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.

ASSET STEM Education™ Opens Third Round of STEM Scholarship Program Schools and Organizations Can Apply Now

This is a press release from ASSET STEM Education
PITTSBURGH | ASSET STEM Education (Achieving Student Success through Excellence in Teaching) today announced a third round of its STEM Scholarship Program. The program, launched in August 2014 in honor of ASSET’s 20th anniversary, provides hands-on STEM classroom materials and educator professional development to underfunded schools and educational organizations to advance student success and workforce readiness.
The STEM Scholarship Program is supported by a $50,000 matching grant from The Hillman Foundation. ASSET hopes to raise $200,000 to award additional scholarships. Sponsors to date include Bayer Corporation, Dollar Bank Foundation, Donnelly-Boland and Associates, Mine Safety Appliances Company Charitable Foundation, PPG Industries Foundation, Range Resources, UPMC Health Plan and Westinghouse Electric Company.
“In order to meet current and future workforce development demands, STEM education must begin early,” said Dr. Cynthia Pulkowski, Executive Director of ASSET STEM Education. “To prepare our most vulnerable students, we hope more businesses and corporations will invest in these students through ASSET’s STEM Scholarship Program.”
Through the STEM Scholarship Program, ASSET has provided more than 1,500 hours of professional development and 120 hands-on STEM classroom kits to educators. During its first two rounds, the STEM Scholarship Program has impacted:
  • 28 schools and programs
  • 265 educators
  • 6,000 students
Any school district, private or charter school or educational organization may apply for a scholarship. The application deadline is Friday, May 29. Applications and scholarships will be reviewed and rewarded as received. Priority will be given to organizations with a high percentage of students on free/reduced lunch, high levels of diversity and low proficiency on state assessments.
To apply or donate to ASSET’s STEM Scholarship Program, please visit  
About ASSET STEM Education
ASSET STEM Education is a national Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education improvement nonprofit established by Bayer Corporation and several community partners in 1994. It fosters STEM fluency and college/career-readiness by providing educators with highly-effective professional development, hands-on educational materials and consulting services — impacting students pre-K through career. ASSET’s programs align with national and state educational standards and are results-oriented, research-grounded and inquiry-based.
Independent evaluations have consistently shown a positive effect on teacher development and student achievement. On the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments, ASSET 4th-grade students outperformed their peers in science. ASSET currently impacts more than 250 public, charter, and private schools and educational organizations in Pennsylvania. ASSET also provides professional development in New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas and has consulted with educational organizations across the U.S. on STEM education reform and capacity building. ASSET's programs influence the lives of more than 7,000 teachers and 225,000 students across the nation.
ASSET represents Pennsylvania as part of Battelle's STEMx™ national network, a multi-state network with an imperative for action on STEM. The STEMx™ network is comprised of 19 member state networks, more than a third of the nation’s states, and currently impacts more than 8 million students nationwide. Additionally, ASSET’s Elementary Program met the rigorous criteria for inclusion in the Change the Equation STEMworks Database, a national database of evidence-based STEM programs. In 2010, ASSET was selected as one of the first-round recipients of a U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation Grant to validate its model in rural and high-needs schools. From 2006-2011, ASSET designed and implemented the statewide Science: It's Elementary initiative in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. For more information, visit

Cisco Supports United Nations' Girls in ICT Day with Girls Power Tech Initiative to Inspire Youth to Create the Digital Jobs of Tomorrow

This is a press release from Cisco

Girls encouraged to follow information and communications technology (ICT) career paths to realize potential of the Internet of Everything

