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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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US Senate Backs Creation of National Science Week and Supports USA Science & Engineering Festival

Efforts Will Bring Together Children, Families, Teachers, Businesses and World Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

WASHINGTON, DC – Jan. 08, 2014 | The USA Science & Engineering Festival (www.USAScienceFestival.org), supported by presenting host sponsor Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], is pleased to announce the passage by the U.S. Senate of Senate Resolution 329, which “Express(es) support for the goals and ideals of the biennial USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. and designati(es) the last week of April 2014 as ‘‘National Science Week.” The resolution was introduced by Sen. Chris Coons (DE), who was joined by a bipartisan group in co-sponsoring his efforts, including Sen. Kirk (IL), Sen. Rockefeller (WV), Sen. Alexander (TN), Sen. Baucus (MT), Sen. Crapo (ID) and Sen. Durbin (IL).
 
The USA Science & Engineering Festival was co-founded by serial entrepreneur Larry Bock and Lockheed Martin Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Ray O. Johnson. The Festival will take place April 25-27, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The free, nonprofit Festival will serve to highlight our Nation’s commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  It is the largest STEM event in the world, with over 350,000 attendees expected. The Festival is filled with hands-on exhibits, experiments, concerts and talks from leading technology entrepreneurs, Nobel Prize winning scientists, Hollywood celebrities, Fortune 500 CEOs and many others.
 
Twenty years ago, the U.S. led the world in high school graduates; now we are a mere 20th. And of the students who do graduate, only 30% are ready for college level science and 45% for the rigors of collegiate mathematics. The World Economic Forum ranks the United States 52nd in the quality of mathematics and science education. This drop is having a noticeable effect, as over half of all U.S. patents are now awarded to non-U.S. companies. Numerous reports, including the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” report, sound a clarion’s call that we are a “nation at risk.” Today, for the first time in history, America’s younger generation is less well educated than its parents. The creation of a National Science Week —to be celebrated at the USA Science & Engineering Festival— is one big step in the right direction of recognizing that STEM is once again a national priority.
 
“If our nation is to remain a leader in scientific research, innovation, and the development of new technologies, the next generation of American workers must be better educated and more skilled – especially in science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Senator Chris Coons. He added, “A quality STEM education is the best gift we can give our children to ensure they are prepared for the jobs that will power our 21st century economy. The USA Science & Engineering Festival is a strong promoter of American STEM leadership and I am proud to join my colleagues in recognizing its important contribution to our nation.”
 
“A Nation gets what it celebrates, and if we celebrate reality TV stars and athletes instead of great scientists, technology entrepreneurs, engineers and mathematicians, future generations of Americans will suffer for it,” said Larry Bock. He added, “We thank the U.S. Senate for their support and efforts in creating National Science Week and strengthening the STEM educational foundation of our nation, which is vital to our future economy and the health, safety and well-being of America’s families.”
 
“Fewer than 50 percent of high school graduates are prepared for college-level math and science classes,” noted Senator Mark Kirk. Adding, “We can and must do better. Investing in STEM education will help prepare our kids to compete in a global marketplace and keep Illinois at the forefront of high-quality research. The USA Science & Engineering Festival particularly is important to Illinois because of our two national laboratories – Fermi and Argonne – that lead the world in innovation and technology development. I'm honored to help highlight this important event.”
 
“Innovation, technology, and engineering continue to be essential to America’s economic development, and they will only become more important to our global competitiveness in the years ahead,” said Dr. Johnson. He added, “It is imperative that the academic, business, and government leaders of our nation work together to celebrate the STEM fields. Initiatives like National Science Week and the USA Science & Engineering Festival serve to awaken a passion for curiosity in our young people and influence conditions that will accelerate U.S. productivity, strengthen our economy and ensure the prosperity of our citizens.”
 
The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced a similar Resolution, H. Res 276, Co-Sponsored by Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL) and Rep. Joe Kennedy (MA). Members of Congress, the Obama Administration and numerous federal agencies will be among those participating in this groundbreaking and vital event in our Nation’s Capital and supporting National Science Week.
 
