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.

#STEMCAD2015 Engages Thousands of High-School Students about STEM Education/Careers

The STEM Innovation Task Force launches the 2nd annual STEM Career Accelerator Day (#STEMCAD2015) with the goal of inspiring over 10,000 students with experiential learning activities, mentoring, and guidance on STEM career pathways. The focus is showcasing how STEM education leads to exciting, interesting and well-paying careers.

WASHINGTON, DC (PRWEB) OCTOBER 23, 2015 | The STEM Innovation Task Force (SITF) - an initiative of STEMconnector® - is facilitating a nationwide program designed to engage and educate high-school students about career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The program, STEM Career Accelerator Day (#STEMCAD2015), takes place this week across 26 different corporate facilities, universities and community colleges, government centers, festivals, and virtual platforms. According to early estimates, the 2015 program will reach approximately 15,500 students, 400 teachers, 500 parents, and 400 employee volunteers.

Tonie Leatherberry of Deloitte and 2015 Chair commented, “Over the past few days, we’ve witnessed some remarkable reactions from students, parents, and teachers participating in STEM CAD 2015. Thank you and congratulations to everyone for your hard work, passion, and service to developing the next generation STEM workforce!”
The 2015 timeframe for STEM Career Accelerator Day was expanded to a week; a move intended to provide more calendar flexibility for a diverse range of participating organizations. The structure and content of each individual program is designed and implemented by the host organization to provide proven high-quality educational programs. Common elements of #STEMCAD2015 include hands-on experiential learning activities, interaction with STEM professionals, and guidance on navigating STEM education and career pathways. STEM Career Accelerator Day unites the various programs across the country through a coordinated communications platform, universal evaluation tool and common timeframe.
Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector, shed light on the national program, “We recognize the unique experience and value that each participating organization brings to the table. Whether it’s a career in food science, additive manufacturing, or even space exploration. The opportunities for students in STEM are incredibly rewarding. STEM CAD 2015 provides a vehicle for students to explore the multitude of possibilities out there.”
One of the primary goals of the program is to engage young women and underrepresented minorities; particularly groups that haven’t been previously exposed to extra-curricular STEM programming. Approximately 60% of the student participants in 2015 will be from populations who are underrepresented in the STEM fields. The evaluation tool aims to measure and capture data on increases in STEM awareness, understanding the application of coursework, and student plans for post-secondary education and future career interests.
About STEM Career Accelerator Day
Participating organizations include: Campbell Soup Company; Dassault Systemes; Deloitte; Des Moines Area Community College; Hawkeye Community College; Inspired Classroom; James Dyson Foundation; Learning Blade; Micron Foundation; Montana STEMfest; NASA Goddard Flight Center; North State STEM; PepsiCo; Reebok; SkillsUSA; Sodexo; Spark 101; STEMconnector; Tata Consultancy Services; Teach For America; University of Memphis; University of Phoenix; Walmart.

PepsiCo Is Hosting 50 Students in Monterrey, Mexico As Part of STEM Career Accelerator Day Activities

