This way, Valtrex helps to regulate the immune system within a short period of time and restrict possibilities of the infected cells After the purchase of Ventolin the situation was changed a lot.
The doctor prescribed me Flagyl. Zithromax without prescriptionPremarin works just fine for me. I used this pill for three months after a full hysterectomy at the age of 50.

TransCanada Corporation Supports Math Education in Corvallis Schools

This is a press release from MIND Research Institute

Grant Helps Fund ST Math Program, Proven Effective in Blended Learning Environments

Corvallis, Ore., September 15, 2015 | The MIND Research Institute, TransCanada Corporation and Corvallis School District have partnered to bring a proven, effective math education program to two local schools. The $25,000 grant from TransCanada to MIND Research helps fund the unique visually-based ST Math® game-based software program for 750 students, training for 45 teachers, and year-round educational support to two Corvallis schools.
Jefferson Elementary is a traditionally high-performing school that is also home to Corvallis’s Lifeskills program, serving the district’s students with developmental disabilities. In fact, 24% of Jefferson’s students have learning disabilities. Because ST Math introduces math concepts visually – without relying on words or math symbols – through self-paced games, it offers deeper conceptual understanding and challenges students whether they are gifted or face learning challenges.
“Seeing our students in the Lifeskills program sitting side-by-side with general education students, working through the same math concepts at their own pace and ability has been great,” said principal Melissa Harder. “We appreciate TransCanada’s support of our teachers and students to ensure they have the best mathematical learning experiences.”
After piloting ST Math last year, Jefferson received the TransCanada grant licensing the program for the whole school, ensuring they will have the program for the foreseeable future and making it easier to train teachers to use it effectively and plan to incorporate it into their classroom lessons. At the end of the year, Harder says the school started running reports showing their Response to Intervention (RTI) testing compared to a students’ progress in ST Math to help understand how progress in ST Math correlated to increased learning.
A few miles away, Lincoln Elementary is a dual-immersion Spanish and English program, where seven different languages are spoken among the English Language Learner population.  By introducing the math problems as visual puzzles without words, ST Math removes language barriers for all students. As students master the concepts, traditional mathematical symbols and language are gradually integrated. This method has proven to double or triple growth on math proficiency on state tests.
For teachers, ST Math includes training sessions, webinars, on-demand videos, and access to an educational consultant on MIND Research’s staff.  Teachers learn how to connect ST Math’s visual puzzles to their conventional symbolic texts, and are coached on how to guide children through challenging sections by getting them to express their thinking, rather than simply showing them the solution.
“At TransCanada we believe in strengthening communities, including through education,” said Jeanette Dame, Serior Community Partnership Advisor at TransCanada. “Our partnership with MIND Research Institute ensures that Corvallis students are preparing to become the next generation of critical thinkers, problem solvers and STEM leaders.”
TransCanada chose ST Math from the short list of the five proven educational programs the Business Roundtable identified in 2013 as ready to scale and most likely to effectively improve American education. The Roundtable, an association of CEOs of the leading U.S. companies including TransCanada, evaluated more than 100 educational programs from across the country in 2013 before selecting ST Math and four others that helped meet the Roundtable’s commitment to STEM education.
Developed by neuroscientists, MIND’s ST Math instructional software program provides visual, computer-based math games that support deep understanding of concepts covered by state math standards at each grade level. Because the program doesn’t rely on language proficiency or prior math success, it’s accessible for English Language Learners and children with learning disabilities. Students use ST Math on computers or tablet devices in a blended learning environment.
As a social benefit organization, MIND works with funding partners like TransCanada to bring ST Math to more high-need schools.
MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education social benefit organization, dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. MIND's distinctive visual approach to math and problem-solving is the basis of its innovative, research-proven ST Math® programs for elementary and secondary schools. The visually-based ST Math program has been shown to double or triple schools’ growth rates in math proficiency. MIND's programs currently reach 800,000 students and 31,000 teachers in 2,500 schools in 40 states. For more information, visit  

