity and low proficiency on state assessments.
 
To apply or donate to ASSET’s STEM Scholarship Program, visit www.assetinc.org.  
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ASU Higher Education Maker Summit

(This is a guest blog post from Arizona State University)
You're Invited to the ASU Higher Education Maker Summit!
October 23 - 24, 2014
 
On behalf of Arizona State University (ASU), President Michael M. Crow invites you to the ASU Higher Education Maker Summit. Join leaders from renowned institutions of higher education, acclaimed innovators and pioneers in the maker movement for this two-day discussion on the future of making in higher education. The event features a combination of breakout sessions, skill-building workshops and networking events, as well as multiple keynote speakers that include makers such as Dale Dougherty, founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc.; Mark Hatch, co-founder and CEO of TechShop; and many others.

Thursday, Oct. 23 - Friday, Oct. 24
With optional mixer events on the evenings of Oct. 22 and 23 
The ASU Chandler Innovation Center
249 E. Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ 85225 [map]

Limited Time Discount 
Register online by 5 a.m. (PST), Friday, Aug. 29 for 25% off the $195 registration fee (includes continental breakfast and lunch for both conference days). No discount code necessary. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.

The registration deadline for this conference is Friday, October 3.

Accommodations 
A limited number of rooms are available at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort at a discounted rate of $109/night (plus applicable taxes and fees). To book your reservation with the discounted rate, book your reservation online using discount code B1Q. Discounted rates are available until September 22.

Speaking
Interested in speaking at the ASU Higher Education Maker Summit? We have a limited number of speaking spaces available; to inquire, complete our online form.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please visit entrepreneurship.asu.edu/makersummit or contact Jackie.Terry@asu.edu.
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International Association for STEM Leaders (IASL) Joins Forces with Uma Gupta's STEM-SMART

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

On June 12, 2014, Millwood Virginia-based, International Association for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Leaders successfully joined forces with STEM-SMART, led by Executive Director & Founder, Dr. Uma G. Gupta.

STEM-SMART is an online education and mentoring community that connects U.S. high school and college students with U.S colleges and universities that offer STEM programs and employers that hire STEM talent. Their goal is to help students, parents, and potential employees learn about STEM education and degree programs, internships, and careers from trusted experts.

The International Association for STEM Leaders is globally recognized for creating a "golden standard" for STEM excellence in traditional and non-traditional educational settings for all Pre-kindergarten through adult students.  In collaboration with global STEM leaders, the IASL will provide guidance for implementing excellent STEM programming and develop a STEM framework that is industry-based and globally recognized.  In the coming months, IASL will host regional events to continue its recognition of exceptional leadership, through awards and to focus its outreach activities around regional education and economic development issues.  
 
The IASL is excited over this new partnership and the wonderful opportunity to further benefit the entire STEM community. Other partners of IASL, include the USA Science and Engineering Festival, hosting the world’s largest STEM event which took place in Washington, D.C., April of 2014, STEMconnector, the leading one-stop shop for STEM information, Diversified Education Systems (DES), a leader in “turn key” laboratories including: casework, equipment, curriculum, training and support, Root Cause and Pitsco Education. On the online side of STEM, Learning Blade and Career ATG offer career and STEM awareness, exposure and training to students. Finally, Concept Schools, a charter school Management Company and Vista Teach an early elementary robotics and engineering education company.
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U.S. Army’s eCYBERMISSION Kicks Off 13th Year of Competition

This is a press release from eCYBERMISSION

Register Now for 2014-2015 STEM Competition; Students Imagine Innovative Solutions to Real-World Challenges that Could Build a Better Future

ARLINGTON, Va. (BUSINESS WIRE) | The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, on behalf of the Army Educational Outreach Program, today announced the kickoff of the 13th annual eCYBERMISSION program, a free online learning competition designed to cultivate student interest in science, technology, engineering and math by encouraging students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their local communities. Students can win on a state, regional, and national level, with national winning teams receiving up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity. Registration is open until December 17, 2014 at www.ecybermission.com.
 
Through the program, which is administered by the National Science Teachers Association, teams of three to four students plus an adult team advisor are asked to identify an issue in their community related to one of seven mission challenges, including:
  • alternative sources of energy;
  • the environment;
  • food, health and fitness;
  • force and motion;
  • national security and safety;
  • robotics; and
  • technology.
After selecting a mission challenge, teams apply the scientific practices or engineering design process to propose a solution. Each team then submits a mission folder, the official write-up of their project, via the eCYBERMISSION website.
 
