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ESA Foundation Now Accepting Applications for 2014 Grant and Scholarship Programs

This is a press release from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation

Philanthropic Initiatives Support Educational, Career Opportunities for America’s Youth

March 13, 2014 – WASHINGTON, DC | The Entertainment Software Association Foundation (ESAF), the video game industry’s philanthropic arm, is accepting applications for its 2014 grant and scholarship programs. These programs provide valuable resources to nonprofits and teachers who leverage interactive entertainment software to enhance youth education, and to students pursuing a career in the video game industry.
“Video games and game technology are transforming the way educators teach, enlivening the way students learn, and creating lucrative jobs in the entertainment software industry,” said Jenny Lai, vice president of ESAF. “We are proud to offer an array of programs that expand educational and career opportunities for youth nationwide, preparing the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.”
ESAF’s grants and scholarships have had a meaningful impact on past recipients.
“My ESA Foundation scholarship is helping me realize a childhood dream of becoming a 3D animator,” said Sabrina Chaney, a sophomore majoring in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, and Special Effects at Savannah College of Art and Design. “I am now learning how to bring the characters I have always imagined to life through animation.”
“With the support of ESAF, we are able to provide more than 1,000 girls with hands-on resources and technology to learn how to design video games,” said Kristen Simon, STEM program manager of Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles. “By engaging young girls in game design and connecting them with female video game industry professionals, we are exposing girls to new educational opportunities and career paths that they may never have considered before.”
Application Information and Deadlines for ESAF’s 2014 Programs:
Education Challenge Grant
ESAF offers its Education Challenge Grant to American teachers who incorporate cutting-edge educational technology into their curricula. 
Submission deadline: March 31, 2014
College Scholarships
To encourage diversity in the computer and video game industry and support the development of its future leaders, ESAF provides annual scholarships to women and minority students pursuing industry-related degrees. The scholarships are offered for full-time undergraduate study at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States. 
Submission deadline: May 15, 2014
Annual Grants
ESAF grants help connect youth to educational technology and computer and video games, contributing to a more digitally-advanced generation. The programs ESAF supports help to reinforce math and science skills, enliven history, increase civic participation, and prepare students for college.
Submission deadline: May 28, 2014
About ESA Foundation
Created by the American entertainment software industry, the ESA Foundation (ESAF) works to make a positive difference in the lives of America’s youth by providing scholarships to the next generation of industry innovators and supporting organizations that leverage entertainment software and technology to create educational opportunities. ESAF is primarily supported by proceeds from its signature annual fundraiser, “Nite to Unite – for Kids” and other charitable initiatives. For more information about ESAF, please visit or on Twitter: @ESA Foundation.

Delve Into the Mysteries of the Paranormal at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo in April

This post is part of our ongoing series highlighting awesome events going on at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, taking place April 26th & 27th at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more here:

Since the dawn of civilization humans have been fascinated by paranormal phenomena, such as predicting the future, UFOs and conversations with the dead, but how much of these occurrences can be logically explained by scientific approaches involving STEM? Get ready for an unforgettable presentation at the Festival Expo when Dr. Joe Schwarcz, a noted chemist and Director of McGill University’s Office for Science & Society, explores if these phenomena really lie outside the scope of modern day science. His presentation will also be highlighted by various interactive activities aimed at increasing the awareness of the need to evaluate paranormal phenomena through critical scientific methods.

Learn More: Science of the Paranormal

DuPont Celebrates Excellence in Teaching, Partnerships and Innovative Engineering

This is a press release from DuPont

12 Teachers and STEMConnector® Honored at Annual Science Education Conference

WILMINGTON, Del. (PRWEB) April 03, 2014 | Today at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) annual conference in Boston, Mass, DuPont is recognizing 12 STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) and AgriScience teachers for teaching excellence; and partner organization STEMConnector® for advancing science education. DuPont will honor the award winners and recognize the impact of great teachers at a dinner held at the Boston Museum of Science.