New Vocabulary Building App from Dig-It! Games Offers Back to School Refresher

The following is a press release from PR Web
Dig-It! Games, an independent developer of educational interactive games founded by a former archaeologist and middle school teacher, today released its latest game for the iPhone, I Have A Word™. Available for $0.99 and in time for the new school year, this iOS app is a brain-bending word game that requires players to use critical thinking skills to guess common words while building their vocabulary.
To play I Have A Word, learners must guess a word that corresponds to a certain number of blank spaces that represent letters. Players are told if the mystery word is alphabetically before or after the clue and must use deductive reasoning to ultimately identify the word.
“I Have A Word is similar to 20 Questions, but it focuses on vocabulary appropriate to the middle school level,” said Suzi Wilczynski, founder and CEO of Dig-It! Games. “Whether players are choosing to work alone or to collaborate with peers, the game is building deductive reasoning skills, which are applicable across subject lines and key to college and career success later in life.”
With more than 2,500 words stored in the game, players choose from three levels of difficulty that can challenge even the most advanced wordsmith. Learners are able to ask for hints, at a cost. The goal of the game is to achieve the lowest score—each hint or guess will increase the final tally. It all comes down to one question: how many guesses will it take you to win?
“Like all of our games, I Have A Word was a company-wide collaborative effort, but this was spearheaded by our development team in particular,” said Wilczynski. “Developer Steve Hunnicutt brought the idea to our attention as he often plays a verbal version of I Have A Word with friends. Then the team brought the concept to life.”
I Have A Word is the first app credited to new Dig-It! Games developer Natasha Martinez, who joined the team in July following graduation from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in game design and development. Martinez led the app’s development from concept to release, working under the supervision of Hunnicutt and in collaboration with Dig-It! Games’ art department on game design. Additionally, intern Justin Gourley, a senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase (BCC) High School, partnered with Martinez on I Have A Word development, which gave Gourley the opportunity for hands-on learning to master coding and programming skills. Gourley will continue with the team as an intern during the 2015-2016 school year. Fellow BCC senior Marcelo McAndrew designed the video trailer for the game and will be joining the team as an art intern this fall.
Meant to be played casually or used as a fun, engaging classroom supplement, I Have A Word is the latest app from Dig-It! Games to address the educational needs of students available for purchase on the iTunes Store. 3 Digits™, Roman Town™, Artifact Snatch™, Loot Pursuit: Pompeii™, Loot Pursuit: Tulum™, Mayan Mysteries™, and Can U Dig It! ™ cater to the learning needs of middle school children. All seven iOS apps are free to download through the iTunes store. Maya Quiz™, a companion to Mayan Mysteries, is available for purchase on the iTunes store.

Education Technology Leader Tech 2000, Inc. Raises $3 Million

The following is a press release from Business Wire.
Tech 2000, Inc. (Tech 2000), a leading education technology and solutions company, has raised $3 million in a subordinated secured debt and preferred stock offering to affiliates of Boston-based U.S. Boston Capital Corp.
“We’re super excited about this funding round, which will allow us to aggressively expand our appnetic and Lumious enterprise software as a service (SaaS) businesses,” said Tien Wong, CEO of Tech 2000.
appnetic is a SaaS-based mobile sales enablement platform which solves several pain points for its customers:
  • Sales reps are not fully prepared for sales calls
  • Sales reps use the wrong or dated collateral
  • Sales reps don’t follow the proper sales process
  • Long training periods for new sales reps and account managers
  • No audit trail for the usage of marketing collateral and presentation materials
  • No feedback mechanism on marketing collateral
  • Lack of an efficient way to push information to the field
appnetic’s target market consists of technology companies and manufacturers with large product portfolios, large field and channel sales teams, broad product portfolios, and/or complex products with rapidly changing product specs. appnetic integrates 4 key functions: native app builder, content manager, content distribution and communications, and analytics. This Summer, the Company released Version 5.0 of appnetic, which is a “managed” (vs. self-serve) offering. The self-serve version will be released in late 2015.
Lumious is an enterprise SaaS platform which enables previously unachievable personalized learning experiences for corporate and higher ed learners by addressing a major problem: very limited data on learners (especially virtual and mobile learners) and their activities, as well as lack of a feedback loop. Lumious solves this problem by capturing data and providing analytics and insights on all learning activities, thereby allowing corporate learning and HR departments to identify outperformers and laggards very early in the training process, provide remediation and personalized learning, increase employee retention and morale, and improve the learning experience of each student.

