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.

Chevron Announces $1.4 Million Investment in South Bay Schools

This is a press release from Chevron

Twenty-four School Districts and Non-profits Receive STEM Grants

July 14, 2016 — EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE) | Chevron completed today a month-long series of “Energy for Learning” grants totaling $1.4 million distributed to twenty-four school districts and other non-profit organizations in the South Bay. The grants represent funding for local Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-related education programs.

The more than $1.4 million contribution is a reflection of the Chevron El Segundo Refinery’s ongoing support for education programs in the South Bay, and in recognition of the facility’s one hundred and five year history in El Segundo.

“We are extremely proud to support STEM funding and help teachers and schools gain additional resources through these grants,” said El Segundo Refinery General Manager Henry Kusch. “Many generations of Chevron employees and their families in the local community have seen firsthand the quality education programs our schools provide.”

Among the grant recipients is the El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) which will direct the grant funds to implement the final component of Project Lead the Way ensuring all 6th grade science courses at the El Segundo Middle School have engineering education for every student in grades K-12 thanks to Chevron’s ongoing generosity and support.”

In Manhattan Beach, the funds will be used to further infuse K-12 classrooms with inquiry based mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards though UCLA Center X Math support, Project Lead the Way and Robotics at Mira Costa High School and elementary schools. “STEM is everywhere you look,” said Dr. Mike Matthews, Superintendent of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. “It is critically important for this millennial generation to be both tech savvy and STEM ready and Chevron’s partnership continues to help better prepare our students in this regard.”

The number of STEM jobs is estimated to grow twice the pace of all other jobs through the next several years and currently 20% of all U.S. jobs – 26 million positions – require knowledge in at least one STEM field.

Schools and programs supported by the $1.44 million Chevron grants include:

  • California Academy of Math and Science
  • California Science Center
  • Centinela Valley Union High School District
  • Da Vinci Science Academy
  • El Segundo Unified School District
  • Environmental Charter High School
  • Hawthorne School District
  • Hermosa Beach City School District
  • Lawndale Elementary School District
  • Lennox Math & Science Academy
  • Manhattan Beach Unified School District
  • Montebello School District
  • Project Lead the Way
  • Redondo Beach Unified School District
  • Roundhouse Aquarium Oceanographic Teaching Station
  • South Bay Workforce Investment Board
  • SoCal Regional Occupation Center
  • Wiseburn School District

As well as the Education Foundations of El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Wiseburn and Hawthorne School Districts.

About Chevron
Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; 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


Fairchild Receives $1.24 Million Grant From NASA For Growing Beyond Earth STEM Education Program

This is a press release from the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden 

MIAMI, July 13, 2016 (PRNewswire) | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $1.24 million grant from NASA for its Growing Beyond Earth STEM education program as part of the 2015 Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities. Fairchild's proposal was one of nine selected from 73 applications.

Fairchild will use the grant over four years, starting October 1, 2016, to administer botany experiments within South Florida middle and high schools. Fairchild and NASA aim to identify edible plants that might be suitable for growth aboard NASA's International Space Station. The experiments will include more than 100 kinds of edible plants that will be grown in conditions similar to those in space. The goal is to provide a more sustainable food supply for long-duration space missions.

Growing Beyond Earth is part of The Fairchild Challenge, an award-winning environmental science competition based in Miami. The project will help to expand ongoing NASA research into a citizen science program for students. It will also serve groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields. Through their participation in the project, students will inform future NASA plant research by evaluating edible plants that meet NASA's criteria for size and edibility.

"Our local school children will become part of the age-old science of growing plants in new environments, now with the goal of producing food wherever humans may find themselves living in the future," said Dr. Carl Lewis, Director of Fairchild.

Fairchild will provide indoor plant growing equipment called "mini botany labs," including an LED-lit growth chamber and enough pots, soil, and seeds to run experiments throughout the school year.

"With this funding, we will be able to offer our botanical expertise to support NASA's current research and empower our local network of STEM-minded middle and high school students to contribute to plant science research that has universal implications," said Amy Padolf, Director of Education at Fairchild.

