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Illinois Teachers Get Raspberry Pi Training to Offer Computer Science Skills to More Students

This is a press release from the Creating IT Futures Foundation

Two More Teacher Workshops in June; Student Design Competition this Fall

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., May 27, 2015 (PRNewswire) | A new program sponsored by the Illinois IT Learning Exchange and spearheaded by CompTIA and its philanthropic arm, the Creating IT Futures Foundation, aims to make classroom-based technology more accessible and fun for teachers and students alike. The Exchange is teaching Raspberry Pi technology to teachers across Illinois to help them offer basic computer science education and skills to their students.
 
The Illinois IT Learning Exchange is an online public/private network to share resources and knowledge about information technology (IT) learning, jobs and careers with high school and community college students. In partnership with IL State Board of Education and IT industry groups, the Exchange seeks to promote academic and work-based technical learning to prepare more students for IT careers.
 
The Exchange's Raspberry Pi project has a two-fold goal — one, to organize professional development workshops for IL teachers  to help them better understand Raspberry Pi technology and use it in their classrooms, and two, to facilitate competitions to encourage student innovation and problem solving. Raspberry Pi is a palm-sized, single-board computer developed by a non-profit foundation in the United Kingdom. Costing less than $50 each, millions of Raspberry Pis have been sold worldwide and are making their small-but-powerful presence known in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — educational circles. 
 
So far this year, the Illinois IT Learning Exchange facilitated several professional development workshops for high school teachers to help them become more familiar with Raspberry Pi technology. The full-day training includes creating a web server or website, using peripheral devices such as a camera and sensor, developing a python coding program, and brainstorming classroom activities. Teachers receive a free Raspberry Pi starter kit. The professional development workshop is offered free of charge to IL teachers, who also earn continuing education credits for attending. 
 
"We want teachers to feel comfortable with the Raspberry Pi so they will use the devices in their classrooms and after-schools clubs, thereby increasing students' interest in the technology and creative problem-solving," said Joan Matz, senior grants manager, workforce development programs, Creating IT Futures Foundation. 
 
Eighty teachers from 39 schools attended Raspberry Pi workshops this spring, and two more workshops are planned for June in Bloomington and Galesburg to reach teachers in southern and western Illinois. One hundred percent of the teachers rated the Raspberry Pi instructor as good/excellent and said they would use Raspberry Pi in their classrooms or after school activities.
 
The Illinois IT Learning Exchange also plans to sponsor a challenge this fall in the Chicago area to encourage students to develop application ideas using the Raspberry Pi and peripheral devices. At the White House's 5th annual science fair this spring, one student turned an old piano into a jukebox using a Raspberry Pi.
 
Teachers in Illinois who wish to attend the workshops or have their students get involved in the design competition should email Joan Matz at jmatz@comptia.org.
 
About the Creating IT Futures Foundation 
The Creating IT Futures Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity with the mission of helping populations under-represented in the information technology industry and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure, and be successful in IT careers. Learn more at CreatingITFutures.org
 
About CompTIA
CompTIA is the voice of the world's IT industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. To learn more visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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WITI Announces 2015 Hall Of Fame Winners

This is a press release from WITI

Women Technologists To Be Acknowledged For Thought Leadership and Achievement at the 21st Annual WITI Summit

Santa Clara, CA, May 12, 2015 | WITI (Women in Technology International), the leading global business organization for women in technology with more than 150,000 members worldwide, announced today its 2015 Women In Technology Hall of Fame Honorees. Industry leaders, technology executives, and advocates dedicated to helping women in technology evolve with positive support systems, will join hundreds of women in tech to celebrate and honor the achievements of the inductees at the 20th Annual WITI Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Ceremony which will be held on Monday, June 1, 2015, from 7-9 pm at the Doubletree by Hilton San Jose. WITI is still taking reservations for the Summit. More information on the Summit can be found at http://www.witi.com/summit.  
 
The WITI Summit will focus on IoT (Internet of Things), Big Data, Cloud, Enterprise, Innovation, Leadership and Collaboration. WITI’s mission is to collaborate with company leaders to find effective solutions for retaining, attracting and advancing women. Helping more companies move these commitments into business initiatives will yield higher returns for the millions of dollars they are willing to spend to address these issues.  
 
The Women in Technology Hall of Fame Award, considered to be one of the most prestigious honors for women in technology, was established in 1996 by WITI to recognize, honor, and promote the outstanding contributions women make to the business of technology. The winners are also acknowledged for their efforts to improve and evolve our society while demonstrating a commitment to supporting and mentoring women and girls worldwide. A listing of past Hall of Fame winners can be found at http://www.witi.com/center/witimuseum/halloffame/.
 