DMACC IT Programming Certificate Targets Women

This is a press release from DMACC

DIAD Program Runs for 30 Weeks
Des Moines, IA - September 14, 2015 | Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and a group of central Iowa employers are working together to address a critical shortage of Information Technology (IT) application developers. A group of 14 women began a 30-week, one-half day per week, accelerated program on Friday, Sept. 11 at the DMACC West Campus. The Diversity in Application Development (DIAD) program is designed to close the diversity gap in the IT talent of Central Iowa by training women to become JAVA application programmers.
The 14 women enrolled in DIAD are all full-time employees of Central Iowa businesses who were identified as having potential for increased responsibility.  Key aspects of the program include:
  • Instruction will be eight hours each week.  Four hours will be online assignments around technical concepts and four hours will be accelerated classroom instruction each Friday afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. at DMACC’s West Campus
  • Upon successful completion of the program, each student will be awarded a Java Application Developer Certificate from DMACC
  • Exam preparation will be provided for each student to take the Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE Programmer designation with one day of class allotted to sit for the exam
  • By making necessary arrangements with their employers, all students can continue working full-time while completing the program
Most Central Iowa Chief Information Officers (CIO’s) have had difficulties finding qualified application developers to staff their growing backlog of projects.  Because of this, DIAD was created specifically to help fill the programming gap with qualified, diverse candidates. The companies who have partnered and are committed to supporting/mentoring the women by sending them through the course include:
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Farm Bureau Financial Services
  • Workiva
  • GuideOne Insurance
  • Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance
  • Dyscovery Learning
  • Grinnell Mutual
The majority of the eligible partners have students enrolled in the first cohort.
“The IT Industry Partnership is committed to working with DMACC to develop in-demand technology training programs for the local community,” said Dan Greteman, CIO of Farm Bureau Financial Services and IT Industry Partnership Chairman.
“The DIAD program will provide a unique opportunity for individuals interested in expanding their technical skills to advance in their careers,” said Lori Smith, Assistant Vice President with Principal Financial Group. “DMACC has designed this program to prepare students to take the industry standard Oracle Java developer exam. The goal is to help prepare more IT professionals in the local market to meet the growing demand for IT skills.”
Erin Harris is a Business Analyst for GuideOne Insurance and one of the selected students to enroll in the pilot program.
“Learning about Java will provide me with an understanding of the technical possibilities and challenges associated with the various systems we use every day,” said Harris.  “I feel so fortunate to work for a company that recognizes the importance of women in technology and who is willing to convey that importance by taking action and joining forces with DMACC to create an amazing technical program for women.”  
Katie Sullivan with Workiva is also taking the Java classes.
“When I started as a Quality Assurance Analyst at Workiva, I was able to use my domain knowledge as a CPA to immediately provide value in a technical role without having software development experience,” said Sullivan.  “The DIAD program is a key component in my professional development plan to become more skilled and provide the most value to my team.”
Nationwide Insurance is one of the Central Iowa companies who has been very supportive of this partnership.
“I am very thankful that my company, Nationwide, is supporting me in my career goals to learn Java,” said Sophy Yang, Specialist, IT Application Development at Nationwide.  “This program offers the right mix of work/life balance to help me do this.”  
As of 2012, the last year for which the National Science Foundation has published data, only 18 percent of degrees in the computer science field were obtained by women. That is the lowest percentage of any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) discipline.
A national initiative, the “Million Women Mentors” supports the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors (both male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers.
“Million Women Mentors – Iowa” is a collaboration led by Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds among Iowa’s business, government and educational sectors to provide STEM education and career development opportunities for women and girls within the state.
“Our goal here in Iowa is to get at least 5,000 volunteers—women and men—to serve as mentors in all 99 counties,” said Reynolds.
Many Iowa companies already have mentoring programs in place and should register these initiatives on the Million Women Mentors – Iowa website as part of this national effort to support females in STEM careers.   
“This DMACC program, guided by its IT Industry Partnership Board, opens new opportunities for Iowa companies to participate in the “Million Women Mentors” campaign (,” said Reynolds.  “It is another great example of how Iowa is moving forward on meaningful, job creating Science-¬Technology-¬Engineering-¬Math initiatives. I ask that all Iowa companies make a pledge to mentor and encourage girls and young women to pursue STEM classes and STEM-¬related careers.”
“Based on the conversations I’m having with area businesses about this concept, we expect the program to be in very high demand,” said Rob Denson, President of DMACC.  “We are already planning on ways to expand the training to help meet the IT needs of area businesses. Responding to industry needs like this is a core competency of DMACC."
For more information about this program, visit the web site and enter your contact information or send an email to
To become involved in the Million Women Mentors program, individuals and company representatives can sign up and pledge at
Des Moines Area Community College, a public institution serving the educational and career training needs of Iowans, is committed to the lifelong success of its students. As Iowa’s largest two-year college, DMACC offers 222 programs, certificates and transfer degrees, annually serving more than 70,000 credit and noncredit students on six campuses and six learning centers. Thanks to college-wide innovation, new programs and affordable tuition, DMACC continues to experience solid growth. For more information, please visit

