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MSU Board of Trustees Approves Construction of Grand Rapids Biomedical Research Center

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The Michigan State University Board of Trustees authorized the administration to expand the university's research capabilities in Grand Rapids by constructing a biomedical research facility on the site of the former Grand Rapids Press building.
The Board of Trustees resolution for the project entitled “Grand Rapids – Real Estate and Research Facility Development” included a budget of $85.1 million for a new building on the northeast corner of Monroe Avenue and Michigan Street in downtown Grand Rapids. The combined budget, along with demolition of the Grand Rapids Press building, was approved by the board in December 2014, is $88.1 million.
The project involves construction of about a 160,000-square-foot, multistory research building. MSU will follow its traditional, university-financed model for delivery of the highly specialized biomedical research center as opposed to a developer-financed delivery option.
The research building will occupy about half of the parcel, offering the university future opportunities to engage other public-private developers in discussions about complementary projects that could further enhance MSU’s vision for medical education and commercialization of science.
The architect/engineer is SmithGroupJJR and the Construction Manager is a joint venture of Clark Construction Company/Rockford Construction.
Demolition of the former Grand Rapids Press building is scheduled to begin this March with construction following.
The new Biomedical Research Center is planned to open late 2017.

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Hilda Pinnix-Ragland of Duke Energy

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, vice president of corporate public affairs at Duke Energy.

Hilda Ragland, Duke

Hilda Pinnix-Ragland
Vice President of Corporate Public Affairs
Duke Energy

Hilda Pinnix-Ragland is vice president of corporate public affairs for Duke Energy. She has responsibility for working with officials at the federal, state and local levels to develop responsible public policy that protects consumers and businesses. She is also responsible for working with Duke Energy’s international interests on energy initiatives for broad-reaching policy positions with stakeholder organizations. Hilda has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry and has held a variety of leadership roles. She has been an officer since 1998.

Hilda grew up in Hillsborough, N.C., graduating magna cum laude from North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She earned an MBA from Duke University and completed Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Public Policy Executive Leadership Program. Active in the community, Hilda is past chair of the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges. Hilda and her husband, Al, have one daughter and one granddaughter.

About Duke Energy

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with approximately $115 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.2 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international energy business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.

Hilda on Diversity and STEM

As we prepare the next generation of black women leaders to achieve socio-economic success and enhance the well-being of their children and families, the energy sector provides an array of opportunities for professional development and advancement. Nationally, more than 10 million jobs are associated with the energy industry, and the sector contributes handsomely to the broader economy. For instance, the oil and gas sector has added $300 billion to $400 billion annually to the economy since 2008. Likewise, one in every 142 new jobs in the U.S. is created by the solar industry, which is expected to grow by 15.6% over the next year.

American energy production will continue to flourish in the coming years, especially with the advent of new technologies that help strengthen the electric grid and enhance the way we access various types of energy – oil, natural gas, coal, or renewables like solar, wind, and nuclear. What’s more, by 2035, the world will require 53 percent more energy than it did in 2008 to sustain modest economic growth. Demand for high-skilled workers in the energy sector is critical during this time of rapid growth. To date, however, too few African Americans have taken advantage of the benefits this sector provides. Fortunately, with concerted effort and a focus on increasing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) engagement among our students – particularly our young girls - we can turn the tide and put our communities on track for maximum gains.

Presently, African American women only represent 2 percent of the STEM workforce, while women in general hold 24 percent of those jobs. Participation in the STEM workforce requires active engagement in the STEM fields in school. Black people represent 12.6 percent of the U.S. population and 11 percent of all students beyond high school. But in 2009, African Americans received just 7 percent of all STEM bachelor's degrees, 4 percent of master's degrees, and 2 percent of PhDs, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

The good news? African American women earn more than half of all science and engineering degrees completed by African Americans—surpassing their male counterparts. During a time when the U.S. may be short as many as three million high-skills workers by 2018 and STEM fields yield the highest median earnings, African American women are in a prime position to capitalize on the anticipated growth of the energy sector (and STEM economy, generally), but we must be purposeful and very deliberate in increasing their participation in these fields.

Knowing the importance of STEM education, Duke Energy supports initiatives that strengthen participation in these areas at both the K-12 and higher education levels through a merit-based scholarship program and financial support of non-profit organizations and institutions of higher learning focused on training our future workforce. Likewise, the American Association of Blacks in Energy provides scholarships and mentoring to high school students who pursue STEM in college. These are but two examples of the work being done to bolster participation – and its work we can continue at all levels through both public and private engagement. The energy sector, and America generally, will benefit from more high-skills STEM workers. It is our job to ensure African American women get a seat at the table and become more active in this space.

