This way, Valtrex helps to regulate the immune system within a short period of time and restrict possibilities of the infected cells After the purchase of Ventolin the situation was changed a lot.
The doctor prescribed me Flagyl. Zithromax without prescriptionPremarin works just fine for me. I used this pill for three months after a full hysterectomy at the age of 50.

International Association for STEM Leaders (IASL) Joins Forces with Uma Gupta's STEM-SMART

This is a press release from the International Association for STEM Leaders

On June 12, 2014, Millwood Virginia-based, International Association for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Leaders successfully joined forces with STEM-SMART, led by Executive Director & Founder, Dr. Uma G. Gupta.

STEM-SMART is an online education and mentoring community that connects U.S. high school and college students with U.S colleges and universities that offer STEM programs and employers that hire STEM talent. Their goal is to help students, parents, and potential employees learn about STEM education and degree programs, internships, and careers from trusted experts.

The International Association for STEM Leaders is globally recognized for creating a "golden standard" for STEM excellence in traditional and non-traditional educational settings for all Pre-kindergarten through adult students.  In collaboration with global STEM leaders, the IASL will provide guidance for implementing excellent STEM programming and develop a STEM framework that is industry-based and globally recognized.  In the coming months, IASL will host regional events to continue its recognition of exceptional leadership, through awards and to focus its outreach activities around regional education and economic development issues.  
The IASL is excited over this new partnership and the wonderful opportunity to further benefit the entire STEM community. Other partners of IASL, include the USA Science and Engineering Festival, hosting the world’s largest STEM event which took place in Washington, D.C., April of 2014, STEMconnector, the leading one-stop shop for STEM information, Diversified Education Systems (DES), a leader in “turn key” laboratories including: casework, equipment, curriculum, training and support, Root Cause and Pitsco Education. On the online side of STEM, Learning Blade and Career ATG offer career and STEM awareness, exposure and training to students. Finally, Concept Schools, a charter school Management Company and Vista Teach an early elementary robotics and engineering education company.

U.S. Army’s eCYBERMISSION Kicks Off 13th Year of Competition

This is a press release from eCYBERMISSION

Register Now for 2014-2015 STEM Competition; Students Imagine Innovative Solutions to Real-World Challenges that Could Build a Better Future

ARLINGTON, Va. (BUSINESS WIRE) | The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, on behalf of the Army Educational Outreach Program, today announced the kickoff of the 13th annual eCYBERMISSION program, a free online learning competition designed to cultivate student interest in science, technology, engineering and math by encouraging students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their local communities. Students can win on a state, regional, and national level, with national winning teams receiving up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity. Registration is open until December 17, 2014 at
Through the program, which is administered by the National Science Teachers Association, teams of three to four students plus an adult team advisor are asked to identify an issue in their community related to one of seven mission challenges, including:
  • alternative sources of energy;
  • the environment;
  • food, health and fitness;
  • force and motion;
  • national security and safety;
  • robotics; and
  • technology.
After selecting a mission challenge, teams apply the scientific practices or engineering design process to propose a solution. Each team then submits a mission folder, the official write-up of their project, via the eCYBERMISSION website.
A panel of virtual judges evaluates and scores the mission folders on the basis of several criteria to identify state winning teams. The top three scoring state winners at each grade level in each region then move on to the regional competition, where they compete with other teams in their grade across the region for an all-expenses paid trip to the National Judging and Educational Event, taking place June 2015.
Registration for the 2014-2015 competition will remain open through December 17, 2014. Final mission folder submissions are due February 25, 2015. To participate, students must be U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents, and must be officially enrolled in either sixth, seventh, eighth, or ninth grade in a public, private or home school, or a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school abroad. Students registered by November 5, 2014 will receive a free STEM Research Kit, which includes a notebook, flash drive and pencil.
The response to eCYBERMISSION last year was unprecedented, with thousands of teams registered from all 50 U.S. states, territories, and DoDEA sites. The continued success of eCYBERMISSION and its registered students depends on dedicated volunteers to support the program. eCYBERMISSION is once again seeking dynamic individuals who can contribute his or her knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to the program. Volunteer roles include:
  • Ambassadors serve as the face of eCYBERMISSION by promoting the competition and recruiting other volunteers in the community. Those who wish to interact with students as a part of their outreach must submit and pass a criminal background check or have an active Department of Defense security clearance. Register here to be an ambassador.
  • CyberGuides provide online assistance to eCYBERMISSION teams by answering questions and give guidance through the use of discussion forums, instant messaging, and live chat sessions. All CyberGuides must submit and pass a criminal background check or have an active Department of Defense security clearance. CyberGuides’ registration is open through February 24.
  • Virtual Judges – Individuals with an interest or background in STEM or education who independently evaluate team mission folders online. Virtual judge registration is open through February 25.
More information about the competition is available at, or by following eCYBERMISSION on Twitter, Facebook, or by contacting eCYBERMISSION Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237) or via email at
About Army Educational Outreach Program
The AEOP Cooperative Agreement was formed by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and includes Virginia Tech as the lead organization, the Academy of Applied Science, American Society for Engineering Education, the Technology Student Association, the University of New Hampshire and, new member, NSTA. AEOP is charged with addressing national needs for a STEM literate citizenry through a portfolio of educational opportunities which includes unique experiences, competitions, and high school internships that aim to spark an interest in STEM and encourage participants to pursue college and careers in STEM fields. The Army is committed to increasing the STEM talent pool in order to ensure our national security and global competitiveness. For more information on AEOP, visit
The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) manages the Army Educational Outreach Program on behalf of the U.S. Army. RDECOM’s mission is to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers. It is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it. For more information on RDECOM, visit
About NSTA
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

