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UC Irvine Announces STEM-Focused University Preparation Program

UC Irvine Announces STEM-Focused University Preparation Program (via PR Newswire)

Online Modules Offer Incoming College Students Exposure to University Level STEM Courses Download image University of California, Irvine Extension. (PRNewsFoto/UC Irvine Extension) IRVINE, Calif., May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As a leading research…



Liberty Power Partners with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for Second Annual Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship Awards

Liberty Power Partners with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for Second Annual Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship Awards (via PR Newswire)

Scholarship program to award college students $20,000 for education Download image Liberty Power Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Liberty Power) FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Liberty Power, the nation's largest, completely independent retail…


Bezos Scholars Selected to Attend Aspen Ideas Festival Where They Will Connect with Visionaries Around the Globe

Bezos Scholars Selected to Attend Aspen Ideas Festival Where They Will Connect with Visionaries Around the Globe (via PR Newswire)

For the 10th year, 12 high school juniors, 12 educators and six scholars from the African Leadership Academy selected by the Bezos Scholars Program @ the Aspen Institute SEATTLE, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bezos Scholars Program @ the…


Maker Ed Presents First Annual Making Possibilities Workshop

This is a press release from Maker Education Initiative

Engages 100 Educators to Bring Innovative Learning Through Making to 1000s of Youth

Santa Clara, CA, May 2014 | The Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed) is delighted to host the first annual Making Possibilities Workshop for educators on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Intel’s Headquarters in Silicon Valley. This day-long workshop will bring together 100 formal and informal educators, particularly those in Title 1 public schools or at youth serving organizations that serve low-income communities, to explore approaches to implement making as a strategy to engage youth in science, technology, engineering, math, arts, and learning as a whole.
Maker Ed was created by Dale Daugherty, CEO of Maker Media and founder of Maker Faire, as the non-profit, educational arm of the maker movement. Dale states, “We see educators playing an important role in the maker movement, helping to introduce the practice of making into classrooms and bringing creative and engaging learning experiences to more children. The Possibilities Workshop will not only inspire educators, but also provide practical guidance on how to facilitate hands-on learning in schools.”
The Making Possibilities Workshop is one step towards meeting the demand for high quality experiences to train educators who want to incorporate making into their classrooms, libraries, or afterschool settings. “We know there is tremendous need for this type of workshop as more than double the amount of educators applied than we had slots,” shares Maker Ed Interim Executive Director Dr. Lisa Regalla. “Making has the potential to transform the lives of youth, and this workshop is an important opportunity to provide free, hands-on, accessible training for educators to incorporate innovative making experiences in their learning environments.”
Maker Ed is able to present this incredible workshop to educators for free due to the tremendous support of Intel. “Intel is a proud supporter of Maker Ed and the maker movement. By supporting programs that inspire youth and giving kids access to the tools, instructional support and educational resources necessary to start making, Intel can help foster the world’s next generation of innovators,” said Carlos Contreras, U.S. Education Director at Intel. “Young people are the key to solving global challenges and our research and experience shows that students become more engaged and more proficient in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, when they are learning by doing.”
Besides the incredible support of Intel, Maker Ed is grateful for the sponsorship of Adafruit and in-kind support of Maker Media, JoyLabz, littleBits and Google for Entrepreneurs.
Maker Ed
Maker Ed is a project of the Tides Center, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit public charity. Maker Ed’s mission is to create more opportunities for all young people to develop confidence, creativity, and spark an interest in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts, and learning as a whole through making. Maker Ed plays a national leadership role in developing a maker network of educators, youth serving organizations, statewide afterschool networks, corporations, foundations, and makers seeking to accelerate and deepen the maker movement.

Carnegie Mellon's Integrated Innovation Institute First To Cross-Train in Engineering, Design and Business

Carnegie Mellon's Integrated Innovation Institute First To Cross-Train in Engineering, Design and Business (via PR Newswire)

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BNY Mellon, NYU School of Engineering Announce Online Master's Degree in Cyber Security for Employees

BNY Mellon, NYU School of Engineering Announce Online Master's Degree in Cyber Security for Employees (via PR Newswire)

Download image Polytechnic Institute of New York University logo. (PRNewsFoto/Polytechnic Institute of New York University) NEW YORK, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BNY Mellon and the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering announced that…


Join our Science Center Town Hall Google+ Hangout on 5/14 at Noon!