PepsiCo Promotes Mentorship Program For University Students In STEM Careers

This is a press release from PepsiCo

Mexico City, September 7, 2015 | PepsiCo launched the pilot "Mentorship PepsiCo STEM 2.0: pushing driving the leaders of the future", aimed at young university students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, and partnered with Universidad Iberoamericana, as the first university ally in this program. The launch event was held on September 7,  2015 at the Universidad Iberoamericana in the presence of Pedro Padierna Bartning, President of PepsiCo Mexico, sponsor of the program, as well as Dr. Alejandro Guevara Sangines, the Vice President of Academics at Universidad Iberoamericana
This pilot edition will benefit 36 female students in engineering, mathematics and other sciences, thanks to the PepsiCo mentors, who will donate their time for this activity. Each student will have a mentor, with whom they can establish a one-on-one relationship, during this school year. 
For 2018, according to the United States Department of Commerce, 71 percent of the jobs will require STEM capabilities, and over the next decade almost a billion women will be entering the global workforce. Hence this global initiative of PepsiCo, bringing together efforts with the organizations Million Women Mentors® and STEMconnector®, precisely so that more young women have access to mentors who have pursued STEM careers. 
PepsiCo has led the development of STEM 2.0 , a program focused on identifying, defining and inculcate in students new skills that help them leverage their careers in the future, to be successful from the employer's point of view, focusing on leadership, innovation, digital fluency, among others. 
"STEM 2.0 goes beyond encouraging women to pursue STEM careers, it´s giving them the opportunity to receive mentoring from professionals already incorporated in the work force, by complementing skills to their formal education programs, but fundamental to personal and professional development and success." stated Pedro Padierna Bartning, President of PepsiCo Mexico. 
As part of its strategy of talent sustainability, PepsiCo has planned to expand its mentor program during 2015, with the intention to replicate it in various campuses during 2016, with the goal of reaching 1000 girls being mentored at a global level for the next year.
About PepsiCo Mexico
PepsiCo Mexico is one of the largest companies of consumer products of the country, with revenues exceeding $ 4 billion. PepsiCo is a global leader in the sector of food and beverages with a portfolio of products that includes 22 of the most beloved brands in the world. We have more than 100 years accompanying Mexican families with delicious and increasingly healthy products such as Quaker, Gamesa, Sabritas, Gatorade and Sonric's products that reach the corners of all of Mexico. The company is one of the largest employers in the country, through its presence in all the States of the Mexican Republic. PepsiCo Mexico covers a distribution network with access to more than 900 thousand customers nationwide. For more information visit and follow us through our Twitter at: @PepsiCoMex.

STEMfest Speakers in the Spotlight: Dr. Bonnie Schmidt

From September 27th to October 3rd this year, Global STEM States will be hosting the 2nd International Festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEMfest) at Prairieland Park Trade and Convention Centre in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. STEMfest is a festival of many events and conferences happening over the course of one week and all in one venue! Over 1,200 delegates and 10,000 students will be visiting from 55 countries, and will be hearing some excellent speakers! Here on the blog, STEMconnector and Global STEM States will be previewing some of the excellent speakers slated to present at STEMfest this year.

