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.

Education leaders join new board for national STEM network

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Education leaders join new board for national STEM network

COLUMBUS, Ohio (August 1, 2016) | Influence of the STEMxTM network will grow with today’s announcement of the first six members of the STEMx Advisory Board. These six leaders in business, education and advocacy each offer key experience in turning the promise of STEM into real impact for students. Six more STEM education leaders will join the board in 2017. STEMx is hosted by Battelle as a part of the company’s priority on STEM education.

The STEMx network, managed by Battelle Education, was formed by a coalition of state STEM networks in 2012. Each network represents the lead voice for STEM education in their state. Together, they aim to trade solutions to common problems and plan collective action. More than 20 U.S. states and territories count themselves as members of STEMx.

The new advisory board will provide guidance to the STEMx network at a critical time. The upcoming election and implementation of broad-reaching legislation like the Every Student Succeeds Act offer a key moment to advance STEM education. Together, these leaders connect the voice of business, educators, state government, and after-school education.

Aimee Kennedy, Vice-President of Education, STEM Learning and Philanthropy will chair the board. STEMx Director, Dr. Michael Feder, will serve as vice-chair.

Members of the STEMx Advisory Board

Patrick D’Amelio, Washington STEM

D’Amelio is Chief Executive Officer of Washington STEM, a statewide nonprofit working to advance excellence and equity in STEM education. Washington STEM is a founding member of the STEMx network. D’Amelio has spent twenty-five years advancing opportunities for young people the education and youth development fields. Previously, he served as President and CEO of the Alliance for Education as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound.  He has served on numerous non-profit and governmental boards including the national board of The Public Education Network. He holds a BA with an emphasis in Non-Profit Leadership from the Evergreen State College.

Dr. David L. Evans, National Science Teachers Association

Evans is the Executive Director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world’s largest professional organization representing science educators. Prior to NSTA, Evans held various science-related positions—Director of the Center for Sustainability at Noblis; Smithsonian Institution’s Under Secretary for Science; and Assistant Administrator for Oceanic & Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. Evans also led the White House Global Climate Change Initiative, coordinating activities of 12 federal agencies. Evans was an oceanography professor at the University of Rhode Island and was a teacher in Pennsylvania.

Angela Hemingway, Idaho STEM Action Center

Hemingway serves as Executive Director of the Idaho STEM Action Center in the Office of the Governor. She spent more than a decade teaching science in Idaho classrooms before rising through the ranks at the Idaho Department of Education. As an educator, she won the Idaho Biology Teacher of the Year, and Governor’s and Industry’s Award for Notable Teachers of STEM. Hemingway is a doctoral candidate in curriculum and instruction at Boise State University. Idaho is a long serving member of STEMx.

Dr. Anita Krishnamurthi, Afterschool Alliance

Krishnamurthi serves as Vice President of STEM Policy for the Afterschool Alliance. Previously, she was the John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow at the American Astronomical Society. Prior to her fellowship, she worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Academy of Sciences. Krishnamurthi's formal training is as an astrophysicist, receiving a PhD from The Ohio State University.

Reginald McGregor, Rolls-Royce Corporation

Reginald McGregor is a Manager in the Research & Technology Strategy Group at Rolls-Royce Corporation. Reginald manages the engineering talent pipeline, overseeing the K12 STEM initiatives, collegiate co-op program and early career engineering leadership development programs. He is a mechanical engineer with an MBA with over 15 years of experience in aerospace. In 2006, McGregor received the Black Engineer of the Year Award from Black Engineer magazine.

Dr. Thomas T. Peters, SC Coalition for Mathematics & Science

Peters is the Executive Director of South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science, founded by BMW Manufacturing Co., DuPont, Michelin North America and Duke Energy, and hosted by the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences at Clemson University. He is also Principal Investigator on a grant funded by Boeing SC that identifies disciplinary literacy strategies for middle school math and science. Recognized in 2010 as the National Science Education Leadership Association’s Outstanding Leader in Science Education, Peters has taught in middle school, high school and university classrooms. South Carolina has recently joined STEMx.

About Battelle Education
Battelle Education is a nonprofit subsidiary of Battelle dedicated innovation in education.

Battelle Education brings the same pragmatic, problem-solving approach to education that Battelle brings to the wide world of science and technology challenges. Battelle Education manages a range of successful projects including the Ohio STEM Learning Network, Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, and the national STEMx network.

About Battelle
Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit

Category: Virtual Career Fairs Connect Employers with Unique Talent

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Clinton, NC | now provides employers the opportunity to recruit agriculture candidates with zero travel. Virtual Career Fairs offer technology-enabled recruiting solutions that allow organizations to connect with active talent within the agricultural industry.

