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Physicist Michio Kaku is Among the Noted Authors Headlining the Must-See Book Fair at 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:

Michio Kaku, the famous physicist and science visionary whose current bestseller, The Future of the Mind, is causing a serious buzz in the biotech world, will be among the noted authors headlining the Festival Expo's must-see Book Fair in April. Hosted by Anderson's Bookshops, the Book Fair (a free event) will take you up close with some of the nation's top authors in science  who are inspiring readers, young and old alike, in the wonders of STEM. In addition to Kaku, these writers will include: basketball great and STEM motivator Kareem Abdul Jabbar, whose recent book, What Color is My World? chronicles the lives of noted African American inventtors; Andrea Beaty, who will discuss her recent work, Rosie Revere, Engineer -- a book being highly praised as an inspiration to young girls in STEM; Jon Scieszka, who will unveil his exciting new Science Invention Series;  Megan McDonald, whose recent book, Stink Solar System Superhero, is popular with young learners; and David Macaulay, the award-winning author whose current work, The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body, is also sure to be a favorite.

STEM Leaders Attending USA Science and Engineering Festival

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

The International Association for STEM Leaders (IASL) is becoming globally recognized for creating the gold standard model for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics excellence in both traditional and nontraditional educational settings. On April 24-25, top STEM leaders from around the world will gather in the Washington, D.C. Convention center for the first annual STEM-Leaders awards as part of the STEM Leadership Summit. Emphasis of the awards goes to individuals and groups who have demonstrated exceptional leadership at the school, district and state levels. Both K-12 and higher education leaders will be recognized.
Dr. Jeff Mathews, a nationally recognized leader from Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology from Texas will be in attendance and shares, "The IASL STEM Leadership Summit promises to be a tremendous step in the journey of creating a common understanding of STEM education. In order for a team to own the standard of excellence, a common "golden standard" must be established and I am excited to be a part of this experience as together we lead -- moving STEM forward for the future of our students and our country."
IASL is a grass roots organization focused on leaders whose work is making a significant difference in the lives of students every day through STEM. In collaboration with identified global STEM leaders such as Dr. Mathews, the IASL is promising to provide guidance for creating excellence in STEM programming and its first goal is to develop the first internationally recognized STEM education certification program that is industry-based and recognized throughout the world.
We are also pleased to announce Sherry Lassiter will be presenting MIT’s vision for Fab Labs. Ms. Lassiter is one of the architects of the MIT global initiative for field on-site technology development, the Fab Lab program. A Fab Lab, or as users like to call it, fabulous laboratory, is a rapid prototyping platform for technical education, innovation and personal expression. The Fab Lab network includes over 200 digital fabrication facilities in 34 countries. Lassiter is Director and co-founder of the Fab Foundation, and is on the board of Fab Folk Inc., both non-profit organizations committed to building technical capacity in a locality, improving individuals' abilities to develop themselves and their communities and bringing access to tools and knowledge that cultivate and support innovating practices.
In addition to learning more about Fab Labs, IASL organizers are also scheduling and planning ways these leaders can share model STEM efforts, collaborate on new ideas for STEM programs, and learn innovative ways to reach all students with STEM. At the IASL summit, organizers will meet with their corporate partners and STEM leaders to bring together selected invitees who are leading exemplary STEM programs at NGOs, schools, school districts, academies, nontraditional institutions, and outreach programs.
The IASL Leadership Summit will be held in collaboration with the USA Science and Engineering Festival; all leaders in STEM are welcome to contact the IASL ( for more details regarding participation.  

Carnegie Science Center Announces Launch of STEMisphere

This is a press release from the Carnegie Science Center

New Website Will Connect Students, Teachers, and Parents with Cutting-Edge STEM Resources

PITTSBURGH, APRIL 14, 2014 | Parents: Now is the perfect time to hunt educational summer activities across western Pennsylvania for your children. A new, user-friendly tool launched by Carnegie Science Center will keep young minds sharp outside of the classroom.
Carnegie Science Center launched STEMisphere (, a free central hub listing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) resources.
The database contains hundreds of listings of programs, classes, events, and more in STEM-related fields for students ranging in age from preschoolers to high school seniors. Students, teachers, and parents can use keywords to search for programs with specific focuses, such as “robotics” or “astronomy.” They can further filter those programs by age and region.
Given its role as a “trusted voice in the region,” the Science Center works to be a leader in fostering STEM education, said Alana Kulesa, the Science Center’s director of strategic education initiatives.
The Science Center, as a “community collaboration catalyst,” hopes the website will spawn partnerships across the region, she said. Some of the listings are Science Center programming, while others are external opportunities from groups such as the Girl Scouts and YWCA. The website employs a portal concept, directing users to a universe of opportunities.
Anyone with a STEM resource may share a listing for free. Businesses with scientific internships, institutions with specialty camps, or industries sponsoring STEM-related competitions are invited to submit information to the website.
“We want to make it as simple as possible for people to submit their resource,” Kulesa said. “All you have to do is go to, click on the “Submit a Resource” button and fill out the form.”
Forms will be reviewed to ensure their educational value and their fit with STEMisphere’s mission. Once approved, submitted listings will appear online.
STEMisphere is currently adding resources for Summer 2014 and beyond and is encouraging providers to submit their programs as soon as possible to make sure they’re included, Kulesa said.
In the future, the site will expand its opportunities for parents, students, educators, and community partners. In addition, plans are in the works to grow STEMisphere’s footprint to include educational opportunities in West Virginia.
To take advantage of the directory or to submit a listing, visit Join us at STEMisphere by liking us on Facebook: and following us on Twitter:
Support for STEMisphere was generously provided by Shell, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Alcoa Foundation, and The Grable Foundation.
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.