LONDON – April 16, 2015 | Cisco today announced the launch of ‘Girls Power Tech', a global mentoring initiative to support and complement the United Nations' ‘Girls in ICT Day'. ‘Girls Power Tech' is focused on encouraging girls and young women in more than 50 countries, and 80 Cisco offices, to discover opportunities opened by careers in information and communication technology (ICT).
Girls ages 13-18 are invited to participate in Girls Power Tech mentoring opportunities with Cisco employees, allowing girls to make informed career choices about working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).  They will also experience Cisco technologies and meet with other Girls in ICT Day participants via Cisco TelePresence.
According to the European Commission, only 30 percent of the region's ICT workforce is women. This is compounded by the fact that only 29 out of every 1,000 female graduates have a computing or related degree with only four of those going on to work in ICT-related services.
Girls in ICT Day on April 23 is an annual day of activities organized by the International Telecommunications Union aimed at improving the understanding of careers in ICT amoung girls. Cisco has supported Girls in ICT since its inception in 2011.
Supporting Quote:
Chuck Robbins, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Cisco 
"The technology industry has never been more dynamic or more exciting.  Now, more than ever, we need to be doing all we can to build the diverse talent pipeline that will lead our industry into the future.  Girls Power Tech allows young women to explore the incredible opportunities available to them in the technology sector and helps to build the skills and the mindset needed to be our leaders of tomorrow."
Supporting Resources: 
Follow the hashtags #GirlsPowerTech and #GirlsinICT
Tags: #GirlsinICT, #IoE, #GirlsPowerTech, diversity
About Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. For ongoing news, please go to

Duke Energy Awards $25,000 Grant to Teach For America–South Carolina for STEM Education Opportunities

This is a press release from Duke Energy

Florence, SouthCarolina (WEBWIRE) – Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | Teach For America–South Carolina received a $25,000 grant from Duke Energy to support Teach For America’s efforts to increase statewide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education opportunities. The donation will help to recruit, train, and support Teach For America teachers who are leading STEM classrooms in the Palmetto State, and will also support the ongoing leadership development provided to Teach For America alumni in teaching and fields that address educational inequity.

“Providing leaders to teach subject areas such as science and math in high-need schools in South Carolina is critical to helping students attain an excellent education,” said Josh Bell, executive director of Teach For America–South Carolina. “We are thankful to have received the award and to partner with Duke Energy to support excellence in teaching and create pathways for students to prepare for future opportunities in STEM.”
In celebration of Math Awareness Month, Duke Energy representatives awarded the grant during an eighth grade math classroom visit at Southside Middle School in Florence District 1. The students, taught by a Teach For America corps member, heard from a Duke Energy engineer on the role math plays in his career.
“Putting our support behind effective education programs and initiatives that emphasize STEM is a critical focus for Duke Energy,” said Mindy Taylor, Duke Energy’s government and community relations manager. “We are proud to be a partner with Teach for America–South Carolina.”  
Teach For America has worked in South Carolina since 2011, partnering with 14 school districts across 12 counties. This year, 230 Teach For America corps members are reaching 14,500 students in high-need schools across the state; nearly 70 are teaching in the Pee Dee region. Seventy percent of Teach For America teachers in the Pee Dee region teach STEM subjects.
Teach For America–South Carolina is an AmeriCorps program supported by United Way Association of South Carolina and the Corporation for National and Community Service.  
About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, 10,600 corps members are teaching in 50 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 37,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  
About Duke Energy
Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with approximately $121 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.3 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international energy business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at  

Discovery Education, NASA and the White House Celebrate Space Day with Exclusive Virtual Field Trip

