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EdTech Ireland: Games, Apps and Entertainment in STEM Education

Irish Education & Technology Leaders Embark on U.S. Exchange Program
10 professionals from Ireland and Northern Ireland begin two-week visit
 
WASHINGTON | Cultural Vistas is pleased to welcome 10 Irish professionals to the United States for EdTech Ireland, a two-week exchange program exploring emerging trends and best practices at the intersection of technology, STEM education, and entrepreneurship.
 
 
EdTech Ireland is a collaborative effort initiated by the U.S. Embassy in Dublin and U.S. Consulate in Belfast, and funded by the U.S. State Department's Innovation Fund.
 
This short-term exchange will be administered by Cultural Vistas in four U.S. cities over the course of 14 days. The two weeks of programming began Sunday, January 12 in the nation's capital, and will include visits to Seattle and Boston before concluding in New York City on Saturday, January 25.
 
"Technology’s role in education continues to expand exponentially, but in many cases the technology has outpaced educators’ ability to apply it in a manner that most effectively helps the most number of children to learn," said Dan Ewert, Cultural Vistas' Vice President for Program Research, Partnerships and Innovation. "We see this visit to the United States as another investment in a long relationship Cultural Vistas has had with using technology and technical exchanges to enhance education of young people in Ireland."
 
With this in mind, Cultural Vistas has organized a national program itinerary designed to expose the 10-member delegation to the ever-changing field of education technology within the United States.
 
While stateside the group will visit government and educational institutions, game and app developers, tech startups, and NGOs, where they will have opportunities to network with their American counterparts and hear different perspectives on the importance of creating a skilled workforce – for the economy, and for society in general.
 
The tour includes trips to STEM-focused high schools as well as several U.S. universities that research ways technology can be more effectively used in classrooms and prepare teachers to understand ways to use it, including the University of Washington, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Columbia University's Teachers College.
 
Tours and meetings with representatives from the U.S. Department of State, Betamore, Bungie, Change the Equation, Enterprise Ireland, Microsoft Studios, National Academy of Sciences, National Center for Technological Literacy, NBC Learn, and Valve Software; as well as various cultural and networking activities are among the planned activities.
 
As an organization, Cultural Vistas maintains a rich history of programs connecting Irish and American young professionals with opportunities to enhance their careers and promote a global perspective.
 
In 1964, Irish university students Brendan Dohorty, John Holland and David Peelo were invited to the United States to receive training at General Electric and the Long Island Lighting Company through the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)
 
Fifty years later, Cultural Vistas, now the parent company of the United States affiliate of IAESTE, is pleased to be working with the U.S. Embassy in Dublin to continue a long tradition of promoting the sharing of international culture through the exchange of knowledge to help educate future generations.
 
"Not only do we hope these ten professionals have a great cultural learning experience, we hope it helps IAESTE United States to grow exchanges through its partner, IAESTE Ireland," added Ewert. Cultural Vistas staff will travel with the group for the duration of the two-week program.
 
About Cultural Vistas
A nonprofit organization, Cultural Vistas annually serves more than 5,000 students, professionals, and emerging leaders through career-focused international internships, educational study tours, language immersion and cultural exchange programs in the United States and around the world. Learn more at culturalvistas.org. Follow @CulturalVistas on Twitter

 

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This Week in The Gooru Corner: Symbiosis

 
This week in the Gooru corner is all about cooperation. Whether you’re a clownfish, a sea anemone, or a cleaner wrasse, there’s no reason why two species can’t find mutual benefit. Symbiosis is a fascinating phenomenon, and this week we’ll explore many examples.
 
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Girls Inc. joins STEM Mentoring Initiative “Million Women Mentors”

Partnership Seeks to Engage More Than One Million Girls & Young Women in STEM Education and Careers

New York, NY | Today Girls Inc. announced its partnership with the “Million Women Mentors” (MWM) initiative. MWM will launch Jan. 8, 2014 during National Mentoring Month, in Washington, D.C at the National Press Club. The initiative will support the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors – male and female – to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.
 
For over 25 years, Girls Inc. has developed girls’ enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with Girls Inc. Operation SMART®. Through hands-on activities, girls explore, ask questions, persist, and solve problems. By interacting with women and men pursuing STEM careers, girls come to view these careers as exciting and realistic options for themselves.  
 