Blackboard to Acquire Schoolwires

[On February 4, 2015] Blackboard Inc. announced a definitive agreement to acquire Schoolwires, one of the leading educational website, hosting and content management providers to K-12 schools and districts. The acquisition of Schoolwires will better position Blackboard to improve the student experience through an unmatched combination of K-12 solutions and services focused on communication and engagement.
Following the acquisition of ParentLink last year, today's announcement represents the next step in Blackboard's plan to provide a comprehensive set of solutions that address the needs of all K-12 stakeholders including students, teachers, parents and administrators. It also will help Blackboard deliver on its strategy to offer technology innovations that help prepare students with the necessary experience and skills for higher education and job success.
Schoolwires provides a suite of technology products and related services to more than 11 million users and 1,700 districts and educational entities in the U.S. and China. Its solutions include an integrated website and content management system, a social learning and networking system, a family of mobile applications and an enterprise technology platform. Through this acquisition, Blackboard will further establish its position as a leading provider of school websites and parent notification solutions.
"Now, more than ever before, we are aggressively driving toward our mission of advancing students' education journey and positioning them for success across their lifelong learning experience, which begins at the K-12 level," said Jay Bhatt, CEO of Blackboard. "An informed and engaged K-12 community is the foundation for improved teaching and learning, and school websites and apps are the natural way that process begins each day. With Schoolwires, we will help schools meet the evolving needs of their community and improve outcomes for their students."
"Today's news marks a great milestone for Schoolwires and we couldn't be more excited to join the Blackboard team," said Christiane Crawford, president and CEO of Schoolwires. "We are eager to merge these two industry-leading teams and continue our pursuit of helping students be more successful, improving the educational experience in K-12, and investing in the future of this industry."
Blackboard has provided website hosting and content management solutions for school and district websites since it merged with Edline in 2011. The addition of Schoolwires' best-in-class solutions and apps will enhance Blackboard's parent and community engagement solutions, advance the company's overall strategy for K-12, and expand its partner ecosystem. 
Subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close later this year.
For more information about Blackboard, please visit or follow @Blackboard on Twitter.

James Dyson Award 2015 Opens for Entries

This is a press release from James Dyson & the James Dyson Awards

Inflatable incubators, affordable bionic arms, gelatine food labels…
The James Dyson Award encourages young people to solve problems – BIG and small.
February 5, 2015 | From raising $1 million in funding to setting up award-winning businesses, James Dyson Award winners go on to achieve great things.
James Dyson said, “Young people have the power to change the world through engineering. Each year the James Dyson Award sees truly remarkable solutions to real-life problems all approached from different angles. No problem is too big and the simplest solutions are the best - use the award as a stepping stone to take your invention towards commercialization.”
Last year’s international winner was James Roberts, a 23-year-old graduate of Loughborough University in the UK. His winning invention was MOM, an inflatable incubator for the developing world. It provides the same performance as a $45,000 modern incubation system, but costs just $400 to manufacture, test and transport. James has now gone on to further prototype and test his invention.
James said, “Entering the James Dyson Award put MOM in the international spotlight.  The public response and support was incredible, creating huge momentum towards commercialization. I’m now further developing MOM, and hope to have it in production soon.”
‘Design something that solves a problem’: the award challenges young engineers and scientists around the world, to develop their problem solving ideas.  This year the award grows across Asia—as bright students from Hong Kong and Taiwan are able to enter for the first time.
The award celebrates ingenuity, creativity and sustainable engineering. Entrants are encouraged to do more with less, designing with the environment in mind - using fewer raw materials, consuming less energy and creating a technology that will perform better and last for longer.
Nick Parrotta, member of Titan Arm—the first US winning design said, “We wanted Titan Arm to be affordable, as exoskeletons are rarely covered by health insurance. This informed our design decisions and the materials we used. Most structural components are machined from inexpensive aluminum.”

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - George Paz of Express Scripts

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is George Paz, chairman & chief executive officer at Express Scripts.

