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Caterpillar Foundation Invests $75,000 with SAE Foundation in Support of A World In Motion (PRWEB)

This is a PRWEB press release from the Caterpillar Foundation and the SAE Foundation

SAE International’s award-winning A World In Motion® (AWIM) program, provides high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programming to students in grades K-8. The Caterpillar Foundation is investing $75,000 with the SAE Foundation for this program.

WARRENDALE, Pa. (PRWEB) September 03, 2014 | The decline of students enrolling in science and technology programs is threatening the country’s ability to meet future workforce demands and present repercussions that will be felt for generations to come. SAE International’s award-winning A World In Motion® (AWIM) program, provides high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programming to students in grades K-8. The Caterpillar Foundation is investing $75,000 with the SAE Foundation for this program.

The Caterpillar Foundation’s investment will help inspire and educate nearly 2,000 elementary and middle school students in Caterpillar communities, teaching them critical math and science concepts in a hands-on, interactive program while exposing them to the possibilities that exist in STEM-related careers. “Quality STEM education not only, teaches students the “hows” and “whys” of the way things work, but also the essential “soft-skills” of solving complex problems, communicating clearly, raising questions, assimilating information and working cooperatively toward common goals. We are grateful to the Caterpillar Foundation for its support of critically important STEM programs such as AWIM,” commented Lori Gatmaitan, Director, SAE Foundation.  
 
Over the last 24 years AWIM has reached over four million students in all 50 states and Canadian provinces and territories. More than 25,000 engineers, scientists and technology professionals have volunteered in partnership with the AWIM program.
 
 
About the Caterpillar Foundation
Caterpillar Inc. supports the philanthropic efforts of the Caterpillar Foundation. Founded in 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more than $550 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education and basic human needs. To learn more about the global impact of the Caterpillar Foundation, please visit http://www.caterpillar.com/foundation.
 
About the SAE Foundation 
The SAE Foundation is the charitable arm of SAE International that strives to encourage and increase student participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math through educational programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™. SAE International is a global association of more than 145,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. To learn more, visit http://www.saefoundation.org.
 
About AWIM 
SAE International's A World In Motion® (AWIM) is a teacher-administered, industry volunteer-assisted program that brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to life in the classroom for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Benchmarked to the national standards, AWIM incorporates the laws of physics, motion, flight and electronics into age-appropriate hands on activities that reinforce classroom STEM curriculum. To learn more about AWIM, visit http://www.awim.org.
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AZ 'Get Into Energy' Consortium Launches Cybersecurity Degree Information Technology and Power Systems Security Program Offered at Estrella Mountain Community College

This is a PRWEB press release from Estrella Mountain Community College

The Arizona Sun Corridor-Get Into Energy Consortium (ASC-GIEC), which received a $13.5 million Department of Labor (DOL) grant to advance the training and development of a workforce pipeline for the energy industry, is creating an energy-related cybersecurity program through Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), the consortium’s lead institution.

Avondale, AZ (PRWEB) August 30, 2014 | The demand is increasing for highly trained technicians to protect against and minimize threats to cybersecurity. To help reduce this critical workforce shortage, the Arizona Sun Corridor-Get Into Energy Consortium (ASC-GIEC), which received a $13.5 million Department of Labor (DOL) grant to advance the training and development of a workforce pipeline for the energy industry, is creating an energy-related cybersecurity program through Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), the consortium’s lead institution.

This fall 2014 semester, the consortium launched its new Information Technology and Power Systems Security (IT-PSS) program, with courses offered at EMCC in Avondale. The program will uniquely focus on the power and energy industry, offering nationally recognized curriculum and credentials leading to an associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree and career readiness pathway.
 
The curriculum is founded on the principles of the DOL, Employment and Training Administration’s (ETA) Cybersecurity Competency Model, which was modified by the consortium with input from an industry advisory council. As students progress through the pathway, their coursework will prepare them to challenge a variety of IT security industry certification exams.
 
Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor of the Maricopa Community College District, is a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, a federal group that has vetted the college’s new IT career pathway.
 
“The EMCC program has created a career preparedness track that could set a new standard for community college education models, similar to the success of the ASC-GIEC technician programs,” said Dr. Glasper.
 
The advisory council supporting the program is comprised of industry representatives from across the cybersecurity sector, including FBI Cyber Operations Unit (Phoenix Field Office), Association for Computing Machinery, Arizona Counter Terrorism Intelligence Center, Arizona Public Service, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Arizona Department of Homeland Security, Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance, Arizona InfraGard and American Express.
 
