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Honeywell And NASA Celebrate 10th Anniversary, 1,000th School Performance With FMA Live! Educational Series

This is a press release from Honeywell and NASA

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Sept. 15, 2014 (PRNewswire) | Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and NASA are celebrating 10 years of collaboration with FMA Live! Forces in Motion, an award-winning, hip-hop physics education program that inspires middle school students to learn and enjoy math and science in a compelling, fun and memorable way. The popular show, which will visit its 1,000th school during this special tour, is in high demand, having been performed before 400,000 students in all 48 contiguous U.S. states, as well as in Mexico and Canada. The spring tour launches in Seattle, Washington this week.
 
In recent world rankings from the National Science Board, the United States, which maintains the world's largest pool of scientists and engineers, lags in science and math performance with high school students showing below-average math skills and ranking 26th in the world.
 
"As a technology-based company, Honeywell is devoted to equipping the next-generation of inspired students with the tools they will need to succeed in the U.S. job market, including skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)," said Tom Buckmaster, President, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. "FMA Live! provides students with early access to the types of programs that are crucial in developing competencies to keep students competitive throughout their academic and professional careers."
 
"The continued success of our great collaboration with Honeywell on FMA Live! is a testament to the fact that STEM and cool are one," said Donald James, associate administrator for education at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "By combining compelling, NASA-unique content and dynamic stage performances to teach physics, we are inspiring students to study hard and become America's future scientists, engineers and explorers."
 
Over the course of 10 weeks, the show, under the direction of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, will reach 55 public, private and military-connected middle schools in seven west coast and southwest U.S. states, including: Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, CA; Phoenix and Tucson, AZ; Santa Fe, NM; Denver and Fort Carson, CO; and Salt Lake City, UT. The program will also be back on tour in the spring throughout the eastern part of the United States.
 
About FMA Live! 
Using live actors, hip-hop songs, music videos, interactive scientific demonstrations and video interviews with scientists and engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the show teaches Newton's Three Laws of Motion and Universal Laws of Gravity.
 
Honeywell and NASA created FMA Live! to inspire middle school students to explore STEM concepts and careers. The program addresses Forces and Motion learning objectives outlined by the Next Generation Science Education Standards for students in grades 5-8.
 
Through its Honeywell Hometown Solutions initiative, Honeywell has a number of award-winning programs focused on inspiring students at all grade levels to embrace STEM education.  The company chose physics for FMA Live! Forces in Motion, because studies have shown that the middle school years of education offer the best window of opportunity to get kids interested in STEM careers.
 
Supporting Resources:
 
Visit the FMALive! Facebook page
Follow @HON_Citizenship on Twitter
Visit Honeywell's Corporate Citizenship page
Learn more about NASA's education programs at: http://www.nasa.gov/education
 
For Educators:
 
The new FMA Live! Forces in Motion features a teachers' lounge, which provides:
National Science Standards-based teaching resources
Downloadable streaming videos
Music from the show
A comprehensive educational guide with lesson plans
Educators interested in having FMA Live! visit their school can fill out the online application here.
 
About Honeywell Hometown Solutions 
FMA Live! Forces in Motion is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, 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 http://citizenship.honeywell.com/.
 
About Honeywell
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) 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 www.honeywellnow.com.
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11-Year-Old’s Model Invention to be 3D Printed on Space Station by Creators of Free 3D Printing Curriculum

This is a press release from IDEAco, City X Project, and Made in Space

“Space Kid” from Wisconsin will be among the first civilians to have an object manufactured off of Earth"
 
Chicago, IL | James Banks, a 11-year-old boy from Appleton, Wisconsin, will be among the first civilians to have something he designed manufactured in space. An invention he designed with 3D modeling software during a City X Project workshop in his third grade classroom last year will be 3D printed aboard the International Space Station in early 2015. The story of “Space Kid” is made possible by a partnership between IDEAco, the Chicago-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that developed the City X Project, and Made In Space, the first company to bring additive manufacturing capabilities to space, based in Mountain View, CA.
 