ABOUT THE USA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FESTIVAL
The USA Science & Engineering Festival is the country’s only national science festival. It was developed to increase public awareness about the importance of science and to encourage youth to pursue careers in science and engineering by celebrating science in much the same way as we celebrate Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes and pop stars. Lockheed Martin is the presenting host sponsor of the Festival, a grassroots collaboration of over 1,000 of the leading science and engineering corporations in the United States. For more information, visit www.USAScienceFestival.org, connect with the Festival on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @USAScienceFest.
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ADP Joins STEM Mentoring Initiative "Million Women Mentors"

ADP Joins STEM Mentoring Initiative "Million Women Mentors" (via PR Newswire)

Partnership Seeks to Engage More Than One Million Girls & Young Women in STEM Education and Careers ROSELAND, N.J., Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ADP®, a leading global provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, today announced its sponsorship…

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Million Women Mentors Launches National Movement to Mobilize One Million Mentors of Girls & Young Women in STEM Education and Careers

 
JANUARY 8, 2014 - WASHINGTON, D.C. | Million Women Mentors (MWM), a ground-breaking collaborative effort designed to engage one million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors, launches today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The initiative aims to educate and empower girls and young women to actively pursue STEM education and careers. In conjunction with National Mentoring Month, MWM has constructed a vast network of 13 corporate sponsors, and more than 40 partner organizations that are dedicated to cultivating multiple pathways of mentoring to bolster girls’ confidence and increase access to professionals working in the STEM field. Collectively, these public-private entities represent more than 18 million women and girls. 
 
Inasmuch, young girls and women are less likely than their male counterparts to work in STEM fields. In fact, just 24 percent of women work in STEM fields. The good news is that women in STEM careers earn 92 cents for every dollar male-STEM counterparts earn versus 75 cents in other fields. What’s more, 80 percent of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend on mastery of mathematics and scientific knowledge and skills. 
 
MWM is an initiative of STEMconnector®, the national organization that works closely with corporations and thousands of entities to assist in STEM best practices and smart STEM investments. 
 
"We have the responsibility as a country to move the needle on girls and young women in STEM careers from 24 percent of our current workforce to 50 percent," said Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector® and Co-Founder of Million Women Mentors. 
 
Today’s launch includes the debut of the website (www.millionwomenmentors.org) that will be developed in phases with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). The first phase will include a nationwide call to action to capture and pledge commitments from individuals, organizations and companies that have an interest in mentoring. In the second and third phases, the website will be enhanced with matching capabilities to pair mentors with mentees in STEM fields. Additionally, the site will recognize those with model mentoring programs and learning resources. 
 
“STEM careers offer women and girls the opportunity to engage in some of the most exciting realms of innovation. TCS believes we collectively need an all hands on deck approach, clearing hurdles as women navigate careers in STEM, and paving the way towards realizing greater equality and economic success,” said Surya Kant, Tata Consultancy Services’ President for North America, UK & Europe. “We are proud to be a Founding Partner of MWM and pledge our commitment to make mentoring accessible to girls and women across the nation, especially those from underrepresented minorities.”
 
 
“As a proud founding partner of MWM, nothing is more important than mentoring and supporting girls and women into STEM careers, especially in the underserved communities. We are thrilled to work in more than 1,400 communities with more than eight million girls,” said Karen Peterson, President and CEO of National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) and one of the initiative’s founding partners.
 
“For Accenture, the combination of STEM and women is a natural fit,” said Jorge Benitez, Accenture’s Chief Executive of the United States and senior managing director of North America. “Technology-led innovation is at the heart of our business, and our women are key to our ability to deliver high performance to our clients. Pairing girls and young women with successful role models is a key step to encouraging them to bring their intelligence, talent and ability to STEM careers, and we are pleased to be part of this important initiative.” 
 