“Girls Inc. knows it is essential for the girls we serve to embrace STEM as a possibility for their futures, and the power of meeting diverse women in these roles,” said Judy Vredenburgh, President and CEO of Girls Inc. “We are delighted to collaborate with partners from across academic, corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors to provide the role models and access to the girls and women who can become our next generation of STEM leaders.”  
 
In the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs. Today 80% of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend on mastery of mathematics and knowledge and skills in hard sciences. While women comprise 48% of the U.S. workforce, just 24% are in STEM fields, a statistic that has held constant for nearly the last decade. While 75% of all college students are women and students of color, they represent only 45% of STEM degrees earned each year. Too many of these young women begin in STEM degrees but leave those degree paths despite their good academic standing, often citing uncomfortable classroom experiences and disconcerting climate. Even when women earn a STEM degree, they are less likely than their male counterparts to work in a STEM field even though STEM jobs pay more and have a lower wage gap: 92 cents on a dollar versus 75 cents in other fields.
 
Million Women Mentors is a collective effort of more than 40 non-profit, media, education and government industry partners and nine corporate sponsors.  
 
To become involved with Girls Inc. or Million Women Mentors you can find more information by visiting: www.girlsinc.org and MillionWomenMentors.org.
 
About Girls Inc.:
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 136,000 girls ages 6 - 18 annually across the United States and Canada.  
 
About Million Women Mentors®(MWM)
Million Women Mentors®(MWM) is a collective national campaign and program with the purpose of captivating one million mentors to link with one million girls and young professionals for their STEM careers. Through its efforts MWM works to showcase existing best practice and suggestions for the future. Utilizing a technology portal built in three phases and developed in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services, MWM technology will enable mentor services for the nation. The MWM website and program will launch January 8, 2014. The program is a collective effort of founding partners including 35 non-profits and major corporations and will also reach government agencies. MWM is an initiative of STEMconnector®, a company which works closely with corporations and other organizations to assist in corporate development, corporate structure and smart STEM investments.
 
About STEMconnector®
STEMconnector® is THE information resource and source of best practices – The one-stop for Who’s Doing What in STEM Education and STEM jobs. STEMconnector®’s web site contains 6,500 profiles of stakeholders in STEM Education. STEMconnector® purpose is to map STEM activity of organizations, government, private sector, education, associations, diversity and women. STEMconnector® overall works through collaboration with its members and partners. Members are in all sectors. STEM Council meetings are offered three times a year to members and these are business, government, education and non-profits. 
 
Million Women Mentors (MWM) is the collective action of 41 national partners (as of January 8, 2014). The four founding partners are STEMconnector®, National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), MentorNet, and NPower.  Lead partners include The National 4-H Council, Girls Inc., The Manufacturing Institute, MENTOR, Teach for America, AAUW, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), Business and Professional Women’s Foundation (BPW), National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), YWCA, Junior Achievement, Sally Ride Science, Skills USA, Girl Scouts of the USA, Lean In, US News & World Report, Diversity Woman, Diplomatic Courier, Enterprising Women, Discovery Communications,  National Utilities Diversity Council (NUDC), National Women’s Political Caucus, eWomen Network, Girlstart, Global WIN,  Innovate+Educate, My College Options, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE), US 2020, Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), Computer Clubhouse Network, LATINAstyle, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Success in the City, Arizona State University, Nepris  and more.
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The World In 2050: Talent Mobility and the Future of Jobs

Diplomatic Courier, STEMconnector, and Global Action Platform to host global forum

Why are global businesses struggling to fill key jobs when 200 million people are unemployed? 
 
On January 14, 2014, the Diplomatic Courier, in collaboration with the STEMconnector and the CumberlandCenter's Global Action Platform, will convene “The World In 2050: Talent Mobility and the Future of Jobs,” a global forum on January 14, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the National Press Club. Follow the buzz on Twitter @diplocourier, #2050jobs.
 
“Businesses and governments across the world are beginning to come to terms with the new reality of the post-financial crisis era.  In response to the crisis, today there is an emphasis on constraints, not growth. At the same time, there is a critical need to unleash growth, to leverage emerging trends in technology, market needs, and society to expand enterprise and economic opportunity. Success in breaking through to a new wave of growth and prosperity will depend increasingly on human and social capital,” comments Ana C. Rold, Editor-in-Chief, Diplomatic Courier. 
 
