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The STEMconnector Team Mourns the Loss of a Champion of STEM Education, Larry Bock, Founder of the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Festival visionary and founder Lawrence A. Bock – a tireless advocate for STEM education and innovation – died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer at his home in the San Diego area. He was 56. 

The USA Science and Engineering Festival released the following statement from Festival Executive Director, Marc Schulman: ”It is with great sadness and heavy heart that we say goodbye to Larry Bock, the founder of the USA Science and Engineering Festival, who passed away at his home last evening. Larry waged a monumental battle with pancreatic cancer. He will be remembered as a brilliant entrepreneur, passionate philanthropist and dedicated family man. His passing is a profound loss but his legacy of inspiring math and science education will have a lasting impact on students and our nation for future generations.” 

Larry launched the San Diego Science Festival to educate and inspire our next generation to pursue STEM careers. He then evolved this into the USA Science & Engineering Festival, the nation’s largest science festival held biennially in Washington, D.C.

In addition to his work with the Festival, Larry was a serial entrepreneur who founded, co-founded or financed the early stage growth of 40 companies from inception to an aggregate market capitalization of $70 Billion.

He received numerous awards and honors, including being selected by the US Commission for UNESCO to represent the U.S. for the 2011 Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science; receiving the Hoyt S. Vandenberg Prize from the Air Force Association for the best STEM Education Program; receiving the 2014 Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize of the Society of Developmental Biology; and being named by Venture Capital Journal as one of the “Ten Most Influential Venture Capitalists.” 

Larry also served on a number of boards, including the Advisory Board and the Technology Advisory Board of the NanoBusiness Alliance; the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration; and on the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley

Larry and his wife Diane, established the Larry and Diane Bock Chair in Nanotechnology at the University of California, Berkeley held by Dr. Paul Alivisatos. They also founded the non-profit Science Spark and Community Cousins, a non-profit foundation focused on breaking down racial barriers, which was selected by former Vice President Al Gore as one of 10 outstanding grass root efforts nationally. 

“Larry’s accomplishments in life were a testament to his brilliance, passion, drive and love. Among his proudest accomplishments are his two daughters, Quincy and Tasha. He has been taken from us much too early. We extend our deepest condolences to his beloved family, and are honored to be able to continue the important work he started. He was one of a kind.” 

In lieu of flowers or gifts, contributions may be made to Science Spark for producing the continuation of the USA Science and Engineering Festival, his crowning achievement. The Festival combines his love of science, entrepreneurship, jovial spirit, sense of adventure and his fondest hopes and dreams as a Dad.

2016 - 2018 MESA President Selected

MESA USA, a nationally recognized program in STEM education, elected its new President, James Dorsey, at the 2016 Annual MESA National Engineering Design Competition in Ogden, Utah. James gained the unanimous support of the executive leadership of MESA USA and will represent the eleven member states effective July 1, 2016. 

James said after his selection as President, “It is an honor to be selected by my peers and colleagues to help lead MESA USA during this new era, when STEM education is central to the national education and workforce conversation. Together, the members of MESA USA will continue to advocate for STEM education, equity and access in MESA states in order to impact diverse populations to contribute to a competitive global workforce.” 

Since 1970, MESA’s mission to advocate for STEM education, equity and access in MESA states. has helped students from low-income and underrepresented communities become scientists, engineers and mathematicians, filling an urgent need for qualified technical professionals and increasing diversity in STEM. Through three branches of MESA, students are served through local centers in K-12, community colleges, and four-year institutions. MESA partners with these educational institutions, and industry throughout the United States to develop a diverse and competitive global workforce. Nationally, students who participate in MESA are five times more likely to pursue college degrees in math and sciences than their non-MESA peers.

MESA USA, serves over 49,000 students annually. The MESA USA States are Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah and Washington. 

James’ goal during his tenure is to, “deepen the MESA USA partner base and evolve our business model in order to influence the national conversation about STEM education. By taking on these efforts, the organization will continue to grow, thrive and serve more students in numerous communities across the country. This will support MESA USA in its efforts to lead on its advocacy efforts in STEM education, equity and access in MESA states. Together, we’ll strengthen the economic fabric of our communities, and develop the diverse and competitive global workforce our country needs.”