THE FIVE DISTINGUISHED RECIPIENTS OF THE 2015 WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY HALL OF FAME AWARDS ARE:
  • Dr. Cheemin Bo-Linn, President & CEO, Peritus Partners 
  • Ms. Nichelle Nichols, American Actress 
  • Ms. Pam Parisian, Chief Information Officer, AT&T
  • Ms. Sheryl Root, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley
  • Ms. Marie Wieck, General Manager/Middleware, IBM
"We are pleased to hear that the conversations around changing the equation for women in technology are amplifying, “ explains Carolyn Leighton, WITI founder and chairwoman who started WITI in 1989.  
Our distinguished WITI 2015 Hall of Fame Award recipients, who have and continue to face their own battles and obstacles in the tech field, create new avenues for women in technology today by striving to be leaders and mentors and the best technologists who want to make a difference in our world with their voices and action.”
 
HONOREES BACKGROUND AND ACHIEVEMENTS
 
Cheemin Bo-Linn, Ed.D. 
Cheemin Bo-Linn is CEO and President of Peritus Partners, Inc., a global business consulting group recognized for leading companies to market dominance and increasing valuation. She also sits on the board of directors for Violin Memory, NetLine Corporation, and other private companies. She is also a member of the WITI Advisory Board. Previously she was a Vice President at IBM, and held roles as Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Revenue Officer, and President of small to mid-size growth companies. 
 
Dr. Bo-Linn has served on policy, investments, and industry boards including American Electronics and the Association of Corporate Growth. She was appointed to the Technology Commercialization Board of Nevada’s NIREC (renewable energy) and Clean Tech and Sustainable Industries. 
 
With “Empowering Women!” as her goal, over the last 30 years Dr. Bo-Linn has done much both to lay the foundation for young girls to choose tech careers as well as eliminate roadblocks so women can advance in their careers. Under her leadership, over $2M was quickly raised for community programs with the YWCA Silicon Valley. One successful program is TechGYRLS, aimed toward raising young women up from marginalized communities through STEM education and the promotion of STEM-focused careers. Dr. Bo-Linn has received Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award, YWCA’s Tribute to Women in Industry Award, and was invited to speak at the United Nations on global growth. She holds a Doctorate degree from the University of Houston.
 
Mae Jemison, M.D.
Mae Jemison – physician, engineer, educator, and entrepreneur – was the first woman of color to go into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, and was a NASA astronaut for six years. Currently, she is the Principal for the 100 Year Starship Project, providing guidance and direction for the Foundation which seeks to enable the capability for interstellar human space flight by the year 2112.
 
Dr. Jemison founded The Jemison Group, Inc., a technology consulting firm integrating critical socio-cultural issues into the design, development, and implementation of engineering and science projects. As an Environmental Studies professor at Dartmouth College, Dr. Jemison taught classes on and researched technology design and sustainable development with a special emphasis on developing countries. She is a worldwide respected voice in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and is founder of the non-profit Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence. She started The Earth We Share™, a unique international science literacy curriculum and program.
 
Prior to joining NASA, Dr. Jemison was the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia, and a general practice physician in Los Angeles. A member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, Dr. Jemison is also an inductee of the National Women's Hall of Fame, the National Medical Association Hall of Fame, the Texas Science Hall of Fame, and the recipient of several awards. She has appeared in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and an M.D. from Cornell University.
 
Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols is an American actress, singer, and voice artist. Her most famous role is that of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek television series (1966-1969), as well as the succeeding motion pictures. Ms. Nichols’ Star Trek character, one of the first African-American female characters on American television not portrayed as a servant, was groundbreaking in U.S. society at the time. Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. personally praised her work on the show and asked her to remain when she was considering leaving the series. Dr. King told Ms. Nichols she was playing a vital role model for black children and young women across the country.
 
Ms. Nichols’ public service activities have been equally worthy of note. She has served since the mid-1980s as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, and been active in the leadership of the Space Cadets of America, an organization for young people interested in space and space careers. Through her consultant firm, Women in Motion, Inc., Ms. Nichols was instrumental in the NASA Astronaut Corps’ pioneering effort to break away from their all-white, all-male past; among those recruited were Dr. Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut. For her efforts and continued success, Ms. Nichols received NASA’s distinguished Public Service Award.
 
Nichelle Nichols is also a strong supporter of President Obama’s STEM initiative. She has made it clear that the performing arts serve as an attendant to STEM initiatives though inspiring young and old alike to the wonder and majesty of technical innovation and accomplishment. 
 
Pam Parisian
Pam Parisian, Chief Information Officer of AT&T, is responsible for Technology Development for the business supporting systems that enable ordering, care, rating, and billing for AT&T’s strategic Mobility, Business, and Home Solutions businesses.
 
She became responsible for AT&T’s Business systems as well as the Global End-User Experience in 2014, having previously served as senior vice president-Mobility and Home Solutions IT, where she oversaw IT Strategy, delivery, and production support for systems that support the consumer mobility, U-verse and IP systems, high speed internet, Advanced TV, and wholesale lines of business. Ms. Parisian oversaw the convergence of consumer and mobility systems to create one seamless customer experience across all AT&T consumer products. Earlier, as senior vice president-wireless systems and software engineering, she was responsible for aligning the wireless organizations’ technology strategy with the AT&T wireless business strategy for both consumers and business customers. Her role included all wireless application software strategy, planning, design, development, and operational support, including billing and quality control.
 
