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A Role Model Par Excellence: Meet the Engineer Who is Ushering in the Next Bionic Arm!

This is a post in our ongoing coverage of USA Science & Engineering Festival's X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium - April 28, 2015 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Role models in STEM are frequently not only extraordinary visionaries in their own field, but they take time to also reach out to students to inspire them. Dean Kamen is such an innovator. He is not only the creator of such inventions as the Segway human transporter, the iBOT battery-powered wheelchair and currently a revolutionary robotic prosthetic arm -- he is also founder of the amazing robotics outreach movement known as FIRST. Get ready to engage one-on-one with him at the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s X-STEM Symposium, an unforgettable all-day experience on April 28 with some of the most fascinating role models in STEM! Tickets are limited and going fast -- so get yours TODAY! Click here to register.
 

X-STEM Speaker Profile:

Dean Kamen
Inside The Mind And Creations Of Inventor Dean Kamen

STEMconnector to Host Town Hall on Solving the Equation: Women in Engineering and Technology (4/22, 2-3PM ET)

    
Solving the Equation: Women in Engineering and Technology
Wednesday, April 22 | 2-3PM EDT

On April 22nd, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will partner with STEMconnector® to convene a virtual Town Hall to discuss the findings of its just-released report, Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women's Success in Engineering and Computing.
 
In 1990, the percentage of women in computing occupations numbered 35%. Today, despite the exponential growth in this sector of the economy, the percentage of women employed in computing is even less: only 26%. Additionally, only 12% of engineers are women.
 
Solving the Equation analyzes the factors underlying these challenging statistics, and looks at what can be done to make these fields more accessible and desirable for all employees. 
 
Join us for an informative discussion with experts from higher education, industry, and nonprofits about this important issue and learn how educators, employers, STEM professionals, policymakers, parents, and girls can be a part of the solution.
 

Confirmed Speakers (as of April 9th):

 

Linda D. Hallman, CAE

Executive Director

AAUW

 

Esra Ozer

President

Alcoa Foundation

 

Robert Denson

President

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)

 

Edie Fraser

Chief Executive Officer

STEMconnector® / Million Women Mentors

  

Anne Wintroub

Director of Social Innovation

AT&T

 

Bettye H. Smith

Director - Engineering & Technology

Lockheed Martin

 

Christianne Corbett, M.A.

Senior Researcher

AAUW

 

Lorena Fimbres

VP & Chief Business Development Officer

STEMconnector® / Million Women Mentors

 

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"STEM Success for Women Telesummit" Features Top Educational Experts and Practitioners

This is a press release from The Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS)

Focus Is on Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain Women in Free, Online Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, April 2, 2015 (PRNewswire) | Community College educators will learn how to recruit and retain more women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) when they attend "The STEM Success for Women Telesummit." The virtual event will be held online April 13-16. The entire conference is free thanks to support from the National Science Foundation.

"The telesummit will help educators – particularly those in community colleges – close the gender gap for women and girls in technology," said Donna Milgram, Executive Director of The Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS). "This is a can't-miss event for educators who are serious about enrolling up to 25-50% female students in their STEM programs and ensuring high retention rates for their female and male students."
 
The material is geared primarily toward community college educators from STEM programs. The information will be beneficial to administrators, instructors, professors, counselors, advisors, curriculum developers and outreach staff.
 
The conference will also appeal to STEM educators from all other grade levels (from secondary to four-year universities) as well as women and STEM groups.
 
"It's time to increase the number of women in STEM through data-driven strategies with demonstrated outcomes that actually work," said Milgram — a nationally-recognized expert on women and STEM — who is currently Principal Investigator (PI) of two National Science Foundation (NSF) projects working to assist STEM educators in broadening participation of women. "Our speakers will share case studies and best practices to boost recruitment efforts and help female students succeed."
 
STEM educators will benefit from the telesummit if they:
  • Have tried to recruit female students and found their efforts haven't worked.
  • Have limited time and want to ensure their recruitment efforts are effective and efficient.
  • Finally recruited one or two female students - only to have them drop out.
  • The male retention rate also needs improvement.
 