PepsiCo is hosting 50 students from local high schools in Monterrey, Mexico today to showcase career opportunities at PepsiCo. This program is part of a global campaign called STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015 (#STEMCAD2015). PepsiCo’s event will provide 10th graders with hands-on learning activities to get them interested in STEM as an exciting and rewarding career path. Students will be provided with information about PepsiCo’s STEM career opportunities by employees.
Students will be able to create their own baked products in the PepsiCo lab by making use of their creative decision-making skills to pick and choose the materials and design the final product. They will also take part in an interactive laboratory demonstration to learn about the importance of adding ingredients in the correct order.  
Mexico faces a growing demand of technological and scientific talent able to generate new ideas and be innovators. With Monterrey being the third most populous city in the country, opportunities for in the STEM field will continue to grow.  PepsiCo’s activities focus on getting students interested in pursuing STEM careers to meet the growing technological demands of the country. This event also reaches underserved populations in the city with over 75% of students being from minority backgrounds.
“PepsiCo is committed to promoting STEM education. Each of the STEM disciplines represents a crucial component of our future, both for our company and our country. STEM Career Accelerator Day will help us nurture talent sustainability and fill the jobs of tomorrow," said Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter, PepsiCo's Senior Vice-President-Global R&D, Dairy & Chocolate TCOE and Global Chair of STEMconnector's STEM Innovation Task Force.
About PepsiCo
PepsiCo is one of the world's leading food and beverage companies with over $66 billion in net revenue in 2014 and a global portfolio of diverse and beloved brands.
About STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015
STEM Career Accelerator Day (#STEMCAD2015) is a national campaign and series of concurrent events hosted during the week of October 19-23, 2015 designed to engage and expose students, parents, and teachers to career-focused experiential learning at corporate sites, government facilities, and higher education institutions. Through #STEMCAD2015, employers and educators across the country will be hosting events that inspire 10,000+ students in grades 8-12 to pursue a career in STEM fields. While many companies around the world facilitate similar activities every year, #STEMCAD2015 is the first campaign that aims to unite these disparate efforts under a common banner through a coordinated communications platform and universal evaluation tool. 

Michael Horn, thought leader in modern education, becomes advisor to ed-tech startup Pedago in Washington, D.C.

Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and co-author of award-winning titles including his recent Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools (2014), has become an advisor to Pedago, an educational technology startup based in Washington, D.C.
At the Clayton Christensen Institute, Horn served as the executive director of its education program, instructing policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation—innovation that helps create a new market—in K–12 and postsecondary education. The theory was invented by Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School and popularized in his celebrated book The Innovator’s Dilemma (1997). The Institute has a goal of transforming “monolithic, factory-model education systems into student-centric designs that educate every student successfully and enable each to realize his or her fullest potential.”
In line with this goal, Pedago, co-founded by Tom Adams, Alexie Harper, and Ori Ratner in 2013, has a mission to reinvent online and mobile learning. Inspired by a desire to bring Active Learning practices to an educational technology sector dominated by passive video lectures, Pedago makes learning dramatically faster and more effective with highly interactive lessons available on any device.
“In all my years in the education technology sector, I’ve never seen a learning platform as motivating and engaging as the platform Pedago has created,” Horn said. “The first time I used it, I couldn’t stop learning.”
Pedago’s first product is Smartly, a learning platform that is transforming business education. Developed in partnership with experts from leading business schools, Smartly offers a broad range of carefully-crafted business courses, designed to make learning fast, convenient, and effective.

NYU Tandon School of Engineering Wins National Online Learning Prize


The New York University Tandon School of Engineering, which grants online graduate and immersion certificates and master's degrees in more than a dozen fields, is the 2015 recipient of the Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education from the Online Learning Consortium (formerly known as the Sloan Consortium). The school's online unit was recognized for outstanding success in furthering online learning programs in engineering, especially by using quantitative metrics to improve quality in its online pedagogy.
"Our virtual classrooms are among the best and most rigorous in the world," said NYU Tandon Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan. "They provide our online students from across the nation and around the world with the same content, taught by the same noted professors as on campus. It is enormously gratifying to see the program's dedicated faculty and staff honored by the nation's premier organization in virtual education."
The Gomory prize recognized these singular achievements as among the most accomplished in the industry:
  • 96 percent of the school's online students complete their online courses
  • 89 percent of the school's online master's students earn their graduate degrees
  • 20 percent average enrollment increases, year after year
  • 75 percent growth in online programs over 10 years
  • 10,000 online enrollments over 10 years
  • 130 unique online courses, with growth at the rate of 10 new online courses a year
  • Online faculty and students on average spend about 15 hours per week in their virtual courses
  • 95 percent of online faculty return to teach again
  • The Gomory Award is the most recent of the online program's many accolades. The Consortium named NYU Tandon's online cyber security program the nation's best online educational program—in any field—in 2011, and this year U.S. News & World Report ranked the school's online graduate engineering program eighth in the entire country, the third successive year the publication ranked the school among the top dozen programs.
NYU Tandon's online courses are delivered in active learning modules—which engage students in interactive learning sessions—in cybersecurity, bioinformatics, electrical engineering, and organizational behavior, among other high-tech areas. Online students get unlimited access to lectures, 24/7, from anywhere in the world. During real-time webinars, students participate in live Q&A sessions. With their instructor and fellow students, they share ideas using video, screen-sharing, chat rooms, and interactive polling over built-in phone and VOIP lines. High-quality video, audio, multimedia, and animation engage students. NYU encourages weekly live sessions, prompting peer-to-peer learning.
A recent survey the online unit's graduates revealed 100 percent job placement within six months of graduation; for those already holding jobs, 40 percent reported they received a promotion or raise within the same period. Nearly 90 percent of those entering the online program graduated. By comparison, the National Council of Graduate Schools study found an average completion rate of 66 percent for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics master's degree programs.
The award is named for Ralph Gomory, acclaimed applied mathematician and former IBM executive, who as president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation championed anytime-anywhere learning at the dawn of the Internet. Gomory is now a research professor at the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
"The Online Learning Consortium Awards acknowledge creative and effective approaches to advancing online education," said Dr. Catheryn Cheal,  chair of the OLC Nominations, Awards and Recognition Committee. "The 2015 recipients represent extraordinary examples of the exciting innovation happening in online learning today, and we congratulate them on their successes."