The City X Project, now an open education resource available as a free download for teachers that has been downloaded over 700 times in over 50 countries, is a story-based curriculum in which students must solve challenges faced by the citizens of City X, the first human settlement on another planet. Each student is given a citizen card, which includes a cartoon citizen that presents a social issue to the student. James was paired with citizen Miguel, a boy representing issues of health care and accessibility to medical treatment in City X. 
 
James invented a medical rollercoaster that he calls the Health Coaster. The patient sits inside, where a special device will administer whatever medical treatment is needed, while getting their feet massaged – “Because going to the doctor is stressful,” says James – and with a convenient control level that doubles as a storage device full of M&Ms candy. “In case you get hungry,” he adds. The whole apparatus sits on a rollercoaster track, “Because rollercoasters are more fun than going to the doctor.” 
 
One of the reasons we created the City X Project curriculum is to teach kids that new technologies aren’t just for adults. 3D printing is changing life on Earth and in space, and it’s going to be an important STEM skill for kids,” said Brett Schilke, co-founder and CEO of IDEAco.
 
“We loved the story of City X, specifically the part about space travel” says Jason Dunn, co-founder of Made In Space, “and we’re very excited to help make the ideas behind City X real. 3D printing is going to change space exploration forever, and today’s kids can and should be a part of that.”
 
Both IDEAco and Made In Space are members of Singularity University Labs, a Mountain View-based startup program for organizations using exponential technologies to positively impact the world.
 
“I never would have guessed when the City X team came in that one of my student’s would have something he designed made in space,” said Lisa Ross, James’ 3rd grade teacher last year. “James has been waiting a long time for this to happen. He’s very excited!”
 
3D printed copies of James’ model will be on display at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City later this fall, as well as at a special exhibit sponsored by the Chicago Design Museum in Chicago. There will also be a local exhibition in James’ hometown of Appleton, Wisconsin. 
 
IDEAco
 
IDEAco, or the Coalition for Innovative Development, Education, and Action, is a global nonprofit on a mission to build and empower communities of Changemakers through experiential learning. Our programs combine design thinking and exponential technologies as tools for social innovation. We empower individuals and their communities to create change. We partner with organizations around the world to bring our programs to life, including Singularity University, the Pearson Foundation, Made in Space, and 3D Systems.
 
Made in Space
 
Founded in 2010 with the goal of enabling humanity’s future in space, Made In Space, Inc. has developed additive manufacturing technology for use in zero-gravity. By constructing hardware that can build what is needed in space, as opposed to launching it from Earth, the company plans to accelerate and broaden space development while also providing unprecedented access for people on Earth to use in-space capabilities.
 
Made In Space’s team consists of successful entrepreneurs, experienced space experts and key 3D printing developers. With over 30,000+ hours of 3D printing technology testing, and 400+ parabolas of microgravity test flights, Made In Space’s experience and expertise with regard to 3D printing in zero-gravity is unmatched, and has led to the first 3D printers designed for use on the International Space Station.
 
 
 
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Anne Seifect accepts IASL's National STEM Professional Development Leadership Award for i-STEM

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

IASL's National STEM Professional Development Leadership Award was awarded to i-STEM, a professional development institute for teachers that enhances their STEM teaching, learning skills, and pedagogy. Teachers, administrators and school leaders apply from across the State of Idaho to attend the institute and many other states have followed this significant model.

Ms. Anne Seifert, K12 STEM Outreach Program Manager, i-STEM Executive Director, was on hand to accept this award and is this week’s feature video in our STEM Stars Showcase series. 