The STEMconnector Town Hall series continues this Wednesday with Science Centers: Powering STEM Learning on Google+ from 12:00 to 1:30 PM ET!

Brought to you by STEMconnector® and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), this exciting Town Hall will feature the leaders of some of the most innovative science centers and museums in the United States who will address the role of science centers in our world today. They will speak to some of the very dynamic and influential forces impacting the field: science centers as anchors in their communities, as drivers of creativity and innovation, and as strong learning platforms for STEM subjects.

Join on the Google+ Hangout On Air Event Page: Science Centers: Powering STEM Learning Town Hall
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Confirmed speakers include:

Anthony "Bud" Rock - President and CEO, ASTC, Washington, DC

Matt Fleury - President and CEO, Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, CT
David E. Chesebrough, Ed. D. - President & CEO, COSI, Columbus, OH
Joanna Haas - Executive Director, Kentucky Science Center, Louisville, KY
Paul Fontaine - Vice President of Education, Museum of Science, Boston, MA
Bryce Seidl - President and CEO, Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA
About ASTC
The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is an association of 650 members throughout the United States and around the globe. Its members have a collective mission to educate and inspire the public about science, and to increase public engagement in science related issues that affect their lives.  These science centers and museums are terrific venues for STEM learning and inspiration about the value of science in our lives, from STEM careers to the science-based issues that impact us every day. 
If you have any questions, e-mail Brian Jackson at

President Obama Thanks 100Kin10 in Video

President Obama Thanks 100Kin10 in Video (via PR Newswire)

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South Carolina Department of Commerce awards $2.4 million in innovation grants

This is a press release from South Carolina Department of Commerce

14 organizations to receive support toward efforts fostering high-tech and entrepreneurial endeavors