Virtual Career Fairs provide employers with a time-efficient and cost-effective platform to complement their current recruiting strategy and expand their brand.  Virtual career fairs eliminate travel costs and overhead fees of typical career fairs. Employers connect with candidates from their office, using their company computer during the chat times they designate on the events. Employers may connect with specific communities at two different fairs. 

The Resume Database Fair on September 27 gives organizations the opportunity to connect with active job seekers who have their resume in the database. Employers can use this virtual solution to screen and recruit sought-after job seekers.

The Two-Year & Technical Colleges Fair on October 6 allows organizations to connect with active talent in agriculture who have a two-year/diploma/technical degree or certifications.  Employers may tap into this uniquely trained candidate pool that often lacks opportunity for the traditional career fair engagement. 

“We’re excited to expand our virtual setting for employers and job seekers to connect through these two Virtual Career Fairs,” said Ashley Collins, Education and Marketing Manager, “While we operate in the niche industry of agriculture we have various communities within our industry and we’re excited to help employers and job seekers get in touch with each other for a more in-depth conversation about careers that otherwise they wouldn’t have the opportunity to discuss without going through a costly interview,” added Collins.                                                                                                                                     

For additional information and registration, visit and click on “Career Fairs” under the “Events” drop-down menu. Interested participants may also view a free recorded webinar explaining how virtual career fairs work. 

About is the leading online career site and human resource service provider for agriculture, food, natural resources and biotechnology industries. The company strives to improve the industries by connecting job seekers and employers with a targeted, online tool that is economical and produces results. With a presence in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, has more than 1 million page views each month and employers post more than 7,000 jobs through the site monthly. Beyond the job board, offers human resource professionals a suite of products which includes the Compensation Benchmark Review, Agribusiness HR Review, Ag & Food HR Roundtable, and much more.  For more information, visit

The Thrill of Computer Science For All

This is a guest blog post from Dr. Linda Ott, Professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean for Special Initiatives (College of Sciences and Arts) at Michigan Tech

President Obama thinks that school children need to learn to think like computer scientists. So does Google. And so do I.

That’s why I’m so excited about the President’s initiative, Computer Science for All, which calls for substantial funding to expand K-12 computer science education. I’m equally excited about the Google Inc. Fund of Tides Foundation grant that is enabling teachers from schools in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin to attend a free CS4all workshop this summer at Michigan Technological University, where I am a professor of computer science.

Why does this excite me? Because early exposure to the thrill of computer programming changed my life. I had the privilege of taking a computer science course in high school. It was the beginning of a career in computing that I am still enjoying. 

A programming class was a rare opportunity in 1968. It’s appalling to me that now, nearly 50 years later, it is still a rare opportunity. Estimates are that only about one in four schools offers computer science.   

Why does that matter? We hear so much about rising numbers of STEM jobs. The reality is that half these openings are in computing. Roughly a million computing jobs are predicted to go unfilled by 2020. Computing is now a part of every industry, from health care to entertainment. Yet only a small percentage of students going into STEM majors are in computing. 

Without exposure to computer science before college, students don’t experience the thrill of creating software and seeing their code make something happen. It was that thrill that attracted me to computing nearly 50 years ago, and it is that thrill that is still attracting students today. Roughly 75 percent of incoming computer science majors at Michigan Tech indicated on a survey that they chose computer science as a major because they had previously programmed and enjoy programming. Without that exposure, many students simply don’t know that they might like computer science.

Women and underrepresented minorities get even less computer science exposure. Less than a quarter of students taking the AP Computer Science exam are female. Here at Michigan Tech, we have been struggling to recruit and retain women in our computing majors. This fall we celebrated a major accomplishment – women made up nearly 20 percent of our incoming class and 12 percent of our undergraduate computer science enrollment. 

It’s a sad day when 12 percent women is an achievement worth celebrating, but that is triple the 3 to 4 percent we had 10 years ago. Diversity of the workforce is essential for developing successful products in today’s world. We don’t need more product failures that result from a lack of diversity on the development team, such as voice recognition systems that only recognize male voices.

Without the changes that can result from Obama’s initiative and bold workshops like the one funded by Google, we will find ourselves falling seriously behind the rest of the world. I was reminded of this in 2012. I was on sabbatical in Siberia when I learned that all 9th graders in Russia were required to take a programming course.

Even if the funding for CS for All is passed, change will take several years to have an impact on students’ college majors and the number of computer science-educated women and men entering the workforce. 