For over 20 years, Dr. Schmidt has been encouraging Canadian school children to pursue an education in science, engineering and technology through “Let's Talk Science” - an award winning education and outreach program focused on learning and developing skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to Canadian youth. 

Back in 1991, while a Physiology PhD student at Western University, Dr. Schmidt felt the demand for members of the scientific community to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for science to the wider community. So, along with some friends she began volunteering in helping students who were having difficulty in subjects such as math or physics. 

Founded in 1993, Let's Talk Science continues to mobilize thousands of STEM university and college students and professionals to volunteer their time and share their passion for STEM subjects to Canadian youth. Let's Talk Science has since grown into a leading national organization, reaching over 3 million Canadians.
Dr. Schmidt has recently been being recognized "for her leadership in fostering science literacy among primary and secondary school students across Canada by becoming a Member of the Order of Canada - one of the country's highest honours. Through Let’s Talk Science, Dr. Schmidt’s award "recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation." 
Where can see Dr. Schmidt at STEMfest?



McGraw-Hill Education Files Registration Statement for Initial Public Offering

The following is a press release from McGraw-Hill.

McGraw-Hill Education, Inc., announced [September 4, 2015] that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of, these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful before registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
About McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education is a learning science company that delivers personalized learning experiences that help students, parents, educators and professionals improve results. McGraw-Hill Education has offices across North America, India, China, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions available in nearly 60 languages. Visit us at or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Texas Instruments Foundation recognizes 18 local teachers for advancing student success in STEM subjects

This is a press release from the Texas Instruments Foundation

2015 Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards honor teachers in Dallas, Garland, Lancaster, Mesquite, Plano and Richardson school districts