Prior to her work with AT&T she was vice president of IT Acquisition Strategy and Planning for Cingular Wireless where she was responsible for the integration strategy between Cingular Wireless and the former AT&T Wireless. Before joining Cingular Ms. Parisian was Chief Information Officer for BellSouth Cellular. She holds a degree in Business Administration from Roane State College in Tennessee, and completed the Information Management Technology Program at Georgia Institute of Technology’s DuPree School of Management.
 
Sheryl Root
Sheryl Root is a Software Management Consulting Professor at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley. She is a strategy, marketing, and product development executive with over 18 years of experience at Hewlett-Packard Company and 10 years of software systems experience and leadership in the financial and computing industries. Her strategic and program leadership experience focused on the definition and delivery of technology-based products and solutions, and her marketing operations experience has been in creating new business models, organizational structures, cost reductions, and revenue generation programs. 
 
Ms. Root is currently President/CEO of RootAnalysis, and consults in business strategy creation and execution, program management, and marketing effectiveness for companies including HP, PeopleSoft, Santa Clara University, Novell, and Philips. Her passion is motivating and supporting young women in choosing careers in science and technology. She engages women to get involved and pay it forward. Several of the students she has mentored have gone on to successfully run their own technology firms. Ms. Root also brought together CMU, Stanford, and UCB to establish an annual gathering of women in research, to share ideas and form networks to sustain their thinking.
 
Ms. Root sits on several boards, including Sloan School of Business, Women in Technology International, Teach for America, and the Stanford Institute on Research in Women and Gender. She holds a Sloan MBA from Stanford University.
 
Marie Wieck
In her more than 30 years with IBM, Marie Wieck has held a variety of technical and executive roles in IBM's hardware, software, and services divisions. She is passionate about innovation from diverse teams and about building new businesses. In January 2015 she was named into her current position as General Manager of Middleware, a division responsible for the digital platform software for today’s emerging enterprise workloads. Ms. Wieck leads an organization of more than 10,000 IT professionals responsible for IBM’s leading offerings in application platforms, IT service management, business integration, digital experience, and business process transformation. 
 
Previously, Ms. Wieck was General Manager of the WebSphere product portfolio where she led IBM’s acquisition of Worklight and launched the IBM MobileFirst product line, while also playing a key role in developing IBM’s mobile partnership with Apple. Her IBM career started in Poughkeepsie, NY, doing mainframe systems architecture and performance simulation.
 
Ms. Wieck holds an MBA from New York University, an MS in Computer Science from Columbia University, and a BS in Engineering from The Cooper Union. She is on the board of the Anita Borg Institute and Charity Navigator; co-chair of IBM's Global Work/Life Council; and a passionate supporter of women in technology. She won the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Work/Life Balance Award in 2005, the President’s Citation from Cooper Union for her contributions to technology in 2004, and an IBM Corporate Technical Recognition Award for her work on mainframe performance.
 
ABOUT WITI
WITI, founded in 1989 by Carolyn Leighton, is the world's leading trade association for professional, tech-savvy women committed to using technology, resources and connections to advance women worldwide. With a global network of exceptionally successful women leaders, WITI has established powerful strategic alliances and programs to provide resources, and opportunities within a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other succeed. WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity. For more information please visit http://witi.com 
 
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Nissan Partners with SAE International to Bring STEM Education to Tennessee

This is a press release from Nissan and SAE International

On May 15, fourth- and fifth-graders from Homer Pittard School and Mitchell-Neilson Schools participated in a Jet Toy Challenge at the Campus School for Middle Tennessee State University, thanks to SAE International’s A World in Motion (AWIM) program sponsored by Nissan North America.

WARRENDALE, Pa. (PRWEB) May 28, 2015 | On May 15, fourth- and fifth-graders from Homer Pittard School and Mitchell-Neilson Schools participated in a Jet Toy Challenge at the Campus School for Middle Tennessee State University, thanks to SAE International’s A World in Motion (AWIM) program sponsored by Nissan North America.
 
Students worked in teams to design a car made from construction paper, balloons, plastic wheels and plastic tubing of different sizes with the objective of making the car go far and straight. They quickly learned that the precision of the chassis made from construction paper and the wheel axle placement were critical to making the car go as straight as possible. After working with and adjusting the designs, students then realized how plastic tubing size affected the ability to blow up the balloon, and ultimately, the functionality of the car.
 
Finally, the challenge was on, and student teams launched their cars down the hallway tracks. The winning car traveled over 10 meters as onlookers cheered. Winning teams for distance and accuracy were awarded medals.
 
"The whole purpose of the program is to introduce kids into the world of science and engineering and get them interested and excited about science," said Julie MacIntyre, program manager for A World in Motion.
 
The partnership between Nissan and SAE started in 2007 when the corporation donated $1.5 million to develop an educational curriculum for students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Upon completion of the literature-based curriculum, SAE International became the first organization to provide in-classroom STEM education for this younger group of students.
 