James has served as the Executive Director of Washington MESA since 2008, and previously served an additional 22 years with California MESA, including state director of undergraduate programs, national director of program development. 

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Honeywell and U.S. Space & Rocket Center Ignite Singaporean Teachers' Passion for STEM Education

This is a press release from Honeywell

The program has inspired 2,576 middle school math and science teachers from 56 countries and 52 U.S. states and territories since 2004, reaching more than 3 million students

SINGAPORE, July 5, 2016 (PRNewswire) | The U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) and its long-term partner Honeywell (HON) hosted more than 200 teachers from 25 countries, including one from Singapore, and 36 U.S. states and territories at the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA), over two consecutive weeks from in June, 2016. Over the past years, five middle school teachers from Singapore have received scholarships to attend this program.

The award-winning scholarship program, created by Honeywell Hometown Solutions in partnership with USSRC, is designed to help middle school math and science teachers be more effective at teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Since its creation in 2004, HESA has graduated 2,576 educators from 56 countries and 52 U.S. states and territories.

"We are proud to work with Honeywell to offer this program to teachers from all over the world each year," said Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and Executive Director of the Rocket Center. "This program gives teachers innovative tools they need to engage their students and lead them toward success in the classroom and in the workplace. The educators who attend say HESA changed the way they teach and reinvigorated their passion for their work. The beneficiaries of this collaboration are ultimately the millions of children who come through their classrooms."

Teachers participated in 45 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction focused specifically on science and space exploration. Sessions include astronaut-style exercises such as high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based space missions, land and water survival training and interactive flight dynamics programs.

"Honeywell Educators at Space Academy is definitely unforgettable and awesome. It is designed so well that the participants get to experience real-life problem solving skills and have a holistic overview of space exploration, research and discoveries," said 2016 Singaporean graduate Shyamalatha Balasingam. "I hope to plan more experiential learning lessons which will enable my students to plan, design and execute their 'creations' based on real-life problems instead of focusing too much on preparing for exams."

"As a global leader in each of our business groups -- Aerospace, Automation Control and Solutions, and Performance Materials and Technologies -- Honeywell understands the importance of inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers," said Briand Greer, president of Honeywell Southeast Asia. "In order to do that, we are committed to equipping teachers with new techniques to ignite their passion for teaching challenging subjects like math and science in a way that inspires today's students to become the STEM leaders of the future."

HESA candidates complete a rigorous application process. Qualified teachers are awarded scholarships, round-trip airfare, tuition, meals and accommodations, thanks to the generous support of Honeywell and its employees.

To date, more than 3 million students benefited from the invaluable teaching techniques gained from HESA. For more information about HESA, visit: https://educators.honeywell.com/

About U.S. Space and Rocket Center
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is home to Space Camp® and Aviation Challenge®, the Apollo 16 capsule, the National Historic Landmark Saturn V rocket and world-class traveling exhibits. USSRC is the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and a showcase for national defense technologies developed at the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal. To learn more about the exciting programs and activities at the USSRC, visit www.rocketcenter.com

About Honeywell
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom 

About Honeywell Hometown Solutions
Honeywell Educators at Space Academy is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions,a the company's corporate citizenship initiative, which focuses on five areas of vital importance: Science & Math Education, Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit http://citizenship.honeywell.com/

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Reality Show "The Runner" and Contestants #TheBrogrammers Inspire STEM over Summer

Several months ago two of my best friends texted me… “We are auditioning for a reality show.”  My response was something along the lines of “Yea, okay.  Text me when they tell you they didn’t like you.”

Turns out, they actually were cast for the show, called “The Runner,” airing on Verizon’s Go90 platform.  The basic idea is that there is a person running across the country completing various tasks.  My friends, along with four other teams are solving clues, riddles, and other challenges in an attempt to “Catch the Runner.”  

The show began July 1, and I have a few gripes (then I’ll get to the good stuff):

  1. I can’t talk to my friends until the show ends on July 31.
  2. The show’s cast gives out money to teams that help them, but they can’t give it to friends.  I’m obviously not planning to help another team win, so I’m missing out on all that money!