This is a press release from Discovery Education

Offered at No Cost to Classrooms Nationwide, Virtual Event will Transport Students to Goddard Space Flight Center to Learn About Planetary Exploration from Leading Scientist Dr. James Garvin
Compelling Digital Media Resources in Discovery Education Streaming Plus and Discovery Education Science Techbook Ignite Students’ Interest in STEM and Bring Astronomy to Life
SILVER SPRING, Md. (April 21, 2015) | Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced that it is partnering with the White House and NASA to present a live virtual field trip offering students across the country a behind-the-scenes look into NASA’s exploration of the solar system. On May 1 at 1 P.M. E.T., this unique learning experience will celebrate Space Day by transporting students to the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to learn from leading experts about the importance of continuing space programs, key missions coming up in 2015, and the scientific practices encompassed in these planetary explorations.
As part of the Space Day observance, students will take a virtual journey through NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, home to the nation's largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study Earth, the sun, our solar system and the universe. During this one-of-a-kind experience and tour, students will learn about the skills needed by scientists working on space programs, what happens at GSFC and how it relates to planetary exploration.
Following the tour, Discovery Education’s Patti Duncan and Dr. James Garvin, GSFC Chief Scientist will lead an engaging discussion from Goddard Space Flight Center, focused on the importance of exploring the universe, how our knowledge of the universe has expanded due to space programs, and the multitude of scientific practices involved in space travel. To further support participating educators, Discovery Education is also offering a collection of space-related classroom activities, which educators can utilize to enhance the learning experience and help prepare students for the virtual field trip. To register for this event or submit questions to be answered live during the broadcast, visit:
This event is being offered as part of Discovery Education’s virtual field trip series, “Of the People: Live from the White House,” designed to offer middle and high school students unique access to White House professionals, experts and personalities in a series of 30-minute virtual events broadcast live and open to all classrooms nationwide.
To support educators beyond the virtual field trip, Discovery Education has also added several exclusive, space-related programs from Discovery Channel and Science Channel programs to its flagship service, Discovery Education Streaming Plus. Space Day content now available through Discovery Education Streaming Plus includes:
  • Science Channel’s Man vs. the Universe: Mars Is Ours (Grades 6-12): This program covers the technological developments currently being executed to make the mission to Mars a reality. Engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs unveil the designs of a reusable rocket and landing parachute, spacesuits that shield astronauts from the harsh environment, and current efforts to physically and mentally prepare humans for a potential one-way journey to space.
  • Discovery Channel’s Red Planet Rover (Grades 6-8): This program follows the Curiosity rover as it travels to the Gale Crater in search of evidence as to whether there was ever life on Mars, the only other planet in the solar system besides Earth to hold water. Experience the highs and lows as NASA scientists and engineers work through the landing process, collect data, and solve a major bug that kept Curiosity from communicating with NASA.
  • Science Channel’s How the Universe Works: Milky Way (Grades 9-12): In the program, scientists discuss galaxy formation and reveal the regulatory forces of the supermassive black holes at the center of every galaxy. Galactic collisions, including the future collision between the Milky Way and Andromeda, are also described in the program.
“Discovery Education’s compelling multimedia content and virtual learning experiences allow students to learn about our planet and the solar system in ways that are simply not possible through the use of traditional text,” said Kati Searcy, Talented & Gifted Teacher at Fulton County Schools’ Mountain Park Elementary School in Roswell, GA. “I am looking forward to using these engaging resources to create a dynamic classroom experience that will engage my students in NASA’s important work and mission, and highlight some of the exciting STEM career paths available to them.”
“We are proud to partner with the White House and NASA on this exciting virtual field trip that brings STEM to life and helps students understand why space exploration is so important to our lives,” said Bill Goodwyn, President and CEO at Discovery Education. “This unique digital experience is an unparalleled opportunity for young people to tour NASA’s amazing facility and connect with some of the world’s leading space experts, which we hope further inspires them to explore STEM-powered careers as scientists, astronauts and engineers.”
For more information about this virtual field trip or Discovery Education’s other programs and services, visit:
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at

HP Supports Women on the Front Lines of IT Security through 2015 Scholarship Funding

This is a press release from HP Security

HP, Applied Computer Security Associates and CRA-W announce recipients of the Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security