Anne Seifert is the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program Manager at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and serves as the INL’s Department of Energy Office (DOE) of Science Education Program Manager. She received a BS degree in elementary education with a minor in science and special education from University of Idaho. She completed a MA in Education Administration and an EDS in Educational Leadership at IdahoStateUniversity. As a 30 year veteran educator, she served as highly skilled and outstanding elementary school teacher and administrator in Idaho Falls, Idaho and Denver, Colorado. She has been involved as an educational leader in school reform, assessment literacy, student achievement, school improvement, and has served as an advocate for STEM education in Idaho for many years. Anne was a member of a statewide school improvement leadership team sponsored by the Albertson’s Foundation and BoiseStateUniversity. As an advocate for STEM education, Anne works aggressively to address the challenges facing educators as they seek to reform teaching and learning in STEM disciplines. As INL’s K-12 STEM Outreach Program Manager, her work involves coordinating partnerships with educators, the State Department of Education, business, and industry to raise the awareness of the need for quality K-12 STEM Education in an effort to arm students with the necessary skills of the 21st century in preparation for the workforce of tomorrow. Anne believes that teachers empowered with right resources and outstanding professional development, can and will positively impact students; inspiring them to advance their studies in STEM areas so that they are prepared to make informed decisions that will positively impact the way they live, how they live, and our nation’s resources and security.

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STEMconnector® CSO and Telecom Executive to Keynote Third Annual STEM Education Awards

This is a press release from the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

September 26th Event attracts experts on science, technology, engineering and math education

ATLANTA (September 15, 2014) | The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) today announced keynote speakers for the Third Annual STEM Education Awards which will be held on September 26th at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, GA .
 
Ted Wells, Chief Strategy Officer for STEMconnector®, and veteran technology/telecom executive, Carrie A. Wheeler are both set to address this year’s event.
 
In his role at STEMconnector®, Wells manages a portfolio of projects relating to STEM K-12 education and workforce development.  He also has led the development of STEMconnector®’s Google+ On-Air Hangouts series that highlight issues in STEM education. STEMconnector® is an organization committed to improving the flow of information to stakeholders in STEM education.  The group works with a number of organizations including non-profits, government entities and corporations on key projects such as the STEM Food and Ag Council, STEM Higher Education Council and STEMconnector®’s computer science education outreach.  
 
Carrie A. Wheeler is the former Chief Operating Officer for Atlanta-based Cbeyond and the current TAG-Ed Board Chair.  During her 20+ year career in technology and telecommunications, Wheeler has led several development, operational and integration teams including mergers and acquisitions for MCI and Worldcom, MCI and Verizon, and Bellsouth and AT&T.   Prior to her years in telecommunications, Wheeler worked for Accenture in a senior consulting role in the healthcare industry.  During her tenure at Accenture, she led system design and implementation teams for package software systems at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas. 
 
“STEM education plays such a vital role in the future workforce for Georgia,” said Michael Robertson, Executive Director for TAG-Ed. “We are proud to have these speakers host an event that will bring a focus on the importance of STEM education and recognize those schools and companies throughout the state that are making it a priority.”
 
The Georgia STEM Education awards were created in 2012 to recognize and celebrate schools, extracurricular programs, public-private partnerships, science agencies and post-secondary education outreach programs for outstanding efforts and achievement in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering, and math education in Georgia. To learn more or to register, visit: http://www.tagonline.org/events/stem-education-awards.
 
About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 24,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year through chapters in Metro Atlanta, Augusta, Athens, Columbus, Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com.
 
About TAG Education Collaborative
TAG Education Collaborative is dedicated to developing science, technology, engineering and math initiatives in Georgia. Through partnerships with statewide STEM programs, TAG-Ed fosters student interest in STEM in order to increase appreciation for the opportunities available through technology careers. TAG-Ed hosts an internship program for high school students, two web-based team challenges for students interested in Health IT and web design, and the Vine Event, an annual fundraiser benefiting STEM education. For additional information, visit TAG Education Collaborative or contact Michael Robertson at (404) 920 – 2038 or mrobertson@tagonline.org.
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New Study Reveals U.S. Students Believe Tablets Are Game Changers in Learning and Student Engagement

 
Elementary, middle and high school students overwhelmingly believe that tablets will change the way they learn in the future (90 percent) and make learning more fun (89 percent), according to a new study conducted by Harris Poll and released September 8 by Pearson.
 