A panel of virtual judges evaluates and scores the mission folders on the basis of several criteria to identify state winning teams. The top three scoring state winners at each grade level in each region then move on to the regional competition, where they compete with other teams in their grade across the region for an all-expenses paid trip to the National Judging and Educational Event, taking place June 2015.
 
Registration for the 2014-2015 competition will remain open through December 17, 2014. Final mission folder submissions are due February 25, 2015. To participate, students must be U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents, and must be officially enrolled in either sixth, seventh, eighth, or ninth grade in a public, private or home school, or a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school abroad. Students registered by November 5, 2014 will receive a free STEM Research Kit, which includes a notebook, flash drive and pencil.
 
The response to eCYBERMISSION last year was unprecedented, with thousands of teams registered from all 50 U.S. states, territories, and DoDEA sites. The continued success of eCYBERMISSION and its registered students depends on dedicated volunteers to support the program. eCYBERMISSION is once again seeking dynamic individuals who can contribute his or her knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to the program. Volunteer roles include:
  • Ambassadors serve as the face of eCYBERMISSION by promoting the competition and recruiting other volunteers in the community. Those who wish to interact with students as a part of their outreach must submit and pass a criminal background check or have an active Department of Defense security clearance. Register here to be an ambassador.
  • CyberGuides provide online assistance to eCYBERMISSION teams by answering questions and give guidance through the use of discussion forums, instant messaging, and live chat sessions. All CyberGuides must submit and pass a criminal background check or have an active Department of Defense security clearance. CyberGuides’ registration is open through February 24.
  • Virtual Judges – Individuals with an interest or background in STEM or education who independently evaluate team mission folders online. Virtual judge registration is open through February 25.
More information about the competition is available at www.ecybermission.com, or by following eCYBERMISSION on Twitter, Facebook, or by contacting eCYBERMISSION Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237) or via email at missioncontrol@ecybermission.com.
 
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, new member, 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 www.usaeop.com.
 
About RDECOM
The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) manages the Army Educational Outreach Program on behalf of the U.S. Army. RDECOM’s mission is to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers. It is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it. For more information on RDECOM, visit www.army.mil/rdecom.
 
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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Help Bring Harmony to the Environment for a Chance to Win $500,000 in Grants and Scholarships

This is a press release from Lexus

Eighth National Lexus Eco Challenge Kicks-Off!

TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 26, 2014 (PRNewswire) | We know teenagers can be loud, but their small actions speak volumes. Committed young students from across the country have demonstrated that they can make an impact and make the world a better place just by learning about the environment and taking steps to make it better for their communities and world. Through the Lexus Eco Challenge, more than 26,000 middle and high school students have earned over $4.5 million for themselves, their teachers, and their schools.
 
The challenge has opened up again and students are invited to participate for a chance to win part of $500,000 in grants and scholarships. Lexus and Scholastic Inc., the global children's publishing, education and media company, have joined together to create the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) educational program.
 
In its eighth year, the Lexus Eco Challenge is an educational program and contest for teens across the U.S. in grades 6-12 that inspires and empowers young people to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. Teams of students can enter one or both of the first two challenges, which are focused on Land & Water and Air & Climate, respectively. New this year, the challenges will run simultaneously, allowing the teams a wider window to complete their action plans. Winners from each challenge are then invited to go on to participate in the Final Challenge, with a top prize of $30,000 for both the winning middle and high school teams.
 
The Challenge Elements
  1. The Lexus Eco Challenge also includes supplemental educational materials created and distributed by Scholastic, that support Common Core skills and encourage teachers to integrate creative lesson plans about the environment into their classrooms. For each challenge, the website (www.scholastic.com/lexus) has lesson plans and teacher instructions, including questions to help guide a discussion about the current challenge topic, facts about the topic, and guidelines for a specific classroom project.
  2. Competition to reward environmental action helps young people apply what they've learned in class through the program and empowers them to make improvements in their community by participating in the eco-focused team challenges.
"It's exciting to see year after year, the creative and inspiring action plans put together by these young students for the Lexus Eco Challenge," said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "These students show the incredible promise their generation has as they tackle environmental issues in their communities and around the world."
 
The Challenge Rewards
 
The Lexus Eco Challenge registration is open now and will conclude on December 8, 2014. Middle and high school teams, comprised of five to ten students and one to two teacher advisor(s), are invited to define an environmental issue that is important to them, develop an action plan to address the issue, implement the plan, and report on the results. The first-place and grand-prize-winning teams will be announced in spring 2015.
 
Each of the challenges will have 16 winning teams – eight middle school and eight high school teams. The winning teams will each receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships and grants to be shared among the students, teacher and school. In addition, the winning action plans will be featured on a special webpage to inspire other students to take action in their communities.
 