SAN FRANCISCO, Apr. 20, 2015 | HP, in collaboration with Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) and the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W),  today announced the 15 winning recipients of the 2015 Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS).  Now in its second year funding the scholarship, HP’s contributions to the SWSIS program reinforce its commitment to supporting women on the front lines of IT security through academic funding and hands-on internship opportunities.  
As the cost, frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks continues to rise, enterprises face the critical challenge of staffing their organizations to adequately combat the growing number of threats and protect their organizations from potential data breaches. At the same time, filling open positions with qualified cybersecurity professionals has emerged as a significant obstacle in the war against hackers. On the heels of research indicating a 40 percent gap in the IT security workforce in 20141, HP committed to education and training initiatives aimed at closing the gap. To ensure diversity in this workforce, HP also committed a $250,000 grant to the SWSIS scholarship program, to be distributed to winners over four years.  
“Cybercrime, and its financial and reputational damage, will only increase as our adversaries evolve and continue to outpace the industry,” said Art Gilliland, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Security Products, HP. “To stay ahead we must inspire a new generation of talent to enter the IT security field, and HP is committed to providing support for women in particular through programs such as SWSIS to ensure a diverse group of students acquire the skills needed to address this evolving threat landscape.”
Together, HP, ACSA and CRA-W have funded scholarships for undergraduates and masters’ degree candidates from 13 colleges and universities across the United States including:
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott
  • Kentucky State University
  • Marshall University
  • Michigan State University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland at College Park
  • University of Washington, Tacoma
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
“The pool of scholarship candidates this year was impressive – the new SWSIS fellows demonstrate academic excellence and engagement in their universities and communities, as well as participation in information security events beyond their academic course work,” said Rebecca Wright, professor at Rutgers University and Co-Director of the ACSA/CRA-W SWSIS scholarship program. “It is our goal for these SWSIS fellows to contribute to the representation of women in the information security workforce not only by their own career development, but as ambassadors who encourage others to pursue similar paths.”
“There is so much opportunity to pursue a career in the security field, and it’s great to see that HP and ASCA are encouraging more women to go down this path,” said Brooke Young, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “I look forward to starting the new academic year with their support, and continuing to explore new security challenges.”
SWSIS scholarship details:
The SWSIS program was founded by ACSA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the understanding, theory and practice of cybersecurity. The SWSIS scholarship program is a joint effort between HP, the ACSA and CRA-W.
  • HP funds will be allocated to the ACSA over a four-year period, beginning in 2014.
  • While there is no preset scholarship amount, students are eligible for scholarships in the amount of $5,000-10,000 per individual each year, and can be awarded up to $20,000 total over a two year period.
  • For each individual, the scholarship is effective for two years, but the student must reapply after the first year to confirm continued interest in the IT security industry.
  • Scholarship winners have the option to intern at HP, although it is not a mandatory requirement.
  • To apply, candidates must provide a statement of interest in the field of information security, a transcript and a statement of their current educational status.
  • CRA-W reviews all applications and recommends one or more outstanding candidates to the ACSA to receive scholarship funding.

Join STEMconnector and AAUW for Solving the Equation Town Hall: Women in Engineering and Technology

Solving the Equation: Women in Engineering and Technology
Wednesday, April 22 | 2-3PM EDT

On April 22nd, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will partner with STEMconnector® to convene a virtual Town Hall to discuss the findings of its just-released report, Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women's Success in Engineering and Computing.
In 1990, the percentage of women in computing occupations numbered 35%. Today, despite the exponential growth in this sector of the economy, the percentage of women employed in computing is even less: only 26%. Additionally, only 12% of engineers are women.
Solving the Equation analyzes the factors underlying these challenging statistics, and looks at what can be done to make these fields more accessible and desirable for all employees. 
Join us for an informative discussion with experts from higher education, industry, and nonprofits about this important issue and learn how educators, employers, STEM professionals, policymakers, parents, and girls can be a part of the solution.

Confirmed Speakers (as of April 20th):


Linda D. Hallman, CAE

Executive Director & CEOAAUW


For more than 25 years, Linda D. Hallman has made her mark as an association innovator. Before taking the helm of AAUW, Hallman served as president and CEO of the American Medical Women’s Association. From 1997 to 2002 she served as CEO of the American Horticultural Society, and from 1988 to 1997 she held virtually every leadership position with the American College of Health Care Administrators. A native of Washington, D.C., Hallman received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and her master’s degree in organizational management from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In 2013, she was recognized as one of 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector 


Esra Ozer

PresidentAlcoa Foundation


As president of Alcoa Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., Esra oversees all strategic grant making in alignment with Alcoa priorities, and is responsible for driving employee engagement through global volunteer efforts. Previously, Esra was Director of Executive Communications, responsible for driving the communications activities of Alcoa’s Chairman and CEO, including speechwriting, thought leadership, stakeholder relationships and briefings, and executive communications. Prior to joining Alcoa in 2008, Esra was Senior Director of External Relations at Siemens Corporation, where she led U.S. media relations and issues management. Esra is a graduate of the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.