The survey, conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Pearson, asked 2,252 students how they currently use mobile technology for learning, and how they would like to use it in the future. Survey respondents included 501 elementary school (4th-5th grade) students, 750 middle school (6th-8th grade) students, and 1001 high school (9th – 12th grade) students.  
 
The survey found that while mobile device use and ownership is growing among students of all ages, universal access to high speed Internet and 1:1 computing is still a challenge for schools around the country. Only 62 percent of students have wireless access to the Internet at school, versus 93 percent of students who have wireless access at home. Only one in six students (16 percent) attends a school that provides every student with a laptop or tablet.
 
“This year’s study findings show a high level of optimism, engagement and confidence with mobile devices among U.S. students,” said Douglas Kubach, president, Pearson’s School group. “While we are seeing consistent growth of mobile device use among students for school work, a gap still exists between home and school access, preventing many schools from taking full advantage of the digital learning technologies available today that can be instrumental in improving educational experiences for students.”
 
About Pearson
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit www.pearson.com.
 
About Nielsen & The Harris Poll
On February 3, 2014, Nielsen acquired Harris Interactive and The Harris Poll. Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence and mobile measurement. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA and Diemen, the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.nielsen.com.

 

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Toshiba and National Science Teachers Association Announce 23nd Annual ExploraVision Competition

This is a press release from Toshiba and NSTA

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE) | The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program is kicking off its 23rd year of the world’s largest K-12 science competition with registration now open. Sponsored by Toshiba and administered by NSTA, the ExploraVision program builds problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills that are central to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Students have a chance to win $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds (at maturity) and other great prizes. Registration is open until January 30, 2015 at ExploraVision.org.

Encompassing specific science and engineering practices found in the NGSS, the competition works towards the vision of the standards by inviting K-12 students to think ahead 20 years into the future and propose an idea for a new technology based on a challenge or limitation of what exists today. They are then challenged to simulate real scientific research to outline how they plan to test their idea and create a mock website to illustrate their concept. Since its inception in 1992, the program has helped more than 330,000 students across the United States and Canada expand their imaginations and creativity, as well as develop interests in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education at an early age. Last year’s winning projects featured a safety device that sounds an alarm to protect children and animals when a car is too hot, auto-adjustable eye glasses to help vision impairment, a plane de-icing method derived from a lotus leaf pattern and a thermal energy-based solution for powering medical implants.

“At Toshiba, we believe that creativity is crucial to the scientific process, and we are proud to sponsor Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision for the 23rd year as part of our company’s commitment to inspiring the next generation of innovators,” said Mr. Masaaki Osumi, Toshiba America Inc.’s Chairman and CEO, and Toshiba’s Corporate Representative for the Americas.
 
“ExploraVision provides a hands-on learning experience for K-12 students and allows them to see the scientific process unfold from idea to fruition. The competition process is also a dynamic learning tool for educators as it complements nationwide education initiatives and provides a unique opportunity for students to practice teamwork, problem solving and creative thinking,” said Dr. David Evans, NSTA Executive Director.
 
Competition Opportunities & Prizes for Students
 
Student teams of two to four (with a teacher and optional adult mentor) compete in groups based on their grade levels: primary (K-3), upper elementary (4-6), middle level (7-9), and high school (10-12). There are two winner phases to the competition – regional and national. The 24 winning teams from six regions across the United States and Canada will receive a Toshiba laptop for their school, and each member of the team will receive additional Toshiba technology.
 