“Many of the scientific and engineering achievements that make our lives better would not be possible without educators who inspire young people to become scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians,” said Karen A. Fletcher, vice president, DuPont Engineering and Chief Engineer. “At DuPont, more than 10,000 scientists and engineers collaborate with partners around the globe to meet challenges such as providing enough food for a growing population, building a secure energy future and protecting both people and the environment. We are proud to partner with educators to build a pipeline of talented young people who can apply their skills collaboratively to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.” Fletcher will give a keynote speech at the DuPont dinner, which will be attended by more than 200 science educators, business and foundation leaders.
DuPont supports STEM education through a range of programs and grants for teachers and students. In addition to hosting a number of professional development sessions at the conference, NSTA is a strategic partner in promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning. DuPont collaborates on a variety of NSTA projects and programs by sponsoring conference workshops, short courses and the DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition. This year DuPont provided 75 grants to science teachers from across the country including 12 communities where DuPont has facilities to attend NSTA’s annual conference. To date, DuPont has sponsored over 6,000 teachers at the annual NSTA conference.
Recognized teachers include: 
  • Sara Clark, recipient of the Christopher Columbus Foundation Fellowship Agriscience Educator Award
  • Timothy Dalby, Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
  • Teacher Winners of the 2013 DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition: Elaine Gillum, Jennifer Gordinier, Gupta Kavita, Nga Ngo, Chris Hiller, Jonathan Bowns and Angela Weeks
  • Alissa Smith, George Washington Carver Mentoring Excellence Award
DuPont will present two awards to recognize the importance of agriculture and the vital role of agriscience teachers:
  • George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teacher’s Award will be presented to Wes Crawford, agriscience teacher, Sutherlin High School, Sutherin, Ore., by Jay Jackman, executive director of the National Association of Agricultural Educators. This award recognizes the member of the DuPont National AgriScience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) who demonstrates and advocates inquiry-based science teaching and inspires students to pursue science excellence. The award also honors George Washington Carver (1864 -1943), agricultural scientist, researcher, inventor, teacher and mentor of Henry C. Wallace, founder of DuPont Pioneer.
  • The second award, DuPont Pioneer Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Award winner Angie Midthun-Hensen, from Verona, Mich., also will be recognized at the NSTA Teacher Gala during the week.
The 2014 DuPont Collaboratory Partnership Award will be given to STEMConnector® for being “The One Stop Shop for STEM Information” and forming a Food and Ag Council. The goal of the Council is to promote STEM education and workforce development required to feed 9 billion people by 2050. This annual award honors organizations that partner with DuPont to advance science education.
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit
STEMConnector® is a registered trademark of Diversified Search.

At the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo: Learn From Mike Rowe of TV's Dirty Jobs How Skilled Trades Are Packing a Powerful Punch!

This post is part of our ongoing series highlighting awesome events going on at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, taking place April 26th & 27th at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more here:

Skilled trade jobs are not only high-paying and in-demand, but powerful forces in STEM. In a must-see panel presentation conducted by Mike Rowe, star of TV's Dirty Jobs series and founder and CEO of the mikeroweWorks Foundation, you'll discover at the Festival Expo in April how skilled trades are making a dramatic difference in myriad sectors of the real world. The panel will include such skilled trade notables as: Mark Hatch, Chief Executive Officer of TechShop, a global leader in the Maker/DIY movement; agricultural innovator Sue McCloskey, co-owner of Fair Oaks Dairy Farms in Indiana -- one of the largest dairy farms in the United States that uses both commercial and organic farming practices, much of it made possible by skilled labor technology; and noted marine biologist and inventor Jeremiah Sullivan, founder of SharkArmor Tech which is using skilled trades to further develop the life-saving and world-famous flexible suits of armor he invented to protect divers while working around sharks.

Learn More: From the DIY Movement to Saving Lives -- Skilled Trades Pack a Powerful Punch!