Over six intense hours, industry leaders, technologists, journalists, and the public will tackle key issues at the heart of this world’s talent competition. Session topics include: changing demographic profiles; technology development and a consequent productivity increase; and, skill gaps and demand-supply mismatches. 
 
"STEMconnector is a firm believer in the power of a collaborative approach to address the global challenges of human capital development. The outcomes of this forum will foster unique collaborations that will continue to help prepare students for the jobs of 2050," added Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector.
 
Morning Keynote by David Chavern, COO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (8:45 AM)
 
Panel 1: Changing Demographic Profiles (9:35 AM – 10:45 AM)
Stephan Lancrin-Vincent, OECD
Surya Kant, President, North America, UK & Europe, Tata Consultancy Services
Michael Norris, Chief Operating Officer and Market President, Sodexo Inc.
Moderator: Ambassador Stuart Holliday, CEO, Meridian International Center
 
Panel II: Development and Productivity Increase (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM)
Karenann Terrell, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Wal-Mart
Larry Quinlan, Global Chief Information Officer, Deloitte
Steve Currall, Dean, School of Business, UC Davis
John Ruff, Immediate Past President, Institute of Food Technologists
Moderator: Wayne Scholes, CEO, Red Touch Media
 
Luncheon Keynote by HE Manuel Sager, Ambassador of Switzerland to the USA (12:45 PM)
 
Panel III: Skill Gaps and Demand-Supply Mismatches (2:30 PM – 3:30 PM)
Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter, Senior Vice President, PepsiCo
Elisa Villanueva Beard, Co-CEO, Teach For America
Guillermo Fernandez de la Garza, FUMEC
Lucian Tarnowski, CEO, BraveNewTalent
Moderator: Gary Beach, Publisher, CIO Magazine
 
Registration for this event is closed. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact press@diplomaticourier.org
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The Gooru Corner: The Milky Way [Featured Collection]

 
This week in the Gooru corner we take a look around our home. Granted, this might be a slightly more expanded version of home than we're used: we'll be taking a look at our home galaxy, the Milky Way. What is the structure of this unfathomably large construct, and where does our Sun, our planet, and everything we know fit into it?
 
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Instructure, UC Irvine Reveal Results of 'The Walking Dead' MOOC

Instructure, UC Irvine Reveal Results of 'The Walking Dead' MOOC (via PR Newswire)

- First-of-its-kind massive open online course attracts more than 65,000 global participants - Approximately 90 percent of respondents had never before taken a MOOC SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Instructure today announced key findings…

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Shedd Aquarium Debuts Asian Carp Digital Curriculum And Videos

Shedd Aquarium Debuts Asian Carp Digital Curriculum And Videos (via PR Newswire)

Shedd Takes Learning about Invasive Species and the Great Lakes Online CHICAGO, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Shedd Aquarium, a leader in Great Lakes conservation and education, deepens its commitment to Great Lakes conservation, unveiling…

 

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Shedd Aquarium Debuts Asian Carp Digital Curriculum And Videos

Shedd Aquarium Debuts Asian Carp Digital Curriculum And Videos (via PR Newswire)

Shedd Takes Learning about Invasive Species and the Great Lakes Online CHICAGO, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Shedd Aquarium, a leader in Great Lakes conservation and education, deepens its commitment to Great Lakes conservation, unveiling…

 

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New Study Shows 4-H Girls 2-3 Times More Likely to Participate in Science Programs than Peers

Million Women Mentors partnership will help increase the number of girls and young women in STEM education and careers

Chevy Chase, MD (January 8, 2014) | Today, National 4-H Council announced its partnership with the Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative. The initiative, unveiled at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., will support the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors—male and female—to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.
 
National 4-H Council joined more than 40 other youth-serving organizations in the MWM initiative. The partnership announcement comes just as a recent longitudinal study conducted by Tufts University, The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, revealed that 4-H girls are two times more likely (Grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.
 
“As the largest youth development organization in the United States, 4-H develops high-quality, positive youth development programs that show mentoring works,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, National 4-H Council President & CEO. “4-H prepares program leaders and youth as mentors with a deliberate focus on pairing strong women mentors with girls to help guide their future career paths. We are thrilled to join forces with STEMconnector and the Million Women Mentors initiative as our combined efforts will help reach the goal of engaging more than one million girls in STEM.”  
 