Help Bring Harmony to the Environment for a Chance to Win $500,000 in Grants and Scholarships

This is a press release from Lexus

Eighth National Lexus Eco Challenge Kicks-Off!

TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 26, 2014 (PRNewswire) | We know teenagers can be loud, but their small actions speak volumes. Committed young students from across the country have demonstrated that they can make an impact and make the world a better place just by learning about the environment and taking steps to make it better for their communities and world. Through the Lexus Eco Challenge, more than 26,000 middle and high school students have earned over $4.5 million for themselves, their teachers, and their schools.
The challenge has opened up again and students are invited to participate for a chance to win part of $500,000 in grants and scholarships. Lexus and Scholastic Inc., the global children's publishing, education and media company, have joined together to create the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) educational program.
In its eighth year, the Lexus Eco Challenge is an educational program and contest for teens across the U.S. in grades 6-12 that inspires and empowers young people to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. Teams of students can enter one or both of the first two challenges, which are focused on Land & Water and Air & Climate, respectively. New this year, the challenges will run simultaneously, allowing the teams a wider window to complete their action plans. Winners from each challenge are then invited to go on to participate in the Final Challenge, with a top prize of $30,000 for both the winning middle and high school teams.
The Challenge Elements
  1. The Lexus Eco Challenge also includes supplemental educational materials created and distributed by Scholastic, that support Common Core skills and encourage teachers to integrate creative lesson plans about the environment into their classrooms. For each challenge, the website ( has lesson plans and teacher instructions, including questions to help guide a discussion about the current challenge topic, facts about the topic, and guidelines for a specific classroom project.
  2. Competition to reward environmental action helps young people apply what they've learned in class through the program and empowers them to make improvements in their community by participating in the eco-focused team challenges.
"It's exciting to see year after year, the creative and inspiring action plans put together by these young students for the Lexus Eco Challenge," said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "These students show the incredible promise their generation has as they tackle environmental issues in their communities and around the world."
The Challenge Rewards
The Lexus Eco Challenge registration is open now and will conclude on December 8, 2014. Middle and high school teams, comprised of five to ten students and one to two teacher advisor(s), are invited to define an environmental issue that is important to them, develop an action plan to address the issue, implement the plan, and report on the results. The first-place and grand-prize-winning teams will be announced in spring 2015.
Each of the challenges will have 16 winning teams – eight middle school and eight high school teams. The winning teams will each receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships and grants to be shared among the students, teacher and school. In addition, the winning action plans will be featured on a special webpage to inspire other students to take action in their communities.
In January 2015, the winning teams from the first two challenges will be invited to participate in the Final Challenge. Teams will be asked to reach beyond the local community and inspire environmental action around the world through innovative ideas that are communicated to a wide audience.
From the Final Challenge entries, eight first-place teams and two grand-prize-winning teams will be selected. Each of the eight first-place teams will receive a total of $15,000 in grants and scholarships, and the two grand-prize-winning teams will each receive $30,000. The money will be shared by the students, their teacher advisors and their schools.
Teachers are encouraged to visit to learn how they can take part and to review the Official Rules. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited.
Lexus' Environmental Efforts
Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader with five low-emission hybrid vehicles available. When Lexus began selling hybrids in 2005, it helped advance the concept of sustainability without sacrifice. The Lexus Eco Challenge is part of The Lexus Pursuit of Potential, a philanthropic initiative that generates up to $3 million in donations each year for organizations that help build, shape and improve children's lives.
Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance. With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F models, including the LFA supercar, for top-of-the-line performance. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 234 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.