The telesummit features 11 experts who will speak for an hour apiece.  Some of the key speakers and their topics are:
  • Chandra Brown, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing from the U.S. Department of Commerce, will discuss how the gender gap for women in manufacturing is hurting innovation in the U.S. and what can be done to close that gap. Ms. Brown will share up-and-coming career options in the manufacturing sector and spell out why it's so important to have women working at all levels in the industry. She'll also draw on her own years of private sector manufacturing experience to explain why manufacturing is such a great career option for women.
  • Dr. Elizabeth J. Orwin, Professor of Engineering and Department Chair at Harvey Mudd College will show how her school graduated an engineering class of 56% female students. Participants will learn what changes her engineering program made to the curriculum of introductory courses to increase the number of female students getting engineering degrees. They'll also find out how her department used female role models and increased confidence levels of female engineering students.
  • STEM Education expert Professor Mary R. Anderson-Rowland of Arizona State University will show the strategies she used to achieve an average of 40% female enrollment and a 90% graduation rate for two STEM Academic Scholarship Programs she directs. Her programs have an emphasis on under-represented minority students with unmet financial need, but still have higher completion rates than students overall.
  • Professor Barbara DuFrain of Del Mar College will talk about how she was able to increase female enrollment in her introduction to computer programming classes by 62%, and improve female and male retention by 45% in less than a year. Participants will learn the classroom retention strategies that worked right away.
  • Dr. Charlie McDowell, Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz, will explain how he has dramatically increased retention of female and male students in computer science courses. Over 46% of female students who participated in his introductory undergraduate computer science courses declared a computer science major compared to 11% of female students in a control group.
 
To register, go to http://www.iwitts.org/stem-telesummit. Recordings will be available for people who miss a live session.
 
About The Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS)
Since 1994, The Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) has helped educators nationwide close the gender gap for women and girls in technology. IWITTS is the only national organization whose sole mission is to provide educators and employers with the tools they need to encourage women to enter and succeed in careers where they are under-represented. IWITTS's solutions include research, professional development, publications, technical assistance, and outreach and marketing products.
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MIND Research Institute Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist in Two Categories

This is a press release from MIND Research Institute

ST Math: Middle School Supplement Earns Prestigious Education Industry Recognition

Irvine, Calif., April 2, 2015 | MIND Research Institute today announced that ST Math: Middle School Supplement was named a finalist for the 2015 Software and Information Industry Association Education CODiE Awards in two categories: Best Game-based Curriculum Solution and Best Mathematics Instructional Solution. The SIIA CODiE Awards have been recognizing product excellence in software and information industries for 29 years. The awards have over 85 categories, 28 of which are focused on education.
 
Launched in 2014, ST Math: Middle School Supplement builds on ST Math’s successful preschool through fifth-grade curricula. The middle school supplement creates a foundation for success in Algebra 1 by remediating students on concepts from previous grade levels and by building students’ conceptual understanding of select on-grade level math concepts from 6th, 7th and 8th grade mathematics. The software is designed to connect interactive visual models to abstract concepts and language components for each math topic. The built-in diagnostic tool personalizes the learning path for students and gives each student the intervention content that he or she needs. Individualized student reports provide teachers with diagnostic results and real-time content mastery for each student.
 
The impact of the ST Math curricula from kindergarten through fifth grade on student math achievement has been proven in numerous analyses over the years, most recently in a study by the independent education research firm WestEd. Schools using ST Math consistently experience double to almost triple the growth in percentage of students testing proficient or better on state standardized math tests, when compared to similar schools not using the program.
 
“MIND’s ST Math: Middle School Supplement is a critical component of achieving our mission of ensuring every child is mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems,” said Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., creator of ST Math and co-founder and CEO of MIND. “It’s an honor to have an organization like SIIA recognize excellence in our newest ST Math program, and to make more people aware of the unique kind of work we do every day to advance math education across the country.”
 
ST Math has won a number of industry awards, including the STEM Innovation Award from the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (2012), the eSchool Media Readers Choice Award (2012), District Administration’s “Top 100 Products” (2014, 2012, 2011, 2010) and the CODiE Award for Best Instructional Solution (2008).
 
All winners of this year’s CODiE Awards will be announced during a special awards dinner at the Education Industry Summit, in San Francisco on May 5. The announcement will also be live streamed.
 
“This year’s finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products. We are pleased to recognize the best in educational technology with these 157 products,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Technology Industry Network. “I look forward to honoring them all in May at the Education Industry Summit.”
 
Details about each finalist are listed at siia.net/codies/2015/finalists.asp.
 