Dassault Systèmes To Host 100 Students in Waltham, MA As Part of STEM Career Accelerator Day Activities (#STEMCAD2015)

Dassault Systèmes will host 100 students at their Waltham, MA campus on 22nd October as part of a global campaign called STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015 (#STEMCAD2015). Dassault Systèmes will partner with the SkillsUSA Massachusetts Chapter to engage their students in the Waltham program. In addition to the SkillsUSA students, a group of students from Archimedes Academy For Math, Science and Technology Applications from the Bronx, NY will participate in the Dassault Systemes program. 
SkillsUSA aims to improve the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. Dassault Systèmes is a strong proponent of STEM education and believes in the value of career and technical education programs like SkillsUSA.
Showcasing STEM career opportunities to all students is important, particularly those students who are underrepresented in STEM fields. Over 50% of the students participating in the Waltham program are from minority backgrounds. 
“Our research has shown that career-focused experiential learning can convey a powerful understanding of how STEM careers change the world. STEM Career Accelerator Day offers students, teachers, administrators and parents an experiential look inside some of the leading organizations who are changing the world through science, technology, engineering and mathematics," said Al Bunshaft, Chief Executive Officer of DS Government Solutions & Co-Chair of the STEM Innovation Task Force.
For more information on this site, please contact Tanya Guptill of Dassault Americas Americas Corp at For more information on STEM Career Accelerator Day overall, please contact Tim Edwards of STEMconnector® at
About Dassault Systemes:
Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides businesses and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its 3DEXPERIENCE Platform leverages the Company’s world-leading 3D software applications to transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported, enabling businesses to craft delightful customer experiences.
About STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015:
STEM Career Accelerator Day (#STEMCAD2015) is a national campaign and series of concurrent events hosted during the week of October 19-23, 2015 designed to engage and expose students, parents, and teachers to career-focused experiential learning at corporate sites, government facilities, higher education institutions, and a virtual platform. Through #STEMCAD2015, employers and educators across the country will be hosting events that inspire 10,000+ students in grades 8-12 to pursue a career in STEM fields. 

STEM Career Accelerator Day Kicks off Today! Follow the Schedule All Week

The second annual STEM Career Accelerator Day (#STEMCAD2015) program kicks-off today and will continue through this week of October 19-24, 2015, with the goal of engaging and exciting 10,000+ students about STEM career opportunities. The program is being hosted across 26 corporate employment sites, higher education campuses, government facilities, and a virtual platform. Below is a daily schedule of all the events, followed by a map!
Monday – October 19th 
Tuesday – October 20th
  • University of Phoenix (Mesa, AZ)
Wednesday – October 21st
Thursday – October 22nd
Friday – October 23rd
Saturday – October 24th 
Virtual Events – Everyone is welcome to join!
  • Spark 101 (hosted throughout the entire week)

