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High-Profile Figures in Science and Media to Serve as Emcees at USA Science & Engineering Festival's X-STEM Symposium

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: blog.stemconnector.org/usa-science-engineering-festival.

The success of a major STEM event depends a lot on the level of the support from the professional community. In this regard, the Festival is fortunate to have a number of  high-profile  figures in science, engineering, the media and other fields assisting to bring the excitement of the Festival Expo to Washington, DC in April. This involvement includes the following individuals serving as emcees at the Expo's  X-STEM Symposium, April 24: Randy Atkins, Director, Communications/Media Relations at National Academy of Engineering; Jennifer Bogo, Articles Editor, Popular Science; Jerome Baker, Executive Director of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Society; Bob Hirshon, Program Director of Technology and Learning, AAAS; Gary Beach, Publisher Emeritus, CIO Magazine; Kenneth Hess, President and Founder, Science Buddies; Randy Schools, President & CEO, NIH Recreation and Welfare Association; WJLA ABC7 meteorologists Devon Lucie, Brian van de Graaf, and Steve Rudin; and Shawn Wasserman, Editor, Engineering.com.

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Game Developers Conference 2014 Attracts 24,000 Attendees, Returns To San Francisco's Moscone Center March 2-6, 2015

Game Developers Conference 2014 Attracts 24,000 Attendees, Returns To San Francisco's Moscone Center March 2-6, 2015 (via PR Newswire)

Industry Professionals from Every Segment of the Game Development Community Convene for more than 400 Sessions, Active Expo Floor, The Game Developers Choice and Independent Games Festival Awards and More SAN FRANCISCO, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- …

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View Sustainable Environmental Designs of the Future When the EPA Brings Its P3 College Student Competition to the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo!

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: blog.stemconnector.org/usa-science-engineering-festival.

Now more than ever, the work of environmental scientists and engineers in designing sustainable solutions for tomorrow is essential to protecting human health and the planet. Get ready for an exciting look into sustainable designs of the future as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brings its renowned EPA P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) college student competition to the Festival Expo in April to spotlight the talent of some of tomorrow's brightest young environmental visionaries. Featured will not only be student entries -- ranging from earth-friendly fabrics to designs for car-less cities of the future -- but also a host of other sustainable design exhibits from industry. During the last hours of the Expo, awards to winning student teams will be presented by EPA officials at a special EPA P3 Awards Ceremony, which the public will not want to miss. 

Learn more: Explore Amazing Sustainable Designs of the Future at the Expo With Festival Partner EPA P3!

Vital Link of Orange County announces 2014 STEM & the Arts Career Showcase, in partnership with OC Fair Imaginology

Hands-on opportunity for students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, math and the arts to be held April 11-13 at the OC Fair & Event Center

Costa Mesa, CA, March 20, 2014 | Vital Link of Orange County announced today it will host the 2014 STEM & the Arts Career Showcase, in partnership with OC Fair Imaginology, at the OC Fair & Event Center on April 11th, 12th, and 13th. The showcase will be a collaboration of sponsors and exhibitors from the corporate, education, and non-profit worlds coming together to create an engaging, interactive career exploration experience for students emphasizing careers in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and the arts.
 
Over 4,000 students and families are expected to attend this free event featuring hands-on exhibits, experiential workshops, speakers, and industry and education displays focused on inspiring middle school, high school, and community college students to explore, discover, and connect to their future careers.
 
Vital Link’s President and CEO, Kathy Johnson, reminds us that, “Youth today need to see the relevance of the information they are getting in school. Making the connection between what they are learning and how they can apply it to their life and future career is essential. Interactive exhibits, meeting the experts, college demonstrations, and opportunities to build their skills are only a part of what attendees will experience during the three-day showcase.”
 
The showcase will include: Vital Link’s hands-on career exploration exhibits (for design, engineering, environmental sciences, health sciences, and transportation), industry speakers, industry demonstrations and interactive exhibits, student science and engineering displays, an interactive robotics competition featuring student-built robots, alternative fuel vehicles designed by Orange County high school and college student teams for the 2014 Energy Invitational, digital media arts competition displays, a student-designed fashion show hosted by Fashionomics Live!,  a movement workshop led by Tim Stevenson (choreographer for A-list musicians), community college exhibits, STEM-related nonprofit organization exhibits with information about internships and paid positions, a job recruitment area, live entertainment featuring successful young performers, and much more.
 