Alex and James are on “Team Brogrammers.”  Mostly because they are some really smart dudes, and James spends his days writing code and developing various technical applications for his customers.

They have developed quite a following on Twitter (@JamesStern @alexdadds_) with the hashtag “#TheBrogrammers.”  People from around the country, especially tech folks and self proclaimed nerds, have joined Team Brogrammers in an attempt to help them solve their clues faster.  

As more and more people start following the Brogrammers, I have noticed people trying to impress James and Alex (for the Chaser Cash Giveaway of course) with their coding skills!

In STEM advocacy and education policy circles, learning how to code or program has become almost as important as more traditional subjects such as math, english, social studies, and science.  

It is great that this 30 day long reality show has engaged people and #TheBrogrammers are encouraging people across America to explore the endless possibilities of computer science, and coding/programming.  

Join the chase and hop aboard the Team Brogrammers train, let your inner nerd out, and maybe win some cash along the way.

This post was in no way sponsored by Go90, The Runner, or Team Brogrammers.  Though, if The Runner producers decide to give me some Chaser Cash, I wouldn't be mad...

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Local Girls Use STEM to Turn Recycled Refrigerators into Solar-Powered Racecars

ComEd’s Icebox Derby brings 30 teen girls from across Chicagoland together to shine the sun on STEM in annual summer competition

June 30, 2016 11:09 AM EDT — CHICAGO (BUSINESS WIRE) | This week ComEd kicked off the Icebox Derby, an educational competition involving 30 teen girls from across Chicagoland who will work in teams to transform recycled refrigerators into electric racecars. New to this year’s program, the young women also will explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through the scope of renewable energy, building and powering parts of their cars with solar technology.

In addition to enhanced aerodynamics, the 2016 Icebox Derby cars will each have two, 30-watt solar panels to power accessories like LED headlights, a car horn, and a helmet with two-way communication capabilities. The cars will also feature a solar charge control module, used to communicate between the panels and solar components.

“For ComEd, technology and innovation are at the core of our business. As the energy industry continues to evolve, we are in need of a future workforce that is able to anticipate and solve the technical problems of today and the digital challenges of tomorrow. We are committed to creating opportunities like the Icebox Derby to offer hands-on experiences to young women in the STEM subjects,” said Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO of ComEd. “As an energy company, we also recognize the value of solar energy and its important role in the years to come. Incorporating renewable energy into Icebox Derby is just one of the ways ComEd is working to jumpstart solar in Illinois, and also train the workforce who will help us lead the way.”

In the coming weeks, the girls will work to build their cars from the ground – or rather fridge – up. The Icebox Derby is intended to help increase interest STEM and awareness amongst women by providing a hands-on educational platform by which girls, ages 13-18, get to work closely with ComEd mentors and other technical experts to learn about practical applications of STEM in the world and in the workforce. Important lessons about teamwork and safety are also closely tied to this initiative.

This is the third year of the program and on August 13, the new teams will put their solar-powered fridge cars to the test in a head-to-head race with their fellow Icebox Derby Racers to take home the STEM Cup, scholarship money and other prizes. Each Icebox Derby contestant will receive a scholarship for completing the program and the first place winners in the 2016 race will win a prize to be revealed at a later date. Find out more about the program by visiting www.theiceboxderby.com.

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

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New Study Shows College Students Demonstrate Integrity in Learning and Ignore Cheating Opportunities

Digital textbook responses reveal students choose to study for the sake of learning

NEW ORLEANS, LA – June 29, 2016 | Most college students make a legitimate attempt to answer questions in homework assignments, even when a short-cut to the answer is available to them through the click of a button, according to a new study. This evidence of integrity in study habits is promising, as an increasing number of instructors use online learning materials, many of which include built-in questions and solutions.

 Researchers from the University of California at Riverside and zyBooks will present these findings next week at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference in New Orleans.

 “With the right interactive material, we see that many students are interested in truly learning, rather than simply doing whatever it takes to get their grade,” said Dr. Alex Edgcomb, University of California at Riverside research specialist, zyBooks senior software engineer, and co-author of the study. “The study also addresses the question of whether digital textbooks can aid learning—and the answer is a resounding yes.”