Hispanic Heritage Foundation And ESA Again Challenge Minorities To Develop Video Games And Phone Apps To Address Social Issues And Open Gateway To Stem Careers

This is a press release from ESA, HHF & LOFT

Last Year, 20 Youth (15-25 Years Old) Presented Ideas to White House, Congress and Policy Makers in DC and Received Innovation Grants

WASHINGTON, DC | The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) Leaders on the Fast Track (LOFT) will once again host the LOFT Video Game Innovation Challenge and Fellowship for minority youth across the country ages 15-25.  Last year, 20 youth were selected, provided with Innovation Grants, and flown to Washington, DC from across the country to present their ideas to members of Congress, The White House, and community leaders.  Candidates can apply now to for the chance to be one of the 2014 Fellows who are selected for their vision, creativity, and potential impact of the game on their community and receive Innovation Grants to further their vision.
“Through this creative partnership with the ESA, we are engaging youth on their terms, through video games and phone apps to make a social impact,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “We also believe there is a link from playing a video game to developing a game to computer coding, cybersecurity, and other workforce skills gap areas America is trying to fill. It’s important minority youth are encouraged to create not just consume.”  Visit for a TV interview with FOX about the program from last year.
The video games and phone apps last year ranged from dealing with Cerebral Palsy to healthy lifestyles to teen pregnancy to college prep to experiencing homelessness to financial literacy to even teaching literacy through rap lyrics on Twitter.  
“The ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship shows how games are more than a means of entertainment, but also a valuable tool for change in our society,” said Rich Taylor, senior vice president of communications and industry affairs at the ESA. “We are proud to offer this opportunity that will help create real change in minority communities through the unique platform only video games can provide.”
Joining ESA and HHF on the effort was Globaloria, Black Girls Code, BK Nation, BASE (Black Association of Scientist and Engineers, Computer Science Teacher's Association), Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Association, National Urban League, NRCCUA, and Gamepress, among others. HHF is also hosting free computer coding camps across the country and innovation symposia to encourage minority youth to fill America’s skills gap. Southwest Airlines is the official airline of LOFT.
Application closes September 15, 2014. To apply go to:
About ESA
ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers, including conducting business and consumer research, providing legal and policy analysis and advocacy on First Amendment, intellectual property and technology/e-commerce issues, managing a global anti-piracy program, owning and operating E3, and representing video game industry interests in federal and state government relations. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter at @RichatESA or @ESAGovAffairs.
About Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Leaders on Fast Track (LOFT)
LOFT is HHF’s award-winning, leadership and workforce development program focused on America’s “priority fields” including STEM and innovation. Tens of thousands of students and young professionals are connected to each other; prepared through trainings, priority-field-tailored symposia, workshops, and Charlas; and hundreds are placed into internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 100 companies and government agencies. Visit Join and follow LOFT on Facebook and Twitter - @LOFTInstitute
HHF was established by the White House in 1987 and believes that through innovation across all fields that Latinos are the leaders of today, not tomorrow. HHF also promotes Latino cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. Visit Join and follow HHF on Facebook at and Twitter @HHFoundation.