Most recently funded by a $125,000 grant from Nissan North America, the AWIM program for elementary-age students is being delivered in six counties and 21 schools across Middle Tennessee, including eight in Rutherford County. The program reached 2,000 students in Middle Tennessee, teaching them the problem solving and analytical skills they will need to be successful throughout their education and beyond.
 
“We at SAE greatly appreciate Nissan’s support, which has made it possible to impact student learning and increase leadership skills that will provide our communities with future innovators needed to solve the complex problems that plague our communities, country and globe,” said Stacia Wetherington of the SAE Foundation.
 
“Nissan has been supportive of STEM-related activities, especially within communities where we have operations. For us it's about building future leaders of our company,” said Justin Saia, Nissan Corporate Communications. “We want to expose young people to skills, problem-solving and critical thinking that can be applied someday, we hope, to careers in our plants and in our U.S. operations."
 
About the SAE Foundation
The SAE Foundation, the charitable arm of SAE International, encourages and increases student participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). It funds awards and scholarships as well as full continuum of K-16 STEM educational programs, including A World In Motion®, F1 in Schools, and the Collegiate Design Series™. SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 148,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. http://www.saefoundation.org
 
About AWIM
AWIM is teacher administered, industry volunteer assisted program that brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to life in the classroom for students kindergarten through grade 8. Benchmarked to the national standards, the AWIM program incorporates integrated STEM learning experiences through hands-on activities reinforce classroom STEM learning.
 
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at http://www.NissanUSA.com and http://www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.
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MdBio Foundation Names Centennial High School Junior as Maryland BioGENEius Finalist

The following is a rpess release from BusinessWire.
 
 
MdBio Foundation named Felicia Wang, an Ellicott City resident and junior at Centennial High School in Howard County, the winner of the 2015 Maryland BioGENEius Challenge, the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research in biotechnology. As the Maryland BioGENEius finalist, Wang will attend the 2015 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, the industry’s trade conference, where she will engage with leading companies, scientists and innovators currently transforming the scientific landscape in order to gain invaluable insights into an industry making significant contributions to the world.
 
“We bring students and industry leaders together to encourage the next generation of biotechnology innovators.”
 
“It’s always inspirational to see the incredible talent that is coming out of Maryland schools. These students represent the best and brightest in this arena, ” said Brian Gaines, CEO of the MdBio Foundation, Inc. “This year's competition was no different. Our judges had a difficult time choosing from a high-quality set of submissions.”
 
Wang was selected as the Maryland winner based on her project, “A 3-Dimensional Reconstruction of the Vestibular Labyrinth,” which was designed to find a solution for those who suffer vestibular dysfunction, which effects parts of the inner ear and brain and results in problems with balance. Wang mapped the vestibular labyrinth to create a 3-D model that was anatomically and proportionally accurate. The model is intended to offer a foundation for further research and development into building a fully functioning vestibular prosthesis.
 
Runners up in the Maryland contest included, in second place, Kang Wook Chung, a sophomore at the Gilman School in Baltimore, for “Development of Highly Sensitive Biosensor for the Early Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer,” and Evan Whitehouse, a senior at Poolesville High School in Montgomery County, took third place for his project, “Investigating the Intrinsic Efficacy of Dopamine D1 Receptor Ligands for Functional Selectivity.” Both Chung and Whitehouse will have the opportunity to present their projects in the next round of competition in Philadelphia.
 
“Our mission is to give these student innovators an exciting and engaging environment to showcase their talents and help accelerate their development as the next-generation of scientists. The BioGENEius Challenges encourage students to apply their scientific knowledge to solve some of society’s most pressing issues through biotechnology, allowing them to see the tremendous potential they have to make change in the world,” said Dr. Lawrence Mahan, president of Biotechnology Institute. “We bring students and industry leaders together to encourage the next generation of biotechnology innovators.”
 
Three first place winners in the categories of healthcare, sustainability and the environment will be named during a luncheon at the 2015 BIO International Convention, featuring Tom Brokaw. The winners will receive a $7,500 cash prize.
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Honeywell Inspires Teachers From Around The World At Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy

The following is a press release from PRNewsire.
 
 
More than 200 teachers from around the world are gearing up to take the trip of a lifetime to Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy (HESA), the game-changing experience that inspires teachers to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers.
 
 Created in partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC), Honeywell (NYSE: HON) developed the award-winning scholarship program to help middle school math and science teachers become more effective educators in STEM. Over the past 11 years, Honeywell has awarded scholarships to 2,381 teachers from 55 countries and 52 U.S. states and territories.
 
"Inspiring students begins with inspiring our teachers and this program is all about re-igniting passion in our teachers," said Michael A. Bennett, President, Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative. "This experience helps teachers learn new techniques for cultivating curiosity for math and science in the next generation of engineers, programmers, mathematicians and astronauts."
 