The study analyzed data from 550 students enrolled in a fall 2014 Introduction to Programming course in four classes: one at a four-year public research university, one at a four-year public teaching college, and two at community colleges. Students completed short-answer homework questions using interactive digital textbooks that offer a “Check” button to submit an answer, and a “Show Answer” button to reveal the correct response without any grade penalty. 84 percent of students responded on their own without, or before, revealing the correct answer. Nearly 90 percent of students earnestly attempted 60 to 100 percent of questions. Only one percent of students blatantly "cheated the system" by attempting less than 20 percent of questions.  

Experts were also able to compare response data to the makeup of the questions themselves to determine which types of questions are most effective, how much time is required to answer, and the value of building in and accepting alternative correct answers. The paper also discusses teaching practices that can have a negative impact on honesty such as assigning excessive work.   “We created the material under the assumption that, fundamentally, students want to learn. We believed they would challenge themselves to answer questions if those questions really help them learn. We were delighted that the study confirmed our assumption,” added Dr. Frank Vahid, University of California at Riverside Computer Science & Engineering professor, and co-founder of zyBooks. “Such data not only guides us in creating and improving learning material, but can really change how teachers view and interact with students.”

Dr. Edgcomb, Dr. Vahid and Joshua Yuen (Computer Science & Engineering, University of California at Riverside) will present these findings at the New Orleans Convention Center on June 29 at 1:15 PM as part of the ASEE Annual Conference. The study was supported in part by the National Science Foundation's Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program and a Google faculty research award.  

Read the full study and findings here: https://www.asee.org/public/conferences/64/papers/16595/view.

About zyBooks
zyBooks is a leading provider of online interactive and animated learning material for college level STEM courses. Currently 16 zyBooks span a range of computer science, math, and engineering courses, and the company is expanding the library to provide affordable and comprehensive coverage across the STEM curriculum. Founded in 2012 by Smita Bakshi and by Univ. of California Riverside Professor Frank Vahid, zyBooks' offerings emphasize interactive learning through extensive learning questions, animations, simulators, and even embedded auto-graded homework and labs. zyBooks have been used at more than 400 universities by over 100,000 students to date.

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Discovery Education And 3M Announce National Finalists In 2016 Young Scientist Challenge

This is a press release from Discovery Education and 3M

Ten Young Inventors Compete for $25,000 and the Title of  ‘America’s Top Young Scientist’ in Nation’s Premier Science Competition

Finalists Get Summer One-on-One Mentorship of a Lifetime with 3M Scientists to Refine Invention Concepts

Silver Spring, Md. and St. Paul, Minn. (June 28, 2016) | Biodegradable plastic. A low-cost CPR simulator. Safe energy storing devices. An efficient water quality monitoring system.  Today’s innovative young minds are working to solve tomorrow’s challenges — making materials safer, solutions more efficient, and inventions more accessible. Now, Discovery Education (@DiscoveryEd) and 3M (@3M) announce 10 student finalists from across America in the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge (#YoungScientist). The annual premier competition recognizes scientific thinking and imagination in students grades 5-8 who dream up a solution to an everyday problem that ultimately could reshape the way we live our lives.

After submitting a short video communicating the science behind a possible solution to an everyday problem, these young scientists rose to the top of the competition and were selected over hundreds of others, due to their science acumen, innovative thinking and exceptional communication skills demonstrated in their entry videos. The finalists   ̶  six girls and four boys, ranging in age from 12-14  ̶   include those from public, private and home schools, from locations all across the nation.