FPL supports Florida students with curriculum-based programs

This is a press release from Florida Power & Light Company

Emphasis on STEM education helps tomorrow's engineers and scientists

JUNO BEACH, Fla., Aug. 20, 2014 (PRNewswire) | Florida Power & Light Company today announced its 2014-2015 education programs for Florida teachers and students in the 35 counties it serves. Research has shown that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is not only linked to success in the field but also helps to instill creative problem-solving skills in students, which is critical to careers in engineering, science and research. FPL's programs provide the support and encouragement for greater adoption of STEM curricula in the classroom.
"FPL is proud to help Florida educators teach STEM classes in a hands-on environment that fosters a curiosity to learn more," said Pamela Rauch, FPL vice president of Development and External Affairs.  "Whether it's through a teacher grant or a robotics program, FPL hopes to engage and create interest among Florida students in programs that teach engineering skills as well as teamwork, collaboration, creativity and other vital talents to succeed in tomorrow's competitive work environment."
For the 2014-2015 school year, FPL offers the following:
Teacher Grants  (K-12)
All teachers in the 35 counties that FPL serves are eligible to apply for grants to fund classroom projects focused on any form of energy or engineering education. Grants are awarded in increments of $500 to $1,000. To date, FPL has awarded more than $175,000 for teacher grant projects throughout its service territory. The awards come from the NextEra Energy Foundation, which is funded by shareholders of FPL's parent company, NextEra Energy, Inc., the nation's largest producer of renewable energy from the wind and the sun. The application deadline is Nov. 15. Winners will be announced in December. Learn more here.
Science Fairs & Competitions (K-12)
FPL supports science fairs as a way to inspire young minds and future scientists and engineers. School districts in FPL's service territory that are interested in support for their fair or a science competition should contact Maureen Wilt at
Traveling School Assembly Program (K-5)
FPL has partnered with the National Theatre for Children to offer this free, live school show to help teach young students about electricity. "Men in Plaid: The Kilowatt Connection" is a fun-filled show that helps K-5 students understand the basics of energy conservation. Nearly 100,000 students annually are entertained and informed by the free traveling school assembly show. To schedule a show, call 800-858-3999, ext. 1 or click here to find out more about these free school performances.
Robotics Programs (9-12)
In an ongoing effort to drive student engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, FPL is a major supporter of robotics programs. The company funds established and start-up robotics clubs throughout its 35-county service territory. FPL has sponsored 30 robotics programs to date and hopes to double the number in the coming year. Additionally, FPL continues to sponsor the South Florida FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics regional competition held every spring in South Florida. To learn more about funding opportunities, contact Maureen Wilt at
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving approximately 4.7 million customer accounts across nearly half of the state of Florida. As of year-end 2013, FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 25 percent lower than the national average and the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among utilities nationwide. The company was recognized in 2014 as the most trusted U.S. electric utility by Market Strategies International, and has earned the national ServiceOne Award for outstanding customer service for an unprecedented 10 consecutive years. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,900 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit

N2N Launches Student Success Platform for Higher Education

Duluth, Ga. (PRWEB) August 25, 2014 - N2N Services, a leading company focused on technology innovation in the education sector, recently launched its Student Success Platform for Higher Education. N2N’s innovative new application includes comprehensive tools to support enrollment management, student retention and learning remediation.
The Student Success Platform includes comprehensive tools to support enrollment management, student retention and learning remediation. N2N uses Tableau as an integrated reporting and data visualization tool for the company’s cloud-based Learning Media Platform, Integrated Student Information System and Student CRM products.
“While N2N was comfortable with the flexible and comprehensive data model we have designed for higher education, we realized that developing reports and dashboards using conventional BI tools on the market was a very difficult task for a company of our size,” said Kiran Kodithala, CEO at N2N. “After conducting thorough research, we have decided to use Tableau for all our data visualization and reporting needs. Integrating Tableau into our product stack is a perfect fit for the higher education and N2N in particular.”
To learn more about N2N or it’s various services, visit
About N2N Services Inc. 
Founded in 2004 as a systems integration consultancy serving the K-20 education market, N2N has spent a decade working to transform education. Today, N2N still provides best in class services to institutions across North America and beyond, but also has launched its own suite of mobile and web platforms designed to enhance student success through technology. N2Ns goal is to attract, engage, retain and graduate more students with N2N's integrated Mobile, Portal, Learn and Analyze platforms and to transform education through student success powered by technology. To learn more about N2N Services, visit

AT&T Makes Million Dollar Contribution To Girls Who Code To Support Next Generation Of Female Tech Leaders

This is a press release from AT&T

Support Demonstrates AT&T's Continuing Efforts to Promote STEM Education and Close the Gender Gap in Tech Industry