For the national phase, members of first place nationally winning teams each receive a $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond (at maturity). Members of second place nationally winning teams will each receive a $5,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond (at maturity). Canadian winners receive Canada bonds purchased for the equivalent issue price in Canadian dollars. All first and second place national winners will receive an all-expense paid trip for their parents/guardians, teacher and mentors to Washington, D.C. for a gala awards weekend in June 2015. Activities will include a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and a Science Showcase during which the students will display and demonstrate their winning ideas. The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision weekend will culminate with a gala awards banquet and ceremony where students will be formally recognized for their creativity and accomplishments.
 
In addition, students in grades 8-11 who enter a project into the ExploraVision program, as well as participating teachers, will also be eligible to apply for the TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy, an expense paid week-long cross-cultural STEM exchange program held in Tokyo where students and teachers from the United States work closely with a team of Japanese counterparts to develop proposed solutions to global issues.
 
Educator Resources & Benefits
 
This year, ExploraVision is offering special incentives and resources for teachers to help them integrate the competition into their curricula. On Thursday, October 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, ExploraVision will host a free, interactive Google Hangout with special guest & program co-founder Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft to discuss how the competition addresses the practices of the NGSS by engaging students in problem solving and critical thinking activities. Teachers can sign up on the NSTA Google+ page. Teachers can find additional seminars and other resources at http://www.exploravision.org/for-teachers. Also new this year, to celebrate ExploraVision’s 23rd anniversary, the top 23 teachers who submit over 23 eligible online entries will win a Toshiba Tablet.
 
Teachers can learn more information about the 2014/2015 competition by watching ExploraVision’s new video hosted by Bill Nye the Science Guy or visiting www.exploravision.org. Follow ExploraVision on Twitter at @ToshibaInnovate or join the ExploraVision Facebook Fan Page at www.Facebook.com/ToshibaInnovation.
 
About Toshiba
Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations towards securing “Growth Through Creativity and Innovation”, and is contributing to the achievement of a world in which people everywhere live in safe, secure and comfortable society. Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion).Toshiba America, Inc. is the holding company for five Toshiba operating companies in the United States and employs over 20,000 people in North America.
 
Toshiba’s North-America based companies and some of their chief products are as follows: Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (Semiconductors, Flash Memory-Based Storage Solutions, LCD, custom chips, and Hard Disk Drives); Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (Tablets, Laptop Computers, Telephony Products, Flat Panel LCD TVs, and portable products); Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. (Copiers, Facsimiles, Printers and Digital Signage); Toshiba International Corporation (Motors, Motor Controls, Power Electronics, Power Generation Equipment, Automation); Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. (Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance, X-ray and Ultrasound); Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corporation (Advanced Boiling Water Nuclear Reactors); Toshiba America Foundation (Supports science and mathematics education across the United States) and Toshiba of Canada, Ltd. (Made up of four operating divisions).
 
About NSTA
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.
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Higher Education Forum 2014: From The Economist

Higher Education Forum 2014
Reconnecting Education to the Workforce
September 30, 2014 | Time Warner Center, New York City

New York City, NY - STEMconnector is proud to be a supporting association of the The Economist's Higher Education Forum. The Economist’s inaugural Higher Education Forum will address the major human capital challenges facing university and business leaderstoday and ask what role each stakeholder should have in improving the outlook for post-secondary schooling, its students, and the learning-to-earning pipeline in America and around the world.
 
Rising costs, new business models driven by disruptive technologies and a broad political imperative to rethink the purpose of higher education are forcing schools today to face a make-it or break-it moment. In order to stay competitive, schools must innovate beyond the traditional framework of providing educational services. Meanwhile, organisations are rapidly adapting to the changing nature of work. This, combined with global economic uncertainty, is threatening a once-predictable applicant pool.
 
Graduates find themselves wedged in the communication gap between institutions of higher education and the private sector about the skills and talent needed to succeed in today’s innovative and productive workplace. How can both parties collaborate to make talent accessible and boost economic competitiveness as a result? The Economist’s Higher Education Forum will bring together top decision-makers from private companies, leaders from institutions of higher education, as well as policy-makers, to chart a path for closing the ever-widening global skills gap. 
 