Edie Fraser

Chief Executive OfficerSTEMconnector / Million Women Mentors
Edie Fraser is CEO of STEMconnector and Million Women Mentors. She is also Vice Chair of Diversified Search. The STEM mission is to bring Education, Research, Resources, Best Practices, Communications and Outreach - and  resources,  including the STEMconnector® web site, 100 CEO Leaders in STEM100 Women Leaders in STEM100 Diverse Leaders in STEM, STEMdaily, EdTech Weekly Report and more.   STEMconnector works with business, academia, government and non-profit organizations and media entities. Key Councils of STEMconnector® include the STEM Innovation Task Force (SITF), STEM Innovation Task Force and the STEM Food & Ag Council, and STEM Councils. STEMconnector® covers 6600 organizations and have c. 136  paid members. Million Women Mentors is a movement to change the numbers of women advancing in STEM careers. Edie has won 48 major awards in Leadership and Innovation, Diversity and Women's Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Communications. She is the first woman to serve as Chairman of the World Affairs Council DC.


Robert Denson

PresidentDes Moines Area Community College (DMACC)

ChairSTEM Higher Education Council (SHEC)


Rob Denson was appointed the 4th President of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) on November 1, 2003. He is the first native-born Iowan to be President of DMACC, a comprehensive community college serving 37,000 credit and 32,000 non-credit students annually in 153 program and certificate areas. He graduated from Law School at the University of Florida in 1979 and was an Associate University Attorney for 3 years before operating his own law practice for 16 years. In 1996, he became Assistant to the President and Dean for Institutional Advancement at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville. In 1998, Rob returned to Iowa as President of Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, Iowa.


Anne Wintroub

Director of Social InnovationAT&T Foundation


As Director of Social Innovation for the AT&T Foundation, Anne Wintroub specializes in education and workforce development. Previously, she was the Director of Citizenship and Sustainability for AT&T California, and managed a wide array of corporate social responsibility initiatives.  She was previously the Deputy Director for the San Francisco Public Library Foundation and the Director of Communications for KQED Public Broadcasting, the highest rated public broadcasting station in the country.  She also supervised national promotions for the PBS Kids literacy series Between the Lions (WGBH).  Anne received her M.A. from New York University and her B.A. from UC Davis.


Bettye H. Smith

Director - Engineering & TechnologyLockheed Martin


Bettye Smith is the Director, Functional Strategic Planning & Integration for the IS&GS Engineering and Technology (E&T) organization. Bettye joined Lockheed Martin as a systems engineering manager and advanced through a series of increasingly responsible leadership positions including Technical Director, Software Engineering Director, Ethics and Business Conduct Director and Information Technology (IT) Program Director. Beginning her career as a software systems engineer for various radar and communications systems, Bettye served in a variety of technical and management positions at Nichols Research and Westinghouse. Bettye earned her master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and received a bachelor's degree, also in electrical engineering, from Southern University and A&M College.


Christianne Corbett, M.A.

Senior ResearcherAAUW


Christianne Corbett is a senior researcher at AAUW and primary author of AAUW’s new research report, Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing, as well as AAUW’s 2010 report Why So Few: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Before coming to AAUW, Christianne worked as a legislative fellow on Capitol Hill and as a mechanical design engineer in the aerospace industry.