Dow’s “STEMtheGAP™ Challenge” to Mobilize K-12 Teachers to Strengthen STEM Education

This is a press release from Dow

$100,000 in Grants to be Awarded for Best Ideas

BOSTON - April 3, 2014 | With the U.S. now ranking 25th among industrialized nations in terms of college majors pursuing mathematics careers and 17th in those pursuing careers in the sciences, the issue of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is critical to the future growth of the U.S. economy.  To address this issue, Dow is launching STEMtheGAP™, a bold new public education movement. To start a meaningful dialogue around this topic, K-12 teachers will be asked to describe the biggest gaps and opportunities around improving STEM education in America’s classrooms through the Dow STEMtheGAP, Teacher Challenge (
Launched at the National Science Teacher Association Conference (NSTA) conference in Boston, and open to all K-12 teachers across the country, the Challenge will reward the best 100 ideas with a $1,000 grant as judged by a panel of business leaders and educators from The Center for Science Teaching and Learning of Rockville Centre, NY.  The grants will be awarded in three phases, 25 in the spring 25 in the summer and 50 this fall.
"Our nation’s STEM challenges cannot be underestimated,” said Rob Vallentine, global director of STEM Education at Dow. “For example, in 2015 alone, the U.S. Department of Education estimates our nation will need more than 400,000 new STEM graduates. We view STEMtheGAP as an educational movement aimed at building a strong STEM workforce, one that can take advantage of the growing demands for skilled workers.”
With STEMtheGAP, Dow is taking its involvement in STEM education to a new level by creating a community of sharing best practices, collaborating, innovating and generating new ideas aimed at building the United States’ position as a leader in STEM. Interested teachers should click here to apply.
About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2013, Dow had annual sales of more than $57 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 products are manufactured at 201 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at

Award-Winning Visual Learning ST Math Program Unveils New Middle and High School Curricula

This is a Press Release from Mind Research Institute

Game-based ST Math expands its successful EdTech offerings to more grades

New Orleans, April 3, 2014 | The popular ST Math® visual learning program will unveil several new programs for middle and high school students at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Annual Conference, April 7-8 in New Orleans.
The new programs build on ST Math’s successful pre-school through fifth grade curricula and expand the previously available middle and high school offerings, which were limited to intervention and fluency programs. The new programs are ST Math: Grade 6, ST Math: Middle School Supplement, and ST Math: High School Intervention.
“As a society, we desperately need students to be proficient in mathematics so they can succeed in high school, college and the future workforce,” said Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., creator of ST Math and co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of MIND. “Expanding ST Math programs to middle and high school and beyond is critical to our mission of ensuring every child is mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems.”
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. 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. The same results are expected with the new curriculum.
“The outstanding and repeatedly proven results of ST Math: K-5 make the new ST Math programs a welcome and promising option for educators seeking to move the needle on middle school math performance,” said Tom Vander Ark, author of “Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World” and CEO of Getting Smart, an education advocacy firm.
The ST Math programs now available to middle and high schools are:
ST Math: Grade 6 has been added to the existing ST Math: K-5 program, to complete ST Math: K-6. The program contains on-grade-level curriculum for each grade level that complements the core curricula and moves all students toward reaching deep conceptual understanding of math topics.
ST Math: Middle School Supplement prepares students 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.
ST Math: High School Intervention is designed as an intervention for high school students performing below grade level to prepare them for success in Algebra 1. The intervention identifies students’ math readiness through a built-in diagnostic, prescribing a learning path for each student that connects interactive visual models to abstract concepts and language components for each math topic. Individualized student reports provide teachers with diagnostic results and realtime content mastery for each student.
ST: Math Fluency, which builds speed and accuracy with addition and multiplication facts as an intervention program, will continue to be available to schools, rounding out MIND Research Institute’s program offerings for middle and high schools.
Developed by neuroscientists, MIND’s ST Math instructional software provides visual, computer-based math games that support deep understanding of concepts covered by math standards at each grade level. Because the program does not rely on language proficiency or prior math proficiency, it is accessible to English Language Learners and children with learning disabilities. Students use ST Math in a blended learning environment. The teachers are trained how to connect the visual puzzles to their conventional symbolic texts, and coached how to guide pupils through challenging sections by getting them to express their thinking, rather than simply showing them the solution.
ST Math is currently used by more than 630,000 students in 35 states, including in large urban districts such as Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia and Seattle.
Those interested in test driving the middle school games can visit the MIND Research Institute at booth 707 at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Conference, April 7-8, or booth 1627 at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference, April 9-12. Both conferences are being held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.
About MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute is an education nonprofit 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. MIND's programs currently reach over 630,000 students and 25,000 teachers in 2,050 schools in 35 states. For more information, visit