STEM Career Accelerator Day features interaction with STEM professionals and exciting activities that connect coursework to a career application. #STEMCAD2015 aims to unite disparate STEM outreach activities under a common banner, through common evaluation tool and coordinated communications plan. 
A particular focus of the event is to engage young women, underrepresented minorities, and other student populations that lack access to quality informal and formal STEM programming. In addition to exciting students, #STEMCAD2015 also seeks to involve parents and teachers as key-decision makers and motivators in a students’ education and career pathway.
STEM Career Accelerator Day is being organized and implemented by the STEM Innovation Task Force, an employer-driven consortium charged with developing innovative pathways and programs that address the shortfall of qualified STEM talent needed to fill the jobs of the future.
For more information about STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015, please reach out to Tim Edwards at or 202-296-3118. 

Tata Consultancy Services will Engage 400 Students across the United States as Part of STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015 (#STEMCAD2015)

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) hopes to inspire 400 students from local middle and high schools in cities around the country to pursue careers in technology between October 16 and 24, 2015 as part of the national effort, STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015 (#STEMCAD2015). TCS’ five programs will take place in Jersey City, Bloomington, Atlanta and two sites in Chicago. Partner organizations supporting these events include Great Futures Charter High School for the Health Sciences, Lumity, Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal, and Project Exploration.
The focus of TCS’ programs is hands-on, experiential learning. At each event location, students will hear from TCS staff about the increasing need for STEM professionals across industries and how new technologies are changing the world. TCS volunteers will lead students through design thinking and business model activities, leading up to an opportunity for the students to present storyboards and business plans to TCS volunteers. The volunteers will in turn provide user experience and business analysis feedback to each student. TCS staff will also speak with the students about their own education and careers. Career orientation seminars will also be held in selected locations enabling parents to better understand potential STEM related job opportunities for their children.
A particular focus of #STEMCAD2015 is to engage young women and minorities to consider STEM careers. Young women will make up 50 percent of the participants at each of the TCS event sites, with over 75 percent from a minority background. In addition to students, the programs will engage over 75 TCS employees and parents.
“Computer science and technology have the power to transform businesses and unlock amazing career and earning opportunities for our country’s youth. Innovative cross-sector efforts such as the STEM Career Accelerator Day are critical to inspire students, and inform parents and educators about the rewarding potential of a STEM career At TCS, we believe in empowering students to realize their potential, and creating tomorrow’s STEM leaders today by building pathways from education to careers," said Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness with Tata Consultancy Services & Co-Chair of the STEM Innovation Task Force.
Tata Consultancy Services:
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is a global leader in IT services, digital and business solutions that partners with its clients to simplify, strengthen and transform their businesses. We ensure the highest levels of certainty and satisfaction through a deep-set commitment to our clients, comprehensive industry expertise and a global network of innovation and delivery centers. TCS has been recognized by Brand Finance as one of the Big 4 Global IT Services Brands. Our continued industry-leading growth is a testament to the certainty our clients experience every day.
For more information on this site, please contact Pam Rodrigues of TCS at For more information on STEM Career Accelerator Day, please contact Tim Edwards of STEMconnector® at

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Stuart Stackman of ADP

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Stuart Sackman, Corporate Vice President, Global Product & Technology at ADP.

Stuart Sackman

Stuart Sackman
Corporate Vice President, Global Product & Technology

Stuart Sackman leads ADP’s Global Product and Technology (GPT) organization, overseeing both client-facing product development and internal technology (CIO/CTO) operations. Stuart ensures that the GPT team’s work aligns with ADP’s overall technology efforts and our strategic goal of becoming the world’s leading provider of Human Capital Management solutions.

Stuart joined ADP in 1992, and during his tenure has held positions with broad-ranging responsibilities across several ADP business units. Stuart holds a BA in Computer Science, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University, and an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he majored in Marketing.