In January 2015, the winning teams from the first two challenges will be invited to participate in the Final Challenge. Teams will be asked to reach beyond the local community and inspire environmental action around the world through innovative ideas that are communicated to a wide audience.
 
From the Final Challenge entries, eight first-place teams and two grand-prize-winning teams will be selected. Each of the eight first-place teams will receive a total of $15,000 in grants and scholarships, and the two grand-prize-winning teams will each receive $30,000. The money will be shared by the students, their teacher advisors and their schools.
 
Teachers are encouraged to visit http://www.scholastic.com/lexus to learn how they can take part and to review the Official Rules. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited.
 
Lexus' Environmental Efforts
Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader with five low-emission hybrid vehicles available. When Lexus began selling hybrids in 2005, it helped advance the concept of sustainability without sacrifice. The Lexus Eco Challenge is part of The Lexus Pursuit of Potential, a philanthropic initiative that generates up to $3 million in donations each year for organizations that help build, shape and improve children's lives.
 
Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance. With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F models, including the LFA supercar, for top-of-the-line performance. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 234 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.
 
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Hispanic Heritage Foundation And ESA Again Challenge Minorities To Develop Video Games And Phone Apps To Address Social Issues And Open Gateway To Stem Careers

This is a press release from ESA, HHF & LOFT

Last Year, 20 Youth (15-25 Years Old) Presented Ideas to White House, Congress and Policy Makers in DC and Received Innovation Grants

WASHINGTON, DC | The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) Leaders on the Fast Track (LOFT) will once again host the LOFT Video Game Innovation Challenge and Fellowship for minority youth across the country ages 15-25.  Last year, 20 youth were selected, provided with Innovation Grants, and flown to Washington, DC from across the country to present their ideas to members of Congress, The White House, and community leaders.  Candidates can apply now to www.LOFTinnovation.org for the chance to be one of the 2014 Fellows who are selected for their vision, creativity, and potential impact of the game on their community and receive Innovation Grants to further their vision.
 
“Through this creative partnership with the ESA, we are engaging youth on their terms, through video games and phone apps to make a social impact,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “We also believe there is a link from playing a video game to developing a game to computer coding, cybersecurity, and other workforce skills gap areas America is trying to fill. It’s important minority youth are encouraged to create not just consume.”  Visit http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/money/2013/11/07/video-games-and-latino-kids-can-change-world/ for a TV interview with FOX about the program from last year.
 
The video games and phone apps last year ranged from dealing with Cerebral Palsy to healthy lifestyles to teen pregnancy to college prep to experiencing homelessness to financial literacy to even teaching literacy through rap lyrics on Twitter.  
 
“The ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship shows how games are more than a means of entertainment, but also a valuable tool for change in our society,” said Rich Taylor, senior vice president of communications and industry affairs at the ESA. “We are proud to offer this opportunity that will help create real change in minority communities through the unique platform only video games can provide.”
 
Joining ESA and HHF on the effort was Globaloria, Black Girls Code, BK Nation, BASE (Black Association of Scientist and Engineers, Computer Science Teacher's Association), Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Association, National Urban League, NRCCUA, and Gamepress, among others. HHF is also hosting free computer coding camps across the country and innovation symposia to encourage minority youth to fill America’s skills gap. Southwest Airlines is the official airline of LOFT.
 
Application closes September 15, 2014. To apply go to: www.LOFTinnovation.org.
 
About ESA
ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers, including conducting business and consumer research, providing legal and policy analysis and advocacy on First Amendment, intellectual property and technology/e-commerce issues, managing a global anti-piracy program, owning and operating E3, and representing video game industry interests in federal and state government relations. For more information, please visit www.theESA.com or follow us on Twitter at @RichatESA or @ESAGovAffairs.
 
About Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Leaders on Fast Track (LOFT)
LOFT is HHF’s award-winning, leadership and workforce development program focused on America’s “priority fields” including STEM and innovation. Tens of thousands of students and young professionals are connected to each other; prepared through trainings, priority-field-tailored symposia, workshops, and Charlas; and hundreds are placed into internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 100 companies and government agencies. Visit www.LOFTinnovation.org. Join and follow LOFT on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/hhfloft and Twitter - @LOFTInstitute
 
HHF was established by the White House in 1987 and believes that through innovation across all fields that Latinos are the leaders of today, not tomorrow. HHF also promotes Latino cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org. Join and follow HHF on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/hispanicheritage and Twitter @HHFoundation.
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FPL supports Florida students with curriculum-based programs

This is a press release from Florida Power & Light Company

Emphasis on STEM education helps tomorrow's engineers and scientists

JUNO BEACH, Fla., Aug. 20, 2014 (PRNewswire) | Florida Power & Light Company today announced its 2014-2015 education programs for Florida teachers and students in the 35 counties it serves. Research has shown that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is not only linked to success in the field but also helps to instill creative problem-solving skills in students, which is critical to careers in engineering, science and research. FPL's programs provide the support and encouragement for greater adoption of STEM curricula in the classroom.
 