We can make a difference more quickly through a concerted effort to attract more students today.  Here are some of the things we are doing at Michigan Tech.  Perhaps others will find inspiration here for immediate action:

With so many resources available online, such as, it’s easy to find material to teach and learn programming. If all of us involved in computing do something—help advise a local FIRST Robotics team, teach a Saturday class on programming at a local library, talk to a local Girl Scout troop, invite area students and parents to see how you actually use programming—there will be an immediate impact. 

And the students we impact today can be the role models that the students who benefit from CS for All will need in a few years. I want to be able to retire in the not-too-distant future from a discipline that is thriving, diverse and welcoming for all.

Dr. Linda Ott is a member of STEMconnector's STEM Higher Education Council and a Professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean for Special Initiatives Michigan Tech's College of Sciences and Arts.

Discovery Education Hosts Esteemed Educators from Across the Globe in Chicago for Unique Summer Learning and Networking Opportunities

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Unique Professional Development Events Support Educators in Delivering Effective STEM Instruction and Creating Authentic Digital Learning Environments


SILVER SPRING, Md. (July 25, 2016) | Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, recently hosted 240 educators from around the world at Loyola University in Chicago, IL for its 11th annual Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Summer Institute, as well as the first-ever Discovery Education Summer STEMmersion.

On July 14-17, 41 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educators from across the world convened for the inaugural Discovery Education Summer STEMmersion professional development event. This immersive experience, which was focused on the grand engineering challenge of urban infrastructure, provided participating educators with a variety of new strategies they can use to deliver effective STEM instruction in their school system. Topics covered included using virtual reality in the classroom, writing effective grants for STEM, integrating engineering concepts into instruction, and more. Participants hailed from 14 different school districts and individual schools that are currently collaborating with Discovery Education to build a culture of STEM teaching and learning system-wide that helps students become innovative problem-solvers.

Following STEMmersion, on July 17-22, Discovery Education’s Discovery Educator Network convened 150 educators from the U.S., Canada, the UK, Sweden, Egypt, Saudia Arabia and Antigua for the 2016 Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute (DENSI). An immersive, week-long professional development experience, DENSI is designed to support educators as they combine the latest technologies and digital content to create authentic digital learning environments that engage students and improve achievement. Throughout DENSI, participants had the opportunity to connect, collaborate, and share resources, ideas and strategies for integrating the latest technologies and digital content into classroom instruction. 

In addition, DENSI attendees engaged in a series of interactive workshops led by the Discovery Education professional development team and other DEN members that focused on creating digital content and integrating mobile and web-based tools into instruction. Participants collaborated with fellow educators on a variety of educational technology projects, and shared ideas and best practices with their peers. Participation in the DEN Summer Institute is open to educators recognized by Discovery Education as STAR Discovery Educators - active members of the DEN and proven leaders in transforming teaching and learning.

“I am honored to have been selected to participate in DENSI 2016. This experience has allowed me to learn from and connect with other enthusiastic educators from around the world who share a passion for using innovative methods to enhance student learning,” said Dave Tchozewski, Director of Information Technology at Jenison Public Schools in Michigan.  “I am excited to share these new, creative strategies and techniques for advancing student achievement with my colleagues, and to help our educators integrate them into classroom instruction for the 2016-2017 school year.”

After participating in the DEN Summer Institute and STEMmersion, educators will return to their schools equipped to transform teaching and learning with new strategies and techniques for integrating digital resources and STEM into curriculum and instruction.

“The exceptional group of educators selected to participate in the 2016 DENSI and STEMmersion have demonstrated their leadership and commitment to improving students’ learning experiences through innovative technologies and effective STEM instructional strategies,” said Lance Rougeux, vice president of learning communities and innovation for Discovery Education. “The resources and strategies they have learned during these experiences will increase their students’ engagement and achievement, and better prepare all learners with the critical skills they need to succeed beyond the classroom.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s STEMmersion, the DEN Summer Institiute or other Discovery Education initiatives, 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. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase 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


MWM Entrepreneurship Council Chair, Nina Vaca, Spoke at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Nina Vacaa at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES)

Every year the world’s leaders and future leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship come together at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit to address the world’s latest challenges and to foster relationships between entrepreneurs and investors.1 Previous summits have been held in Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Morocco, and Kenya. This year the summit returned to the U.S., to a place known for its entrepreneurs and its innovation - Silicon Valley.