About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Established in 1938 as an 83-acre garden in Miami, Fla., Fairchild is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, orchids, fruit trees, and more. Fairchild reaches more than 200,000 school children each year with its environmental education programming.


Washington STEM and Washington MESA Launch Engineering Fellows Program

This is a press release from Washington STEM and Washington MESA

Washington STEM and Washington MESA launched the Engineering Fellows program today to increase engineering education efforts throughout the state focusing on King County and the Yakima Valley. National STEM organization 100Kin10 provided funding for this innovative project.

Engineering Fellows is a highly competitive program that brings engineering expertise directly into fifth grade classrooms around the state. Thirty fifth grade teachers from the Yakima Valley and King County are collaborating with professional engineers and college/graduate engineering students to design and implement engineering design challenges that are integrated with their local curriculum.

“Teachers and engineers will work together through the Engineering Fellows program to create a high-quality STEM experience for Washington students,” said Patrick D’Amelio, CEO of Washington STEM. “Washington state is number two in STEM job availability, and Engineering Fellows will ensure students are ready to take advantage of these great opportunities.”

The project launches this week as the engineering fellows take part in an intensive Summer Design Institute at the University of Washington; the fellows will develop a menu of design challenges and teaching plans to be used during the 2016-2017 school year.

“The participating teachers and engineering practitioners are lending their experience and expertise to elevate instructional strategies to better engage and inspire the next generation of engineers, scientist and leaders,” said James Dorsey, CEO of Washington MESA.

During the school year, students will benefit from the experience of their teachers as they engage in design challenges. The Fellows will reconvene throughout the year during Saturday sessions to reflect upon and refine the design challenges. Over the next three years, Washington STEM and Washington MESA plan to expand the program to ensure that almost 200 fifth grade teachers are equipped, empowered, and well-supported to engage students in engineering design challenges based on real-world problems

Engineering Fellows:

5th Grade Teachers



Visala Hohlbein

Bailey Gatzert Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Samantha Egelhoff