Current sponsors include Bank of America, KSBR 88.5 FM, OC Fair & Event Center, OC Fair Imaginology, Orange County Workforce Investment Board (OC WIB), QBE, Saddleback College, Southern California Edison, State Street, and SunPower.
 
To learn more about becoming an event sponsor or exhibitor, or to register a class field trip for Friday, April 11, please call Mary Tran at (949) 646-2520. For more information, please visit www.vitallinkoc.org.
 
About Vital Link of Orange County
Vital Link’s mission is to be the link between business and education to prepare students for the successful transition to a meaningful career.  For students, Vital Link provides experiences, resources, and tools to assist them to identify their career options and explore, discover, and connect to their future career. For educators and businesses, Vital Link is the “go to” place for business and education to connect, bringing relevance into the classroom and helping to develop a well-prepared workforce.  For more information on Vital Link, please visit www.vitallinkoc.org.
 
OC WIB
This program is conducted in partnership with the Orange County Workforce Investment Board, as funded through the U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund. This WIA Title I financially assisted program or activity is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you need special assistance to participate in this program, call (714) 562-9200. TDD/TTY users, please call the California Relay Service at (800) 735-2922 or 711. Please call 48 hours in advance to allow the Orange County One-Stop Center to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this program.
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Bayer CropScience's Second Annual Bee Care Tour Buzzed into South Dakota

Bayer CropScience's Second Annual Bee Care Tour Buzzed into South Dakota (via PR Newswire)

Bayer hit the road to promote bee health by continuing its Tour across the country at top agriculture universities and Commodity Classic Guests enjoyed a panel discussion on bee health and stewardship best practices, which was moderated by Director…

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The Center for Excellence in Education Sponsors Teacher Training Program

This is a press release from The Center for Excellence in Education

CEE, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, Apollo Education Group, ExxonMobil, and Capital One Financial Corporation Sponsor Bite of Science Dinner Event in Manassas to Strengthen Science Teaching

McLean, VA – March 17, 2014 | The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE), Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, Apollo Education Group, ExxonMobil, and Capital One Financial Corporation will sponsor a Bite of Science professional development session, cost-free, for high school teachers on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.  George Mason University will host this event on the Prince William Campus in Discovery Hall located at 10900 University Boulevard in Manassas, Virginia.  Bite of Science will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for science teachers who wish to broaden their perspective of science in their classroom.

The mission of the Teacher Enrichment Program is to assure a future talented and diverse U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  It focuses on best practices and resources, as well as exposure to the breadth and depth of scientific discovery often not available to rural and urban high school teachers and their students.  This Bite of Science professional development opportunity for teachers is estimated to impact at least 3,425 students in Manassas, Manassas Park, and Prince William, Fairfax, and Loudoun Counties.   
 
The Teacher Enrichment Program will provide content and information for teachers to engage students to pursue careers in science and technology.
 
CEE’s Bite of Science session in Manassas, VA will feature:
 
·       Tashika Hussey, Advanced Technical Leadership Program Sr., Net-Centric Integration & Demonstration (NCID), Lockheed Martin Corporation
·       Yuntao Wu, Ph.D., Professor, National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases, School of System Biology, George Mason University
 
The Bite of Science speakers will discuss their work and relate it back to the classroom for the teachers.
 
The goals of the Teacher Enrichment Program are to:
 
·       Provide teachers with enhanced professional development
·       Furnish the opportunity for teachers to ask questions and to interact directly with scientists and engineers
·       Foster excitement in teachers to create an interest in students for STEM fields
·       Inform teachers so they have a better understanding of research and development
·       Allow teachers the opportunity to network with their peers
 
Contact Natasha Schuh-Nuhfer, Ph.D., Director of the Teacher Enrichment Program, at nschuh@cee.org to attend the cost-free event offered by CEE.
 
About the Center for Excellence in Education
The Center for Excellence in Education was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among leaders in the global community. CEE sponsors the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP).  For more information about the Center and its programs, visit CEE’s Web site, www.cee.org.
 