The summit provides a diverse range of activities for participants that encourages them to network and foster relationships, such as “workshops, panels, ignite talks, pitch competitions, mentoring, and networking sessions.” 2 Of all the activities, however, the opportunity to network with industry experts is the most valuable. One such industry expert is Nina Vaca, Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Group.

For the past 19 years, Vaca has tirelessly lead the growth of Pinnacle Group into the successful and dynamic company that it is today.3 For her efforts she has received numerous awards, such as the Goldman Sachs Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs and the NBC Innovator awards in 2013. In 2005, Vaca was not only the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year but she was also inducted into the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Vaca’s accolades are undoubtedly impressive, but more impressive still is her track record of leadership in her community. She works relentlessly to pave the way for other female entrepreneurs. Her leadership on this front can be seen through her creation of At the Table – Women in Business Leadership, an initiative of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She also is the chair for STEMconnector’s Million Women Mentors’ Entrepreneurship Council, which aims to increase the number of female entrepreneurs in STEM through mentorship.

When it comes to entrepreneurs, Vaca’s most notable leadership role is her work with The Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative. This year, as a PAGE Ambassador, Vaca was featured in the summit’s video on entrepreneurship alongside other industry experts such as Daniel Lubetzky, Founder and CEO of KIND Snacks; Julie Hanna, Executive Chair of the Board of Kiva; Brian Chesky, Co-founder & CEO of Airbnb; Daphne Koller, President & CO-founder of Coursera; and Steve Case, Chairman of Revolution. In the video Vaca asks us to question what the world would be like without entrepreneurs; a world without Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers, Mark Zuckerberg, or Bill Gates.4 These entrepreneurs represent the car, the airplane, Facebook, and Microsoft, inventions that would make our world look much different if they never existed. That is why it is so important that people like Nina Vaca and programs like the Global Entrepreneurship Summit exist, because innovation and entrepreneurs are the key to a better future.

The Summit is designed to help future leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs by opening up doors that otherwise would have remained shut. “Building ecosystems of networks where you can meet people that are like-minded is the recipe for success for entrepreneurs,” says Vaca in the video.5 That is why the Summit is so important, it connects experienced entrepreneurs and leaders like Nina Vaca to those who are trying to start their own entrepreneurial journeys. In the process, valuable networks and relationships are forged that can prove integral to the success of an entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurs face a tough road, they hear the word “no” more than they hear the word “yes”, but with people like Nina Vaca out there to help them and remind them that “the word no…is just part of the journey of success” perhaps it doesn’t have to be.6

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Huawei's 'Seeds for the Future' Program Launches in U.S.

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20 students at American universities are selected to travel to China for cutting-edge ICT training, cultural exchange

PLANO, Texas, July 21, 2016 (PRNewswire) | Huawei today announced that it has completed the selection of 20 university students who will participate in its groundbreaking "Seeds for the Future" education program, which will be offered in the U.S. for the first time this year, in partnership with the American Councils for International Education. The program, which involves a two-week cultural and work experience trip to China from July 29 to August 12, is designed to support STEM education in the U.S. by bridging the gap between academic knowledge and practical skills, and promoting a greater understanding of the global technology industry through cross-cultural experiences.

"After launching successful programs in other parts of the world, we are very excited to bring our flagship educational program to the U.S. and help prepare American students for a thriving career in ICT," said Bill Plummer, Vice President, External Affairs at Huawei USA. "Today's global technology market is evolving at an unprecedented pace. Through Seeds for the Future, we intend to meet the demands of this rapidly-changing business environment and help close the global skills gap by developing local ICT talent in the countries we operate and providing students with the experiences they need to thrive in a digital economy."

Students selected for "Seeds for the Future" will be given first-hand learning opportunities through interactions with Huawei staff and visits to Huawei laboratories, where they will witness live demonstrations of advanced communications technologies, such as 5G, LTE, and cloud computing. In addition to gaining an understanding of the latest skills needed to be successful in ICT, they will have the opportunity to experience Chinese culture and language by taking Chinese classes and visiting major tourist attractions such as the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City.

The application deadline to participate in the program was May 1, 2016.  Huawei and the American Councils for International Education received over 150 applications from university students across the U.S. The students who will take part in the program's inaugural year come from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of academic institutions including theMassachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Washington, University of Alabama, Pennsylvania State University,University of Kansas, University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Stanford University.

"As I enter my third year at Penn State, I'm eager to explore opportunities in the security and risk sector, and put my passion for learning Chinese into action," said Caleb Kitchen, Seeds for the Future student. "The Seeds for the Future program allows me to see how a telecommunications giant like Huawei works in a global marketplace. This is a hands-on opportunity that a lot of students don't have the chance to participate in and for that, I'm grateful. I'm most excited to network and expand my knowledge of how the company works internationally, since I've primarily had U.S.-based marketplace experience thus far."