About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit www.siia.net.The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN of SIIA, visit siia.net/etin.
 
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 www.mindresearch.org.
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Prairie View A&M Wins 2015 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Title

This is a press release from the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

Prairie View A&M is the 2015 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Champion! #hcasc #hbcu

TORRANCE, CA – April 1, 2015 (PRNewswire) | For the second time in school history, a team of academic stars representing Prairie View A&M University bested 47 teams from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to win the 26th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament. In addition to taking home the prized HCASC championship title, Prairie View was awarded a $50,000 institutional grant from Honda to support academic programs on campus.
 
Prairie View’s winning team was comprised of: Joseph M. Dowell, team captain, senior; Brannon A. Billings, senior; Eric Cole Johnston, sophomore; and Chayse Lavallais, freshman.
 
“Coach Thomas and his team could not be more deserving of this victory,” said George C. Wright, President, Prairie View A&M University. “Prairie View is honored to help shine a light on the ways that HBCUs all across the country are helping young people realize their dreams.”
 
The seven remaining finalists that qualified for this year's Elite Eight included Alabama State University, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania , Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University and Tennessee State University.
 
“Honda congratulates Prairie View and all of the student competitors, volunteers, staff and fans who helped make this year’s competition truly unforgettable,” said Steve Morikawa, Vice President of Corporate Community Relations, American Honda. “We are very proud of the healthy, competitive spirit that was on full display throughout the event, as well as the enduring bonds that players formed between matches. We hope they all remain friends for life.”
 
Justin Walker of Livingstone College was named the Ernest C. Jones Sportsperson of the Year. The 2015 coach of the year was Amelia Sellers of Southern University-New Orleans.
 
Second place finisher Cheyney University-Pennsylvania earned a $25,000 institutional grant, while third and fourth place finishers – Alabama State University and Norfolk State University – earned $15,000 institutional grants. In total, more than $300,000 was awarded to participating HBCUs.
 
Through programs like HCASC, Honda is not only helping students academically, but building them up for the future, helping position them for career success and welcoming them to a community of alumni and friends. The 2015 HCASC Hall of Fame inductees are: Rev. Mark-Anthony Middleton, North Carolina A&T State University; Monita Bell, Alabama State University; and Daniel Moss, Claflin University.
 
For pictures, videos and more information on the 2015 HCASC competition, including a full list of the 48 teams that qualified, visit www.hcasc.com. Connect with HCASC on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HCASC), Twitter (www.twitter.com/HCASC) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/hcascpix), using the hashtag #HCASC.
 
About Honda Campus All-Star Challenge: 
Celebrating HBCU excellence, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States. Since 1989, the program has awarded more than $7.5 million in grants to participating HBCUs, impacting the lives of over 100,000 students across 22 states. Through programs like HCASC, Honda is not only helping students academically, but building them up for the future, helping position them for career success. HCASC’s impressive roster of past participants includes engineers, lawyers, doctors, professors and public servants. A number of high profile former HCASC participants have been inducted into the HCASC Hall of Fame, including Lt. Colonel Myles B. Caggins, III, who participated in four HCASC competitions representing Hampton University. Lt. Colonel Caggins has earned the following military awards and decorations during a distinguished military career: Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; and Army Achievement Medal.
 
About Honda: 
Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future for society. Honda is also committed to making positive contributions to the communities where we do business, to socially responsible business practices and to the promotion of diversity in our workforce. From our involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to our support of pediatric brain tumor research, and support of volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where we live and work. Honda's long-standing commitment to the support and success of the nation's HBCUs began more than 25 years ago with the establishment of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a program designed to showcase the academic gifts and prowess of HBCU students. American Honda began its support of Honda Battle of the Bands more than 12 years ago as an effort to support HBCU music programs. Find out more at csr.honda.com.

 

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At X-STEM Symposium: Go Behind the Scenes in the Hunt for an Ebola Cure With Dr. Anthony Fauci

This is a post in our ongoing coverage of USA Science & Engineering Festival's X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium - April 28, 2015 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Discoveries in STEM are often born out of striving against adversity, such as the challenges currently presented by the deadly Ebola virus. Recent studies show that Ebola is changing, and new genetic mutations that have arisen in the past four decades could thwart experimental drugs being developed. At the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s X-STEM Symposium on April 28, learn from Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, what scientists must do to unravel the mysteries of this elusive disease and conquer it! X-STEM is a limited-tickets-only event, so register NOW!