Sources: Natasha Schuh-Nuhfer, Ph.D., 703-448-9062 nschuh@cee.org
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Larry Bock, USA Science & Engineering Festival Founder, Receives Prestigious Viktor Hamburger Award From Society for Developmental Biology

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: blog.stemconnector.org/usa-science-engineering-festival.

The Society for Developmental Biology has awarded its 2014 Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize to Larry Bock, Founder of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, for the Festival’s outstanding contributions to developmental biology education. Bock, a successful serial entrepreneur in the life and physical sciences, founded the Festival with Lockheed Martin Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Ray O Johnson, more than 6 years ago as a national grassroots effort to advance STEM education. The Festival,  to be held nationally for the third time this April, has since grown into the country’s largest celebration to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, with Lockheed Martin serving as the founding and presenting host.  Past recipients of the prestigious Viktor Hamburger Prize include: William B. Wood, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado, for his work in championing the improvement of science education through active learning methods; and Bruce Alberts, the noted  biochemist  and past president of the National Academy of Sciences, for his in developing the landmark National Science Education standards that have been implemented in school systems nationwide.  

PLTW Announces Florida Gulf Coast University as New Affiliate Partner

This is a press release from Project Lead the Way

University Will Support PLTW Engineering Programs in Florida

INDIANAPOLIS (March 18, 2014) | Project Lead The Way (PLTW) announces Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in Fort Myers, Fla., as an affiliate partner to support PLTW Engineering and Gateway programs in the state. FGCU joins approximately 50 other colleges, universities, and research institutions providing support for PLTW and its network of more than 5,000 schools in the United States.
 
“Project Lead The Way welcomes Florida Gulf Coast University to the affiliate network with great excitement,” said PLTW President and CEO Dr. Vince Bertram. “STEM education has never been more crucial for our country, and FGCU’s strong commitment to students and teachers aligns with PLTW’s vision and values.”
 
As an affiliate partner, FGCU is an integral part of the PLTW experience. Affiliate partners host PLTW professional development training programs, which are required for each course a PLTW teacher instructs. Affiliates also host annual conferences for school administrators and counselors, as well as provide ongoing support to PLTW schools. In Florida, FGCU and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which was announced as an affiliate in December 2013, join forces to grow PLTW programs in the state.
 
“It is a distinct privilege to have the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University working in partnership with the College of Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to serve as joint university affiliates for Project Lead The Way in the great state of Florida,” said Richard Behr, dean of U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at FGCU. “We look forward to fostering improved teacher preparation for engineering courses at the high school and middle school levels. PLTW is a very well-regarded national organization, and we are honored to be a part of the PLTW team.”
 
FGCU’s U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering was established in 2005 and has since grown to more than 800 students and 23 faculty and staff. The school offers degrees in bioengineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, and software engineering. “Our FGCU engineering college is young, and I would like to see our PLTW affiliation lead to enhanced exposure of our college to top quality future engineering students,” said Dr. Behr. “We anticipate that K-12 teachers who come to FGCU to train in our facilities will depart with a highly favorable impression of our college, which should lead to increased enrollments in our college from well-prepared high school students from throughout Florida and beyond.”
 
Lisa Zidek, associate dean and PLTW affiliate director added, “We are most excited about getting to work with the teachers and helping them become comfortable with applied math and sciences so that they are more comfortable engaging their students.”
 
FGCU places a strong emphasis on high-quality teaching and learning and has a track record of involvement in engineering education initiatives. FGCU hosts a STEM summer camp for students to introduce them to the field, conducts outreach with local schools, and engages in several projects with external partners, such as the National Science Foundation.
 
Please join PLTW in welcoming FGCU as its newest affiliate partner.
 
About PLTW
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs. PLTW’s world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. More than 5,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students. For more information, visit www.pltw.org.
 
About Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Gulf Coast University is dedicated to providing a student-centered learning environment that offers the highest quality educational opportunities for the development of the knowledge, insights, competencies, and skills necessary for success in life and work. Call us at 1-800-590-34281-800-590-3428 or visit our website at www.fgcu.edu.