Thurgood Marshall Elem. School

Seattle Public Schools

Aubrey Ashenbrenner

Kimball Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Nicole Trudeau

Kimball Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Marcia Ventura

Maple Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Angie Nall

Arbor Heights Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools

Indi Ekanayake

Rainier Prep Public Charter


Scott Hicke

Rainier Prep Public Charter


Harrison Pasion

McMicken Heights Elementary

Highline Public Schools

Diana Ryan

McMicken Heights Elementary

Highline Public Schools

Chris Brase

Marvista Elementary School

Highline Public Schools

Nancy Becker

North Hill Elementary School

Highline Public Schools

Wendi Warren

Carriage Crest Elementary

Kent School District

Donna Pearson

East Hill Elementary School

Kent School District

Douglas Ferguson

Martin Sortun Elementary School

Kent School District

Julie Hagen

Covington Elementary School

Kent School District

Catie Larsen

Covington Elementary School

Kent School District

Amanda Henry

Meridian Elementary School

Kent School District

Ronna Garcia

Selah Intermediate

Selah School District

Jennifer Quigley

Selah Intermediate

Selah School District

Angela Steiner

Selah Intermediate

Selah School District

Kristen Bucknell

Union Gap School

Union Gap School District

Megan Beckstrand

Nob Hill Elementary School

Yakima School District

Ron Richter

Harrah Elementary School

Mount Adams School District

Brian Buehler

Harrah Elementary School

Mount Adams School District

Raymond Merkel

Washington Elementary School

Sunnyside School District

Ruth Kupp

Washington Elementary School

Sunnyside School District

Ann Aliberti

Chief Kamiakin Elementary School

Sunnyside School District

Hillary Fought

Hiawatha Elementary School

Othello School District


Field / Major


Alan Aragon

Electrical Engineering

Columbia Basin College

Armand Shahbazian

Electrical Engineering

Seattle University

Barbara Medina

Mechanical Engineering

Seattle University

Kristina Stern

Mechanical Engineering/Computer Science

Seattle University

Kelemua Tesfaye

Civil Engineering

Seattle University

Samira Rezaei

Electrical Engineering

University of Washington

Kenjiro Goodson

Human Centered Design and Engineering

University of Washington

Holly Brunner

Materials Science Engineering

University of Washington

Farah Nadeem

Electrical Engineering

University of Washington




Laura Grignon


Coughlin Porter Lundeen

Gino Mazzotti


Brown and Caldwell

Tom Corcoran


Integrus Architecture

Matt Nielsen



Michael Frank



About Washington STEM:
Washington STEM is a statewide nonprofit advancing excellence, equity, and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. For more information, go to

About Washington MESA:
MESA engages thousands of educationally disadvantaged students so they excel in math and science and graduate with math-based degrees. MESA partners with all segments of higher education as well as K-12 institutions. For more information, go


The STEMconnector Team Mourns the Loss of a Champion of STEM Education, Larry Bock, Founder of the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Festival visionary and founder Lawrence A. Bock – a tireless advocate for STEM education and innovation – died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer at his home in the San Diego area. He was 56. 

The USA Science and Engineering Festival released the following statement from Festival Executive Director, Marc Schulman: ”It is with great sadness and heavy heart that we say goodbye to Larry Bock, the founder of the USA Science and Engineering Festival, who passed away at his home last evening. Larry waged a monumental battle with pancreatic cancer. He will be remembered as a brilliant entrepreneur, passionate philanthropist and dedicated family man. His passing is a profound loss but his legacy of inspiring math and science education will have a lasting impact on students and our nation for future generations.” 

Larry launched the San Diego Science Festival to educate and inspire our next generation to pursue STEM careers. He then evolved this into the USA Science & Engineering Festival, the nation’s largest science festival held biennially in Washington, D.C.

In addition to his work with the Festival, Larry was a serial entrepreneur who founded, co-founded or financed the early stage growth of 40 companies from inception to an aggregate market capitalization of $70 Billion.

He received numerous awards and honors, including being selected by the US Commission for UNESCO to represent the U.S. for the 2011 Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science; receiving the Hoyt S. Vandenberg Prize from the Air Force Association for the best STEM Education Program; receiving the 2014 Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize of the Society of Developmental Biology; and being named by Venture Capital Journal as one of the “Ten Most Influential Venture Capitalists.” 

Larry also served on a number of boards, including the Advisory Board and the Technology Advisory Board of the NanoBusiness Alliance; the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration; and on the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley

Larry and his wife Diane, established the Larry and Diane Bock Chair in Nanotechnology at the University of California, Berkeley held by Dr. Paul Alivisatos. They also founded the non-profit Science Spark and Community Cousins, a non-profit foundation focused on breaking down racial barriers, which was selected by former Vice President Al Gore as one of 10 outstanding grass root efforts nationally. 

“Larry’s accomplishments in life were a testament to his brilliance, passion, drive and love. Among his proudest accomplishments are his two daughters, Quincy and Tasha. He has been taken from us much too early. We extend our deepest condolences to his beloved family, and are honored to be able to continue the important work he started. He was one of a kind.” 

In lieu of flowers or gifts, contributions may be made to Science Spark for producing the continuation of the USA Science and Engineering Festival, his crowning achievement. The Festival combines his love of science, entrepreneurship, jovial spirit, sense of adventure and his fondest hopes and dreams as a Dad.

2016 - 2018 MESA President Selected

MESA USA, a nationally recognized program in STEM education, elected its new President, James Dorsey, at the 2016 Annual MESA National Engineering Design Competition in Ogden, Utah. James gained the unanimous support of the executive leadership of MESA USA and will represent the eleven member states effective July 1, 2016. 

James said after his selection as President, “It is an honor to be selected by my peers and colleagues to help lead MESA USA during this new era, when STEM education is central to the national education and workforce conversation. Together, the members of MESA USA will continue to advocate for STEM education, equity and access in MESA states in order to impact diverse populations to contribute to a competitive global workforce.” 