The 10 Finalists

(in alphabetical order)*:

  • Meghna Behari, Sewickley, PA, Marshall Middle School, (North Allegheny School District)
  • Amelia Day, Sumner, WA, Lakeridge Middle School (Sumner School District)
  • Mrinali Kesavadas, Mahomet, IL, Mahomet-Seymour Jr. High School (Mahomet-Seymour School District)
  • Sara Makboul, Acworth, GA, Palmer Middle School (Cobb County School District) 
  • Maanasa Mendu, Mason, OH, Mason Middle School (Mason City School District)
  • Rohit Mital, Rochester Hills, MI, West Middle School (Rochester Community Schools)
  • Will Paschal, Madison, GA, Morgan County Middle School (Morgan County School District)
  • Sofia Tomov, Knoxville, TN, Homeschooled
  • Rohan Wagh, Portland, OR, Stoller Middle School (Beaverton School District)
  • Kaien Yang, Chantilly, VA, Nysmith School for the Gifted

Each finalist will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a 3M Scientist during a summer mentorship program, where they will be challenged to develop their innovative concept that positively impacts them, their family, their community or the global population.  Students meet virtually with their mentors, who provide guidance from the student’s concept to actual prototype  ̶  allowing for a complete experience in the scientific process in which the original idea may evolve. Throughout the program, each student will have access to resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education.

All 10 finalists receive $1,000 and are awarded a trip to 3M Headquarters in St. Paul, Minn to participate in the final competition at the 3M Innovation Center on Oct. 17 and 18, where they will be evaluated on a series of challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Each challenge will be scored independently by a panel of judges. The winner will receive $25,000, a trip to watch the taping of a Discovery Network show, and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

“At 3M, we know the importance of encouraging ‘next-gen’ scientific thinkers, who will invent new ways to solve the issues our customers face every day — from keeping workers safe on the job to addressing global issues like access to clean water,” said Jon Lindekugel, senior vice president for Business Development and Marketing-Sales at 3M.  “Through 3M’s summer mentorship with the finalists, we’re excited to hear their fresh ideas and to provide guidance through the scientific process as their projects move from concept to reality.”

"Discovery Education is proud to partner with 3M to support their commitment to fostering the next generation of science innovators,” said Bill Goodwyn, president and CEO of Discovery Education.  “The Young Scientist Challenge brings the magic of science to life for young people  everywhere — enhancing science exploration nationwide, and helping to develop the communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills today's students need for success beyond the classroom.” 

Since its inception in 2008, the Young Scientist Challenge has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in student scholarships and prizes, paired students with world-renowned scientists to give them real-world insights and delivered much-needed science resources to millions of students, teachers and families across the country. It targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. Winners have gone on to be featured inForbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list, speak in front of members of Congress and attendees at the United Nations, meet the President of the United States, and demonstrate inventions on national news programs such as ABC World News TonightFox & Friends, and The Ellen Degeneres Show.

For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including photos and bios of the 10 finalists and a list of the 27 state merit winners, please visit www.youngscientistchallenge.com. On Twitter, follow @3M and @DiscoveryEd and join the conversation using #YoungScientist.

About 3M
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNewsroom.

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 www.discoveryeducation.com.

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Dow, CH2M and Smithsonian Partner to Empower STEM Educators

This is a press release from Dow, CH2M, and the Smithsonian Science Education Center

Teachers from five states will travel to Washington, D.C. to begin a year-long professional development opportunity

MIDLAND, Mich., June 28, 2016 (PRNewswire) | The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) and CH2M are partnering with the Smithsonian Science Education Center to empower 34 teachers from five states to participate in the 2016 Dow-CH2M Smithsonian Teacher Scholar Program. The six-day program, part of the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers (SSEATs), will be held in Washington, D.C. and is designed to heighten STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teachers' ability to inspire and enlighten their students. Following the program this summer, the teachers will take their experiences back to their classrooms, while continuing their professional growth through peer networking, mentoring and interaction with Dow and CH2M employee volunteers.

Since 2007, Dow has supported approximately 240 teachers through this partnership with the Smithsonian Science Education Center of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum, education, and research complex. This year, Dow is partnering with a strategic business partner, CH2M, to support the program, in an effort to reinforce the companies' aligned Global Citizenship strategies of building the future STEM workforce, engaging employees to cultivate positive community impact, and collaborating as a driver for creating sustainable communities.

"Dow is committed to building the workforce of tomorrow. We understand the importance of collaborations to empower educators so that they can inspire students in STEM subjects, and then channel that excitement into STEM careers," said Rob Vallentine, director of Global Citizenship at Dow and president of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation. "We are extremely proud to expand our collaboration with the Smithsonian Science Education Center to include a key business partner, CH2M, in order to further our support for these educators."