Pearson Launches Free Virtual Nerd Mobile Math App, Putting High Quality Tutorials at Students’ Fingertips

This is a press release from Pearson

More Than 1,500 Video Lessons Searchable by Standard and Topic

NEW ORLEANS - April 9, 2014 | Today at the 2014 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Conference, Pearson unveiled Virtual Nerd™ Mobile Math, a free math app that provides on-the-go access to a video library of more than 1,500 high quality math tutorials. Now available on the App Store, Virtual Nerd Mobile Math’s interactive tutorials, aligned to the Common Core and other rigorous standards, review fundamental math concepts for middle and high school students.
“Personalized learning is essential to ensuring that all students are on the path to meeting and exceeding today’s more rigorous learning goals,” said Pearson’s Senior Vice President Mike Evans. “Providing free, mobile access to Virtual Nerd’s outstanding math tutorials provides students, teachers and parents with a powerful tool for refreshing critical math concepts, on-demand and anytime, anywhere.”
With the launch of this free app, students, teachers and parents have access to math refreshers at the tap of a finger on their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Organized by topic and standard, Virtual Nerd Mobile Math makes it easy to navigate and find the video on the concept a student needs to practice. Virtual Nerd’s on-screen instructors provide clear and approachable explanations; students and teachers can mark “favorite” videos so that they can instantly return to them in the future. In addition, schools using Pearson's Common Core math programs, Pearson High School Mathematics Common Core ©2015, Pearson Integrated High School Mathematics Common Core © 2014, and digits ©2015, can search the app by the program's table of contents.
Virtual Nerd Mobile Math requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. An Android version will be available by fall 2014.
About Pearson
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit

ICYMI: Video from STEM 2.0: Elevating Essential Career Capabilities for Tomorrow's STEM Workforce Town Hall!

Thank you to everyone who tuned in to our April 8th Town Hall, STEM 2.0 Elevating Essential Career Capabilities for Tomorrow’s STEM Workforce! We would also like to thank our wonderful speakers who are doing excellent work to make STEM 2.0 a reality. If you happened to miss the STEM 2.0 Town Hall, you can watch the full recording below or on our STEMconnector’s YouTube page and review the presentation slides on our website. The STEM Innovation Task Force is working towards a STEM 2.0 magazine to be released in early June. Please continue to follow the conversation on social media using #STEM2pt0 and look for more updates in STEMdaily!

Get to Know the STEM Power of Walmart at 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:

You readily know Walmart as the world's largest corporate retailer, but at Festival Expo 2014 you'll discover that Walmart is also a leading innovator and employer in STEM. Be there to learn how Walmart, a major Sponsor of the Festival, is impacting STEM frontiers ranging from farm production and high-tech truck fleet design to energy sustainability and skilled trade employment. You'll also not want to miss its exciting, hands-on exhibits, such as the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience -- a fascinating fleet truck prototype that stands to revolutionize the corporation's product delivery capability -- and dynamic demonstrations of skilled trades (including welding and 3D printing) by students from SkillsUSA chapters made possible by the Walmart Foundation.