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, in the last 10 years, the demand for STEM-related jobs grew three times faster than jobs in other fields. However, according to the U.S. Education Department, only 16 percent of high school seniors are considered proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career. Only half of those students who pursue STEM courses in college actually go on to careers in STEM fields.
 
"My experiences at HESA inspired one of my students to attend Space Camp and later join the Air Force. Years later, he told me that if not for that inspiration, he would have stayed in our hometown, which suffers high unemployment," said Jessica Van Son, HESA 2006 alumni and a middle school teacher from Longview, Washington. "Now he's seeing the world. He said he cannot wait to send his children to Space Camp!"
 
Since 2004, educators have shared their experiences and knowledge to more than 2 million students, inspiring many to pursue STEM education and careers. From winning grants from local and federal governments, to entering students in international and NASA educational projects, to creating STEM-focused after school programs, the impact of HESA is continuing beyond the classroom.
 
This year, 205 teachers from 24 countries, including 104 from 39 U.S. states and territories, will attend one of two five-day programs offered over consecutive weeks from June 10-23 at the USSRC in Huntsville, Ala. Teachers will be given rigorous training focused on science and space exploration including astronaut-style exercises like high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based space mission, land and water survival training, and interactive flight dynamics programs.
 
To attend Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy, candidates must complete a thorough application process. Qualified teachers are awarded scholarships, round-trip airfare, tuition, meals and accommodations sponsored by Honeywell and its employees.
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North Carolina Recommends Accelerate Learning's STEMscopes K-12 Science Curriculum for State Science Adoption

This is a press release from Accelerate Learning

Houston, TX – May 18, 2015 | Accelerate Learning today announced that STEMscopes™ North Carolina, its comprehensive, digital K-12 science solution built specifically to meet the North Carolina science standards, has been recommended by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for use in science classrooms across the state. Additionally noteworthy is the fact that STEMscopes North Carolina is the only curriculum that was selected for all grade levels, K-12.  
 
Developed by Accelerate Learning and Rice University, STEMscopes North Carolina was built from the ground up based upon North Carolina’s Essential Standards and Clarifying Objectives outlined in the Department of Public Instruction’s Standard Course of Study. Accelerate Learning’s custom state versions have gained popularity among school districts throughout the United States and are currently used by nearly 2 million students across the country.
 
“Initially STEMscopes was used primarily by Texas elementary school teachers. In just a few short years it has become a comprehensive pre-K-12 science curriculum utilized by nearly 100,000 teachers nationwide. We attribute this success to our close collaboration with teachers to build and continually improve a digital science curriculum tool that meets their daily instructional and assessment needs,” said Dr. Vernon Johnson, president and CEO of Accelerate Learning. “Clearly, the North Carolina evaluators agree. All 42 of the courses we submitted for K-8 science, and high school biology, physics and chemistry, were recommended for the North Carolina adoption. We are honored that our solutions were selected to help educate North Carolina students develop a deeper understanding of the STEM subjects.”
 
Designed to work in any classroom – traditional, blended and 1:1 – STEMscopes provides teacher and student digital resources, supplemental print materials, and hands-on exploration kits that build student engagement and excitement for learning. As with all of Accelerate Learning’s STEM solutions, inquiry-based investigation is at the core of STEMscopes. It fosters student understanding of science through meaningful hands-on inquiry-based investigations, so they develop deeper understandings of the world around them.
 
STEMscopes is built on an HTML5 platform, thus its digital resources are compatible with tablets, computers and smartphones. 
 
About Accelerate Learning, Inc.:  
Accelerate Learning, in conjunction with Rice University, is focused on becoming the most effective digital PreK-12 STEM resource used by teachers, students, and parents. 
 
With nearly 2 million student users and growing, Accelerate Learning has grown from a single product, STEMscopes in 2007, to a brand that now offers a variety of curriculum and professional development solutions that support early learning, NGSS, and customized state-aligned curriculum. Accelerate Learning has earned recognition as one of District Administration’s Top 100 Products, and as a finalist in the SIIA Innovation Incubator program. It has also won recognition from numerous industry programs, including the Digital Innovation and Learning Awards, the Association of American Publishers’ Revere Awards, and EdTech Digest’s Cool Tool Awards.
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Reasoning Mind wins Deloitte RightStep™ Innovation Prize

This is a press release from Deloitte

Deloitte recognizes the Texas-based nonprofit for its innovation in technology and education with a $100,000 cash award and the opportunity to receive $100,000 in pro bono services.

NEW YORK, May 19, 2015 | Today Deloitte, as part of its ongoing commitment to developing tomorrow’s leaders, announced the winner of its RightStep™ Innovation Prize, Reasoning Mind, an organization committed to providing a first-rate math education for every child. Learning math skills has proven to be a critical step in preparing students for college. For example, studies show that students who complete at least Algebra II in high school are twice as likely to complete a four-year college degree.1 However, 74 percent of our nation’s 12th graders are not proficient in math.2 Reasoning Mind seeks to address this issue head on by changing the way students learn math skills. Deloitte’s cash award and pro bono services will help the organization scale their proven solution to reach more students across the country.
 