"We're excited to partner with Dow to build upon our aligned Global Citizenship strategies by providing this wonderful opportunity to deserving teachers in our local communities," saidEllen Sandberg, executive director, CH2M Foundation. "When you consider how many students each of these teachers will reach, you begin to understand the broad impact of this collaboration."

Each teacher will participate in one of three professional development sessions in Washington, D.C.:

  • Biodiversity: June 19-24
  • Energy's Innovations and Implications: July 10-15
  • Earth's History and Global Change: July 17-22

The following selected teachers for 2016 are from strategic Dow and CH2M communities:

California:
Dylan Bland, College Park High School, Mount Diablo Unified School District, Pleasant Hill, CA
Shaw'sae Dodson, Martin Luther King Jr. Junior High School, Pittsburg Unified School District, Pittsburg, CA
Michelle Howisey, Mt. Diablo Elementary, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Clayton, CA
Lindsey Nakashima, Valle Verde Elementary School, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Walnut Creek, CA
Cindy Novello, Gregory Gardens Elementary, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Pleasant Hill, CA
Corey Rose, Liberty High School, Brentwood, CA
Nyssa R. Ton, Black Diamond High School, Pittsburg Unified School District, Pittsburg, CA

Louisiana:
Joshulan Allen, Iberville Elementary School, Iberville Parish School Board, Plaquemine, LA
Erika Augustus, Iberville Elementary School, Iberville Parish School Board, Plaquemine, LA
Lolita Chatelain, Lukeville Upper Elementary School, West Baton Rouge Parish, Brusly, LA
Kassie Cusachs, Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy, Metairie, LA
Alexis Daniels, Port Allen High School, West Baton Rouge Parish, Port Allen, LA
April Languirand, Lakewood Elementary, St. Charles Parish Schools, Luling, LA
LaToya Samuels-Eugene, R.K. Smith Middle School, St. Charles Parish, Luling, LA
Tanya K. Taylor, MSA-West Academy, Iberville Parish School District, Plaquemine, LA

Michigan:
Gordon Culver, Frankenmuth High School, Frankenmuth School District, Frankenmuth, MI
Mary Jo Griffin, Adams Elementary, Midland Public Schools, Midland, MI
Jonathan Massung, Hartley Outdoor Education Center, St. Charles, MI
Shelley Rieger, Kolb Elementary, Bay City Public Schools, Bay City, MI
Victoria Stoddard, Bay City Western High School, Bay City Public Schools, Auburn, MI
Laura Trombley, Shields Elementary, Swan Valley School District, Saginaw, MI

Pennsylvania:
Natalie Kline, Willow Dale Elementary School, Centennial School District, Warminster, PA
Allison Penaranda, North Penn School District Educational Service Center, Lansdale, PA
Pamela Sime-Cummins, Unami Middle School, Central Bucks School District, Chalfont, PA
William R. Smith, Bristol High School, Bristol, PA

Texas:
Michaela Bratsch, Angleton High School, Angleton ISD, Angelton, TX
Phyllis Chappell, West Columbia Elementary, Columbia Brazoria ISD, West Columbia, TX
Kaitlin Eighme, Stephen F. Austin STEM Academy, Brazosport ISD, Jones Creek, TX
Juana Thomas, Stephen F. Austin STEM Academy, Brazosport ISD, Jones Creek, TX
Jennifer Janis, Clute Intermediate, Brazosport ISD, Clute, TX
Colleen Knight, Sweeny High School, Sweeny Independent School District, Sweeny, TX
Megan Land, Rasco Middle School, Brazosport ISD, Lake Jackson, TX
Danielle McDonald, Velasco Elementary School, Brazosport ISD, Freeport, TX
Rhonda Wendel, Danbury Elementary, Danbury, TX

Following the program in Washington, the participating teachers will form close local cohorts that will meet throughout the school year. Dow and CH2M will organize opportunities for the teachers to maintain their connection and receive additional support tailored to each community.

