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UPSers Volunteer at VEX Robotics World Championships

This is a guest blog post from UPS

Event prepares future innovators for STEM-based careers

Imagine a darkened arena filled with more than 15,000 excited students loudly cheering in anticipation of the announcement they’ve waited for all year. The arena then lights up with lasers, fireworks and the stage lights come up to reveal, not the latest video game, but the 2015-2016 Robotics challenge.  
The Robotics Education and Competition Foundation (REC) has managed to accomplish something that has challenged educators, school systems, and technology companies – how to increase the number of students engaged and excited about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) -based careers.  
Each year, REC hosts VEX Worlds, the Robotics World Championship, bringing together the top robotics teams from around the world, celebrating their accomplishments and competing with and against the best of the best. More than 800 teams from 30 countries participated in this year’s event in Louisville, KY.  
“VEX Worlds coming to Louisville provides a unique opportunity to showcase UPS technology and UPS as a technology company to the top future innovators of the world,” says Kim Felix, Vice President of UPS’s Information Services (I.S.) Transportation Technology Group (TTG) Portfolio.    
UPS I.S. and its Air Region joined forces as sponsors of the event this year; and the UPS TTG University Engagement Committee (UEC) organized volunteers to support the event in a variety of roles ranging from participant check-in, to robot inspections, referees and competition judges for the four-day event at the Kentucky Exposition Center. 
The VEX program supports students from elementary through collegiate levels. In addition to learning valuable engineering skills, students gain life skills such as teamwork, perseverance, communication, collaboration, project management and critical thinking. 
“REC is a great partner for us,” added Felix. “It is successfully building and growing the pipeline of talent we need to advance technology and grow our business at UPS. We’re looking forward to continuing the partnership and our support for the program.”



Infosys Foundation USA Partners with to Bring Computer Science Education to Millions of Students Across the U.S.

This is a press release from Infosys Foundation USA

Infosys Foundation USA Chairperson Vandana Sikka joins's board. Teacher training expanded to middle and high schools.

SAN FRANCISCO, April 28, 2015 (PRNewswire) | Infosys Foundation USA, a non-profit organization focused on bridging the digital divide in America, has announced a partnership with to expand access to computer science education for millions of students across the United States. The program includes professional development for teachers, curriculum development and social outreach programs.

Infosys Foundation USA has also committed its support to's annual Hour of Code initiative, a global grassroots campaign that has introduced millions of students to computer science in over 180 countries. will run its third Hour of Code campaign in December 2015, encouraging students of all ages to try a one-hour computer science tutorial. These lessons are designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.
With the support of Infosys Foundation USA, will be able to expand its professional development program, training approximately 350 middle and high school teachers across the United States.
The partnership is part of the Foundation's larger mission to expand computer science education and training in the United States, particularly for those in underrepresented communities.
With this announcement, Infosys Foundation USA becomes a Platinum-level sponsor of, providing not only financial support but also resources and extensive experience in computer science education.
The Chairperson of Infosys Foundation USA, Vandana Sikka, has been appointed to the Board. Sikka's background includes a master's degree in computer science and a successful track record in product design, development and management in several Silicon Valley startups. She joins fellow board members, including representatives from companies such as Google, Microsoft and
Hadi Partovi, CEO, 
"The United States is forecast to have one million unfilled computer science jobs by 2020. This support from Infosys Foundation USA will play a major role in's efforts to broaden access to computer science education, empower teachers and help students of all backgrounds to be ready for the jobs of tomorrow."
Vandana Sikka, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation USA 
"Our partnership with will accelerate our goal to give all children the skills they need to become creators, not just consumers, of technology. Computing skills aren't just for software engineers anymore. They are becoming as foundational as science and language arts. As a parent, I feel strongly that every child should have the opportunity to learn these skills."
About is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Its vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming. After launching in 2013, organized the Hour of Code campaign - which has introduced over 100 million students to computer science to date - and partnered with more than 60 public school districts nationwide to expand computer science programs. is supported by philanthropic donations from corporations, foundations and generous individuals, including Microsoft, Infosys Foundation USA, The Ballmer Family Giving, Omidyar Network and others. Learn more at and follow on Twitter @codeorg.
About Infosys Foundation USA 
Infosys Foundation USA is a non-profit focused on bridging the digital divide in America. It aims to give children, young adults and workers across the United States the skills they need to become creators, not just consumers, of technology. Infosys Foundation USA supports computer science education and training, particularly for those in under-represented communities.  Support includes grants and domain expertise for non-profit organizations involved in delivering services, research and advocacy. Infosys Foundation USA builds on the 20-year community-focused heritage of the Infosys Foundation.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Acquire Scholastic’s Educational Technology and Services Business for $575 Million