“Deloitte’s judges were impressed by Reasoning Mind’s dynamic online learning system which adjusts moment-to-moment to respond to student’s ongoing performance. However, this is not a standalone, off-the-shelf solution. Reasoning Mind offers the wrap around support for schools and teachers to help make sure their technology achieves results.”
 
- Global Chief Innovation Officer John Levis, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited
 
Deloitte designed its RightStep™ competition, which launched in November, to recognize an innovative education solution with a demonstrated track record of success. Through the six-month process, Deloitte has engaged more than 100 Deloitte professionals and conducted three rounds of intensive screenings to narrow down the initial pool of 116 applicants. Deloitte selected the winner based on a number of criteria, including the organization’s commitment to underserved youth, its technology solution’s level of innovation, how scalable the solution is in terms of impacting target beneficiaries, and how the mission aligns with Deloitte’s education initiative.
 
Reasoning Mind implements an interactive online math curriculum in partnership with school districts and provides robust teacher training to reinforce this innovative approach in classrooms. The organization, which currently operates in Texas, West Virginia, and California, has a track record of success validated by 10 research studies including multiple evaluations that demonstrate increased student achievement on standardized math tests, improved attitudes towards mathematics and increased concentration rates measured by percentage of time students spend on task in math classrooms.
 
“We are honored and excited to be selected as the winner,” said Alex Khachatryan, co-founder and president of Reasoning Mind. “We’ve seen not only tremendous growth over the last five years, but also tremendous impact and student outcomes as a result of our work. With Deloitte’s support, we know we can even further scale the reach of our effective programming to more students, transforming the way students learn math in schools.”
 
“Research shows that mathematics instruction in the US requires a comprehensive approach to be successful. And, we know that math learning is a key indicator to future student success and achievement,” said Bill Copeland, vice chairman, US Life Sciences & Health Care leader and Corporate Citizenship Education champion, Deloitte LLP. “Deloitte is focused on how to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders, and math learning is a critical part of the equation. We look forward to investing our resources and the time of our people to help advance Reasoning Mind’s effective solution and make it more accessible to students nationwide.”
 
For a complete overview of the prize including rules and regulations, please visit: http://www.deloitte.com/us/deloitte-rightstep-innovation.
 
1 National Mathematics Advisory Panel Final Report, US Department of Education (2008).
 
About Deloitte’s RightStep™ Programs
A classroom full of children or young adults is never just that – at Deloitte, we see a room full of CEOs, CFOs, doctors, public servants, and teachers to name a few. But we’re doing more than seeing their potential. We’re taking steps to help them achieve success. Through our RightStep™ programs, Deloitte is helping these children unleash their full potential by building confidence, inspiring leadership, fostering trust and taking the right steps to build brighter futures.
 
RightStep™ is part of Deloitte’s larger commitment to corporate citizenship. Deloitte’s corporate citizenship programs range from pro bono services and skills-based volunteering to nonprofit board membership, service sabbaticals, and a range of community involvement activities. Deloitte promotes a stronger economy and society by serving the public interest, building a culture of purpose, and inspiring leadership in others – within and outside Deloitte.
 
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Students Step up with STEM Solutions

This is a press release from Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI)

Illinois Science & Technology Institute Challenges 600 Illinois High School Students 

Chicago, Ill. – May 18, 2015 | What happens when 600 innovative students come together in one room? STEM challenges get solved! Students from 17 Illinois high schools were tasked by the Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI; www.istcoalition.org) to solve real-world problems in partnership with nine industry and academic partners. The goal: to get them excited about research and development (R&D) and inspire them into careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Their efforts culminate in the Second Annual R&D STEM Learning Challenges Student Showcase to be held May 20, 2015 at Motorola Mobility’s downtown Chicago office in the Merchandise Mart.
 
“Our goal is to better connect students to careers in STEM fields, allowing them to see themselves working in a research and development environment. The R&D STEM Learning Exchange invites students to explore their ideas, conduct their own hands-on research, and find mentors in STEM fields, ultimately helping to spur interest and skills in critical industry sectors in our state,” said Mark Harris, president & CEO of the ISTI, an affiliate of the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition.
 
Since early this year, students at participating schools have been matched with an industry partner/topic, and have been collecting data, conducting experiments, and working side-byside with industry leaders to develop ideas to address specific challenges from those partners. This included finding a way to provide power during disasters or conducting a trade study for a missile defense system. At the Student Showcase, one student team from each high school will share the team’s results.
 
ISTI is grateful for the partnership of Baxter International Inc., ComEd, Illinois State University’s Center for Renewable Energy, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility, Motorola Solutions, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and TGG Group.
 
“Microsoft is committed to helping young people capture opportunity through STEM initiatives not only in Chicago, but across the globe,” says Shelley Stern Grach, Director of Civic Engagement at Microsoft. “Our STEM Challenge partnership with ISTI and Lake View High School is a shining example of the commitment Illinois is making to its students and we are proud to be a part of it.”
 