Since 1970, MESA’s mission to advocate for STEM education, equity and access in MESA states. has helped students from low-income and underrepresented communities become scientists, engineers and mathematicians, filling an urgent need for qualified technical professionals and increasing diversity in STEM. Through three branches of MESA, students are served through local centers in K-12, community colleges, and four-year institutions. MESA partners with these educational institutions, and industry throughout the United States to develop a diverse and competitive global workforce. Nationally, students who participate in MESA are five times more likely to pursue college degrees in math and sciences than their non-MESA peers.

MESA USA, serves over 49,000 students annually. The MESA USA States are Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah and Washington. 

James’ goal during his tenure is to, “deepen the MESA USA partner base and evolve our business model in order to influence the national conversation about STEM education. By taking on these efforts, the organization will continue to grow, thrive and serve more students in numerous communities across the country. This will support MESA USA in its efforts to lead on its advocacy efforts in STEM education, equity and access in MESA states. Together, we’ll strengthen the economic fabric of our communities, and develop the diverse and competitive global workforce our country needs.”

James has served as the Executive Director of Washington MESA since 2008, and previously served an additional 22 years with California MESA, including state director of undergraduate programs, national director of program development. 


Honeywell and U.S. Space & Rocket Center Ignite Singaporean Teachers' Passion for STEM Education

This is a press release from Honeywell

The program has inspired 2,576 middle school math and science teachers from 56 countries and 52 U.S. states and territories since 2004, reaching more than 3 million students

SINGAPORE, July 5, 2016 (PRNewswire) | The U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) and its long-term partner Honeywell (HON) hosted more than 200 teachers from 25 countries, including one from Singapore, and 36 U.S. states and territories at the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA), over two consecutive weeks from in June, 2016. Over the past years, five middle school teachers from Singapore have received scholarships to attend this program.

The award-winning scholarship program, created by Honeywell Hometown Solutions in partnership with USSRC, is designed to help middle school math and science teachers be more effective at teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Since its creation in 2004, HESA has graduated 2,576 educators from 56 countries and 52 U.S. states and territories.

"We are proud to work with Honeywell to offer this program to teachers from all over the world each year," said Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and Executive Director of the Rocket Center. "This program gives teachers innovative tools they need to engage their students and lead them toward success in the classroom and in the workplace. The educators who attend say HESA changed the way they teach and reinvigorated their passion for their work. The beneficiaries of this collaboration are ultimately the millions of children who come through their classrooms."

Teachers participated in 45 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction focused specifically on science and space exploration. Sessions include astronaut-style exercises such as high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based space missions, land and water survival training and interactive flight dynamics programs.

"Honeywell Educators at Space Academy is definitely unforgettable and awesome. It is designed so well that the participants get to experience real-life problem solving skills and have a holistic overview of space exploration, research and discoveries," said 2016 Singaporean graduate Shyamalatha Balasingam. "I hope to plan more experiential learning lessons which will enable my students to plan, design and execute their 'creations' based on real-life problems instead of focusing too much on preparing for exams."

"As a global leader in each of our business groups -- Aerospace, Automation Control and Solutions, and Performance Materials and Technologies -- Honeywell understands the importance of inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers," said Briand Greer, president of Honeywell Southeast Asia. "In order to do that, we are committed to equipping teachers with new techniques to ignite their passion for teaching challenging subjects like math and science in a way that inspires today's students to become the STEM leaders of the future."

HESA candidates complete a rigorous application process. Qualified teachers are awarded scholarships, round-trip airfare, tuition, meals and accommodations, thanks to the generous support of Honeywell and its employees.