Learn More: Discover the STEM Power of Walmart

Bayer USA Foundation Awards $600,000 to California State University East Bay

This is a press release from the Bayer USA Foundation

Three-Year Grant Reaffirms Bayer’s Support of Innovative Regional Institute for STEM Education
BERKELEY, Calif., April 9, 2014 | The Bayer USA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bayer Corporation, announced today it is awarding a new, three-year $600,000 grant to California State University’s groundbreaking Institute for STEM Education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) on the Hayward, Calif., campus.
This marks the second grant by Bayer to the Institute. It builds on the first $540,000 grant given by the Bayer USA Foundation in 2011 to help establish the Institute as a center that addresses regional STEM education opportunities and challenges and encourages more underrepresented students to become the Bay Area’s STEM workforce of tomorrow.
The Institute has emerged as a “backbone organization” that brings diverse stakeholders together to improve and advocate for comprehensive STEM education programs in California schools. It expands sustainable school-to-career models like the Biotech Partners program, which was founded by Bayer and the City of Berkeley in 1992, and the Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program. Specific focuses include:
Increasing the number of diverse two- and four-year STEM degree graduates prepared for careers in both industry and teaching;
Providing pre-service and in-service pre-K --12th-grade science teachers with quality, hands-on curriculum and ongoing professional training;
Engaging all stakeholders -- K-12 and higher education institutions, business, and nonprofit science organizations -- to build regional networks that support students’ success; and,
Affording more students access to STEM Career Awareness Days and to a new year-round “Career Impact” program, among others.
“This grant further deepens Bayer’s already significant investment in STEM education in the Bay Area, home to our biotechnology business,” said Sarah Toulouse, executive director, Bayer USA Foundation.  “As a company that has long been involved in improving science education and science literacy in the Bay Area and across the United States, we have watched the growing impact of the Institute over the last three years, and have great confidence as it works to create a vibrant STEM education and professional community we believe will ultimately serve as a national model.”
This latest grant is part of Bayer’s ongoing commitment to strengthen STEM education and diversity nationwide, through its Presidential Award-winning Bayer Making Science Make Sense® (MSMS) initiative.  MSMS advances science literacy across the United States through hands-on, inquiry-based science learning, employee volunteerism and a public education campaign led by astronaut, scientist and educator Dr. Mae C. Jemison.  The 2013 Bayer Facts of Science Education survey revealed that only half of the nation’s employers were able to find qualified two- and four-year STEM degree graduates for a growing number of STEM jobs.
“We are proud that the Bayer Foundation has renewed its inspiring, philanthropic partnership with Cal State East Bay,” said Leroy M. Morishita, CSUEB’s president. “The foundation’s philanthropic leadership allows us to continue current efforts, while enabling our new endeavors in educational programs vital to the University, our region and beyond. In the three short years since the Institute for STEM Education was started at CSUEB, we have made significant progress in bringing coherence to the often successful but disparate efforts to improve science education throughout California, in identifying and growing effective practices that are scalable and sustainable, and in engaging additional community members in the work. Our faculty is working together—and with community colleges and pre-K-12 schools—more effectively than ever. We now look forward to more exciting progress that prepares the diverse populations we serve for rewarding STEM careers that are the driver of our regional economy.”
“For more than 20 years, our Berkeley manufacturing facility has actively supported the development and placement of talented, diverse students from our local communities and we look forward to continuing this long tradition with valued partners like Cal State East Bay,” said Joerg Heidrich, senior vice president and global head, Product Supply--Biotech and head of Bayer’s Berkeley site.  “We are especially pleased that the Bayer USA Foundation’s grant is coming at such a promising moment in California. We’ve seen great progress in the last three years and believe that the Institute is perfectly poised to leverage the great work that is being done across the state.”
The East Bay STEM Career Awareness Day, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 11 at 5858 Horton Avenue, Emeryville, is one example of how the Institute for STEM Education is scaling up science education for local students. The event is modeled on an annual conference started by Bayer in 1993 for students in the Biotech Partners program. The 2014 event is part of a growing year-round Career Impact Curriculum designed to build supportive networks of East Bay STEM high school students and connect them with enthusiastic professionals working in STEM companies including biotech, alternative energy, game development, robotics, forensics, and more. About 160 students from five schools will attend. Media are welcome—contact for details.
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About Bayer Corporation 
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. As an inventor company, it sets trends in research-intensive areas. Bayer’s products and services are designed to benefit people and improve the quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and acts as a socially and ethically responsible corporate citizen. In fiscal 2013, the Group employed 113,200 people at year-end and had sales of €40.2 billion. In North America, Bayer had 2013 net sales of €9,680 million ($12,874 million) and employed 15,200 at year-end. For more information, go to
California State University, East Bay, is the San Francisco East Bay area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000 students, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a “Best Business School,” by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.
About Bayer USA Foundation
The Bayer USA Foundation is an endowed 501(c)(3) entity and is the primary source of Bayer Corporation’s philanthropy in the United States.  With a programmatic focus on the environment and sustainability; education and workforce development; arts and culture; and health and human services, the foundation creates and supports organizations that improve communities in which Bayer employees live and work, as well as society at large. The Bayer USA Foundation is one of three Bayer foundations worldwide, including the Bayer Science & Education Foundation and the Bayer Cares Foundation.
About Bayer in the Bay Area 
Bayer HealthCare is the third largest biotech employer in the Bay Areaand a global leader in the research, development and manufacturing of biotechnology and specialty pharmaceutical therapies that improve human health. Bayer HealthCare’s presence on the U.S. West Coast includes a manufacturing facility in Berkeley and its U.S. research hub, the U.S. Innovation Center in San Francisco.