The following is a press release from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ: HMHC) (HMH) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Educational Technology and Services (“EdTech”) business of Scholastic Corporation for $575 million in cash, subject to customary working capital adjustments. 
The acquisition would provide HMH with a leading position in intervention curriculum and services and extend its product offerings in key growth areas, including educational technology, early learning, and education services, creating a more comprehensive offering for students, teachers and schools. The transaction is expected to be accretive to HMH net income and free cash flow in 2016  and to yield synergies in 2016 and beyond with annual cost savings of $10 to $20 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second calendar quarter of 2015, subject to closing conditions and regulatory approval. 
The transaction would provide added digital infrastructure and expertise to support the continued development of next-generation products for HMH’s pre-K-12 and consumer businesses. In addition, HMH believes that combining EdTech’s digital intervention solutions sales expertise with HMH’s already strong sales organization will create new opportunities and accelerate the Company’s growth. 
“As HMH drives a learning transformation powered by technology, we believe the EdTech segment of Scholastic will strengthen our offering in both K-12 and other key growth areas, including digital intervention, early learning, consumer and professional development,” commented Linda K. Zecher, HMH’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe that by diversifying our education portfolio, we will be taking an important step toward optimizing our growth while also enhancing our resiliency throughout economic and market cycles.”
The EdTech segment of Scholastic provides digital intervention curriculum, products and services to schools and districts throughout the United States as well as related implementation and assessment services and school consulting services. The business consists of proven-effective intervention solutions, including READ 180®, the largest individual digital curriculum program in the marketplace, and MATH 180®, which is fast becoming a market leader since its introduction in 2014. HMH expects this transaction would enable the company to more comprehensively address upcoming K-12 adoptions and the needs of students in those markets who would benefit from an intervention solution. 
The management team of the EdTech business, including its President Margery Mayer, is expected to remain with the business as part of HMH. The business’ approximate 800 employees are also expected to join HMH upon transaction close. 

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Pledges $1.2 Million to the SAE Foundation to Support STEM Education

This is a press release from the SAE Foundation

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) has awarded $1.2 Million to the SAE Foundation in support of its efforts to advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through SAE International’s award-winning A World In Motion® (AWIM) program and ensure the technical competency of the future talent pool.

WARRENDALE, Pa. (PRWEB) April 23, 2015 | Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) has awarded $1.2 Million to the SAE Foundation in support of its efforts to advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through SAE International’s award-winning A World In Motion® (AWIM) program and ensure the technical competency of the future talent pool. The SAE Foundation’s relentless pursuit of innovative, effective STEM education is made possible by corporations like Kia Motors – innovation and continuous improvement are key components of the Kia brand’s core values and A World In Motion exemplifies this in its curriculum design and delivery, as well as, its’ ability to create the next generation of innovators.

“On behalf of all KMMG team members, we are excited to continue our partnership with SAE and for even more local students in Harris and Chambers Counties to join students in Troup County who have been benefitting from this fantastic program,” said Randy Jackson, KMMG’s senior vice president of human resources and administration. “This curriculum is making a big impact, and as a learning organization, Kia understands that the students of today will be our workforce of tomorrow.”
By investing in SAE’s AWIM program over the next three years, Kia is ensuring that students in both Georgia and Alabama are not only prepared to be potential employees, but that they will also enrich their communities by being excellent problem solvers and analytical thinkers: innovators who provide practical solutions to everyday problems.
“Kia understands that A World In Motion’s carefully crafted curriculum based on the Engineering Design Experience secures a learning process that instills problem solving and the skills of working in teams, communication, analytical thinking and data analysis that will facilitate lifetime learning and career success,” commented Lori Gatmaitan, Director, SAE Foundation.
About SAE Foundation
The SAE Foundation, the charitable arm of SAE International, encourages and increases student participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). It funds awards and scholarships as well as full continuum of K-16 STEM educational programs, including A World In Motion®, F1 in Schools, and the Collegiate Design Series™. SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 137,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. Contact: Shawn Andreassi, SAE International, 1-724-772-8522 or pr(at)
About AWIM 
SAE International’s A World In Motion® (AWIM) program 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 education standards, AWIM incorporates the laws of physics, motion, flight and electronics into age-appropriate hands on activities that reinforce classroom STEM curriculum.
About SAE International 
SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting more than 137,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.
About KMMG 
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) is the first manufacturing site in North America for Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, Korea. With an annual capacity of 360,000 units, KMMG is located on 2,200 acres in West Point, Georgia, and began mass production on Nov. 16, 2009. KMMG is home to the Sorento CUV and the Optima mid-size sedan, two of the brand’s top selling models in the U.S.