Huawei has long supported STEM education around the world through partnerships with educational institutions and various initiatives aimed at improving digital skills. In 2015 alone, Huawei arranged for 77 student groups from over 60 countries to visitChina. In the U.S., Huawei invests about $10 million per year in research and collaboration programs, and works with distinguished ICT experts at 50 universities including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York University (NYU), Yale University, Stanford University, University of Texas at Austin, University of California at Berkeley, andNorth Carolina State University, as part of its open innovation research model.

More information on the 2016 Huawei Seeds for the Future Program can be found here:

About Huawei 
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei's 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.


FIRST® Announces 2016 STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant Winners

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Grant provides underrepresented and underserved students from 10 communities access to creative problem-solving and hands-on learning opportunities

MANCHESTER, N.H. - (BUSINESS WIRE) | FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) today announced 10 winners of the 2016 FIRST STEM Equity Community Innovation Grants. The grants, made available to increase access to FIRST programs for underrepresented and underserved students, will help more communities develop new and innovative approaches to address equity, inclusion and diversity inequalities in STEM (science, technology, education, and math) fields.

FIRST launched the STEM Equity Community Innovation Grants this year to ensure more of the targeted students and communities are exposed to creative problem-solving and hands-on learning opportunities. Applications were evaluated based on their alignment with FIRST in its goal of increasing diversity; demographics affected; community need; execution strength; track record of serving targeted students; and the value of proposed activities. Grants ranged from $5,000 to $50,000 with an average of $35,000.

“As the demand for qualified STEM professionals continues to grow, inequalities in education and afterschool programs have affected students of color and female students’ ability to excel in these fields,” said Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST. “Through these grants, we are proud to lay the foundation for more successful futures by providing opportunities for 4,200 students in nine states and one Canadian province to gain new skills and real-world experiences. For their communities, this opportunity offers practical workforce development and equity solutions that otherwise have been unavailable.”

Grant Sponsors include Alcoa Foundation, Boeing, and Microsoft, among others. Grantees will receive resources and support from FIRST as they develop their programs.

The 2016 FIRST STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant award winners include:

  • Alberta First Nations Robotics Capacity Building (Barrhead, Alberta, Canada): The Alberta Distance Learning Centre is a public online school serving 600 schools and 40,000 students annually. Working with aboriginal communities, the grant will help start five new FIRST teams to introduce First Nations and Metis students to robotics.
  • Diversifying Delaware’s STEM Workforce (Wilmington, Delaware): The Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware and Delaware State University will diversify Delaware’s future STEM workforce through the FIRST® LEGO® League program, focusing on at-risk African American, Hispanic, Latino and female students.
  • F3 Idaho Project – FIRST Fueling Futures (Boise, Idaho): The Idaho AfterSchool Network and its coalition will increase the diversity of FIRST participants across Idaho and address the disparity in participation among rural, female, minority and economically disadvantaged students.
  • FIRST Steps Toward Building Community in Socorro Through STEM (Socorro, New Mexico): The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and its partners will expand community participation in FIRST programs with a focus on underserved Hispanic, Native American and female students.
  • Girls Inc. STEM Programs and FIRST LEGO League (Omaha, Nebraska): Girls Inc. of Omaha will promote activities that build STEM awareness and knowledge, problem-solving, teamwork and more to girls at two Girls Inc. sites in Omaha.
  • Meadowcreek High School Cluster Robotics & Computational Thinking Program (Norcross, Georgia): The Meadowcreek Cluster will expand its robotics education and computational thinking training in elementary and middle schools while providing high school students the opportunity to mentor younger peers.
  • Minneapolis Equity Robotics Project (Minneapolis, Minnesota): The Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association in cooperation with Minneapolis Urban Robotics Alliance (MURA) and other collaboration partners, will provide underserved youth the opportunity to participate in urban FIRST® Tech Challenge teams.
  • NERA Deaf and Hard of Hearing Reverse Inclusion Teams (Charles City, Iowa): The Iowa School for the Deaf will provide access to FIRST programs through a strategy of “reverse inclusion.” Teams will be started by deaf and hard-of-hearing students in mainstreamed settings and others will be invited to participate.
  • S.A.Y. Play Robotics. Think Robotics…S.A.Y. Detroit! (Detroit, Michigan): S.A.Y. Play, a youth community center which uses sport as the hook for academic achievement, will give 60 students access to robotics and connect them with positive role models.
  • STEM Infusion – Columbus Coalition (Columbus, Ohio): Columbus City Schools will collaborate with industry professionals, nonprofits and higher educators to create a diverse and inclusive learning community for local underserved students.