The Education Forum will tackle questions such as:
  • Are universities employment-centered enough? 
  • Should they be, or is higher education called to fulfill the loftier mandate of producing informed global citizens? 
  • How is technology reshaping the landscape for talent development?
  • How much of the burden should the private sector shoulder in plugging the skills gap?
  • What form should private sector intervention take?
  • Are personalized learning systems and massive open online courses valuable to students, employers and universities?
  • Can global standards be developed for the new globalized workforce? 
Chaired by The Economist’s US business editor and New York bureau chief, Matthew Bishop, this event is designed for a wide range of senior-level decision makers from the field of higher education, public policy makers and private sector stakeholders that have a vested interest in accessing a skilled and competent workforce for the foreseeable future.
 
Event chairs:
Matthew Bishop, Globalisation editor, The Economist
Patrick Foulis, US business editor and New York bureau chief, The Economist
Anne McElvoy, Public policy editor, The Economist 
 
Confirmed speakers:
Anant Agarwal, Chief executive, edX
Doreen Amorosa, Associate dean and managing director, MBA Career Center, Georgetown University
Douglas Becker, Chairman and chief executive, Laureate Education
Gerald Chertavian, Founder and chief executive, Year Up
Marie Cini, Provost and senior vice-president, Academic Affairs, University of Maryland University College (A member of STEMconnector's STEM Higher Education Council)
Edith Cooper, Managing director, Global Head of Human Capital Management, Goldman Sachs
Sydney Heimbrock, Deputy associate director, Employee Services, Strategic Workforce Planning and chief learning officer, Office of Personnel Management
Cheryl Hyman, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago
Joerg Klisch, Vice-president, Operations North America, MTU America
Hannes Klöpper, Co-founder and managing director, iversity
Richard Levin, Chief executive, Coursera
Jaime Merisotis, President and chief executive, Lumina Foundation 
Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary, US Department of Education
Ben Nelson, Chief executive, Minerva Project 
William Pepicello, President Emeritus, University of Phoenix
Jack Remondi, President and chief executive, Navient
Josipa Roksa, Associate director, The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Virginia 
John Sexton, President, New York University
Alan Solomont, Dean, Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University
Eric Spiegel, President and chief executive, Siemens
Michael Staton, Partner, Learn Capital
Pamela Thomas-Graham, Chief marketing and talent officer, Credit Suisse
Ahu Yildirmaz, Vice-president, Market Insights and head, ADP Research Institute
 
Lumina Foundation is a platinum sponsor, University of Maryland University College is a gold sponsor and InnoCentive is a challenge sponsor for the Higher Education Forum.
 
For more information on the program, speakers or to register for the event, delegates can visit http://econ.st/1nCZCAb.
 
Join the conversation and connect with attendees and speakers on Twitter via #EducationForum.
 
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Detroit Lions & Tata Technologies Launch STEM Programs in 2 Detroit Schools

This is a press release from Tata Technologies and the Detroit Lions

A nonprofit org, technology company and sports team join forces to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

Detroit, MI | Athletes for Charity, Tata Technologies and the Detroit Lions have joined forces to expose Detroit Public School students to embrace Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), while also developing their skills in reading and writing.

“The demand for skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, and math is on the rise while the availability of qualified applicants is on the decline because students are not pursuing degrees and careers within the sector,” said Alisa Harewood of Tata Technologies, a global engineering services company with North American headquarters located in Novi.
 
The program aims to improve learning outcomes and student interest in science, technology, engineering and math, while creating pathways to success in post-secondary education and 21st century careers.
 
Two schools have been selected for the inaugural launch of the STEM Youth Literacy Program: Clark Preparatory Academy and Dixon Educational Learning Academy. Launch events are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clark and on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dixon.
 