Camp Invention Celebrates 25 Years Of Inspiring Curiosity And Creativity

This is a press release from Camp Invention

The Nation's Premier Summer Enrichment Day Camp Focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Will Illuminate Your Child's Summer

CANTON, Ohio, April 24, 2015 (PRNewswire) | Camp Invention's 25th Anniversary marks a milestone in STEM education, creative thinking and innovation that is a driving force in the future of our children and the future of our nation. To celebrate, Camp Invention, the nation's premier summer enrichment day camp for grades one through six, has elevated its 2015 curriculum with the help of innovation giants, including National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) Inductees, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) representatives and high-profile educators.
The 2015 Camp Invention program, "Illuminate™," will encourage students to explore their inventiveness through an innovation laboratory, investigation of circuits and taking on a nature-inspired design challenge. As they build and make discoveries, they will have a chance to invent a prototype from scratch and explore math from a new angle when they create origami flight models during team-building exercises.
"I hope to have been a real-life inspiration for young thinkers, movers and shakers," said Garrett Brown, inventor of the Steadicam® camera stabilizer and 2013 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee. "Along with my fellow Inductees, I look forward to seeing this year's program and helping to ignite the inventive spark in all Camp Invention participants. I hope they see that an inventor's journey is an endless and adventurous path."
According to a Harris Poll study, conducted by Dr. Harris Cooper, professor of psychology at University of Missouri-Columbia, the top indicator for parents that their child has an inventive mind is if they have an interest in learning how things work and enjoy taking things apart. Camp Invention taps into today's "maker movement," making geek chic and encouraging inventors, designers and tinkers to have an admiration for curiosity, learning, artisan design and powerful technology. This focus establishes self-esteem, collaboration, persistence, communication and goal-setting skills to propel the advancement of our Camp participants in education and in life.
The Camp Invention program annually impacts more than 112,000 children at 1,200 plus sites across the nation. Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in the community. To find a camp in your local community, visit our Camp Finder or for additional information, visit
"For 25 years we have promoted creativity and advanced the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship," said Invent Now, Inc. CEO Michael Oister, which coordinates Camp Invention. "For decades to come, we will continue to encourage students that go through Camp Invention to think outside the box and embrace their inquisitive minds to explore, create and invent. We will set a precedent that inspiration and innovation are not limited by age or generation, which is evident by Camp Invention."
New in 2015, Camp Invention, National Inventors Hall of Fame, Collegiate Inventors Competition and the USPTO will establish a nationwide call to action to inspire innovation in America. This movement is called Innovation Echo and challenges everyone to join together and think creatively, offer ideas and solve problems so that we can continue to change the world for the better. Innovation Echo will be integrated into the 2015 Illuminate™ curriculum as a take home project for Camp Invention in 2015 that will keep Campers motivated to innovate throughout the summer. They will work closely with their parents to come up with ways create solutions for the 2015 challenge, Tomorrow's Brightest Days – Solutions for Energy Conservation, and share their ideas on Camp Invention social media properties. The winning idea will be awarded a spot in the 2016 Innovation Echo showcase next May in Washington, D.C.
"Camp Invention provides the USPTO with the opportunity to inspire our youth to innovate and introduce them to the importance of protecting their intellectual property through the patent system," said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Michelle K. Lee. "We are excited for this year's curriculum and integration with Innovation Echo because it creates additional depth and longevity to inspire even more children to pursue an interest in STEM."
Get ready for all the exciting opportunities in 2015 to think, make and create. Join Camp Invention and Innovation Echo and help shape the future of our nation by using #thinkmakecreate and #InnoEcho15.
About Camp Invention: 
Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention encourages children in grades one through six to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum inspired by some the world's great inventors. Camp Invention, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Collegiate Inventors Competition serve as the authority on inspiring invention and compose Invent Now. This nationwide nonprofit organization is committed to the curious minds and innovative spirits of the past, present and future. Since 1990, our education programs have served over 1 MILLION children and 125,000 teachers and Leadership Interns.
About Invent Now: 
The mission of Invent Now is to be a catalyst for change through recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Invent Now was founded in 1973 as the National Inventors Hall of Fame, now a supporting organization, with the mission of recognizing and honoring the great inventors of our time. A supporting organization of Invent Now, Inc., the National Inventors Hall of Fame honors individuals in recognition of their patented inventions that have created entire industries and driven this nation's economic progress.