About ADP
Employers around the world rely on ADP® (NASDAQ: ADP) for cloud-based solutions and services to help manage their most important asset – their people. From human resources and payroll to talent management to benefits administration, ADP brings unmatched depth and expertise in helping clients build a better workforce. A pioneer in Human Capital Management (HCM) and business process outsourcing, ADP serves more than 625,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

"As the head of ADP’s Global Product & Technology (GPT) organization, I occupy a fairly uncommon dual role: overseeing both our go-to-market products as well as our internal information structure. This began with my predecessor, who saw that there was tremendous synergy in combining the traditional Chief Product Officer and Chief Information Officer roles.

The GPT approach is more holistic, focused on products and R&D in addition to infrastructure. And it’s an exciting place to be right now.

Why? Because the first 66 years of ADP were largely defined by service – ADP associates solved problems and performed routine tasks for our clients – but the next 66 years will be defined by what we’re able to do with technology."


"Establishing a technology culture, and building the right talent to help drive the vision, is hugely important.

With the pace of change in technology, we are moving rapidly to become a more technology-led company. Our clients expect their enterprise technology to behave more like consumer technology – easy to use, predictive, ubiquitous, personalized – and we need to deliver in order to ensure our market success.

Our push on innovation has our organization growing near the same rate as ADP’s overall revenue, and we will continue this focus on building talent and technology leadership to drive product breakthroughs and reinforce the culture that we’re developing. We’re designing our next-generation products on a platform leveraging state-of-the-art technologies, and we’re looking for people with strong technical training who are self-starters and problem solvers and prepared to help us accelerate our pace of innovation.

We’re also up skilling our staff through training and hiring, implementing “agile” software development, redesigning our workplaces across geographies, and evaluating recruiting practices and rewards to allow us to build a team that will reinforce the technology culture and deliver business results. STEM graduates are crucial to all of this."


"We will push on a number of technologies going forward, with two of special interest to the  STEM community.

First, “big data.” This  term  means  a  lot  of  things  to a lot of people, but at ADP the meaning  is  very  clear: leveraging our enormous data-set (36 million anonymized and aggregated employee records) to provide insights and solutions to our clients. This means building big-data capabilities into our solutions so that analytics aren’t a separate activity.

For instance, as a Human Resources executive is initiating a decision process, big-data analytics can help spotlight the information he or she may need, in real time, to help make a better decision. Maybe some- thing as simple as, in a hiring process, the analytics kick in to let the executive know, “Here are the most successful skill sets for that position,” or “Your trend lines suggest that you may want to hire multiple people for that position,” and this is all running in the background.

For STEM students, this calls for a combination of art and science. We’re recruiting for data scientists, people who have the training and aptitude to recognize the patterns in data that enable those insights. This is not simple math; it requires a computer science back- ground plus statistics and visualization skills, which is where the art comes in.

The second main area of interest is in apps. Just like you download useful apps onto your smartphone, business people are expecting the same experience with the systems they use at work.

ADP, like many companies, has begun providing this capability – specifically, a “marketplace” where our clients can access specific business apps developed by both us and our partners.

Let’s say we or one of our partners invents a new way to do performance reviews. An HR executive should be able to easily download that new capability  from our Marketplace and add it to the company’s toolset and use it within its existing Human Capital Management system.

Congratulations to STEM students who are already building and publishing apps – this activity has introduced you to what it means to create something that’s operational and easy for people to download, use, and gain value from.

In today’s world, creating apps is a great way to get started and get exposed to the experience of running a business. You have to think about your target market, creating a positive user experience, how you provide updates and upgrades, how you communicate the value of the app, and ensure that the app is useful – otherwise no one will download it! That’s exactly what we’re trying to do: build things that are useful and that people want to use.

And that’s why ADP is proud to be associated with the STEMconnector program. We’re very excited to meet the next generation of STEM achievers."

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Ashish Khandpur of 3M


This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Ashish Khandpur, Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President of Research & Development at 3M. 



Ashish Khandpur

Ashish Khandpur

Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President of Research & Development


Dr. Ashish Khandpur is 3M’s chief technology officer and senior vice president of research and development leading over 8,500 researchers around the world.