 

X-STEM Speaker Profile:

Dr. Anthony Fauci
Bringing Science-Based Responses To Infectious Disease Threats -- From HIV To Ebola

Poorly Designed Immigration Reform Will Negatively Impact American Innovation and Economic Growth

This is a press release from American Competitiveness Alliance (ACAlliance)

Incoming Dean of Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business Outlines Policies Needed to Reach 2025 Projection

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 (PRNewswire) | The U.S. is on the brink of a new IT revolution that could produce $5 trillion in economic gains by enabling companies to drive innovation, jobs and income growth, and opportunity from a new wave of technologies requires updated immigration and visa policies, concludes a new report released today by the American Competitiveness Alliance (ACAlliance).
 
The new paper — "IT Services, Immigration, and American Economic Strength" by Professor Matthew J. Slaughter, incoming Dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth—identifies the policy challenges facing the U.S. labor market as it expands its high-value knowledge and technology-based economy. It advances the requirements for a suite of recommended actions that Congress can take to address the shortage of specialized STEM workers at U.S. companies and further harness the IT sector as a driver of American innovation and growth.
 
"Today a new wave of IT innovation is building around social, mobile, analytical, and cloud technologies," said Slaughter, incoming Dean of the Dartmouth Business School. "This next IT revolution could create economic value worth 10% to 30% of U.S. GDP—manifested in new jobs, new goods and services, and rising incomes—if America has sufficient access to global talent."
 
The report, drawing on both employment and economic data, finds that IT services companies are increasingly critical to America's economic future.
 
Professor Slaughter's research also illustrates how current U.S. immigration policies, many hatched years ago in the PC and  early internet era, unduly constrain American companies' ability to hire immigrants with specialized new technology skills from the global pool of talent and deploy them in support of American innovation and competitiveness.
 
Professor Slaughter also finds that proposals presented during the last Congress could have caused substantial harm to U.S. economic growth, including fewer jobs created, higher employer and consumer costs, reduced quality of service, and decreased innovation.
 
Slaughter also notes the strong and positive impact that skilled immigrants have had in supporting new job creation and rising wages in America by helping drive American innovation.
 
This week's 2015 H-1B visa lottery will serve as yet another reminder that the U.S. needs access to a larger pool of the world's professional STEM workers. On April 1, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2016. The current annual cap for H-1B visas is set at 65,000, with an additional 20,000 reserved for foreign nationals graduating with a U.S. master's degree or higher. In 2014, there were 172,500 applications for H-1Bs, surpassing the quota within days of the first application-filing date. An improving economy and an increasing demand for qualified workers to supplement America's current skilled worker shortage suggest a similar story for 2015.
 
"The United States today continues to confront a competitiveness challenge of recruiting and securing talent for jobs. Too many of the world's smartest workers are going to competing markets," said Rosario Marin, former U.S. Treasurer and Co-Chair of the ACAlliance. "Professor Slaughter's work highlights the potential for America to support the creation of millions of high-quality, high-paying jobs right here in America. Doing so will require sound U.S. policies based on a sound understanding of how innovative U.S. companies succeed in today's complex global economy."
 
Professor Slaughter's paper joins volumes of research highlighting America's serious STEM skills deficit. While advancing STEM education programs is essential for long-term success, Slaughter's paper outlines policy recommendations that will enable companies across the U.S. economy to better harness IT for innovation, efficiency, and growth today.
 
"Nearly every aspect of America's economy today is supported by some sort of IT system that improves efficiencies, quality, or growth, but our public policies are out of date," said Slaughter. "Our elected officials can and should advance modern, constructive policies that support the dynamic companies that drive innovation, jobs, and opportunity—companies like America's IT-services providers. By taking action now, Congress can ensure access to the kind of global talent that could create tremendous economic value for the United States."
 
Matthew J. Slaughter is the Signal Companies' Professor of Management and associate dean for faculty at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He was named the school's 10th dean in January, a role he will assume on July 1, 2015. A scholar of international economics and an expert in globalization, Slaughter is the founding Faculty Director of the Center for Global Business and Government. He is also currently a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; an adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; a member of the advisory committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States; and a member of the academic advisory board of the International Tax Policy Forum.
 