“It’s incongruent that in 2013 women accounted for 57 percent of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the U.S., but STEM accounted for less than 10 percent of all degrees,” said Michael Norris, Chief Operating Officer & Market President, Sodexo North America. “Given that by 2020, 81 percent of new workforce entrants will be women or minorities, at Sodexo we hear a call to action today to mentor and prepare girls and young women for unbridled success in tomorrow’s demanding global marketplace, and are excited to support this critical STEM careers imperative.”
 
“We need to do more than just tell young girls that they can be engineers, rocket scientists, or computer programmers. Mentors can inspire girls and give them an insider’s view of what it’s like to work in STEM. That’s why AAUW fully supports this new initiative, which complements our ongoing efforts to empower women and girls as innovators and leaders in science and math. Career options in STEM disciplines are endless, but we won’t reach our full potential as a nation until women and underrepresented groups are fully included,” said Linda D. Hallman, CAE, AAUW Executive Director and CEO.
 
MWM is the collective action of 42 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, Great Minds in STEM, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), Business and Professional Women’s Foundation (BPW), National Center for Women and Information 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, and Nepris.
 
The launch includes several VIP speakers, partners, and an original song by GRAMMY award winner Tena Clark. Television star and author Hill Harper will also attend the launch event. To further elevate the importance of mentoring girls and young women in STEM, all MWM partners and sponsors will highlight part of their organizational efforts related to girls and young women, mentoring and STEM during January, in conjunction with National Mentoring Month. In addition to events and partner efforts from these entities, MWM will also engage support from women Senators through mentor/mentee luncheon and reception to be held March 5. For the most updated calendar of events, please go to www.MillionWomenMentors.org.
 
 
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Buick Achievers Scholarship Application Period Opens Jan. 6

Buick Achievers Scholarship Application Period Opens Jan. 6 (via PR Newswire)

General Motors Foundation grants STEM scholarships for fourth consecutive year DETROIT, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, funded by the General Motors Foundation, will accept applications for 2014 scholarships from…

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First Town Hall Hangout of 2014 is on STEM Competitions on Jan. 16th!

Happy New Year! We are pleased to announce our first Town Hall of 2014 to be held on Thursday, January 16th, and will feature STEM Competitions.  Speakers will feature both sponsors and participants from STEM competitions that reach thousands of students each year.

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Competitions continue to emerge as a major outlet for students to engage in STEM exploration. From robotics to cybersecurity to rocket design, many students today have access to experiences that have the potential to expand and enhance their mastery of STEM skills and provide them leadership opportunities and access to career exploration.
 
We have asked the following organizations to offer their perspectives on their competitions and we have invited some student participants to share their experiences:
 
1) Siemens Foundation - Siemens Competition
2) PTC - Real World Design Challenge
3) Intel - Intel Science Fair
4) DuPont - DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition
5) Northrop Grumman - CyberPatriot
6) Verizon Foundation - Verizon Innovative App Challenge
 
We hope that you can join us for this Google+ Hangout that will be webcast on YouTube. During the event, be sure to follow the conversation on Twitter with #STEMcomps. To register, please click here.
 

 

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UF's Dr. Jack Payne Joins STEMconnector®'s STEM Food & Ag Council

The STEMconnector® team is pleased to announce that Dr. Jack Payne, Senior Vice President of the University of Florida will join our STEM Food & Ag Council.
 
Appointed to his role at the University in June, 2010, Payne is the administrative head of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) which includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, elements of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, 13 Research and Education Centers throughout Florida, and the Florida Cooperative Extension Service with offices in each of the state’s 67 counties.
 
Since early 2013, STEMconnector®’s STEM Food & Ag Council engages the new Food and Ag economy and leverages the collective abilities of it’s members to drive impact. Members collaborate on focused initiatives to create a talented food and agricultural workforce capable of meeting future demands. The next meeting of the STEM Food & Ag Council is February 20-21, 2014 in Washington, DC at the National 4-H Council Headquarters. To find out more information, or how you can become involved, contact Ted.Wells@STEMconnector.org or Brian.Jackson@STEMconnector.org.

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