In the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs. Today, 80 percent of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend on mastery of mathematics and knowledge and skills in hard sciences. While women comprise 48 percent of the U.S. workforce, just 24 percent are in STEM fields, a statistic that has held constant for nearly the last decade. While 75 percent of all college students are women and students of color, they represent only 45 percent of STEM degrees earned each year. Too many of these young women begin in STEM degrees but leave those degree paths despite their good academic standing, often citing uncomfortable classroom experiences and a  disconcerting climate. Even when women earn a STEM degree, they are less likely than their male counterparts to work in a STEM field even though STEM jobs pay more and have a lower wage gap: 92 cents on a dollar versus 75 cents in other fields.
 
“I’ve had 4-H mentors who have helped shape me and guide the choices I’ve made both personally and professionally, and those life-long relationships continue to empower me today,” said Andrea Vessel, National 4-H Council Youth Trustee. “The Million Women Mentors initiative is an amazing effort which will allow girls to experience similar guidance along with long-term career benefits as a result of this partnership.” 
 
National 4-H Council provides STEM and mentoring programs across the United States in partnership with more than 100 universities. With funding provided by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the 4-H National Mentoring Program features replication of the following three Programs of Distinction recognized for strengthening, expanding and implementing youth mentoring activities nationwide to improve the lives of millions of young Americans. 
 
4-H Mentoring: Youth & Families with Promise, created by Utah State University; 
4-H Tech Wizards, created by Oregon State University; and 
4-H Life, created by the University of Missouri.  
 
This week, January 6-9, National 4-H Council is hosting its annual 4-H National Mentoring Program Implementation Training for 190 4-H program staff representing 46 states and the District of Columbia who will then select from the three proven effective 4-H youth mentoring programs to implement in their local communities.
 
In 2012, the 4-H National Mentoring Program served over 8,000 youth, resulting in significant outcomes in areas such as family relationships and perception of social support and social competence. Nearly 3,000 mentors participated with their matched mentees, a 1:4 mentoring ratio through this program. The program has also been successful for mentors, securing an 80 percent mentor retention rate.
 
Million Women Mentors is a collective effort of more than 40 non-profit, media, education and government industry partners and nine corporate sponsors. To become involved with 4-H or Million Women Mentors, visit www.4-H.org and www.MillionWomenMentors.org.
 
About 4-H
4-H is a community of seven million young people around the world learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In the United States, 4-H programs are implemented by 109 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension through more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, 4-H programs operate through independent, country-led organizations in more than 50 countries. 
 
Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4-H and Twitter at https://twitter.com/4H.
 
About Million Women Mentors®(MWM)
Million Women Mentors®(MWM) is a collective national campaign and program with the purpose of captivating one million mentors to link with one million girls and young professionals for their STEM careers. Through its efforts, MWM works to showcase existing best practices and suggestions for the future. Utilizing a technology portal built in three phases and developed in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services, MWM technology will enable mentor services for the nation. The MWM website and program will launch January 8, 2014. The program is a collective effort of founding partners including 35 non-profits and major corporations and will also reach government agencies. MWM is an initiative of STEMconnector®, a company which works closely with corporations and other organizations to assist in corporate development, corporate structure and smart STEM investments.
 
About STEMconnector®
STEMconnector® is THE information resource and source of best practices—The one-stop for Who’s Doing What in STEM Education and STEM jobs. STEMconnector®’s web site contains 6,500 profiles of stakeholders in STEM Education. STEMconnector®’s purpose is to map STEM activity of organizations, government, private sector, education, associations, diversity and women. STEMconnector® overall works through collaboration with its members and partners. Members are in all sectors. STEM Council meetings are offered three times a year to members representing business, government, education and non-profits. stemconnector.org
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The Gooru Corner: 3D Map of the Milky Way (Interactive Resource)

The Gooru Corner: 3D Map of the Milky Way
 
 
This week's featured resource should make you feel very, very small. This beautiful 3D map of the Milky Way is enormous, incredibly detailed, and begging to be explored. It's a phenomonal way to express our place in the Universe and a great way to spend a couple of hours." Check out this interactive EdTech Resource: http://media.skysurvey.org/interactive360/index.html.
 
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Gooru is a free search engine for learning developed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to honor the human right to education. Visit us at www.goorulearning.org.

 

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