Students From China, New Zealand, Singapore, And The United States Crowned Champions Of Vex Worlds 2015

This is a press release from VEX Robotics

Over 15,000 Students From Around the World Gathered in Louisville, Kentucky!

Greenville, TX – April 20, 2015 | Over the weekend, more than 850 teams from 29 nations gathered at the Kentucky Exposition Center to compete with custom-built robots during three days of intense back-to-back matches. Teams sought to be crowned champions of VEX Worlds 2015, the culminating event of the season, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Teams from China, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United States prevailed, taking home the highly coveted Championship Trophies for the VEX IQ Elementary & Middle School World Championships, the VEX Robotics Competition Middle & High School World Championships, and the VEX U World Championship
“These students spent countless hours designing, building, programming and testing their robots over the course of the season at more than 1,000 local, state, and regional competitions,” said Jason Morrella, President of the REC Foundation. “The truth is that all of these students leave the competition as winners. The teamwork and problem-solving skills they take away from this experience will successfully prepare them for future careers in STEM fields and serve them throughout their lives.”
The global championship kicked off Thursday with a festive parade of nations, where students from all the teams made their way into Freedom Hall to proudly display their respective country’s colorful flags. Following the parade, the teams began an intense afternoon of back-to-back qualification matches and skills challenges. On Friday, the excitement was palpable as teams continued to run through qualifications, and closed the day with the 2015-2016 New Game Reveal. By Saturday, qualification rounds ended and the top performing teams went through the alliance selection process. A stunning pyrotechnic and light show experience lent a festive atmosphere as teams entered into finals and award ceremonies. 
Altogether, the best 850 VEX teams out of more than 12,000 teams worldwide qualified to compete in one of five program divisions hosted by the REC Foundation this past weekend. The competitions included: VEX IQ Challenge Elementary School World Championship (ages 8-10), VEX IQ Challenge Middle School World Championship (ages 11-14), VEX Robotics Competition Middle School World Championship (ages 11-14), VEX Robotics Competition High School World Championship (ages 15-18) and VEX U (ages 18+).
The 2015 VEX Worlds Championship Alliance Winners are as follows:
  • The VEX IQ Challenge Elementary School Teamwork Challenge Winning Alliance included team 15A, Crescent Crazy Stackers, from Crescent Elementary School in Anaheim, Calif. and team 10656, Hongkou Central Primary School, from Shanghai, China.
  • The VEX IQ Challenge Middle School Teamwork Challenge Winning Alliance included team 2587X, DiscoBots – Xray, from Houston, Texas and team 7065A, Elementrix, from Yabucoa, Puerto Rico.
  • The VEX Robotics Competition Middle School World Championship Winning Alliance included team 8193A, Shanghai Yongchang Private School, from China, and teams 8066A and 8066C, Atom and Thor, from Hai Sing Catholic School in Singapore.
  • The VEX Robotics Competition High School World Championship Winning Alliance included team 2915A, Lynnfield College Robotics, from Auckland, New Zealand, team 9090C, T-VEX, from the Mandarin Chinese School, from Arlington, Texas, and team 2131C, Davis High School, from Kaysville, Utah.
  • The VEX U World Championship team was team QCC2, Blue Rooster Robotics, from Worcester, Mass.
One team from each of the five program divisions also received the Excellence Award, the highest honor at VEX Worlds, given to the team with the most well rounded VEX Robotics program. Team 15B, Crescent Crazy Stackers, from Crescent Elementary School in Anaheim, Calif. received the Excellence Award for the VEX IQ Challenge Elementary School Division. Team 8899Y, VEXexecutives, from Manatee County Robotics Club in Bradenton, Fla. received the Excellence Award for the VEX IQ Challenge Middle School Division. Team 7700B, Rolling Robots, from Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. was presented with the Excellent Award for the VEX Robotics Competition Middle School Division. Team 2918A, GCECA, from Glenfield College in Auckland, New Zealand received the Excellence Award for the VEX Robotics Competition High School Division. Team AURA, from Auckland University Robotics, in Auckland, New Zealand received the Excellence Award for VEX U Division.
Several other technical and value-based awards were presented to teams throughout the event. Below is a list of the teams and individuals that were recognized for excelling in some of the top categories. For a complete list of award winners, including winners of the online challenges, visit
For those looking forward to getting a jump on next year’s robot designs, the 2015-2016 season games will be VEX Bank Shot (VEX IQ Challenge) and VEX Nothing But Net (VEX Robotics Competition).
Sponsors of the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship included the Northrop Grumman Foundation, the U.S. Army, Chevron, EMC Corporation, NASA, Microchip, Robotmatter, Texas Instruments, HEXBUG and Innovation First International. In addition, the event is sponsored locally by Ford Motor Corporation, GE, Glowtouch, HelmsBriscoe, Mathworks, Nissan, Toyota Manufacturing of Kentucky, UPS, and the University of Louisville. 
About the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
The REC Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally. The REC Foundation develops partnerships with K-12 education, higher education, government, industry, and the non-profit community to achieve this work. For more information, please visit or for details on upcoming events, please visit