Meet Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist William Phillips at 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:

It's not everyday that students and others get the chance to meet a Nobel Prize-winning scientist.  But they'll get that opportunity at the Festival Expo in an exciting way when noted physicist William Phillips presents a dynamic stage show covering Einstein's theory of relativity, atomic clocks, light, liquid nitrogen and other fascinating areas of physics. Dr. Phillips was the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997 for his contributions to laser cooling, a technique to slow the movement of gaseous atoms in order to better study them. At the Expo, he joins an exciting compendium of other noted achievers, leaders and visionaries in STEM to help science come alive for young learners and the general public.

Learn More: Time, Einstein, and the Coldest Stuff in the Universe

Samsung Mobile Launches Technology Partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Ignite Youth Excitement in STEM

This is a press release from Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Samsung

Samsung Mobile to outfit Boys & Girls Clubs with state-of-the art technology modernized learning spaces and customized curriculum on Galaxy tablets

Richardson, TX and ATLANTA – April 10, 2014 | Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are critical to the future success of young people as many of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. will require some education in STEM. Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) today announced a national technology partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to inspire kids’ curiosity in STEM and bridge the academic achievement gap by providing technology access to underprivileged youth.
Through the partnership, a sustainable program model is being developed to increase the access and impactful use of mobile technology in Boys & Girls Clubs by redesigning classroom learning spaces and equipping them with mobile technology and developing custom STEM programming for use on mobile devices.
“At Samsung, we are committed to providing our mobile technology to educate, engage and enrich lives in a way that makes a real impact on our youth; and consequently in the larger communities we serve,” said Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters. “We are truly excited to join forces with an organization like BGCA that shares the same passion and dedication to helping young people realize their dreams and explore future careers in STEM fields.”
Samsung has enlisted TV personality and celebrity designer Carter Oosterhouse to help transform the learning spaces of up to 20 Boys & Girls Clubs in 2014 with design concepts that are dynamic and engaging with Samsung technology in the Clubs’ new “Tween Tech Centers.” An additional 1,200 Samsung tablets with custom curriculum and ebooks will be donated to 120 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country to assist kids’ education and literacy goals and inspire future careers in STEM.
To enhance children’s digital learning experiences, each of the Galaxy tablets will be outfitted with age-appropriate learning materials designed by recognized education leader, Scholastic. The materials will challenge students to apply critical problem-solving skills as they invent creative engineering-based solutions for their own communities’ needs. In addition, each tablet will include a customized ebook library of 185 top-quality fiction and nonfiction titles, available exclusively from the Scholastic Storia® eReading app. To further encourage Club kids to track their reading time, each tablet will also include a custom reading timer app that generates unique reading badges as kids read on the tablets.
“We are grateful for Samsung Mobile’s generous support to provide renovated technology classrooms with the latest Samsung devices for learning,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of BGCA. “At BGCA, we believe that America’s future STEM workforce is in our Clubs today, and through this partnership, we seek to spark kids’ interest in STEM and prepare young people for 21st century success.”
Samsung kicked off the Club makeovers in New Orleans during NBA All-Star Weekend on February 15, transforming the learning space at the Westbank Unit of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana with tablets and TV’s and providing laptops in the computer area. The renovated Tween Tech Center at the North Fort Worth Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth, revealed on April 4, marks the second technology classroom makeover as part of the partnership.
Research shows that out-of-school programs, like those offered at Boys & Girls Clubs, are effective in stimulating interested in STEM-related careers. Since 2008, more than 850,000 kids have engaged in STEM activities at Clubs across the country. To learn more about STEM programs and opportunities at Boys & Girls Clubs, visit
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, (Samsung Mobile) a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops, and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure, and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors, and LED solutions. We employ 270,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at and

An Event for Curious Minds: Don't Miss the X-STEM Extreme Symposium at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

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:

Have you ever wondered about the lifestyle of cavemen and other evolutionary mysteries? What about the role of music in enhancing learning and creativity, or about the emerging frontier of biologically-inspired robotics? These are just some questions that will be addressed by leading researchers at the Festival's all-day X-STEM Extreme Symposium, presented by Northrop Grumman and MedImmune on Thursday, April 24. Don't miss such visionaries as: Paul Anastas, Ph.D., known as the ¨Father of Green Chemistry¨ for his work to create a more sustainable society; Parag Chordia, Ph.D., a pioneer in establishing the link between music exposure and creativity, and students' performance in math and science; Marlene Zuk, Ph.D., famous evolutionary biologist whose studies in evolution range from insects to the lifestyle of cavemen; and Hod Lipson, Ph.D., who is ushering in the next generation of biologically-inspired robots.  Register now for the X-STEM Symposium. Tickets are going fast!

Learn More: X-STEM – Extreme STEM Symposium


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