The 2017 FIRST STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant application process will open in the fall of next year, and grants will be awarded to a mix of current and new recipients. More information will become available at

About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $25 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to


University engineering students tackle real-world needs with game-changing ideas

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TI Innovation Challenge showcases students using tech to change the world

DALLAS, July 20, 2016 (PRNewswire) | With a growing demand for problem-solving technology, the pressure is on for engineering students to be industry-ready upon graduation. To aid in student readiness, Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) hosted the TI Innovation Challenge Design Contest in North America, in partnership with Mouser Electronics, where future engineers were tasked with using TI technology to create solutions tackling challenges faced by our world today.

"TI continually seeks ways to bring theoretical science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects to life for students. One of the many ways we do this is by hosting the TI Innovation Challenge to give students practical engineering design experience," said Peter Balyta, Ph.D., president of TI Education Technology. "When students marry engineering education with hands-on creativity, they have the potential to turn their innovative prototypes into the next big technology that will change the world."

Future engineers were recognized in the 2016 TI Innovation Challenge North America Design Contest for projects that tackle real-world needs.

Of the nearly 180 teams entering technology solutions, three final teams were recognized at the annual award ceremony on July 19 in the TI Engineering and Innovation Hall at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. Their inventions addressed problems in the medical, space and health and wellness industries. After a day of touring a TI manufacturing facility and innovation center, the students presented their projects to TI business leaders and contest judges, with the winning project being out of this world—literally.

  1. First place: Dakotah Karrer, Vince Rodriguez, David Smith and Trent Tate from Texas A&M University took the expression "shooting for the stars" to a new level when they were named the overall winners for their project, TSat RF Satellite Communication. The students worked with Texas Space, Technology, Applications and Research (T-STAR) to create a prototype of a space communication system, which will be used to conduct low-Earth orbit research, a crucial need for growing space exploration efforts.

    The critical long-range wireless communication for the satellite is provided by TI's Sub-1 GHz CC1120 RF transceiver with the CC1190 RF front-end amplifier which provides reliable communication and data from the T-STAR satellite to an Earth station.
  2. Second place: Awarded to Texas A&M students David Cuevas, Nathan Glaser, Joe Loredo and Rafael Salas for their Powered, Programmable Elbow Orthosis. The brace-like device uses a TI ultra-low-power MSP432™ microcontroller(MCU) to stabilize, limit and assist elbow movements to restore upper arm functionality to users suffering from a range of injuries or disorders which weaken muscles and muscular activity.
  3. Third place: Matthew Bries and Nagaraj Hegde from the University of Alabama brought home this distinction forSmartStep a device that uses a TI Bluetooth® low energy CC2540 wireless MCU to wirelessly monitor a user's activity through the insole of their shoes, which is displayed to the user through a smartphone app the team developed. The SmartStep is 99 percent accurate in detecting when a user is sitting or standing, two activities that are difficult for many commercially-available activity trackers to distinguish.

Winning projects are selected for their use of engineering practices and are judged on industry-ready standards, such as quality of the design and written documentation and effective use of TI technology. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three winners to help further the development of their design or to go toward academic pursuits: $10,000 for first place, $7,500 for second place, $5,000 for third place and $1,000 for categorical prize winners.

Congratulations to teams who placed in the category prizes:

Learn more about the TI University Program and the TI Innovation Challenge at

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world's brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at


Fathom's Dominican Republic STEM Voyage Underscores its Commitment to Student Education Around the World

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Students from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma will also join Fathom's STEM sailing as part of their partnership with the brand

MIAMI, July 15, 2016 (PRNewswire) |  Fathom, the pioneer in social impact travel and Carnival Corporation's (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) 10th and newest brand, is finalizing preparations for its July 17 Dominican Republic voyage representing the first ever cruise to the Caribbean focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming. The 7-day cruise will feature specialized STEM-focused workshops for educators that Fathom developed in close collaboration with the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL). Fathom also will play host to the fifth annual Clean Tech Competition, a unique research and design challenge for pre-college youth. Additionally, advertising students from the Gaylord College at the University of Oklahoma's (OU) student-run advertising and public relations agency Lindsey + Asp will join the sailing as part of their partnership with Fathom to promote this first-ever STEM-focused cruise to the Caribbean.