ASSET STEM Education™ Opens Third Round of STEM Scholarship Program Schools and Organizations Can Apply Now

This is a press release from ASSET STEM Education
PITTSBURGH | ASSET STEM Education (Achieving Student Success through Excellence in Teaching) today announced a third round of its STEM Scholarship Program. The program, launched in August 2014 in honor of ASSET’s 20th anniversary, provides hands-on STEM classroom materials and educator professional development to underfunded schools and educational organizations to advance student success and workforce readiness.
The STEM Scholarship Program is supported by a $50,000 matching grant from The Hillman Foundation. ASSET hopes to raise $200,000 to award additional scholarships. Sponsors to date include Bayer Corporation, Dollar Bank Foundation, Donnelly-Boland and Associates, Mine Safety Appliances Company Charitable Foundation, PPG Industries Foundation, Range Resources, UPMC Health Plan and Westinghouse Electric Company.
“In order to meet current and future workforce development demands, STEM education must begin early,” said Dr. Cynthia Pulkowski, Executive Director of ASSET STEM Education. “To prepare our most vulnerable students, we hope more businesses and corporations will invest in these students through ASSET’s STEM Scholarship Program.”
Through the STEM Scholarship Program, ASSET has provided more than 1,500 hours of professional development and 120 hands-on STEM classroom kits to educators. During its first two rounds, the STEM Scholarship Program has impacted:
  • 28 schools and programs
  • 265 educators
  • 6,000 students
Any school district, private or charter school or educational organization may apply for a scholarship. The application deadline is Friday, May 29. Applications and scholarships will be reviewed and rewarded 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, please visit  
About ASSET STEM Education
ASSET STEM Education is a national Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education improvement nonprofit established by Bayer Corporation and several community partners in 1994. It fosters STEM fluency and college/career-readiness by providing educators with highly-effective professional development, hands-on educational materials and consulting services — impacting students pre-K through career. ASSET’s programs align with national and state educational standards and are results-oriented, research-grounded and inquiry-based.
Independent evaluations have consistently shown a positive effect on teacher development and student achievement. On the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments, ASSET 4th-grade students outperformed their peers in science. ASSET currently impacts more than 250 public, charter, and private schools and educational organizations in Pennsylvania. ASSET also provides professional development in New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas and has consulted with educational organizations across the U.S. on STEM education reform and capacity building. ASSET's programs influence the lives of more than 7,000 teachers and 225,000 students across the nation.
ASSET represents Pennsylvania as part of Battelle's STEMx™ national network, a multi-state network with an imperative for action on STEM. The STEMx™ network is comprised of 19 member state networks, more than a third of the nation’s states, and currently impacts more than 8 million students nationwide. Additionally, ASSET’s Elementary Program met the rigorous criteria for inclusion in the Change the Equation STEMworks Database, a national database of evidence-based STEM programs. In 2010, ASSET was selected as one of the first-round recipients of a U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation Grant to validate its model in rural and high-needs schools. From 2006-2011, ASSET designed and implemented the statewide Science: It's Elementary initiative in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. For more information, visit