“These students are our future. If we can help inspire them to pursue a career in science, they may go on to do something of tremendous value,” says Olivier Visa, vice president, global  compounding at Baxter regarding the company’s involvement with students at Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, and Muchin College Prep.
 
“The R&D STEM Learning Exchange has provided the students at Washington Community High School the opportunity to expand and improve our inquiry-based research projects by allowing a group of students to work on solving a STEM Challenge posed by our industry partner, Illinois State University's Center for Renewable Energy. Through these programs offered by the R&D STEM Learning Exchange, the students of Washington are practicing and learning skills that will be required of them by future employers” says Jennifer Miller, teacher at Washington Community High School.
 
The R&D STEM Learning Exchange is part of Illinois Pathways, a public-private $10.3 million initiative launched in 2012 to better prepare students to compete in the global economy. Since inception, the R&D STEM Learning Exchange has involved more than 1,500 students and their teachers through three key initiatives: 1:1 student/university mentor collaboration on research projects through a new virtual platform, the Mentor Matching Engine, around authentic research experiences; the R&D STEM Resource Repository, a curated collection of STEM programs and resources in Illinois; and these STEM Challenges.
 
Check out the following video for more information about the STEM Challenges: (https://youtu.be/AiyEZGoQZwU) [Also embedded below]
 
Challenge Partner High Schools include:
  • Chicago Vocational Career Academy
  • DePaul College Prep
  • Glenbrook South High School
  • Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy
  • Lake View High School
  • Lindblom Math and Science Academy
  • Maine South High School
  • Muchin College Prep
  • Niles North High School
  • Oak Park and River Forest High School
  • Palatine High School
  • Urbana High School
  • Von Steuben Metro Science Center
  • Washington Community High School
  • Waukegan High School
  • Wheeling High School
  • Williamsfield High School
IN DEPTH: 2014-15 Challenges and Partnerships
Baxter International Inc. Innovative, effective, feasible solutions for decreasing illnesses and the spread of infections in schools. Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy, Lindblom Math & Science Academy, Muchin College Prep
 
Illinois State University’s Center for Renewable Energy. How can we evaluate our critical energy needs and develop a prototype or plan for an energy-efficient system that can provide reliable power for the community in the midst or aftermath of a weather-related power outage. Glenbrook South High School, Urbana High School, Washington High School, Williamsfield High School
 
Microsoft. Use tools like sensors and analytics to diagnose and ultimately solve the water management issues in your community, which will help provide solutions for the greater Chicago region. Lake View High School
 
Motorola Mobility. How might we use mobile phones to investigate and solve a current problem for people in our local or, possibly, global community? Niles North High School
 
Motorola Solutions. What new mobile technology applications and tools might you develop to help save lives and keep people safe in emergency and disaster situations? Chicago Vocational Career Academy
 
Northrop Grumman Corporation. Perform a trade study on a missile defense system that can detect and destroy hostile missiles before they can enter our country. Palatine High School, Oak Park and River Forest High School
 
TGG Group. Identify how individuals systematically deviate from rational decision-making in a harmful way. Develop a recommendation based on behavioral economics for reducing the
harmful behavior. Von Steuben High School, Wheeling High School
 
Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Address the problem of low participation in pediatric studies in one of Takeda’s therapeutic areas and recommend solutions for increasing participation, which might
specifically target compliance and diversity. Maine South High School, Waukegan High School
 
ComEd (completing summer 2015). How can we best help communities such as yours work together to leverage and build awareness of existing and new opportunities to increase energy
efficiency and the reliability of their power supplies? DePaul College Prep
 
About The Illinois Science and Technology Institute
The Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI) is a 501(c)(3) public charity and an affiliated, complementary effort to the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition. The mission of the ISTI is to advance scientific understanding and technological innovation in Illinois through discovery, education, invention, and partnership.
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California Students Win National Prize for Grey Water System to Combat Drought

This is a guest blog from Vanessa Descalzi, Managing Director of National Communications, Teach For America

As California continues its second year in a State of Emergency due to severe drought conditions and gears up for a potential fifth year of drought, the state’s new mandatory 25 percent reduction in urban water usage has many residents wondering how they’ll achieve such cuts. Teach For America corps member Luis Ruelas and his engineering students at San Jose’s Downtown College Prep Alum Rock High School decided to tackle the challenge head on, creating a graywater system which reduces household water use by up to 37 percent. Their “Don’t Waste a Drop” project was selected from a pool of over 3,000 applicants to be named one of five national winners of Samsung’s Solve For Tomorrow Competition – earning their school $120,000 worth of Samsung technology. In addition, their project received the Environmental Sustainability Innovation Award from the National Environmental Education Foundation that includes an additional $25,000 award.
 
When designing their graywater system, Luis and his students – who attend school in a low-income community – kept cost and accessibility at the forefront of their minds. Their design, which redirects excess water from the washing machine and shower to flush toilets, requires minimal plumbing modifications and one electrical outlet to plug in the pump. The team kept building costs under $600 and plan to make their design available online for their community to recreate and install in their homes.
 