Michael Echols, Chief Information Security Officer for Maricopa County, played a major role in the development of the curriculum, and is an adjunct faculty member at EMCC. According to Echols, malware is one of several risks to the nation’s power grid and it is estimated that 75 percent of malware is not initially detected by traditional signature-based technologies.
 
“This represents a serious risk to the grid, because malware is often used to bypass firewalls and network-based controls, which may result in unauthorized access to IT power systems,” said Echols. “Students in this program can expect to gain an understanding of these risks and how they can be reduced through the implementation of security controls.”
 
According to Dr. Clay Goodman, Vice President of Occupational Education at EMCC and Director of the ASC-GIEC, the program began as a request from the industry partners.
 
“The program was created as a career pathway to expand employment opportunities across multiple industries with common, stackable credentials.” said Goodman. “It is a perfect complement to EMCC’s Power Plant Technology degree, and offers a lot of potential for people of all backgrounds, including young and re-careering students.”
 
EMCC’s energy and cybersecurity programs will continue to develop as a recent beneficiary of the Arizona STEM legislation ARS 15-1464, providing $1.4 million to Maricopa Community College STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. The $400,000 allocated to EMCC will help purchase equipment and provide virtual learning spaces for the new courses.
 
The IT-PSS program will be featured at the first annual Arizona Get Into Energy Education Expo on October 24 and 25 at the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix. The Expo will be a fun, interactive event highlighting the careers available in energy and related industries. On October 24, the event will be limited to registered high schools from across the state, but October 25 will be free and open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
The Saturday event will invite veterans, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)-eligible job seekers, and all career-transitioning adults to consider the opportunities in these growing fields offer. Additional event information can be found at az.getintoenergy.com/expo
 
Estrella Mountain Community College offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training to more than 14,000 students annually. The flagship campus is located on Thomas and Dysart Roads in Avondale and is home to the SouthWest Skill Center. The satellite campus, EMCC’s Buckeye Educational Center, is located in downtown Buckeye. Estrella Mountain is one of ten colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation.
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Registration Opens for 2014-2015 Future City Competition

This is a press release from Carnegie Science Center and DiscoverE

Carnegie Science Center Invites Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders To Explore Urban Agriculture

Pittsburgh, Aug. 29, 2014 | Carnegie Science Center is now accepting registrations for middle-school teams to compete in the 2014-2015 Future City® Competition, a program of DiscoverE. Future City is a national, project-based learning experience in which students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. For the region comprising western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Carnegie Science Center manages the competition as a program of its Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development.
 
Each year, the competition asks the students to focus on a theme. This year’s theme, Feeding Future Cities, encourages students to explore today’s urban agriculture – from aeroponic systems for rooftop farms to recycled gray water to the sustainability-driven farm-to-table movement – and to develop a futuristic solution to growing crops within the confines of their city. Many experts now predict that, in the coming decades, the Earth’s arable land will no longer be sufficient to produce enough food for the planet’s growing population. At the same time, nearly all of the world’s population growth between now and 2030 will be concentrated in urban areas. With these two critical concerns converging, farming in and around cities will be essential to feeding the world’s population. The urban agriculture movement is one of the most important solutions to the urgent effort to ensure that the global community has access to fresh, affordable and healthy food.
 
Working in a team with an educator and engineer mentor, students are challenged to design a virtual city using SimCity™ software. They will research today’s urban farms and write an essay describing their solution to feeding their citizens. Students then will bring their ideas to life by building a tabletop scale model of their city using recycled materials on a budget of $100 or less and will write a brief narrative promoting their city. The Pittsburgh regional teams will present their ideas before judges at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. The winner will compete with winners of 36 other regional competitions at the National Finals in Washington, DC, in February. Major funding for the National Finals comes from Shell Oil Company, Bentley Systems and Bechtel Corporation.
 
“It’s always exciting to see how young kids envision the future,” said Lisa Kosick, who coordinates Carnegie Science Center’s regional competition. “Teachers always tell us that the students learn so much about teamwork and problem-solving, and they get so absorbed in their months-long projects. Students tell us they have a lot of fun! We think that Future City is a fantastic way to introduce kids to some pretty sophisticated engineering concepts, and to get them thinking about possible careers in engineering and other STEM fields.” Last school year, 40 schools participated, and even more participants are anticipated for the upcoming competition.
 