"Since our founding, Fathom has considered experiential education a central element of the experience we are bringing to travelers and communities," said Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation. "By hosting the first-ever STEM cruise to the Caribbean, we are demonstrating our commitment to education in a creative and innovative way by engaging as partners, educators and students who are actively working to advance our collective understanding and application of STEM while at the same time working to further build young leaders."

Russell has a personal reason for wanting to create this community. "Both Tyson (10) and Lucy (8) love complicated math. I want to do all I can to encourage their continuing passion. We need to make math and science and business cool and exciting for kids -– so they embrace their interests and don't feel like outsiders for studying what they love."

According to Russell, Fathom's partnership with the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College student-run advertising and public relations agency is yet another way the company is furthering its commitment to education. "The students created an incredible project during their capstone class on behalf of Fathom, which led to an ongoing partnership between Fathom and Lindsey + Asp. Through this partnership, they have applied their classroom learning to a 'real-world' marketing opportunity – to build awareness and drive sales for Fathom," she said. "With this cruise, we have created a 'living lab' for them to put their skills to work as they promote Fathom while seeing for themselves the truly unique impact experience we provide enhanced this week by the STEM theme."

For educator programming, Fathom worked alongside Ray Ann Havasy, Ph.D., director of the CSTL, to design progressive and engaging professional development workshops to help educators continue promoting student learning of critical STEM concepts. Fathom workshops will provide specialized training and information on STEM-related teaching resources, collaborative STEM program support, and technical career development opportunities. The featured onboard programing will emphasize the following areas:

  • Project based learning
  • Hands-on science activity ideas and demonstrations
  • Dinosaurs
  • Weather
  • STEM questioning techniques
  • Earth science
  • Endangered species

As host of the Clean Tech Competition, Fathom will welcome onboard talented 15- to 18-year old students from around the world to showcase their creative solutions to "Make an Impact" by offsetting humans' negative effects on the planet. The competition is designed to foster a deeper understanding of STEM-related concepts, recognize outstanding talent, and prepare the next generation of globally competitive innovators. The winning team will receive an award of $10,000, as well as the opportunity to develop an ongoing relationship with a professor who will serve as a long-time mentor and assist them in furthering their work and education.

Fathom's Partnership with the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College

An additional element of the Fathom's July 17 cruise will be the participation of University of Oklahoma (OU) advertising students on the sailing. Members of the University's student-run advertising and public relations agency Lindsey + Asp will travel aboard the STEM-focused sailing to film Fathom's impact activities and share its commitment to student education globally. Participating in the sailing is just another step in what began as a semester-long capstone project, which led to the agency's full-time partnership with Fathom to apply four years of coursework and academic study in a "real-world" engagement designed to promote the new brand.

As a part of the students' semester-long project, they worked closely with Fathom to strengthen Fathom's brand awareness and educate the consumer marketplace about the new impact travel category. The students conducted focus groups on to design their campaign for the company then implemented a robust program throughout the year.

STEM Activities Augmented by Social Impact Experiences

Travelers sailing aboard the STEM voyage will participate in the range of social impact activities in the Dominican Republic for which Fathom has become known, including educational programs benefitting school-aged children and adult students alike. For STEM educators on the July 17 cruise, Fathom has organized additional, special exchanges between U.S. and Dominican teachers to discuss how to further integrate STEM content into the Dominican school curriculum.

In addition to the education programs, Fathom offers a broad range of authentic impact activities focusing on the environment and economic development. The company has developed close partnerships with organizations with deep roots in theDominican Republic. The activities travelers participate in will have an immediate and lasting impact, tailored specifically to what each community needs most. Example impact activities include building water filters for Dominican homes; helping a women's cooperative produce artisan chocolates; improving homes and common areas in impoverished communities; assisting arts and crafts entrepreneurs; participating in community English-language retention activities; and supporting reforestation efforts.

Fathom's STEM sailing is a first of its kind in which educators can learn, share and motivate each other while continuing their own professional development and supporting talented pre-college youth from around the world. They may do all this while collectively impacting the lives of thousands of Dominicans through organized social impact activities. Prices for the seven-day STEM trip to the Dominican Republic start at $499 per person, excluding taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard social impact immersion experiences, three on-shore social impact activities and related supplies. To reserve a spot on this and future Fathom sailings, travelers may call 1-855-932-8466 or work with a travel professional. Learn more at

About Fathom Travel to the Dominican Republic
Fathom is a different kind of cruise that combines one's love of travel with the desire to travel deep and make a difference in the world. Fathom defined a new category of travel, Social Impact Travel. Part of the Carnival Corporation (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:CUK) family, Fathom offers consumers authentic, meaningful travel experiences to enrich the life of the traveler and work alongside locals as they tackle community needs in the Dominican Republic. Fathom is unique in that it leverages Carnival Corporation's expertise and scale for a one-of-a-kind business model to create long-term collaboration with its partner countries, allowing for sustained social impact and lasting development. Fathom will serve the sizable and growing market of potential social impact travel consumers – approximately one million North Americans – in addition to global travelers already pursuing service-oriented travel experiences worldwide.