To date, more than 3 million students benefited from the invaluable teaching techniques gained from HESA. For more information about HESA, visit:

About U.S. Space and Rocket Center
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is home to Space Camp® and Aviation Challenge®, the Apollo 16 capsule, the National Historic Landmark Saturn V rocket and world-class traveling exhibits. USSRC is the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and a showcase for national defense technologies developed at the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal. To learn more about the exciting programs and activities at the USSRC, visit

About Honeywell
Honeywell ( is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit 

About Honeywell Hometown Solutions
Honeywell Educators at Space Academy is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions,a the company's corporate citizenship initiative, which focuses on five areas of vital importance: Science & Math Education, Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit


Reality Show "The Runner" and Contestants #TheBrogrammers Inspire STEM over Summer

Several months ago two of my best friends texted me… “We are auditioning for a reality show.”  My response was something along the lines of “Yea, okay.  Text me when they tell you they didn’t like you.”

Turns out, they actually were cast for the show, called “The Runner,” airing on Verizon’s Go90 platform.  The basic idea is that there is a person running across the country completing various tasks.  My friends, along with four other teams are solving clues, riddles, and other challenges in an attempt to “Catch the Runner.”  

The show began July 1, and I have a few gripes (then I’ll get to the good stuff):

  1. I can’t talk to my friends until the show ends on July 31.
  2. The show’s cast gives out money to teams that help them, but they can’t give it to friends.  I’m obviously not planning to help another team win, so I’m missing out on all that money!

Alex and James are on “Team Brogrammers.”  Mostly because they are some really smart dudes, and James spends his days writing code and developing various technical applications for his customers.

They have developed quite a following on Twitter (@JamesStern @alexdadds_) with the hashtag “#TheBrogrammers.”  People from around the country, especially tech folks and self proclaimed nerds, have joined Team Brogrammers in an attempt to help them solve their clues faster.  

As more and more people start following the Brogrammers, I have noticed people trying to impress James and Alex (for the Chaser Cash Giveaway of course) with their coding skills!

In STEM advocacy and education policy circles, learning how to code or program has become almost as important as more traditional subjects such as math, english, social studies, and science.  

It is great that this 30 day long reality show has engaged people and #TheBrogrammers are encouraging people across America to explore the endless possibilities of computer science, and coding/programming.  

Join the chase and hop aboard the Team Brogrammers train, let your inner nerd out, and maybe win some cash along the way.

This post was in no way sponsored by Go90, The Runner, or Team Brogrammers.  Though, if The Runner producers decide to give me some Chaser Cash, I wouldn't be mad...


Local Girls Use STEM to Turn Recycled Refrigerators into Solar-Powered Racecars

ComEd’s Icebox Derby brings 30 teen girls from across Chicagoland together to shine the sun on STEM in annual summer competition

June 30, 2016 11:09 AM EDT — CHICAGO (BUSINESS WIRE) | This week ComEd kicked off the Icebox Derby, an educational competition involving 30 teen girls from across Chicagoland who will work in teams to transform recycled refrigerators into electric racecars. New to this year’s program, the young women also will explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through the scope of renewable energy, building and powering parts of their cars with solar technology.

In addition to enhanced aerodynamics, the 2016 Icebox Derby cars will each have two, 30-watt solar panels to power accessories like LED headlights, a car horn, and a helmet with two-way communication capabilities. The cars will also feature a solar charge control module, used to communicate between the panels and solar components.

“For ComEd, technology and innovation are at the core of our business. As the energy industry continues to evolve, we are in need of a future workforce that is able to anticipate and solve the technical problems of today and the digital challenges of tomorrow. We are committed to creating opportunities like the Icebox Derby to offer hands-on experiences to young women in the STEM subjects,” said Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO of ComEd. “As an energy company, we also recognize the value of solar energy and its important role in the years to come. Incorporating renewable energy into Icebox Derby is just one of the ways ComEd is working to jumpstart solar in Illinois, and also train the workforce who will help us lead the way.”

In the coming weeks, the girls will work to build their cars from the ground – or rather fridge – up. The Icebox Derby is intended to help increase interest STEM and awareness amongst women by providing a hands-on educational platform by which girls, ages 13-18, get to work closely with ComEd mentors and other technical experts to learn about practical applications of STEM in the world and in the workforce. Important lessons about teamwork and safety are also closely tied to this initiative.