“Our goal is to invest time and resources into the development of creative and effective approaches to STEM education,” said Cathleen Laporte, founder and president of Athletes for Charity. “Our partnership with Tata Technologies and the Detroit Lions represent an innovative way to fuse the nonprofit, corporate and sports sectors, to motivate students in the areas of STEM.”
 
The curriculum will include monthly book distributions by various Detroit Lions players, coordinated by Don Carey of the Lions, to deliver age-appropriate STEM-related titles to students. Introductions to STEM literature and careers will be a recurring theme throughout the 10-month long program. Tata Technologies staff and various Detroit Lions players will volunteer their time to serve as STEM Readers.
 
The titles to be distributed as part of the literacy component will include Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat Learning series for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten grades; DK Eye Wonder’s Space, Human Body, Weather and Cars for 1st grade; Disney’s Wonderful World of Space, Earth, Dinosaurs, Nature, Animals, and Sharks for 2nd and 3rd grades; and the DK Pocket Genius series or Penguin Group’s Who Is…? or Who Was…? titles for 4th and 5th grades. The program will feature monthly vocabulary development and drawing contests for Pre-Kindergarten through 1st grades and essay contests for 2nd through 5th grades to help develop reading and comprehension skills.
 
Academic incentives will include tickets to Lions, Pistons and Tigers games; autographed items from sports professionals i.e. autographed footballs, basketballs and baseballs; photos; t-shirts; etc.; LEGO product to foster hands-on learning; and field trips to local educational institutions.
 
Detroit Lions Safety Don Carey is a founding member of the program and serves as a liaison to the team and his teammates who have elected to volunteer for the initiative.  Invitations have been extended to Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings players to join the team as STEM supporters.
 
Additional supporters of the STEM Youth Literacy Program include The Helen L. Kay Charitable Trust and support from athletes such as Detroit native Anthony Adams, a retired nine-year NFL veteran who most recently played for the Chicago Bears. Adams currently serves a as a host of Inside the Bears.
 
About Athletes for Charity
Athletes for Charity is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve as a charitable initiative dedicated towards encouraging the giving of time, financial resources, and information to improve the collective lives of disadvantaged youth, advance the common good and support the nonprofit sectors that benefit the underprivileged, including foster care children.
 
Athletes for Charity achieves its mission by teaming up with professional athletes, sports leagues and teams, various sports professionals, foster care agencies and related organizations, the corporate sector, as well as volunteers and mentors, to empower and support the development of disadvantaged youth.   Athletes for Charity's work range from the development and coordination of youth mentoring programs; youth literacy initiatives; STEM education programs; assisting with the establishment of athlete foundations and charitable projects; the planning and implementation of camps and clinics for youth that encompass an educational component; holiday toy drives for underprivileged children; coordination of athlete appearances; and planning special events which include youth and athlete participation i.e. "Bowl with an Athlete," "Back to School / Sports Day," and “Principal for a Day” events.
 
For more information about Athletes for Charity, visit www.athletesforcharity.com.
 
About The Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and play their home games at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. The team located to Detroit in 1934 and is the National Football League's fifth oldest franchise. The Detroit Lions most recently made the NFL playoffs in 2011, when they finished with a 10-6 record. In addition to professional football, the Detroit Lions have a very visible and active community relations role in the Detroit area. With a focus on health and wellness and community revitalization, the Lions have contributed $7.2 million through philanthropic efforts since 1991.
 
For more information about the Detroit Lions, visit www.DetroitLions.com.
 
About Tata Technologies
Tata Technologies is a leading provider of engineering and product development IT services for the global manufacturing industry.
 