Lorena Fimbres

VP & Chief Business Development OfficerSTEMconnector / Million Women Mentors

Lorena's role includes growing and servicing a strong and strategic network of members and sponsors for both STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors. Lorena is also responsible for the SC and MWM brands development and implementation. Lorena is the creative and executive director behind the 100 Leaders in STEM series, a platform that brings together Fortune c-suite level executives to discuss the future of the economy and jobs from a STEM talent perspective. 100 Leaders in STEM works by cycles starting with the release of a publication and a year of back-to-back events to elevate the conversation. Three issues have published: 100 Women Leaders in STEM100 CEO Leaders in STEM and 100 Women Leaders in STEM. To date, over 250 leaders have been recognized across 130+ corporations. Lorena and her team are currently working on publishing the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM (July 22, 2015) and the second edition of the 100 CEO Leaders in STEM (November 10, 2015). Other publications include The American Institute of Architects´ Small Business Resource Guide: Contacts to Contracts and the 2011 Women´s Business Leadership Tribute, sponsored by Adecco. Lorena received her BS Business Administration from Tecnológico de Monterrey.



Johnson County Library MakerSpace Receives Three-Year Gift From Black & Veatch

This is a press release from Black & Veatch

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) | When Johnson County Library’s MakerSpace reopens in 2016 as part of the larger Central Resource Library’s renovation, it will boast six times the current square footage. With the added space comes an opportunity for new tools and technology to inspire the next generation of builders. Global engineering and construction company Black & Veatch is joining forces with the Library as part of the company’s growing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach.
Johnson County Library will rename the facility the “Black & Veatch MakerSpace.” The partnership is the first of its kind in the Library’s history, with the Library’s foundation joining with Black & Veatch’s Building a World of Difference Foundation to expand the MakerSpace’s size and scope.
“Black & Veatch’s commitment to building a world of difference is obvious to say the least,” said County Librarian Sean Casserley. “The MakerSpace is Johnson County’s home for builders and innovators of all kinds, and will be even better now thanks to Black & Veatch’s generosity.”
Demand for the MakerSpace’s array of tools – from 3D printers to audio visual recording equipment – has outpaced supply since the space opened in 2013. In addition to new gear, Black & Veatch’s support will help the Library provide more programming and learning experiences in critical thinking, teamwork and STEM-related studies. Collaborating with the Library is part of Black & Veatch’s new growSTEM initiative, which puts STEM activities at the heart of the company’s philanthropic and community involvement efforts globally.
“MakerSpace demonstrates the exciting ways STEM education can reach young people by giving them hands-on experience through fun and exciting projects,” said Becky Schieber, Senior Manager, Charitable Programs at Black & Veatch.  “Helping Johnson County Library fulfill its vision of an enhanced MakerSpace also enables us to nurture the next wave of problem solvers who will tackle the energy, water and communications problems of the future.”
Editor’s Notes:
Black & Veatch’s foundation is contributing $90,000 over three years toward the MakerSpace. Company professionals will have the opportunity to engage in volunteer programs to advance the program.
A formal ribbon-cutting event and media tour of the new Black & Veatch MakerSpace will take place in early 2016 when renovations to Central Resource Library are completed.
The partnership with Johnson County Library builds on Black & Veatch’s global STEM partnerships with the Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park and Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer.
About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2014 were US$3 billion. Follow us on and in social media.
About the Johnson County Library Foundation
The mission of the Johnson County Library Foundation is to build an endowment for the Library’s collection and secure support for life-long learning programs offered at Johnson County Library. Established in 1996 the Foundation supports collection enrichment, youth homework assistance, art programs, early literacy initiatives, youth-at-risk programs and technology enhancement.

850 Student Teams Display Engineering Know-How At Vex Worlds 2015– Largest 4-Day International Robotics Competition Kicks Off This Week

This is a press release from The REC Foundation

Students from around the world descend on Louisville, Ky. for an epic robotics tournament! 