Nationally, more than 40,000 students, representing 1,350 schools, take part each year in the Future City® Competition. The deadline for schools to register is October 15, 2014. Schools may register today or learn more at www.futurecity.org. Students, teachers, and prospective volunteers are urged to visit the Facebook page for more information and updates on the Future City® Competition.
 
About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.
About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
 
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. Annually, the museums reach more than 1.2 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.
 
About DiscoverE
The mission of DiscoverE is to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration and volunteerism. DiscoverE supports a network of thousands of volunteers in its partner coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences and making science and math relevant. For more information, visit www.discovere.org.
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Chevron Expands Fuel Your School Program to Help Fund Classroom Projects

This is a press release from Chevron

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

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

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

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

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

This is a press release from ASSET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is a press release from eCYBERMISSION

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

ARLINGTON, Va. (BUSINESS WIRE) | The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, on behalf of the Army Educational Outreach Program, today announced the kickoff of the 13th annual eCYBERMISSION program, a free online learning competition designed to cultivate student interest in science, technology, engineering and math by encouraging students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their local communities. Students can win on a state, regional, and national level, with national winning teams receiving up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity. Registration is open until December 17, 2014 at www.ecybermission.com.
 
Through the program, which is administered by the National Science Teachers Association, teams of three to four students plus an adult team advisor are asked to identify an issue in their community related to one of seven mission challenges, including:
  • alternative sources of energy;
  • the environment;
  • food, health and fitness;
  • force and motion;
  • national security and safety;
  • robotics; and
  • technology.
After selecting a mission challenge, teams apply the scientific practices or engineering design process to propose a solution. Each team then submits a mission folder, the official write-up of their project, via the eCYBERMISSION website.
 
A panel of virtual judges evaluates and scores the mission folders on the basis of several criteria to identify state winning teams. The top three scoring state winners at each grade level in each region then move on to the regional competition, where they compete with other teams in their grade across the region for an all-expenses paid trip to the National Judging and Educational Event, taking place June 2015.
 
Registration for the 2014-2015 competition will remain open through December 17, 2014. Final mission folder submissions are due February 25, 2015. To participate, students must be U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents, and must be officially enrolled in either sixth, seventh, eighth, or ninth grade in a public, private or home school, or a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school abroad. Students registered by November 5, 2014 will receive a free STEM Research Kit, which includes a notebook, flash drive and pencil.
 
The response to eCYBERMISSION last year was unprecedented, with thousands of teams registered from all 50 U.S. states, territories, and DoDEA sites. The continued success of eCYBERMISSION and its registered students depends on dedicated volunteers to support the program. eCYBERMISSION is once again seeking dynamic individuals who can contribute his or her knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to the program. Volunteer roles include:
  • Ambassadors serve as the face of eCYBERMISSION by promoting the competition and recruiting other volunteers in the community. Those who wish to interact with students as a part of their outreach must submit and pass a criminal background check or have an active Department of Defense security clearance. Register here to be an ambassador.
  • CyberGuides provide online assistance to eCYBERMISSION teams by answering questions and give guidance through the use of discussion forums, instant messaging, and live chat sessions. All CyberGuides must submit and pass a criminal background check or have an active Department of Defense security clearance. CyberGuides’ registration is open through February 24.
  • Virtual Judges – Individuals with an interest or background in STEM or education who independently evaluate team mission folders online. Virtual judge registration is open through February 25.
More information about the competition is available at www.ecybermission.com, or by following eCYBERMISSION on Twitter, Facebook, or by contacting eCYBERMISSION Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237) or via email at missioncontrol@ecybermission.com.
 
About Army Educational Outreach Program
The AEOP Cooperative Agreement was formed by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and includes Virginia Tech as the lead organization, the Academy of Applied Science, American Society for Engineering Education, the Technology Student Association, the University of New Hampshire and, new member, NSTA. AEOP is charged with addressing national needs for a STEM literate citizenry through a portfolio of educational opportunities which includes unique experiences, competitions, and high school internships that aim to spark an interest in STEM and encourage participants to pursue college and careers in STEM fields. The Army is committed to increasing the STEM talent pool in order to ensure our national security and global competitiveness. For more information on AEOP, visit www.usaeop.com.
 
About RDECOM
The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) manages the Army Educational Outreach Program on behalf of the U.S. Army. RDECOM’s mission is to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers. It is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it. For more information on RDECOM, visit www.army.mil/rdecom.
 
About NSTA
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.
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Help Bring Harmony to the Environment for a Chance to Win $500,000 in Grants and Scholarships

This is a press release from Lexus

Eighth National Lexus Eco Challenge Kicks-Off!

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