This is the third year of the program and on August 13, the new teams will put their solar-powered fridge cars to the test in a head-to-head race with their fellow Icebox Derby Racers to take home the STEM Cup, scholarship money and other prizes. Each Icebox Derby contestant will receive a scholarship for completing the program and the first place winners in the 2016 race will win a prize to be revealed at a later date. Find out more about the program by visiting

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit, and connect with the company on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.


New Study Shows College Students Demonstrate Integrity in Learning and Ignore Cheating Opportunities

Digital textbook responses reveal students choose to study for the sake of learning

NEW ORLEANS, LA – June 29, 2016 | Most college students make a legitimate attempt to answer questions in homework assignments, even when a short-cut to the answer is available to them through the click of a button, according to a new study. This evidence of integrity in study habits is promising, as an increasing number of instructors use online learning materials, many of which include built-in questions and solutions.

 Researchers from the University of California at Riverside and zyBooks will present these findings next week at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference in New Orleans.

 “With the right interactive material, we see that many students are interested in truly learning, rather than simply doing whatever it takes to get their grade,” said Dr. Alex Edgcomb, University of California at Riverside research specialist, zyBooks senior software engineer, and co-author of the study. “The study also addresses the question of whether digital textbooks can aid learning—and the answer is a resounding yes.”

The study analyzed data from 550 students enrolled in a fall 2014 Introduction to Programming course in four classes: one at a four-year public research university, one at a four-year public teaching college, and two at community colleges. Students completed short-answer homework questions using interactive digital textbooks that offer a “Check” button to submit an answer, and a “Show Answer” button to reveal the correct response without any grade penalty. 84 percent of students responded on their own without, or before, revealing the correct answer. Nearly 90 percent of students earnestly attempted 60 to 100 percent of questions. Only one percent of students blatantly "cheated the system" by attempting less than 20 percent of questions.  

Experts were also able to compare response data to the makeup of the questions themselves to determine which types of questions are most effective, how much time is required to answer, and the value of building in and accepting alternative correct answers. The paper also discusses teaching practices that can have a negative impact on honesty such as assigning excessive work.   “We created the material under the assumption that, fundamentally, students want to learn. We believed they would challenge themselves to answer questions if those questions really help them learn. We were delighted that the study confirmed our assumption,” added Dr. Frank Vahid, University of California at Riverside Computer Science & Engineering professor, and co-founder of zyBooks. “Such data not only guides us in creating and improving learning material, but can really change how teachers view and interact with students.”

Dr. Edgcomb, Dr. Vahid and Joshua Yuen (Computer Science & Engineering, University of California at Riverside) will present these findings at the New Orleans Convention Center on June 29 at 1:15 PM as part of the ASEE Annual Conference. The study was supported in part by the National Science Foundation's Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program and a Google faculty research award.  

Read the full study and findings here:

About zyBooks
zyBooks is a leading provider of online interactive and animated learning material for college level STEM courses. Currently 16 zyBooks span a range of computer science, math, and engineering courses, and the company is expanding the library to provide affordable and comprehensive coverage across the STEM curriculum. Founded in 2012 by Smita Bakshi and by Univ. of California Riverside Professor Frank Vahid, zyBooks' offerings emphasize interactive learning through extensive learning questions, animations, simulators, and even embedded auto-graded homework and labs. zyBooks have been used at more than 400 universities by over 100,000 students to date.


Discovery Education And 3M Announce National Finalists In 2016 Young Scientist Challenge

This is a press release from Discovery Education and 3M

Ten Young Inventors Compete for $25,000 and the Title of  ‘America’s Top Young Scientist’ in Nation’s Premier Science Competition

Finalists Get Summer One-on-One Mentorship of a Lifetime with 3M Scientists to Refine Invention Concepts

Silver Spring, Md. and St. Paul, Minn. (June 28, 2016) | Biodegradable plastic. A low-cost CPR simulator. Safe energy storing devices. An efficient water quality monitoring system.  Today’s innovative young minds are working to solve tomorrow’s challenges — making materials safer, solutions more efficient, and inventions more accessible. Now, Discovery Education (@DiscoveryEd) and 3M (@3M) announce 10 student finalists from across America in the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge (#YoungScientist). The annual premier competition recognizes scientific thinking and imagination in students grades 5-8 who dream up a solution to an everyday problem that ultimately could reshape the way we live our lives.