Greenville, TX – April 13, 2015 | The 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship kicks off this week! Presented by the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation, this season finale event showcases the largest and fastest growing educational competitive robotics program in the world! On April 15-18, over 15,000 participants from over 27 countries will come together to put their engineering expertise to the test as they seek to be crowned the 2015 VEX Robotics World Champions.
Annually, the REC Foundation presents a series of robotics engineering programs – VEX IQ Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX U – that engage students from elementary school through college in classrooms and at after-school competitions around the world in hands-on technology challenges that build their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Only the most accomplished teams qualify to participate at VEX Worlds, where students’ technological prowess and remarkable ingenuity are on display. These fierce competitors have spent countless hours designing, building, programming and testing their robotics skills at more than 1,000 local, state, and regional competition events. Of the 12,000 teams competing this season, only the top 850 teams will descend on Louisville, Kentucky to strategize and challenge each other with the current 2014-2015 season games: VEX IQ Challenge Highrise and VEX Robotics Competition Skyrise. 
“Students’ engineering knowledge and programming skills have been put to the test this year with the VEX IQ Challenge and VEX Robotics Competition games that require innovative solutions built to withstand heated competitions,” said Jason Morrella, president of the REC Foundation. “It’s a true testament to the program’s ability to give students the hands-on experience they need now to incite their passion and drive them to become our future technologists, inventors and problem-solvers.”
At the close of VEX Worlds 2015 on Saturday, April 18, teams will be invited to Kentucky Kingdom, a stunning amusement park just steps from the venue, for a private party. The party will take place from 6:30pm – 12:00am with all Kentucky Kingdom rides and attractions open, dining options and more! 
VEX Worlds is FREE and open to the public with fun activities for the whole family! Spectators are welcome and encouraged to watch matches, attend ceremonies, and visit with teams in the pit area as they strategize and prepare their robots for competition.
Sponsors of the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship include the Northrop Grumman Foundation, the U.S. Army, Chevron, EMC Corporation, NASA, Microchip, Robotmatter, Texas Instruments, HEXBUG and Innovation First International. In addition, the event is sponsored locally by Ford Motor Corporation, GE, Glowtouch, HelmsBriscoe, Mathworks, Nissan, Toyota Manufacturing of Kentucky, UPS, and the University of Louisville. 
Fans can follow the competition and sign up for real-time competition news and results via live webcasts, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and YouTube updates. Real time tournament results are also available through “VEX via” - an iPhone and Android compatible app, which provides match schedules, rankings and scores. For more information visit
About the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
The REC Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally. The REC Foundation develops partnerships with K-12 education, higher education, government, industry, and the non-profit community to achieve this work. For more information, please visit or for details on upcoming events, please visit