The company applies cutting-edge technology and engineering know-how to provide a competitive advantage to customers in the manufacturing sector. Tata Technologies is a strategic partner for developing complete vehicles, engineering subsystems and components, managing the NPI process and collaborative engineering engagements, and tying together information created and used throughout the extended manufacturing enterprise. Corporate headquarters are in Singapore, with regional headquarters offices in the United States (Novi, Michigan), India (Pune) and the UK (Coventry). Founded in 1989, the company has a combined global work force of more than 7,200 employees serving clients worldwide from facilities in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
 
For more information about Tata Technologies visit www.tatatechnologies.com.
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Verizon Innovative App Challenge

Thousands in Cash Prizes Available in Verizon Innovative App Challenge

Student teams across the nation are now invited to create novel ideas for the mobile app marketplace in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The competition offers middle and high school students the opportunity to apply their STEM knowledge and submit an idea for a mobile technology application that can be used to solve a societal or community problem. Registration for this contest is now open, and eight teams will win “Best in Nation” honors, each earning a $20,000 cash grant for their school.
 
No app building experience is necessary! Only an app idea is required for submission by a faculty advisor, who guides a team of five to seven students in the conceptualization process. This is the third year for this exciting competition by the Verizon Foundation, in partnership with the Technology Student Association. Registration and entry instructions can be found on the Verizon Innovative App Challenge website.
 
The contest is open now, and the entry deadline is November 24, 2014.
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MIND Research Institute Hires Former Superintendent as Chief Academic Officer

This is a press release from MIND Research Institute

Art McCoy Brings Background of School Systems Change and Award-Winning Innovation Initiatives to Social Benefit Nonprofit Organization

Irvine, Calif., September 11, 2014 | The education nonprofit MIND Research Institute is bringing aboard Art McCoy, Ph.D., to serve in a new position of Chief Academic Officer and Superintendent-in-Residence. McCoy is an educator, school administrator, author and consultant who most recently served as the first African-American superintendent of Ferguson-Florissant School District in Missouri.
 
In this new role, McCoy will be based in Missouri and serve nationally as an ambassador and advisor for MIND’s programs with a focus on student achievement and educator efficiency. His work with MIND’s partner schools and districts will help the organization achieve its mission to ensure that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems.
 
“Art McCoy shares MIND Research Institute’s vision and passion for transforming math education nationwide for all students, regardless of their background, language barriers or learning challenges,” said Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., MIND Research Institute CEO, co-founder and senior scientist. “He is a tremendous champion of children, and we are excited to have him join our team.”
    
At the age of 19, McCoy began teaching math as the youngest certified teacher in Missouri. He went on to become a public school district administrator, and he has served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at the College of William and Mary, University of Missouri, Lindenwood University and Maryville University. He also provides peer review of academic articles and books for Columbia University Teacher’s College.
 
“I have long been impressed by MIND Research Institute’s commitment to closing America’s achievement gap by providing evidence-based, visual math instruction like ST Math,” said McCoy. “I am excited to take part in the organization’s efforts to promote excellence in math education and engage with the community to create the problem solvers and critical thinkers we need in our society.”
 
McCoy is also the founder and president of Severing the Achievement Gap in Education of Students (SAGES), a consulting and professional development firm. McCoy has served on numerous executive boards and councils including the Urban League, Midwest Health Initiative, Boy Scouts of America, MO Association of School Administrators, MO School Board Association, Federal Reserve Bank Advisory Committee, St. Louis Magic House, Urban Superintendents Association of America, National Superintendents Roundtable, and as a gubernatorial appointee to the Harris Stowe-State University Board of Regents.
 
He earned his doctorate of philosophy in education with an emphasis in school leadership, policy studies, postmodern philosophy and mathematics from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and is an alumnus of Harvard University’s Leadership Institute for Superintendents post-graduate program.
 
MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute is an education nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. MIND's distinctive visual approach to math and problem-solving is the basis of its innovative, research-proven ST Math® programs for elementary and secondary schools. MIND's programs currently reach over 630,000 students and 25,000 teachers in 2,050 schools in 35 states. For more information, visit www.mindresearch.net.
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