Sailing aboard the MV Adonia, a 704-passenger vessel redeployed from Carnival Corporation's P&O Cruises (UK), Fathom will engage, mobilize, educate and equip travelers on every Dominican Republic trip allowing for rich personal enrichment and thousands of impact activity days per visit– and tens of thousands of travelers a year to communities of promise, providing unprecedented scale for impact.

About Fathom Travel to Cuba
Recently earning U.S. and Cuban government approvals, Fathom was the first cruise company to sail from the U.S. to Cuba in more than 50 years. Fathom's round-trip culturally immersive cruise itinerary will initially feature experiences in the Cuban port cities of Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba, providing travelers the opportunity to see the vast island and enjoy a rich and vibrant culture that until now most U.S. travelers have only seen in photographs. Designed for rich immersion and ease of travel, the Fathom Cuban itinerary offers passengers a comfortable cabin including all the amenities of a modern hotel, plus the convenience of having to unpack only once. Every night, Fathom travelers return to the comforts of the MV Adonia, where they can relax knowing that all the details of getting from location to location in Cuba are handled.

For more information about Fathom or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Professional, call Fathom toll-free at 1-855-932-8466 or visit  

About The Center for Science Teaching and Learning 
The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) has a mission to encourage STEM learning and literacy in everyone. CSTL is a 501(C3) nonprofit organization that is operated by a passionate, intelligent, and highly qualified staff that includes scientists, certified teachers, and former school administrators. These professionals are dedicated to creating STEM programs that engage people, making learning a real adventure. Learn more at


Chevron Announces $1.4 Million Investment in South Bay Schools

This is a press release from Chevron

Twenty-four School Districts and Non-profits Receive STEM Grants

July 14, 2016 — EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE) | Chevron completed today a month-long series of “Energy for Learning” grants totaling $1.4 million distributed to twenty-four school districts and other non-profit organizations in the South Bay. The grants represent funding for local Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-related education programs.

The more than $1.4 million contribution is a reflection of the Chevron El Segundo Refinery’s ongoing support for education programs in the South Bay, and in recognition of the facility’s one hundred and five year history in El Segundo.

“We are extremely proud to support STEM funding and help teachers and schools gain additional resources through these grants,” said El Segundo Refinery General Manager Henry Kusch. “Many generations of Chevron employees and their families in the local community have seen firsthand the quality education programs our schools provide.”

Among the grant recipients is the El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) which will direct the grant funds to implement the final component of Project Lead the Way ensuring all 6th grade science courses at the El Segundo Middle School have engineering education for every student in grades K-12 thanks to Chevron’s ongoing generosity and support.”

In Manhattan Beach, the funds will be used to further infuse K-12 classrooms with inquiry based mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards though UCLA Center X Math support, Project Lead the Way and Robotics at Mira Costa High School and elementary schools. “STEM is everywhere you look,” said Dr. Mike Matthews, Superintendent of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. “It is critically important for this millennial generation to be both tech savvy and STEM ready and Chevron’s partnership continues to help better prepare our students in this regard.”

The number of STEM jobs is estimated to grow twice the pace of all other jobs through the next several years and currently 20% of all U.S. jobs – 26 million positions – require knowledge in at least one STEM field.

Schools and programs supported by the $1.44 million Chevron grants include:

  • California Academy of Math and Science
  • California Science Center
  • Centinela Valley Union High School District
  • Da Vinci Science Academy
  • El Segundo Unified School District
  • Environmental Charter High School
  • Hawthorne School District
  • Hermosa Beach City School District
  • Lawndale Elementary School District
  • Lennox Math & Science Academy
  • Manhattan Beach Unified School District
  • Montebello School District
  • Project Lead the Way
  • Redondo Beach Unified School District
  • Roundhouse Aquarium Oceanographic Teaching Station
  • South Bay Workforce Investment Board
  • SoCal Regional Occupation Center
  • Wiseburn School District

As well as the Education Foundations of El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Wiseburn and Hawthorne School Districts.

About Chevron
Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available



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