An inventor on 10 issued patents, Ashish began his 3M career as a senior research engineer in 1995. Over the years, he held various U.S. and international technical and leadership roles in corporate research labs, division and subsidiary labs, and the company’s Asia Pacific region, as well as global R&D head of 3M’s largest business group, Industrial.

While in his native India, Ashish was responsible for establishing the country’s first product development lab for 3M. In January 2014, he began leading one of 3M’s biggest businesses, the Personal Safety Division. Later that same year, he was appointed 3M’s head of R&D and chief technology officer, reporting to CEO Inge Thulin.

Ashish holds a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and a Ph.D. in Chemical  Engineering  specializing in polymers from the University of Minnesota. Ashish is passionate about providing educational opportunities in STEM and sits on the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering’s advisory board, 3M Foundation Board and works with the 3M Women’s Leadership Forum. He and his wife have two daughters.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of innovative products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is a science-based diversified technology company that never stops inventing. With $31 billion in sales, 3M employs almost 90,000 people around the world – including 8,200 researchers – and has operations in more than 70 countries.  3M is not just a company that creates; it is also a company that cares. 3M helps to build sustainable communities through strategic social investments and thoughtful engagement of 3Mers worldwide. Since 1953, 3M and the 3M Foundation have invested more than$1.4 billion in cash and products in education and charitable organizations. In 2014, 3M invested more than $82 million in cash and products to support global educational, community and environmental initiatives.

The Youth and Technology

3M is a science-based company, so we are especially committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists. That is why we support a wide range of STEM initiatives, from funding college scholarships and sup- porting non-tenured faculty through research grants to partnering with elementary schools to enhance learning opportunities.

For more than four decades, we have worked with the Saint Paul Public Schools to donate STEM materials and curriculum. We have similar partnerships around the world. In my native India, for instance, our 3M team is working with a foundation to support a mobile science lab. It will travel to more than 45 schools, and expose 20,000 Indian students to scientific experiments and models.

3M’s technical community is also committed to donating its time and expertise. Each year more than 500 3Mers serve as mentors to students in the Saint Paul Public Schools. 3M received the Excellence in Mentoring in America Award by the National Mentoring Partnership in 2013.

Another example of 3Mers mentoring young people through the Young Scientist Challenge program. We co-host this annual competition with Discovery Education, and it lets budding innovators work directly with 3M scientists as part of a summer mentorship program.

You wouldn’t believe what we see from kids who are not even in high school yet. Last year’s winner – a 13-year-old from Pennsylvania – invented a compact battery designed to convert carbon dioxide into electricity. He says he was inspired by the 1.4 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity.

Through a partnership with, 3M developed a fun and contemporary way of generating interest in STEM. More than 90,000 students participated in Science Sleuth, a texting game, where young people solved a mystery by using STEM concepts. Upon completion of the adventure students helped select classrooms in need to receive a 3M grant through DonorsChoose. The project funded over 4,000 classrooms and supported 191,000 students across the U.S.

Every year we see amazing things from young boys and girls across the nation. If you ever need a reason to believe in the future, you can look at these students. They see a solution in every problem, and our goal is to develop and inspire even more people who think like that.

In addition to investing in young people, three things come to mind when I think about what we need to do in the U.S. to continue to be at the top of global innovation and growth. First, a country is only as strong as its future leaders, which means strengthening our education system. By 2020 the United States will face an estimated shortage of 5 million educated workers. What does that say about our ability to continue leading the global economy?

STEM education is particularly important. American students rank 26th in science and 21st in math when compared to students in other countries, which hurts our long-term competitiveness. We must increase proficiency in STEM, and business can be a strong part-er in this effort by getting involved in local schools and communities.

Another priority is investment in research and development, because that is what traditionally has created an advantage for the United States – and also for 3M.

R&D provides the building blocks for solutions to so many of the world’s challenges, whether it is health care, air pollution, clean water or food safety. It also spawns new markets and new industries, which drives economic growth.

In recent years America’s investment in R&D has flattened, and other countries are now passing us by. This is a trend that needs to be reversed.