DALLAS, Sept. 3, 2015 (PRNewswire) | The Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN), Foundation presented its Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards yesterday to 18 teachers from six local school districts during a ceremony at TI's Dallas headquarters. This year, the program was expanded to include teachers from the Garland and Lancaster independent school districts (ISDs) along with those from the Dallas, Mesquite, Plano and Richardson ISDs.
The awards program, now in its ninth year, honors local secondary math and science teachers who consistently demonstrate quality instruction and build student achievement in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. Each honoree receives $10,000, of which $5,000 is directly awarded to the teacher. The other $5,000 is to be used at his or her discretion for professional development or instructional technology. The grants are awarded through the independent foundations that support each district.
To date, the TI Foundation has invested more than $1 million in the STEM Awards to recognize and help retain 122 excellent teachers in North Texas school districts. 
"These teachers are true STEM champions, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to honor them," said Ann Pomykal, TI Foundation director of major education gifts. "The work they do is essential to preparing future innovators, discoverers and explorers."
"A key strategy to improving student achievement in math and science is teacher effectiveness. That is why we focus our support on this area, with a special emphasis on reaching girls and minorities who are underrepresented in STEM careers," she said. "As STEM-related jobs become a larger pillar of the U.S. economy, we rely on teachers like those we are honoring today to make STEM subjects interesting and accessible to all students."
Principals nominate teachers for the STEM awards based on criteria, such as demonstrating and documenting teaching effectiveness, establishing classroom innovation, participating in education activities outside the classroom, and encouraging curiosity and increasing interest in STEM subjects among students. Teams within each district review the applications and make classroom observations. After a detailed selection process, the winners were announced.
The 2015 TI Foundation STEM Award recipients are:
Dallas ISD
Robert Allison, Bryan Adams High School, teaches pre-calculus and calculus for 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Mr. Allison offers a rigorous curriculum that encourages students to push themselves to a level they may not realize they can reach.
Maya Brown, Samuell High School, teaches aquatic science to 12th graders. Ms. Brown draws real world correlations between what they are learning and how it connects to their world.
Dee Coyle, Lang Middle School, teaches touch system data entry for 7th and 8th grades. Ms. Coyle integrates math and science into her computer keyboarding classes.
Felicia Cummings, Zan Holmes Middle School, teaches 6th grade science. Ms. Cummings encourages students to be curious and inquire about the world around them. She uses her students' data to plan lessons that challenge their thinking and problem-solving skills.
Joseph Ibarra, Irma Rangel All Girls High School, teaches statistics, calculus and algebra II for 9th through 12th grades. Mr. Ibarra hopes that all his students will use math to invent something that will transform humanity in a positive way forever. He is focused on preparing his students for success in rigorous college coursework.
Travis Smith, Trinidad Garza Early College, teaches pre-calculus and calculus for grades 11 and 12. Mr. Smith believes that even the most dejected "I HATE MATH" student can be successful if the math is made accessible and if the teacher is enthusiastic.
Brandi Stennis, J.F. Kimball High School, teaches biotechnical engineering to 10th and 11th graders. Ms. Stennis works to tie what they are learning to something in their lives.
Garland ISD
Creighton Bryan taught engineering and robotics at South Garland High School. His competition teams have qualified for the national level eight consecutive years and have also placed in the top 10 nationally in several categories.
Erik Bushland, Sachse High School, teaches Career Technology Education. His passion for helping students become technology leaders inspires Mr. Bushland to consistently implement innovative programs in his classroom to engage his students.
Gye Kraemer, Hudson Middle School, teaches science and robotics. Mr. Kraemer started a program to make obscure STEM concepts a hands-on reality. His afterschool robotics club quickly blossomed, leading to the creation of a highly sought after robotics class.
Lancaster ISD
Nicholas Keith, George Washington Carver 6th grade STEM Learning Center, taught integrated STEM classes. In the coming year, he will be a blended learning STEM specialist for K-12, working with teachers and students.  Mr. Keith was named "teacher of the year" at the campus and district levels for both elementary and secondary schools.
Mesquite ISD
Patricia Oliver, West Mesquite High School, teaches chemistry and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) for 10th and 11th grades. Ms. Oliver meets the varying needs of her students by differentiating her lessons, infusing technology and relating difficult concepts to everyday situations that students can understand. She encourages students to be free thinkers.
Kristi Hernandez, Agnew Middle School, teaches 8th grade science and Gifted & Talented. Ms. Hernandez builds relationships with her students by incorporating technology and hands-on activities into her daily lessons.
Plano ISD
David Carroll, Plano West Senior High School, teaches AP physics for 11th grade. A former Plano ISD student, he returned to the district in 1990 as a teacher and seems to work magic in his classroom. He administers two physics websites, authored instructional materials and developed a Physics Olympics competition.
Nona Gill, Shepton High School, teaches geometry, "Introduction to Engineering Design" and "Principles of Engineering" to the 9th and 10th grades. When you walk into Ms. Gill's classroom you might encounter students racing robots or creating surgical arms. Ms. Gill is passionate about encouraging students to pursue STEM related careers, making an effort to reach students who are underrepresented in these fields.
Eric McDaniels, Frankford Middle School, teaches 6th grade math. Mr. McDaniels' students learn to be fearless in their attempts to understand mathematical concepts. He encourages constant reflection and celebrates not only among students who get the right answer but also with students who discover where they missed a step in problem solving.
Richardson ISD
Carrie Galvin, L.V. Berkner High School, teaches honors anatomy & physiology and biology. The 'ah-ha moment' is Ms. Galvin's favorite moment in teaching – that's when she knows her job has been done. Ms. Galvin was an early adopter of using technology for student learning.
Mark Mester, Richardson High School, teaches automotive technology to grades 9 through 12. Whether a student advances to state in an automotive contest or lands a job in the automotive industry, student success is what motivates Mr. Mester. He implements the latest technology and incorporates problem solving skills to teach his students how to use their skills in the workforce.
The Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards are one of many initiatives of the TI Foundation, which has led and supported innovative education programs for decades. Education is the Foundation's primary philanthropic focus, with grants specifically enhancing STEM education and supporting effective teaching.
Innovation and technology changes have led to demand for STEM competencies beyond traditional STEM occupations – skills necessary for innovation are scattered across a wider swath of the economy.
"These teachers are undoubtedly equipping students with the skills they need to take advantage of these opportunities," Pomykal said.
About the Texas Instruments Foundation 
The Texas Instruments Foundation, founded in 1964, is a non-profit organization providing philanthropic support for educational and charitable purposes primarily in the communities where Texas Instruments operates. Committed to supporting educational excellence, the foundation works to create measurable, replicable programs and initiatives. The focus is on providing knowledge, skills and programs to improve STEM education and increase the percentage of high school graduates who are math and science capable. More information can be found at