From 2005 to 2007, Professor Slaughter served as a Member on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President. In this Senate-confirmed position he held the international portfolio, advising the President, the Cabinet, and many others on issues including international trade and investment, currency and energy markets, and the competitiveness of the U.S. economy.
 
About the American Competitiveness Alliance
The American Competitiveness Alliance (ACAlliance) is a coalition of organizations dedicated to a modern immigration policy that ensures America's global competitiveness by attracting and keeping talent and know-how here in the United States.
 
Led by Co-Chairs former Governor Bill Richardson and former Treasurer of the United States Rosario Marin, the ACAlliance works to educate and inform stakeholders of the positive impact immigration reform can have on our economy, while cautioning against proposals that would do our economy harm. Visit us online at www.acalliance.org or follow us on Twitter: @AC_Alliance.
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This for That App Series Utilizes Technology to Revolutionize Behavioral Therapy for Children with Autism

 
PixelAtion Labs has released This for That, a series of behavioral therapy tools developed to assist children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In honor of Autism Awareness Month, through April, This for That apps will be free to download on the App Store and only $.10 on Google Play. Designed by experts in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA), This for That apps simplify elements of behavioral therapy for children with ASD. Behavioral therapy requires considerable preparation and organization of materials before treatment can even begin. This for That apps virtualize commonly used tools that behavioral therapists spend hours constructing by hand. While these apps were designed for use in therapy, they can easily be incorporated into a child’s home and school routines to support task completion skills.
 
“The more technology-based solutions available, the more time therapists, special education teachers, and parents have to focus on what is most important–the child,” says CJ Miyake, M.Ed, Creative Director of PixelAtion Labs and former behavioral therapist.
 
Not only do these apps save valuable time, children with ASD may be more motivated to work with these tools because they are on mobile devices. Children with ASD generally have a strong affinity for technology, making mobile devices and tablets increasingly useful tools for essential skill development.
 
Tested by behavioral therapists, each app skillfully integrates elements of reinforcement to help each child succeed. This for That tools include: 
  1. This for That: Visual Schedules, a tool that breaks tasks down into easy-to-follow steps to help children complete daily living skills successfully, now available on the App Store and Google Play 
  2. This for That: Visual Timer, a tool used to help ease transitions between activities and motivate children to stay focused on tasks for specified lengths of time, now available on the App Store and Google Play 
  3. This for That: Token Store, a tool for managing a token economy and store of rewards to reinforce good behavior and teach important concepts like earning and saving, now available on the App Store and Google Play 
  4. This for That: Token Board, a tool that lets children see their progress toward earning a reward as they make correct responses, now available on Google Play and coming soon to the App Store
While This for That apps are designed for children with ASD, they are useful tools for individuals of any age who can benefit from additional support to complete tasks successfully. This for That apps may be purchased individually or as a bundle on the App Store. These apps are also available at a discount to schools making bulk purchases through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program.
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New Partnership Enables Chicagoland Boy Scouts and Explorers to Send Research Projects to International Space Station

This is a press release from The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

(Chicago, IL) March 26, 2015 | Chicagoland Boy Scouts and Explorers will soon design and build research projects for a chance to have their experiment flown to the International Space Station. 
 
This incredible opportunity is the result of a newly formed partnership between the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), which manages the U.S. National Laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS); and local Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and Exploring programs. 
 
CASIS and the BSA Pathways to Adventure Council will launch the Space Station National Design Challenge student research competition in Chicago this spring in an effort to spark interest and innovation in young men and women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 
 
While the partnership is new, the BSA has a historic connection to the space program. In fact, 11 of the 12 astronauts who walked on the moon were Scouts. Additionally, former astronaut and CASIS President and Executive Director Gregory H. Johnson is a proud Eagle Scout. 
 
“The Boy Scouts of America has created leaders for more than 100 years and our youth must now take the lead in STEM,” said Nancy Elder, Director for Strategic and Corporate Alliances for Pathway to Adventure Council. “Scouting has long embraced STEM by providing young people with real-world hands-on learning experiences ranging from cleaning habitats in national parks to programming robots. The partnership with CASIS will engage our youth and volunteers in a unique and cutting-edge experience by adding their research projects to the final frontier: space.”
 