"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Dow and now begin a new partnership with CH2M to bring teachers to the nation's capital for a week of scientific discovery and advanced professional development. This experience affords teachers the opportunity to engage in authentic STEM experiences by working directly with scientists and going behind the scenes at our Smithsonian museums and research centers," said Carol O'Donnell, director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center. "We are grateful to both companies for their commitment to empowering teachers to prepare and inspire the next generation of our STEM workforce."

In addition, Dow STEM Ambassadors, one of the Company's innovative employee volunteer programs, along with CH2M employee volunteers, will provide ongoing engagement to the teachers in their classrooms by offering continued support on various topics including safety, how to bring technical expertise to life for students, and by offering in person STEM-related classroom demonstrations and career talks.

This collaboration is a strong example of both companies' efforts to connect employee engagement with sustainability. Dow's 2025 Sustainability Goal, Engaging Employees for Impact, has committed to using employee volunteerism to impact the lives of 1 billion people; and CH2M's sustainability priority areas highlight the importance of employee engagement to address global challenges.

To learn more about SSEATS and the Smithsonian Science Education Center, visit https://ssec.si.edu/professional-development

More information about Dow's commitment to building the workforce of tomorrow can be found at: http://www.dow.com/en-us/science-and-sustainability/global-citizenship/building-the-workforce

More information on CH2M's education and Global Citizenship strategy can be found at: http://www.ch2m.com/who-we-are/ch2m-foundation

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2015, Dow had annual sales of nearly $49 billion and employed approximately 49,500 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 product families are manufactured at 179 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

About CH2M
​CH2M leads the professional services industry delivering sustainable solutions for the development of infrastructure and industry, providing consulting, design, engineering and management in waterenvironment and nucleartransportationenergyand industrial markets. With clients and communities around the world, CH2Mers make a positive difference fostering societal, environmental and economic benefits in iconic infrastructure programs and global events like the Olympic Games. CH2M ranks among the World's Most Ethical Companies and first in environmental consulting and second in program management (Engineering News-Record). In 2016, CH2M became the first professional services firm to receive the World Environment Center Gold Medal Award for advancing sustainable development, and in 2015, the firm received the Stockholm International Water Institute's highest Industry Water Award. Connect with CH2M at www.ch2m.comLinkedInTwitter; and Facebook.

About the Smithsonian Science Education Center
The mission of the Smithsonian Science Education Center is to transform and improve the learning and teaching of science for K-12 students in the United States and throughout the world. Established in 1985 as the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) under the sponsorship of two prestigious institutions—the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academy of Sciences—the Smithsonian Science Education Center is dedicated to the establishment of effective science programs for all students. To contribute to that goal, the Center has developed and published a comprehensive K-8, science curriculum program:Science and Technology Concepts™ (STC Elementary and Secondary); and, it supports the systemic needs of schools, districts, and states through its Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) model, proven to be efficacious in a large 5-year randomized control trial funded by the US Department of Education. To learn more visit: http://ssec.si.edu.  

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5 Ways to Keep Students Engaged in STEM Over the Summer

Learn, Play, and Build Cool Things With Arduino

Arduino is mentioned constantly in STEM education circles, and for good reason.  There are so many different projects kids can do on their own, in groups, or even with mom and dad.  

A heads up with arduino, things can get expensive fast so be sure to review the parts you need for various projects, and see if there is a local electronics shop that sells the parts for cheaper than some online distributors.  The added bonus to shopping local… you’ll run into fellow Makers, hobbyists, and downright nerds who have a wealth of information and love to share it.

The Arduino playground has over 40 projects for beginners.  These beginner projects range from an LED stoplight and a talking clock to a Poo and Pee detector for a diaper.  What 10 year old doesn’t like talking about bodily functions, perhaps that project can pull double duty and teach some biology too!

http://playground.arduino.cc/Projects/Ideas

Teach Yourself to Code

This is another popular one, you really can’t read a tech or education blog and not see a new story about the benefits of learning programming skills in a 24 hour period.  Everyone wants to build websites, and soon everyone will be able to build a simple website with WordPress and a little understanding of HTML tags and CSS.  So get comfortable with the basics, but don’t let your student (or yourself) stop there.