Cisco Supports United Nations' Girls in ICT Day with Girls Power Tech Initiative to Inspire Youth to Create the Digital Jobs of Tomorrow

This is a press release from Cisco

Girls encouraged to follow information and communications technology (ICT) career paths to realize potential of the Internet of Everything

LONDON – April 16, 2015 | Cisco today announced the launch of ‘Girls Power Tech', a global mentoring initiative to support and complement the United Nations' ‘Girls in ICT Day'. ‘Girls Power Tech' is focused on encouraging girls and young women in more than 50 countries, and 80 Cisco offices, to discover opportunities opened by careers in information and communication technology (ICT).
Girls ages 13-18 are invited to participate in Girls Power Tech mentoring opportunities with Cisco employees, allowing girls to make informed career choices about working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).  They will also experience Cisco technologies and meet with other Girls in ICT Day participants via Cisco TelePresence.
According to the European Commission, only 30 percent of the region's ICT workforce is women. This is compounded by the fact that only 29 out of every 1,000 female graduates have a computing or related degree with only four of those going on to work in ICT-related services.
Girls in ICT Day on April 23 is an annual day of activities organized by the International Telecommunications Union aimed at improving the understanding of careers in ICT amoung girls. Cisco has supported Girls in ICT since its inception in 2011.
Supporting Quote:
Chuck Robbins, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Cisco 
"The technology industry has never been more dynamic or more exciting.  Now, more than ever, we need to be doing all we can to build the diverse talent pipeline that will lead our industry into the future.  Girls Power Tech allows young women to explore the incredible opportunities available to them in the technology sector and helps to build the skills and the mindset needed to be our leaders of tomorrow."
Supporting Resources: 
Follow the hashtags #GirlsPowerTech and #GirlsinICT
Tags: #GirlsinICT, #IoE, #GirlsPowerTech, diversity
About Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. For ongoing news, please go to

Duke Energy Awards $25,000 Grant to Teach For America–South Carolina for STEM Education Opportunities

This is a press release from Duke Energy

Florence, SouthCarolina (WEBWIRE) – Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | Teach For America–South Carolina received a $25,000 grant from Duke Energy to support Teach For America’s efforts to increase statewide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education opportunities. The donation will help to recruit, train, and support Teach For America teachers who are leading STEM classrooms in the Palmetto State, and will also support the ongoing leadership development provided to Teach For America alumni in teaching and fields that address educational inequity.

“Providing leaders to teach subject areas such as science and math in high-need schools in South Carolina is critical to helping students attain an excellent education,” said Josh Bell, executive director of Teach For America–South Carolina. “We are thankful to have received the award and to partner with Duke Energy to support excellence in teaching and create pathways for students to prepare for future opportunities in STEM.”
In celebration of Math Awareness Month, Duke Energy representatives awarded the grant during an eighth grade math classroom visit at Southside Middle School in Florence District 1. The students, taught by a Teach For America corps member, heard from a Duke Energy engineer on the role math plays in his career.
“Putting our support behind effective education programs and initiatives that emphasize STEM is a critical focus for Duke Energy,” said Mindy Taylor, Duke Energy’s government and community relations manager. “We are proud to be a partner with Teach for America–South Carolina.”  
Teach For America has worked in South Carolina since 2011, partnering with 14 school districts across 12 counties. This year, 230 Teach For America corps members are reaching 14,500 students in high-need schools across the state; nearly 70 are teaching in the Pee Dee region. Seventy percent of Teach For America teachers in the Pee Dee region teach STEM subjects.
Teach For America–South Carolina is an AmeriCorps program supported by United Way Association of South Carolina and the Corporation for National and Community Service.  
About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, 10,600 corps members are teaching in 50 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 37,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  
About Duke Energy
Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with approximately $121 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.3 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international energy business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at  