COLUMBIA, S.C. | In its inaugural round of innovation-related grants, the South Carolina Department of Commerce is awarding $2.4 million in grant funds to 14 organizations across the state to further high-tech and entrepreneurial economic development.
As part of its efforts to support and grow an innovative, technology-based and entrepreneurial business environment, the Department of Commerce launched the state's first Office of Innovation in the fall of 2013. In January, the Department of Commerce issued a notice of funding opportunity, dubbed the South Carolina Innovation Challenge, soliciting proposals for projects that focus on fostering technology-based economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation in South Carolina communities through university collaboration, local government participation or public-private partnerships. Projects were required to address one or more goals of the South Carolina Innovation Plan.
Proposals totaling more than $6.8 million in requests from cities, county offices, chambers of commerce, universities and startup incubators and accelerators were submitted for $2.5 million in available first-round funds. A project could be awarded a maximum of $250,000 in grant funds, with a required non-state match of funds. A second round of competitive grant funds likely will be announced later this year.
"I'm excited to see the energy and impact that South Carolina's startup community has created, and we hope to help continue that momentum through this new program," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. "The knowledge economy represents a vital part of South Carolina's present and future. Through the Office of Innovation, we want to create a business environment in South Carolina that is ideal to start and build a high-growth company."
Projects at 14 organizations in Anderson, Beaufort, Charleston, Darlington, Florence, Greenville, Horry, Pickens, Richland, Spartanburg and York counties were selected to receive funding. These diverse projects focus on IT training, entrepreneur support, fostering startup companies and agribusiness: 
Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation, Charleston - CODEcamp - $247,000
CODEcamp is a software education initiative focused on developing new talent and providing students with the skills they need - including hands-on training, mentorship and networking- to enter the workplace and develop high-tech software skills.
College of Charleston, Charleston - I-CAT - $250,000
I-CAT - the International Cross-Curricular Accelerator for Technology - a technological accelerator that provides students a unique opportunity to develop their business, computing and entrepreneurial skills leading to business creation and placement in emerging technology businesses within South Carolina.
Don Ryan Center for Innovation, Bluffton - $100,000
The Don Ryan Center for Innovation (DRCI) is a hybrid internet-consultant program designed to support new high-tech/high-impact and high-innovation company formation and development in the Greater Bluffton region.
Duke Energy Center for Innovation, Hartsville - Phase II - $100,000
The Duke Energy Center for Innovation is expanding community and market impact through the creation of new and innovative programs targeted at building the knowledge network through regional business and educational partnerships in Hartsville and the surrounding area.
Faber Entrepreneurship Center, Columbia - High-Impact Consortium - $75,000
This project will develop a self-funded consortium managed by South Carolina Chamber of Commerce to help scale up high-impact firms in the state of South Carolina.
Grand Strand Technology Council, Myrtle Beach - Grand Strand Startup Initiative (GSSI) - $250,000
The GSSI is a comprehensive plan for fostering scalable startups as a focused and ongoing economic development effort in Georgetown and Horry counties. GSSI is opening operations this summer in a facility provided by Georgetown County Economic Development.
Greenville Chamber, Greenville - NEXT Ecosystem Expansion - $250,000
The NEXT Ecosystem Expansion project is comprised of a bundle of interconnected products that work together to accelerate the critical mass of target high-impact companies and the development of the supporting ecosystem in the Upstate area.
The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, Mount Pleasant - $250,000
The Harbor Entrepreneur Center provides high-value programs such as Accelerator and Forum that are designed to create collision among high-impact entrepreneurs, founders and investors.
Innovate Anderson, Anderson - Innovate Electric City - $250,000
Innovate Electric City will be a hybrid incubator-accelerator-workforce development model which will allow the business community in Anderson and their partners to work with startup companies at various levels.
Lowcountry Local First, Charleston - Entrepreneurship and Innovation through Small Business and Agriculture - $100,000
In order to foster a diverse entrepreneurial economy, programs such as Local Works (the community coworking facility) and Dirt Works Incubator Farm offer resources of mentorship, educational opportunities and connecting to capital in the Charleston metro area.
North Dargan Innovation Center, Florence - $200,000
The North Dargan Innovation Center is a business incubator in downtown Florence whose purpose is to assist entrepreneurs in starting their own technology-based or other high employment growth business.
Rock Hill Economic Futures Group, Rock Hill - Knowledge Park Innovation Center - $250,000
The Knowledge Park Innovation Center will focus on the development of the talented workers required by knowledge economy businesses.  The Innovation Center is a key component of Knowledge Park, a new urban business park linking downtown Rock Hill to Winthrop University.
South Carolina's Coalition for Mathematics & Science, Clemson - STEMLinx: South Carolina's One Stop Discovery Site for STEM Resources - $25,000
STEMlinx is a digital marketplace of visual and textual information that identifies a broad range of STEM education programs located in South Carolina that are accessible and useful to STEM constituencies including educators, parents, students, scientists, engineers, professional organizations, economic development entities and government agencies.
Spartanburg Economic Futures Group, Spartanburg - Spartanburg Entrepreneurial Resource Network (SERN) - $70,000
SERN offers coordinated efforts of support across groups in order to assist and empower entrepreneurial efforts in Spartanburg. SERN provides mentorship, professional advice, financial assistance, introduction to contacts, research and short-term incubation facilities.
About S.C. Department of Commerce 
As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing businesses grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental,, ZF Group, BMW and Google Inc. and also supports small and existing business, rural development initiatives and community development. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. South Carolina ranked first in the national for attracting jobs through foreign investment, according to IBM-Plant Location International reports in both 2012 and 2013. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012. For more information, visit

NextEd Secures 38 School Sites for Statewide Study of Engineering Pathways, Funded by $5 Million grant from U.S. Dept. of Education

NextEd Secures 38 School Sites for Statewide Study of Engineering Pathways, Funded by $5 Million grant from U.S. Dept. of Education (via PR Newswire)

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- After more than a year of effort, NextEd has secured agreements from 38 school sites throughout California to evaluate the effectiveness of engineering pathways on students' success and career trajectory…




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