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Honor Two Young Women of Distinction at Annual Luncheon

This is a press release from Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX)

Girls Who Code CEO slated as luncheon keynote speaker

DALLAS (August 31, 2015) | Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) today announces Devin Bray and Sruthi Tummala as the Girl Scouts who will be honored as the Young Women of Distinction at the AT&T sponsored Women of Distinction Luncheon at 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 14 at The Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.
Bray and Tummala will receive recognition for their outstanding commitment to community service and leadership. With the luncheon chaired by Katherine Coker, this year’s keynote speaker is Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code, which is a nonprofit committed to inspire and equip girls with the computer skills and drive to pursue career opportunities in the growing IT industry.
Funds raised during the luncheon help provide leadership programming to more than 26,600 girls in Northeast Texas in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), financial literacy, healthy living, and outdoor leadership.
About the Honorees
A senior at Denton Guyer High School, Devin Bray has been a Girl Scout in Troop 317 since kindergarten. Her Girl Scout adventures include camping experiences, lots of cookie booths, numerous service projects, and even a trip to the Birthplace of Girl Scouts in Savannah, Georgia, during the Girl Scout Centennial in 2012. Along with growing up as a Girl Scout, Devin spent 12 years as a competitive gymnast and competed in livestock shows where she showed pigs and lambs. Devin lives in Corinth, Texas with her parents, Don and Denise, and her younger sister Dixen, who is also a sister in Girl Scouting. Devin plans to major in chemistry in college with hopes of becoming a hospital pharmacist after professional school.
Sruthi Tummala has been a Juliette Girl Scout member since 2012 and is a senior at Ursuline Academy in Dallas. She earned her Girl Scout Gold Award which involved exciting fourth graders about math and science; and also recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her outstanding commitment to community service. Sruthi is the president and founder of the National Science Honor Society and Entrepreneurship Club at Ursuline has been published in several anthologies and online magazines for her poetry and short story works. Sruthi is a recognized equestrian and is a 2015 Team National Finalist for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. She was awarded “best lawyer” in the 2015 Mock Trial Regional Competition.
“Devin and Sruthi are two extraordinary young women who have made significant impacts on their communities,” said Jennifer Bartkowski, chief executive officer for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. “It is remarkable to experience the level maturity, leadership and dedication these young ladies have shown through their extensive community involvement and academic success. They are exemplary Girl Scouts who have put into practice the courage, confidence and character we strive for and definitely have made the world a better place.”
For more information about becoming a sponsor, purchasing tickets or a table at the event, please contact Aisha McClendon at or visit
About Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization and is the largest pipeline for female leadership. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves more than 26,600 girls and 12,500 adults in 32 northeast Texas counties. For information on how to join, volunteer, donate or reconnect to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, call (800) 442-2260 or visit  

Speakers in the Spotlight: Meet Dr. Joe Schwarcz at this year's STEMfest!

From September 27th to October 3rd this year, Global STEM States will be hosting the 2nd International Festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEMfest) at Prairieland Park Trade and Convention Centre in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. STEMfest is a festival of many events and conferences happening over the course of one week and all in one venue! Over 1,200 delegates and 10,000 students will be visiting from 55 countries, and will be hearing some excellent speakers! Here on the blog, STEMconnector and Global STEM States will be previewing some of the excellent speakers slated to present at STEMfest this year.
First up is Dr. Joe Schwarcz, the Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society. Dr. Joe is dedicated to demystifying science and separating sense from nonsense. He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging. Professor Schwarcz has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public. He is the only non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry. He hosts "The Dr. Joe Show" on Montreal radio, has appeared hundreds of times on television and is the author of 14 best sellers. Also an amateur conjurer, Dr. Joe often spices up his presentations with a little magic. 
Where can see Dr. Joe at STEMfest?

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