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2014 (PRNewswire) | AT&T today announced a $1 million contribution to Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. The announcement was made at the graduation ceremony for AT&T's Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, a rigorous computer science course aimed at educating, inspiring and equipping high school girls with the skills, resources and confidence necessary to pursue opportunities in the technology field.
AT&T additional contribution will help Girls Who Code expand its Summer Immersion Program and Girls Who Code clubs to additional cities across the country, offering more young women access to computer science courses and technology.
Beginning on July 11th, AT&T welcomed twenty high school girls from across the five boroughs and metro suburbs, as well as one who travelled all the way from Houston, TX, to its New York City executive office in Rockefeller Center. The intensive program, taking place for seven weeks Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, provided the girls with a college semester's worth of computer science curriculum. The experience included interactive sessions with female executives from AT&T and a field trip to one of AT&T's media labs.  All of this culminated in today's graduation at the AT&T Long Lines building in Tribeca and a presentation of their final projects to family, friends and AT&T executives.
"Hosting the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program is inspirational," said Marissa Shorenstein, New York State President, AT&T, at the graduation ceremony. "The synergy between our two organizations creates almost unparalleled opportunities for more women to be exposed to technology fields. The young women's dedication and enthusiasm for learning is remarkable and we couldn't be prouder of all they have accomplished. We can't wait to see what they do next."
"As we work to close the gender gap in technology and empower young women across the country, AT&T's collaboration -- from contributing financial resources to engaging employees in our mission -- has been essential," said Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. "Together we are creating an environment that exposes girls to computer science careers and leaders and demonstrates to them that with this skillset, the possibilities are endless."
"AT&T wants to grow the field of qualified young women confident to enter STEM careers," said Nicole Anderson, executive director of philanthropy, AT&T.  "Girls Who Code makes this happen so we're thrilled to help them expand their reach to other communities across the country."
The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program embeds twenty rising high school juniors and seniors in a technology company, like AT&T, or university setting and combines computer science education with real-world tech industry exposure for seven weeks. Students do not need previous coding or computer science knowledge in order to apply, but must demonstrate a capacity for creative thinking and an interest in technology. Girls Who Code implemented the Summer Immersion Program in 2012 and AT&T was one of three companies in New York City to host an inaugural class.
This year's AT&T Girls Who Code class of students comes from all five of New York City's boroughs, with eight from Queens, two from Brooklyn, two from Manhattan, one from the Bronx, and one from Long Island. There are also five students from New Jersey and one student from Houston, Texas.
This year's graduates learned several programming languages, created computer games using JavaScript, HTML and CSS, programmed robots, and built mobile apps from the ground up. During the final weeks of the program, the girls were tasked with creating and developing their own, original projects, which they demonstrated to each other in class and presented to the audience at graduation.
In addition to their in-house classes, the girls went on a field trip to A&T AdWorks, a cross-platform ad network connecting advertisers with target audiences across online, mobile and TV, where they were exposed to cutting edge technologies and heard from some of the AT&T employees who helped develop them.
AT&T's support of Girls Who Code is part of AT&T Aspire, the company's signature education initiative, focusing on school success and workforce readiness.  AT&T has been involved in Girls Who Code since 2012 and has given more than $103 million to support STEM initiatives since 1987.
About Philanthropy at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.
AT&T Aspire is AT&T's signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.
About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet,
AT&T also offers the best global wireless coverage, based on offering roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier, and offers the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV service with the AT&T U-verse® brand. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.
Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at and YouTube at
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About Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is a national non-profit working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Summer Immersion Program and Girls Who Code Clubs, the organization is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Additional information is available at

NASA Announces Awards to Expand Informal STEM Education Network

This is a press release from NASA

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2014 (PRNewswire-USNewswire) | NASA has selected 12 informal educational institutions to receive approximately $6 million in agency funding to provide compelling science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities in informal education settings, such as museums, science centers, planetariums and NASA visitor centers.
The selected projects will complement and enhance STEM curricula taught in traditional kindergarten through 12th grade academic settings.
These education grants were awarded through NASA's Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC) in response to a solicitation issued in April 2013. The solicitation sought STEM projects to infuse cutting-edge NASA research and development activities into curriculum development and implementation, teacher preparation and professional development, effective teaching, out-of-school activities and educational technology.
The 2014 selected organizations are:
  • Boston Children's Museum, Boston
  • Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • EdVenture Children's Museum, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Great Lakes Science Center (NASA Glenn Research Center Visitor Center), Cleveland
  • Howard B. Owens Science Center, Lanham, Maryland
  • Maryland Science Center, Baltimore
  • Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
  • NASA Ames Research Center Visitor Center, Moffett Field, California
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland
  • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington
  • Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado
"Research shows that for most Americans, only about 20 percent of their learning occurs in traditional school settings with the remainder coming from other experiences," said Mary Frances Sladek, director for STEM Education and Accountability in NASA's Office of Education. "The new opportunities offered by these museums and informal education institutions will use NASA content to amplify STEM concepts beyond the classroom."
These projects are designed to engage youth, families, educators and the public through educator professional development, webcasts, digital and traveling exhibits and community-based programming. They have performance periods from one to five years and range in value from approximately $150,000 to $900,000. Final funding is contingent upon NASA's approval of each organization's detailed business plan.
The selected institutions will partner with NASA's Museum Alliance, a nationwide network of education professionals at more than 575 science museums, planetariums, NASA visitor centers, Challenger Centers, and visitor centers at observatories and parks, nature centers, aquariums and zoos.
For more information about this year's CP4SMPVC winners, including project descriptions, visit:
For information about the Museum Alliance, visit:
For information about NASA's education programs, visit:



Russian School of Mathematics Brings Award-Winning Afterschool Math Program to New Hampshire

This is a press release from the Russian School of Mathematics

Advanced Math School for K-12 Children Renowned for Developing Excellence in Mathematics and Lifelong Critical Thinking Skills To Open in Nashua

NASHUA, N.H., Aug. 19, 2014 (PRNewswire-USNewswire) | The Russian School of Mathematics (RSM) – the award-winning afterschool math program renowned for developing excellence in mathematics and lifelong critical thinking skills – will open in Nashua, New Hampshire this September in response to high demand for quality after-school math education from area families. Located at 84 Lake Street, RSM-Nashua will be the math school's first branch in the state of New Hampshire.  
The new math school will be led by Igor Chernin, principal of RSM's venerable Acton, Mass. branch, and his experienced team. Having witnessed the remarkable results of the RSM program as parents, Igor and his wife Bela decided to bring the benefits of the RSM program to the Acton, Mass. community in 2008; and with the opening of the Nashua branch they will now extend those same benefits to K-12 students throughout Southern New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts.
"Our Nashua branch will be situated in the heart of New Hampshire's high tech industry where families are highly educated and particularly attuned to the enduring value of a quality math education," says Chernin, a former principal engineer. "We are opening RSM-Nashua after having been besieged with inquiries from area families almost daily for the past several years. Some of our students have been commuting to our Acton location for several years from places as far away as Bedford, New Hampshire."   
RSM-Nashua will host a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, September 20, from 12 Noon to 5:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Families are invited to meet RSM faculty, enjoy math games, and schedule free math evaluations for their children. The math school is also now enrolling students for its full-academic year program which begins on Thursday, September 4, 2014. To learn more, visit
Inessa Rifkin and Irina Khavinson, the two Russian immigrant women who started the Massachusetts-based Russian School of Mathematics in 1997, believe that anyone can do well in math given the right learning environment. For more than a decade, RSM students have consistently posted top scores in national and international math competitions and on standardized tests. But as the founders point out, achieving top test scores is just one of the benefits of RSM's math enrichment program. RSM students also see higher grade point averages in school, more confidence, and a strengthening of problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
The key, they say, is creating an enjoyable learning environment that emphasizes understanding over rote memorization and having a systematic curriculum and well-trained, enthusiastic teachers who can pass their love of math on to their students.
Once based in the Rifkin family living room, the school's aim has always been to help students get into the best colleges by giving them a set of skills they would find valuable in any profession. RSM has seen demand for its math program increase dramatically over the years and the math school today enrolls more than 11,000 students at its 21 locations in seven states.

Science Center to Host Free Admission Day on Aug. 24

This is a press release from the Carnegie Science Center

General Admission Will Be Underwritten by the Jack Buncher Foundation

PITTSBURGH, August 18, 2014 | On Sunday, Aug. 24, general admission to Carnegie Science Center will be generously underwritten by the Jack Buncher Foundation. Visitors can discover hundreds of hands-on exhibits, including Highmark SportsWorks®, free of charge from 10 am – 5 pm.
Guests can engineer a mini-city in the BLUE! exhibit, explore a walk-in replica of the International Space Station, challenge a robot to a game of air hockey, and take a walking tour of western Pennsylvania at the world-renowned Miniature Railroad & Village®, plus much more.
Parking, Omnimax films, and laser shows are not included.
About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.
About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. Annually, the museums reach more than 1.2 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.


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