3D Printing a Key STEM Focus at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo in April

This post is part of our ongoing series highlighting awesome events going on at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, taking place April 26th & 27th at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more here:

As 3D printing takes center stage in the world of high tech, it represents an ideal STEM teaching tool, helping young students learn the process of  critical thinking, problem solving, designing and creating. As such, kids will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a wide array of hands-on, interactive 3D printing experiences with experts in this field during the Festival Expo in April. Students will not want to miss exciting exhibits by such 3D presenters as: 3D Systems, America Makes, Hyrel 3D, Matter Hackers, M3D, Solidoodle, Stratasys, The YouthQuest Foundation, and 3Doodler.

Learn More: 3D Printing at #SciFest

Waukesha County Technical College to host Rube Goldberg Machine Contest – National High School Competition April 5

This is a press release from Waukesha County Technical College
Special visitors include Goldberg’s granddaughter Jennifer George and renowned kinetic artist Joseph Herscher
PEWAUKEE, Wis. (Tuesday, April 1, 2014) | Zipping a zipper is, by most accounts, a rudimentary task. But to zip a zipper in 20 steps or more presents a variety of challenges. To achieve such a task takes patience and strategy, trial and error, and a good dose of humor.
Nearly 300 high school students from throughout the United States will converge on the Waukesha County Technical College campus (Service Building – Gymnasium) Saturday, April 5, to showcase their complicated zipper machines in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest – National High School Competition, with Time Warner Cable as the presenting sponsor. The contest challenges students to take an elementary task and provide a complex, convoluted solution using ordinary objects, mechanical gadgets and miscellaneous odds and ends. The national contest pits the top teams throughout the country against one another for the opportunity to be the grand champion.
Two special guests will be in attendance at the high school national competition: Jennifer George and Joseph Herscher. George is the granddaughter of the late Rube Goldberg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer and inventor for whom the contest is named; and Herscher is a New York-based kinetic artist whose Rube Goldberg-inspired machines have made him a YouTube sensation among millions of viewers.
The main goal of the contest is to encourage critical thinking and problem solving in a non-traditional manner. This is the second year WCTC will hold the high school nationals; the College has held the Milwaukee regionals on campus for the past four years.
“WCTC is thrilled to again host the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest nationals. The machines at regionals were amazing, and students used a lot of creativity and imagination in coming up with their designs. The national competition will bring together the best of the best, and five of the participating teams are right here from Wisconsin,” said Mark Rzeznik, WCTC associate dean of Graphics and Engineering Technologies.” 
“This event will provide students a fun, hands-on STEM experience,” said Jack Herbert, area vice president of operations at Time Warner Cable, the presenting sponsor of the event. “Events like this challenge students and show them that STEM is more than just what they learn in the classroom – it’s also about solving real-world problems, allowing them to discover science and technology in a whole new way.”
Time Warner Cable’s main philanthropic initiative is Connect a Million Minds, engaging students in STEM.
The event begins at 10 a.m., followed by preliminary and special award judging at 10:15 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m., finals at 1 p.m. and awards at 2:30 p.m. Members of WCTC’s faculty will be among the professional engineer volunteer judges from the Milwaukee area who will provide valuable feedback to students.
Schools participating in the nationals include: 
Columbia Christian School – Magnolia, Ark.
Trinity Catholic School – Stamford, Conn.
Minooka Community High School – Minooka, Ill.
Reavis High School – Burbank, Ill.
Sparta High School – Sparta, Ill.
Southeastern Career Center –Verailles, Ind.
Columbia Central High School – Brooklyn, Mich.
McDonogh School – Owings Mills, Md.
Southland High School (Happy Camper Team) – Adams, Minn.
Southland High School (Winter Wake Up Team) – Adams, Minn.
North Rockland High School – Thiells, N.Y.
St. Agnes Academy – Houston, Texas
Homestead High School – Mequon, Wis.
Loyal High School – Loyal, Wis.
New Auburn High School – New Auburn, Wis.
Pius XI High School – Milwaukee, Wis.
St. Catherine’s High School – Racine, Wis.
The public is welcome to attend the event.
About Waukesha County Technical College
Waukesha County Technical College, the leader in workforce development, prepares learners for success within the region and global economy. The College offers more than 130 areas of study including associate degree, technical diploma, apprenticeships and short-term certificate programs; customized training for employers is also available. To learn more, visit