Companies are looking for data engineers, people who can work on the backend, and people who can build applications.  Whether it is Quicken Loans in Detroit building their online mortgage application, or Ford trying to discover correlations between datasets, these skills are in high demand.

There are a plethora of free online programs that could keep students engaged before heading outside to play, including Codecademy and code.org


Use iPad Apps to Gameify Learning

Summer is a great time to take family trips, often these trips include 3-5 hours or more of travel time each way.  Update the iPad, and load it full of games that kids can play together with siblings.  

As a child, on our road trips we always had a big stack of trivia questions and we would take turns reading a question and everyone in the car would be able to guess the answer.

There are too many education apps to count, but find some that will keep the whole family engaged, and for goodness gracious don’t let kids use headphones… talk to each other!

Tour a Research Lab

This is one of the things I wish my parents did for me.  Granted, I still ended up with a degree in biomedical engineering, but living in Detroit meant we were within 30 minutes of Wayne State University and within 2 hours of University of Michigan, Michigan State University.  Touring a research lab at either a university or a business gives students an opportunity to see what career paths exist in STEM fields.

If you live near a public university that has a medical school or does other significant scientific research, call the department or school (ex. chemistry department or engineering school) and ask for a tour.  They give these tours to prospective students and fellow researchers, I’m certain many in your area would be willing to give your budding scientist a glimpse into their future.

Watch Bill Nye Videos

“BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL!  Bill Nye the Science Guy!”

This really doesn’t need an explanation.  If your kids haven’t seen Bill Nye the Science Guy, stop depriving them of one of the greatest things to ever come across a television.

In all honesty I started writing this blog, and then got caught up watching Bill Nye videos on YouTube.  Literally the best way to spend a day.  

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Vernier Helps Science and STEM Teachers Prepare for Back-to-School with a Collection of Free Resources

This is a press releases from Vernier Software & Technology

Professional learning and support tools include in-person workshops, webinars, video tutorials, grant opportunities and more.

BEAVERTON, Ore., June 27, 2016 (PRNewswire) | To support science and STEM teachers in delivering quality instruction to their students at the start of, and throughout, the school year, Vernier Software & Technology is offering an abundance of free professional learning resources, support tools, grant opportunities and more. This comprehensive collection of offerings provides teachers with the skills and resources needed to effectively use data-collection technology in their classrooms.

"Helping both educators and students succeed in today's science classrooms is our top priority," said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. "To support this, we are committed to providing stellar service, teacher-based tech support, and useful professional development year round to meet the needs of our customers."

Free resources from Vernier include:

  • Award and grant opportunities: Among others, these include the annual Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards and Vernier Engineering Contest, both of which award teachers with cash and technology prizes.
  • Community Forum: Customers can access the forum to exchange advice, trade used equipment, look at DIY projects and discuss lab ideas with other educators.
  • Hands-on workshops: These free educator-led seminars provide teachers with innovative ways to integrate probeware into their curricula.
  • Sample experiments: The student version of these classroom-ready investigations can be downloaded directly from the Vernier website. More than 1,000 sample experiments are available.
  • Tech Tips Videos: This collection of more than 180 videos provides helpful tutorials on using various Vernier data-collection technologies.
  • Technical Information Library (TIL): An extensive collection of technical information, troubleshooting advice, frequently asked questions and more than 1,000 searchable technology tips are available 24/7. The Vernier TIL was honored with a Stellar Service Award from Tech & Learning magazine.
  • Warranty and repair program: In addition to an ample five-year warranty, Vernier will attempt to repair most products, many times at no charge.
  • Webinars: These personalized, customized webinars provide an effective way for educators and their science departments to learn more about using Vernier technology.

In addition to these resources, Vernier provides award-winning customer service. When educators call the company with questions or for technical support they speak with a former science teacher, a product engineer, or a curriculum developer who is well-versed in the technology. The company also monitors its social media channels to quickly respond to customers when they have questions.

To learn more about Vernier and their free resources for teachers, visit www.vernier.com.

About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 35 years. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and hires educators at all levels of the organization. The company is committed to teachers and to developing creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors and graphing/analysis software. With worldwide distribution to over 130 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to university. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students' critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit http://www.vernier.com

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