After submitting a short video communicating the science behind a possible solution to an everyday problem, these young scientists rose to the top of the competition and were selected over hundreds of others, due to their science acumen, innovative thinking and exceptional communication skills demonstrated in their entry videos. The finalists   ̶  six girls and four boys, ranging in age from 12-14  ̶   include those from public, private and home schools, from locations all across the nation.

The 10 Finalists

(in alphabetical order)*:

  • Meghna Behari, Sewickley, PA, Marshall Middle School, (North Allegheny School District)
  • Amelia Day, Sumner, WA, Lakeridge Middle School (Sumner School District)
  • Mrinali Kesavadas, Mahomet, IL, Mahomet-Seymour Jr. High School (Mahomet-Seymour School District)
  • Sara Makboul, Acworth, GA, Palmer Middle School (Cobb County School District) 
  • Maanasa Mendu, Mason, OH, Mason Middle School (Mason City School District)
  • Rohit Mital, Rochester Hills, MI, West Middle School (Rochester Community Schools)
  • Will Paschal, Madison, GA, Morgan County Middle School (Morgan County School District)
  • Sofia Tomov, Knoxville, TN, Homeschooled
  • Rohan Wagh, Portland, OR, Stoller Middle School (Beaverton School District)
  • Kaien Yang, Chantilly, VA, Nysmith School for the Gifted

Each finalist will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a 3M Scientist during a summer mentorship program, where they will be challenged to develop their innovative concept that positively impacts them, their family, their community or the global population.  Students meet virtually with their mentors, who provide guidance from the student’s concept to actual prototype  ̶  allowing for a complete experience in the scientific process in which the original idea may evolve. Throughout the program, each student will have access to resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education.

All 10 finalists receive $1,000 and are awarded a trip to 3M Headquarters in St. Paul, Minn to participate in the final competition at the 3M Innovation Center on Oct. 17 and 18, where they will be evaluated on a series of challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Each challenge will be scored independently by a panel of judges. The winner will receive $25,000, a trip to watch the taping of a Discovery Network show, and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

“At 3M, we know the importance of encouraging ‘next-gen’ scientific thinkers, who will invent new ways to solve the issues our customers face every day — from keeping workers safe on the job to addressing global issues like access to clean water,” said Jon Lindekugel, senior vice president for Business Development and Marketing-Sales at 3M.  “Through 3M’s summer mentorship with the finalists, we’re excited to hear their fresh ideas and to provide guidance through the scientific process as their projects move from concept to reality.”

"Discovery Education is proud to partner with 3M to support their commitment to fostering the next generation of science innovators,” said Bill Goodwyn, president and CEO of Discovery Education.  “The Young Scientist Challenge brings the magic of science to life for young people  everywhere — enhancing science exploration nationwide, and helping to develop the communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills today's students need for success beyond the classroom.” 

Since its inception in 2008, the Young Scientist Challenge has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in student scholarships and prizes, paired students with world-renowned scientists to give them real-world insights and delivered much-needed science resources to millions of students, teachers and families across the country. It targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. Winners have gone on to be featured inForbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list, speak in front of members of Congress and attendees at the United Nations, meet the President of the United States, and demonstrate inventions on national news programs such as ABC World News TonightFox & Friends, and The Ellen Degeneres Show.

For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including photos and bios of the 10 finalists and a list of the 27 state merit winners, please visit On Twitter, follow @3M and @DiscoveryEd and join the conversation using #YoungScientist.

About 3M
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at or on Twitter @3M or @3MNewsroom.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at



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