"FPL is proud to help Florida educators teach STEM classes in a hands-on environment that fosters a curiosity to learn more," said Pamela Rauch, FPL vice president of Development and External Affairs.  "Whether it's through a teacher grant or a robotics program, FPL hopes to engage and create interest among Florida students in programs that teach engineering skills as well as teamwork, collaboration, creativity and other vital talents to succeed in tomorrow's competitive work environment."
 
For the 2014-2015 school year, FPL offers the following:
 
Teacher Grants  (K-12)
All teachers in the 35 counties that FPL serves are eligible to apply for grants to fund classroom projects focused on any form of energy or engineering education. Grants are awarded in increments of $500 to $1,000. To date, FPL has awarded more than $175,000 for teacher grant projects throughout its service territory. The awards come from the NextEra Energy Foundation, which is funded by shareholders of FPL's parent company, NextEra Energy, Inc., the nation's largest producer of renewable energy from the wind and the sun. The application deadline is Nov. 15. Winners will be announced in December. Learn more here.
 
Science Fairs & Competitions (K-12)
FPL supports science fairs as a way to inspire young minds and future scientists and engineers. School districts in FPL's service territory that are interested in support for their fair or a science competition should contact Maureen Wilt at Maureen.Wilt@fpl.com.
 
Traveling School Assembly Program (K-5)
FPL has partnered with the National Theatre for Children to offer this free, live school show to help teach young students about electricity. "Men in Plaid: The Kilowatt Connection" is a fun-filled show that helps K-5 students understand the basics of energy conservation. Nearly 100,000 students annually are entertained and informed by the free traveling school assembly show. To schedule a show, call 800-858-3999, ext. 1 or click here to find out more about these free school performances.
 
Robotics Programs (9-12)
In an ongoing effort to drive student engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, FPL is a major supporter of robotics programs. The company funds established and start-up robotics clubs throughout its 35-county service territory. FPL has sponsored 30 robotics programs to date and hopes to double the number in the coming year. Additionally, FPL continues to sponsor the South Florida FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics regional competition held every spring in South Florida. To learn more about funding opportunities, contact Maureen Wilt at Maureen.Wilt@fpl.com.
 
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving approximately 4.7 million customer accounts across nearly half of the state of Florida. As of year-end 2013, FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 25 percent lower than the national average and the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among utilities nationwide. The company was recognized in 2014 as the most trusted U.S. electric utility by Market Strategies International, and has earned the national ServiceOne Award for outstanding customer service for an unprecedented 10 consecutive years. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,900 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.FPL.com.
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N2N Launches Student Success Platform for Higher Education

 
Duluth, Ga. (PRWEB) August 25, 2014 - N2N Services, a leading company focused on technology innovation in the education sector, recently launched its Student Success Platform for Higher Education. N2N’s innovative new application includes comprehensive tools to support enrollment management, student retention and learning remediation.
 
The Student Success Platform includes comprehensive tools to support enrollment management, student retention and learning remediation. N2N uses Tableau as an integrated reporting and data visualization tool for the company’s cloud-based Learning Media Platform, Integrated Student Information System and Student CRM products.
 
“While N2N was comfortable with the flexible and comprehensive data model we have designed for higher education, we realized that developing reports and dashboards using conventional BI tools on the market was a very difficult task for a company of our size,” said Kiran Kodithala, CEO at N2N. “After conducting thorough research, we have decided to use Tableau for all our data visualization and reporting needs. Integrating Tableau into our product stack is a perfect fit for the higher education and N2N in particular.”
To learn more about N2N or it’s various services, visit http://n2nservices.com/.
 
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About N2N Services Inc. 
Founded in 2004 as a systems integration consultancy serving the K-20 education market, N2N has spent a decade working to transform education. Today, N2N still provides best in class services to institutions across North America and beyond, but also has launched its own suite of mobile and web platforms designed to enhance student success through technology. N2Ns goal is to attract, engage, retain and graduate more students with N2N's integrated Mobile, Portal, Learn and Analyze platforms and to transform education through student success powered by technology. To learn more about N2N Services, visit http://n2nservices.com/.
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