Engineering Power On Display at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo in April

This post is part of our ongoing series highlighting awesome events going on at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, taking place April 26th & 27th at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more here:

Engineers are some of the most incredible problem solvers on the planet. And at the Festival Expo you'll better understand why after viewing the fascinating array of interactive engineering exhibits, April 26-27 at the Washington, DC Convention Center. These displays (numbering more than 170) will include: Lockheed Martin's leading edge engineering developments in aerospace, robotics and green energy; John Hopkins University's amazing prosthetic arm; the latest bridge building technology with the American Society of Civil Engineers; design competition for the first City in Space with City X Project; and the amazing role of polymers in biomedical innovation with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.  

Learn More: Explore it all with Lockheed!

Inaugural Agribusiness Forum to be Hosted in Africa

International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) and the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) to Co-Host
Today, Africa's agriculture and agribusiness future is at the top of the world's most elite economic growth agendas. The enormous growth potential of this region is now tangibly in sight, bringing heightened attention to agriculture and agribusiness on the continent. Given the desire to expand these opportunities, the 2014 Agribusiness & Food World Forum to be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa on June 15-19, 2014 is both timely and fitting. 
More than 500 students, academic, government, and business leaders are expected to gather at the Cape Town International Conference Centre for the Forum which will be jointly presented by the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) and the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA). The overarching framework for the Forum is People Feed the World.  Throughout the four- day conference, interactive discussions and presentations will focus on the common and binding factor of the human talent and potential to achieve global nutritional security. Registration is now open at
Sessions presented at the Forum will span a wide variety of topics, from entrepreneurship to transformative technologies. Over 60 industry leaders from around the globe will speak and facilitate workshops and plenaries tailored to the private sector and NGOs. Students and academic scholars will join in presenting research, a student case competition, and networking opportunities.  Appropriate to the location, a pan-African trade exposition of agribusinesses operating successfully across Africa will also occur.
Don Vondriska, Executive Director of IFAMA, is enthused by both the location for the Forum and the new partnership which is making its success a certainty: “Each year, the IFAMA World Forum is a highly anticipated event. We are excited to partner with the Corporate Council on Africa this year in order to increase participation from the private sector and draw on CCA’s expertise in the African agribusiness sector.” 
Thad Simons, President and CEO of Novus International, who serves as President of IFAMA concurs: “Africa is a region of limitless opportunity, where agribusiness has the potential to be the engine that drives dynamic, unprecedented economic growth and development. CCA and IFAMA are delighted to partner to host this global forum in Cape Town to foster this critical dialogue for Africa and the world.”
About the 2014 Agribusiness & Food World Forum
Jointly presented by the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) and the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), the 2014 Agribusiness & Food World Forum will focus on Africa as a region of limitless opportunity, where agribusiness has the potential to be the engine that drives dynamic, unprecedented economic growth and development. Registration is now available online – – for the June 15-19, 2014 forum to be held in Cape Town, South Africa. The overarching framework for the forum is People Feed the World and discussions and presentations will engage students, academic, government, and business leaders focusing on the common and binding factor of the human talent and potential to achieve global nutritional security.
IFAMA is an international management organization based in Washington, DC, that brings together current and future business, academic, and government leaders along with other industry stakeholders to improve the strategic focus, transparency, sustainability, and responsiveness of the global food and agribusiness system. IFAMA has over 700 members in more than 50 countries, and serves as an effective worldwide networking organization, bridging the agribusiness industry, researchers, educators, government, consumer groups and non-governmental organizations.
CCA is a nonprofit, membership-based organization promoting business and investment between the United States and the nations of Africa. CCA is the premier American organization devoted to U.S.-Africa business relations and includes as members more than 160 companies, which represent nearly 85 percent of total U.S. private sector investments in Africa. CCA’s members represent a diverse pool of industries from Africa's most promising sectors, including agribusiness, capacity building, energy, finance, health, ICT, infrastructure and security.


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