Discovery Education, NASA and the White House Celebrate Space Day with Exclusive Virtual Field Trip

This is a press release from Discovery Education

Offered at No Cost to Classrooms Nationwide, Virtual Event will Transport Students to Goddard Space Flight Center to Learn About Planetary Exploration from Leading Scientist Dr. James Garvin
Compelling Digital Media Resources in Discovery Education Streaming Plus and Discovery Education Science Techbook Ignite Students’ Interest in STEM and Bring Astronomy to Life
SILVER SPRING, Md. (April 21, 2015) | Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced that it is partnering with the White House and NASA to present a live virtual field trip offering students across the country a behind-the-scenes look into NASA’s exploration of the solar system. On May 1 at 1 P.M. E.T., this unique learning experience will celebrate Space Day by transporting students to the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to learn from leading experts about the importance of continuing space programs, key missions coming up in 2015, and the scientific practices encompassed in these planetary explorations.
As part of the Space Day observance, students will take a virtual journey through NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, home to the nation's largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study Earth, the sun, our solar system and the universe. During this one-of-a-kind experience and tour, students will learn about the skills needed by scientists working on space programs, what happens at GSFC and how it relates to planetary exploration.
Following the tour, Discovery Education’s Patti Duncan and Dr. James Garvin, GSFC Chief Scientist will lead an engaging discussion from Goddard Space Flight Center, focused on the importance of exploring the universe, how our knowledge of the universe has expanded due to space programs, and the multitude of scientific practices involved in space travel. To further support participating educators, Discovery Education is also offering a collection of space-related classroom activities, which educators can utilize to enhance the learning experience and help prepare students for the virtual field trip. To register for this event or submit questions to be answered live during the broadcast, visit:
This event is being offered as part of Discovery Education’s virtual field trip series, “Of the People: Live from the White House,” designed to offer middle and high school students unique access to White House professionals, experts and personalities in a series of 30-minute virtual events broadcast live and open to all classrooms nationwide.
To support educators beyond the virtual field trip, Discovery Education has also added several exclusive, space-related programs from Discovery Channel and Science Channel programs to its flagship service, Discovery Education Streaming Plus. Space Day content now available through Discovery Education Streaming Plus includes:
  • Science Channel’s Man vs. the Universe: Mars Is Ours (Grades 6-12): This program covers the technological developments currently being executed to make the mission to Mars a reality. Engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs unveil the designs of a reusable rocket and landing parachute, spacesuits that shield astronauts from the harsh environment, and current efforts to physically and mentally prepare humans for a potential one-way journey to space.
  • Discovery Channel’s Red Planet Rover (Grades 6-8): This program follows the Curiosity rover as it travels to the Gale Crater in search of evidence as to whether there was ever life on Mars, the only other planet in the solar system besides Earth to hold water. Experience the highs and lows as NASA scientists and engineers work through the landing process, collect data, and solve a major bug that kept Curiosity from communicating with NASA.
  • Science Channel’s How the Universe Works: Milky Way (Grades 9-12): In the program, scientists discuss galaxy formation and reveal the regulatory forces of the supermassive black holes at the center of every galaxy. Galactic collisions, including the future collision between the Milky Way and Andromeda, are also described in the program.
“Discovery Education’s compelling multimedia content and virtual learning experiences allow students to learn about our planet and the solar system in ways that are simply not possible through the use of traditional text,” said Kati Searcy, Talented & Gifted Teacher at Fulton County Schools’ Mountain Park Elementary School in Roswell, GA. “I am looking forward to using these engaging resources to create a dynamic classroom experience that will engage my students in NASA’s important work and mission, and highlight some of the exciting STEM career paths available to them.”
“We are proud to partner with the White House and NASA on this exciting virtual field trip that brings STEM to life and helps students understand why space exploration is so important to our lives,” said Bill Goodwyn, President and CEO at Discovery Education. “This unique digital experience is an unparalleled opportunity for young people to tour NASA’s amazing facility and connect with some of the world’s leading space experts, which we hope further inspires them to explore STEM-powered careers as scientists, astronauts and engineers.”
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