The world is evolving quickly, and technology will continue to disrupt the marketplace at a fast pace. Countries and businesses that stay at the frontier of scientific research and discovery will have the edge. That is why increasing investment in R&D – which our CEO refers to as the “heartbeat of 3M” – remains a primary strategy for our company.

Cultivating a diverse workforce is key. As a global company operating in over 70 countries, we view diversity as the appreciation of differences, and we use those differences as a competitive advantage. Diversity equals more ideas, which gives a business – or a country – a greater edge.

It is our team’s diversity of cultures, backgrounds and insights that powers our creativity. It’s that same diversity that equips us to serve our customers with break- through ideas.

Different people think different ways. Put a group of people from different cultures in same room, and they are more likely to come up with something amazing. Diversity is a strength for the United States and 3M,  and we need to remain committed to building on  that strength.

Finally, we must encourage young people to get involved in STEM, by making sure young people understand the importance of STEM. That means sup- porting programs that demonstrate applications to everyday life.

We also must remember that the easiest way to get kids involved in something is to make it fun and exciting. Earlier I mentioned our Young Scientist Challenge and our DoSomething initiative. 3M also sponsors a robotics competition for students. And every year, 3M “Visiting Wizards” perform experiments ranging from cryogenics to the science of music at local schools to open young minds to the wonders of science.

Science is not dry and theoretical. It is all around us, impacting everything we do in our daily lives. When harnessed the right way, science has the power to make the world safer, healthier and more prosperous, and we need to spark that passion in kids as soon as we can.

North State STEM Plan to Host 1,500 Students in Redding CA As Part of STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015 (#STEMCAD2015)

North State STEM in partnership with the Shasta County Office Education, part of the Redding, California public and charter school system, plans to host a one-day program for 1,500 students on October 23, 2015 called Ignite Opportunity at the Shasta District Fairgrounds. The event is the second annual STEM Career Day, open to ninth graders from Shasta, Trinity, Siskiyou, Modoc, Lassen and Tehama counties. In 2015, the activities will be part of the national campaign, STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015. Mark Soderwall, Game Development Professional, who resides in Orange County, will be the keynote speaker to motivate students on the fun and exciting work happening in the gaming and software development industry. 
An array of exhibitors will be on hand from federal, private and non-profit organizations to educate students on future employment opportunities and expose them to different sectors in the STEM fields, with a focus on environmental conservation efforts in STEM. In addition, colleges and universities will be present to talk about the opportunities in STEM training. This event exposes students to STEM opportunities at an early age so they will be well aware of these career paths when they enter college and pick a major.
STEM Career Day, as part of #STEMCAD2015, will have dynamic presentations from STEM professionals actively working in these fields, direct access to educational opportunities and current college students pursuing these careers as well as tools to help them plan and prepare for work, post-secondary education and more. Exhibitors will provide opportunities for students to experience hands-on activities in the health, environment, agriculture and energy fields so they can gain understanding in what it’s like to work in STEM fields.
 “The most exciting and challenging jobs of the future lie in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Businesses, institutions of higher education, and other community members from Shasta County and surrounding areas are participating in this event to inspire your student to pursue rewarding STEM career paths. We believe that all kids should be given the opportunity to fall in love with the world of STEM," said Chris Dell, Director of STEM, Shasta County Office Of Education.
About North State STEM:
North State STEM is a group of nine North State counties that partner with the Shasta County Office of Education and the CA STEM Learning Network to see how to best leverage the region’s time and talents to make a difference for students in the present and future. Local business, industry, organizations, and the education community collaborate to increase the opportunities for students to pursue STEM-related careers.
About STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015:
STEM Career Accelerator Day (#STEMCAD2015) is a national campaign and series of concurrent events hosted during the week of October 19-23, 2015 designed to engage and expose students, parents, and teachers to career-focused experiential learning at corporate sites, government facilities, and higher education institutions. Through #STEMCAD2015, employers and educators across the country will be hosting events that inspire 10,000+ students in grades 8-12 to pursue a career in STEM fields. While many companies around the world facilitate similar activities every year, #STEMCAD2015 is the first campaign that aims to unite these disparate efforts under a common banner through a coordinated communications platform and universal evaluation tool.


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