The U.S. National Lab’s microgravity environment offers researchers the exclusive opportunity to conduct experiments in a setting free from the effects of gravity present on Earth. Since systems act differently in this microgravity environment, researchers are able to gather valuable insight that can help advance their work on Earth.
 
Space Station National Design Challenge participants will work in teams of 10-20 young men and women to conceptualize and execute their experiments, which must fit into miniature labs about half the size of a shoebox. Along with aspiring engineers and scientists, teams will include members with interests in graphic arts, drafting, moviemaking, programming and many other fields. CASIS and its industry partners will facilitate technical workshops and provide support to each team. 
 
CASIS will then select three winning experiments to be flown to the International Space Station in the summer of 2016. 
 
"Inspiring the next generation of explorers is at the heart of the CASIS mission," said CASIS Director of Operations and Education Ken Shields. "This partnership exemplifies a concerted effort by both organizations to engage and energize students about STEM through an authentic learning experience that leverages the International Space Station.”
 
To learn more about the contest, including upcoming information sessions and how to submit a proposal, please visit: http://www.iss-casis.org/Opportunities/Solicitations/RFANationalDesignChallenge2015.aspx
 
CASIS: The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) was selected by NASA in July 2011 to maximize use of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory through 2020. CASIS is dedicated to supporting and accelerating innovations and new discoveries that will enhance the health and wellbeing of people and our planet. For more information, visit www.iss-casis.org
 
Pathway to Adventure Council serves youth throughout Northeast Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Its mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. For more information, visit PathwayToAdventure.org.
 
Exploring provides positive and meaningful real-world career experiences and leadership development opportunities for all teenagers and young adults in their chosen field of interest.
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Cooke Foundation Awards $1.6 Million in STEM Education Grants

This is a press release from the Cooke Foundation

LANSDOWNE, Va., March 26, 2015 (PRNewswire) | In recognition of the many barriers facing high-performing, low-income students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded $1,632,598 in STEM-focused educational grants.
 
"We are squandering the talents of millions of students who would pursue successful and influential careers in STEM fields if only they had educational opportunities that prepared them early on," said Executive Director Harold O. Levy. "The Cooke Foundation is tackling this monumental waste by supporting organizations and programs that will put low-income middle and high school students on the path to studying STEM in college and beyond."
 
The 2015 STEM grants are as follows:
 
New York Academy of Sciences (New York, NY) -- $500,000 to launch the Global STEM Alliance Junior Academy, a STEM-focused social learning network for students aged 13-19 which will feature mentoring from STEM professionals from around the world and challenging online courses. This new grant was announced by President Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair on March 23.
 
Duke University Talent Identification Program (Durham, NC) -- $331,283 to provide a second year of Cooke Foundation support to 435 6th and 7th grade low-income students, including for their participation in Project Launch's CRISIS one-week residential summer program. There students engage in creative investigations of a real-world problem, online courses specifically designed for upper elementary students, an online book club with peers across the country, and academic guidance via a series of email and text messages.
 
Art of Problem Solving (New York, NY) -- $330,000 to support the Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving, a three-week residential program for 80 low-income New York City middle school students with mathematical talent, and provide year-round academic mentoring for approximately 170 of the program's alumni.
 
The College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) -- $250,000 for continued support of Camp Launch, a two-week summer residential camp, which immerses 80 high-ability, low-income middle school students in hands-on science investigation in nanotechnology, robotics, chemistry, and ecology, as well as scientific and creative writing and career planning.
 
Purdue University Gifted Education Research Institute (West Lafayette, IN) -- $200,000 to support the participation of 65 6th through 12th grade Native American students in Project HOPE+, a two-week STEM-focused residential summer camp.
 
New York University (New York, NY) -- $21,315 to the Courant Center for Mathematical Talent to support its high school mathematics team to compete in the New York State Mathematics League Competition in April 2015 and the American Regions Mathematics League Competition in May 2015.
 
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. By offering the largest scholarships in the country, in-depth academic counseling and other direct services, the Foundation seeks to help high-performing, low-income students to develop their talents and excel educationally. In addition to providing students both counseling and financial support from middle school to graduate school, the Foundation provides grants for noteworthy and innovative initiatives that support high-performing, low-income students. Founded in 2000, the Foundation has awarded over $130 million in scholarships to almost 1,900 students and over $80 million in grants. www.jkcf.org.
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