Governor announces statewide STEM education initiative

This is a press release from NC New Schools & GSK

GSK supports with $1 million investment

April 14, 2015 – Research Triangle Park, NC | Governor Pat McCrory joined today with GSK and North Carolina New Schools to announce a major venture to advance STEM education in public education aligned with industry and higher education. Called STEMAccelerator – Next Generation Learning for North Carolina, the initiative will accelerate proven STEM education approaches and develop new ones, focused on transforming mathematics and science instruction.
“High quality STEM education is critical to North Carolina’s future prosperity,” said Governor Pat McCrory in announcing the initiative. “To address the gap in education and workforce needs, we must provide resources and support for teachers’ professional growth – especially in the critical areas of science and mathematics. The STEMAccelerator will help us meet one of my administration’s goals of transforming the teaching profession into a rewarding, long-term career.”
The brainchild of NC New Schools, one of the largest public education innovation agencies in the country, the STEMAccelerator will build on NC New Schools’ proven efforts to advance effective science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with its partners in industry, K-12 education, and higher education.
GSK, a leading global healthcare company and long-time advocate of STEM education, is jumpstarting the initiative with a $1 million investment.
“For nearly a decade, GSK has partnered with NC New Schools to enhance and expand STEM education opportunities for North Carolina students across the state. GSK is committed to supporting the communities where we work and where we live. A major focus of that investment is devoted to expanding the local and national workforce in science, technology, engineering and math. We are proud to deepen this partnership as a founding investor in the STEMAccelerator,” said Jack Bailey, president, US Pharmaceuticals, GSK.
“Through critical public-private partnerships, North Carolina is a national leader in advancing STEM education,” said Tony Habit, president, NC New Schools. “The STEMAccelerator builds on that important progress and recognizes that a deep foundation in science and mathematics for all students is essential for our state’s competitive edge. To build that foundation, we must make professional learning and support for all teachers a top priority, especially in those content areas that are essential building blocks for success in STEM fields and professions.”
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only five percent of U.S. workers are employed in fields related to science and engineering, yet they are responsible for more than half of the country’s sustained economic expansion. In addition, recent data from the ACT college-entrance exam showed only 23 percent of North Carolina students scoring at the “college-ready” level in science in 2013.
The seismic shift in the global economy requires a similar shift in how students are educated, with an emphasis on deeper understanding, critical thinking and applications to solving real-world problems. These shifts represent substantial change for mathematics and science education and pose a significant challenge for teachers who will need deeper, sustained support to be well prepared for high-performance teaching and learning that leads to strong student achievement.
The STEMAccelerator includes a phased approach, blending proven best practices with emerging innovation:
  • Phase 1 – Research and development: NC New Schools will bring together educators, higher education and industry partners to design new instructional programs focused on the emerging needs of the STEM economy. Co-development will ensure alignment between education and the workplace.
  • Phase 2 – Pilot: Newly developed programming will be piloted with a core group of educators to validate and refine the content and delivery methodology. Specific emphasis will be placed on developing a virtual delivery component to support rapid, low-cost scaling.
  • Phase 3 – Roll-out: Refined final programs will be scaled across North Carolina to deliver next generation learning for all students.
The announcement was made at a major STEM-focused conference, called Scaling STEM: Design + Create + Inspire, to an audience of more than 500 educators at the Sheraton Imperial, RTP.
North Carolina New Schools is a professional services agency focused on developing high-performing schools and school districts by providing innovative approaches to teacher and administrator professional learning. Since 2003, NC New Schools has partnered with districts, higher education, businesses and communities in every region of the state to ensure that all students graduate ready for college careers and life. For more information, visit Follow us on social media @ncnewschools.
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The Biggest Threat to America’s Cyber Security is Not What You Think

This is a guest blog post by Dennis Bonilla, Executive Dean of the College of Information Systems and Technology at the University of Phoenix. Dennis will be moderating the Emerging Strategies and Solutions in Cyber Security panel at the National STEM Forum on Security Risks and Emerging Workforce Solutions on April 14th in Washington, DC.

It’s a never-ending war that is fought with keyboards, not assault rifles or roadside bombs. The sophisticated criminals that mount cyber-attacks on our digital security are relentless, and pose a serious threat to us all. Instead of a single attack, these criminals are taking aim daily at billions of emails, web requests, IP addresses and other targets of opportunity.
It takes intelligence and diligence to counter these threats and protect America’s cyber space. But right now, we are woefully short of the resources we need.
Simply put, we don’t have the workforce right now to win a cyber-war. It’s not that our experts aren’t talented. The opposite is true. One cyber security provider noted that they block more than four billion emails and approximately 80 million web requests daily. However, even at those numbers per professional, we don’t have enough people in the field or in the pipeline to meet employer demand for experts who can patrol the virtually limitless world of cyber space to keep families, businesses, governments and other organizations secure.
Peninsula Press, a product of Stanford University Journalism, recently studied data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and concluded that more than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs are unfilled. Postings are up 74 percent over the last five years. In addition, demand for information security professionals is expected to increase by 53 percent through 2018. These vacancies persist despite a myriad of salary and other incentives.
To close this gap and reduce our vulnerability against cyber-attacks, we need a loud and clear call for men and women to pursue a STEM education and then a career in the field. From K-12 through college, educators across America must work side-by-side with policy makers and employers to track specific needs in real time, and adjust curriculum to meet it. Similarly our network of higher education institutions must adapt to the diverse needs of all qualified students. We cannot lower the bar, but we must make sure men and women have the opportunity to jump over it.
There’s no quick fix but we do need immediate ongoing focus. Only then will we be able provide a big enough army to win the war to protect America’s cyber security. 
Dennis Bonilla is Executive Dean of the College of Information Systems and Technology with University of Phoenix


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