 

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UNITE Now Recruiting High School Applicants for Summer STEM Program

This is a press release from the Technology Student Association

(PRWEB) March 18, 2014 | Selected colleges and universities around the country are now recruiting high school students with an interest in pursuing a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career to participate in UNITE, a pre-collegiate summer program. This four-to-six week program is for rising 10th grade students (those between their 9th and 10th grade school year) from groups historically underrepresented and underserved in STEM.

Funded by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and coordinated by the Technology Student Association (TSA), the UNITE program is designed to encourage and help prepare students to pursue college-level studies, and ultimately, careers in engineering and related STEM fields.
 
Participant institutions will offer rigorous academic coursework with hands-on activities designed to build student knowledge and confidence in a variety of STEM disciplines. Classes at host sites will be taught by qualified high school STEM teachers or college instructors with experience and expertise in teaching STEM to high school students.
 
In the summer of 2014, ten colleges and universities will serve as host sites: 
 
Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL 
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO 
Florida International University, Miami, FL 
Savannah State University, Savannah, GA 
Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA 
Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ 
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 
South Dakota School of Mines, Rapid City, SD
 
Individuals who know students interested in applying to participate can visit the UNITE website for contact information. For additional information, contact Hillary Lee at the national TSA office. For additional information, contact Hillary Lee at the national TSA office.
 
About the Technology Student Association (TSA) 
TSA is a national organization for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Open to young people enrolled in, or who have completed, technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes over 200,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 48 states. TSA partners with universities and other organizations to promote a variety of STEM competitions and opportunities for students and teachers. TSA is supported by educators, parents, and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. From engineers to business managers, our alumni credit TSA with a positive influence in their lives. Visit the Technology Student Association website for more information.
 
About the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) 
The AEOP is comprised of Army-sponsored research, education, competitions, internships and practical experiences designed to engage and guide students and teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Its programs include Junior Solar Sprint, the Mobile Discovery Center, eCYBERMISSION, Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS), the West Point Bridge Design Contest, UNITE, and the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). Scholarship and award opportunities also are available through AEOP. The organization responsible for AEOP is the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. Visit the U.S. AEOP website for more information.

 

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4-H Urban Science Lab is Talk of New York City

This is a guest blog post by Jennifer Sirangelo, President & CEO of 4-H
 
Did you know that in the heart of Manhattan there are teenagers raising tilapia for High School credit? Recently, I had the opportunity to tour the Food and Finance High School in New York City and I was thrilled to experience first-hand the school's remarkable approach to teaching science. Located in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan, Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Hydroponic and Aquaculture Lab teaches students how to raise over 10,000 tilapia. The fish are then distributed to the school cafeteria, sold to local restaurants and greenmarkets, as well as donated to hunger relief organizations. 
 
 
Developed by Cornell University scientist Philson Warner, this unique and exciting science program offers urban 4-H'ers and other high school students the opportunity to work with a state-of the-art hydroponic system to grow fresh fish in a clean and sustainable environment to which they would never normally be exposed. Additionally, mini hydroponic units are available to the students in which they can grow fresh herbs and vegetables. A satellite learning lab has also been opened at a Brooklyn school and the program promises to branch out to other states. They are currently partnering with the Food Network, were recently featured on New York 1 television News and will soon be opening a retail store on 9th Avenue.
 
 
My tour was hosted by college student, 4-H alumnus and National 4-H Council Trustee Lazarus Lynch, a graduate of the program. He expressed to me what an impact the science learning labs have had on his life. This hands-on approach to learning is unique and helps to empower urban youth, who would otherwise not have access to this type of technology. It is inspiring to see high school students excited about STEM and able to put their passion to use in a practical form.
 
 
The Hydroponic and Aquaculture Lab is helping to cultivate a new generation of metropolitan agriculturalists who are changing the face of modern farming and the culinary industry. Their environmental practices are at the heart of the very popular farm-to-table movement permeating today’s most popular restaurants. There are science labs and inner-city farms popping up in even the most densely populated communities trying to meet the needs of a rapidly increasing world population by decreasing acreage and increasing production. If we are going to be able to feed future generations, we need to continue to encourage and develop programs like this throughout the country.
 
Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4-H Council, is a member of the STEM Innovation Task Force and co-chair of the Youth Committee for the Food & Ag Council.

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