“One of the greatest needs in our community is to graduate engineers, scientists and doctors, says Luis Ruelas (Bay Area ’13). “Our community has specific needs which can best be addressed by people who understand the community and have a vested interest. Participating in the Samsung solve for tomorrow contest and in the engineering classes offered at our school gives our students an edge by exposing them to the career opportunities available in the STEM fields. As a member of the community I am doing my part in developing the talent who in the future will carry our people forward. I am proud to have a part in this project where students, parents, and staff are working together for the benefit of all.”
 
Ruelas leads a team of nine freshmen and sophomore students: Maya Diaz, Michelle Duong, Vicky Parra, Esmeralda Yepez, Sebastian Aguilar, Jaime Sanchez, Paul Rocha, Nikola Sokol, and Pedro Castillo.
 
“Being in this club and competition has given us so many opportunities and opened so many doors for us that we would have never thought were possible,” says tenth-grader Maya Diaz. “We went to New York and visited colleges that we’ve only heard about in school, and we went places I’ve only seen in the movies. This competition has really shown me that I can uplift my community using STEM, and potentially solve problems we face every day.”
 
Downtown College Prep prepares first-generation students for college success. Alum Rock High School plans to build on the success of this program to develop a STEM pipeline that empowers and prepares more women and students of color for careers in the field.
 
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, 10,600 corps members are teaching in 50 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 37,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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Learning House Acquires Acatar, Carnegie Innovations–founded Online Education Technology Platform

The following is a press reease from Business Wire.

The Learning House, Inc. (“Learning House”), a leading cloud-based technology provider of solutions that enable universities to thrive in today’s dynamic education landscape, announced today it has acquired Acatar. The acquisition solidifies Learning House’s leadership position in the burgeoning $1.1 billion online program management market1 and signals its significant commitment to technology investment in the online education space. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The announcement comes on the heels of Learning House’s recently announced acquisition of The Software Guild, a leading coding bootcamp provider.

Learning House and Acatar will combine to expand resources and offer higher education partners technology-enhanced education experiences that deliver the highest standards of academic rigor and integrity, including in competitive subject areas like engineering.
 
Acatar is an online education technology platform that applies science-based principles on effective teaching and course design to work with faculty to develop their courses for technology-enhanced delivery. Acatar applies those same research-based principles to create a robust, student-centered technology platform and works with elite institutions to create customized online learning programs and strategies specific to a school’s goals. The platform was developed by researchers at Carnegie Innovations, an affiliate of Carnegie Mellon University, that focuses on developing world-class organizations committed to real innovation in education. Current Acatar clients include Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Notre Dame.
 
“Through this acquisition, Learning House will be extraordinarily well-positioned to better serve our existing customer base as well as elite higher education institutions,” said Todd Zipper, CEO of Learning House. “This move is also in line with Learning House’s broader business objective of providing higher education institutions with the tools they need to affordably achieve their online education goals and remain relevant in today’s highly competitive education marketplace. Acatar is a world-class, cloud-based platform in a high-growth industry that can rapidly scale on a national level.”
 
“Acatar was founded on the philosophy that faculty should be thoroughly involved in all aspects of their courses and have the support available to create a meaningful translation of their material to online modalities, not just a transfer,” said Marie Norman, Senior Director of Educational Excellence at Acatar. “We developed our platform to reflect the rich, rigorous quality of a university’s classroom and the true value of their degree.”
 
Acatar allows faculty members to maintain the integrity of their traditional instruction in a digital setting; faculty and students can enjoy features such as tailored mobile content and state of the art media, real-time polling and Q&A, customized schedules and class participation options, social features such as chats and breakout sessions with classmates, and rapid feedback channels for enhanced dialogue with instructors. Faculty users have built-in opportunities to activate students’ prior knowledge, align assessments and instruction, and foster meaningful interaction.
 
“I quickly realized that it wouldn’t work to simply transfer what I did in the face-to-face classroom to the online environment; I had to rethink my goals and my materials,” said Venkat Viswanathan, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. “Acatar helped me translate my challenging on-site course on Statistical Thermodynamics to a user-friendly online format, which resulted in increased class engagement and supportive feedback from students.”
 
“Acatar's differentiator is that its platform is grounded in research and guided by the sciences of learning,” said Elliot Visconsi, Chief Academic Digital Officer at the University of Notre Dame. “Acatar works beautifully to make the online learning process effective and engaging and delivers a rigorous, immersive learning experience that students expect of leading research universities such as Notre Dame. Acatar is a worthy partner for any leading college or university seeking to expand its online footprint."
 
Learning House is owned by Weld North Holdings LLC (Weld North), an investment company founded by former Kaplan, Inc. CEO Jonathan Grayer in partnership with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR). Weld North invests and operates companies in education, among other industries, and has experience building significant businesses in the online education industry that play a role in tackling the country’s difficult education challenges.
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