George Paz, Ex Scripts

George Paz
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Express Scripts

George Paz drives Express Scripts' strategy, ensuring our business model of alignment with clients’ best interests delivers better, more cost-effective health outcomes for millions of people. George joined Express Scripts in 1998 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and became President in 2003. In 2005 he was named Chief Executive Officer and the following year was elected chairman of the board. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Honeywell, Inc. George holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Missouri - St. Louis and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

About Express Scripts

As America’s leading pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts manages more than a billion prescriptions each year for tens of millions of patients. On behalf of our clients – employers, health plans, unions and government health programs – we make the use of prescription drugs safer and more affordable. Express Scripts uniquely combines three capabilities – behavioral sciences, clinical specialization and actionable data – to create Health Decision Science, our innovative approach to help people make the best drug choices, pharmacy choices and health choices. Better decisions mean healthier outcomes.

George on Diversity and STEM

Why is STEM Education/workforce development critical to the future of our nation?

The future of our nation is based on having a healthcare system that drives people to the best outcome at the lowest cost, essentially, what we do every day at Express Scripts. For us, STEM is shorthand for what has made us successful over the past 28 years. To grow in the future and help clients and patients navigate through an ever more complicated healthcare landscape, we need a workforce that’s not just fluent in STEM, but is world-class in each specific component of STEM. From our pharmacy, to our facilities to our research scientists, each person at Express Scripts represents at least one aspect of STEM and most represent all of them.

How do you believe STEM education can improve a nation's competitiveness?

When we talk about our future economy and the future of employment, there is a huge focus on growing jobs in the high-tech and healthcare sectors. We sit at the intersection of both. We know from our experience that when talented people apply their STEM expertise, you can get a dramatic benefit in terms of not only our country’s competitiveness, but our overall health.

What is your advice on using private-public partnerships to tackle our most pressing education challenges in STEM?

We are proud to partner with nonprofit and academic organizations to fund efforts to expand STEM education. Like any company, we look to the return on investment with every capital allocation we make. By investing in human capital, STEM education and the workforce of tomorrow, the return on that investment will ultimately create leaders who apply their skills to make healthcare better for everyone.

What is your vision for the future of STEM careers, through diversity?

STEM in and of itself reflects diversity of thought and expertise. There is no doubt that women and minorities are underrepresented in many of the areas STEM encompasses. As individuals, we give our time and talents to many organizations and help increase the diversity of STEM education and STEM-related jobs. As a company, we are creating an environment that fosters diversity of opinions, thoughts, and experiences, which help us address the needs of our customers – the patients who take medications to extend and enhance their lives.

How do you translate your work into innovation?

At its core, Express Scripts is a technology company that applies science and engineering to healthcare’s challenges. We have built an innovative culture led by those who can evaluate the challenging healthcare landscape, find opportunities to improve patient care and then discover, develop and deploy novel solutions to our clients – the companies, health plans, unions and government health plans that provide pharmacy benefits to more than 90 million Americans. Our innovation, fueled by a focus on STEM competencies, helps people live better, longer lives. To us, there’s no more important outcome for innovation.

Pope joins second Google+ Hangout with kids from around the world (10AM EST)

This blog was originally posted by Google for Education.

Last November, Pope Francis interrupted his weekly Audience to embrace a man suffering from neurofibromatosis, a genetic disease that causes disfiguring tumors. The compassionate gesture touched the hearts of the thousands of people gathered at Saint Peter's Square and, within no time, images of the encounter had circled around the world. This week, the Pope will once again remind us that all it takes to connect with others is the will to reach out. 
With the help of technology, Pope Francis will extend a virtual embrace to others around the world who have disabilities and special needs. He will host his second Google Hangout live from the Vatican, engaging in a conversation with children from Brazil, India, Spain and the U.S. The kids will share a glimpse into their lives and talk about their dreams with Pope Francis—and the world. 
The dialogue will take place today, February 5, at 10am EST and can be followed live from Scholas G+ page. Scholas Ocurrentes is an independent organization that the Pope has entrusted with the mission of uniting schools worldwide, regardless of race, gender, class, religion or sexual orientation. Google has been working alongside Scholas, contributing tools and expertise to help Pope Francis' dream of a global network of schools for Peace come true.

Honeywell Presents Deborah Barnhart, CEO, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Its Hometown Heroes Award

This is a press release from Honeywell

Award recognizes individuals who improve the lives of people and communities

Honeywell has partnered with U.S. Space & Rocket Center to educate and inspire teachers and students since 2004

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Jan. 30, 2015 (PRNewswire) | Honeywell (NYSE: HON) presented its Honeywell Hometown Heroes Award to Deborah Barnhart, CEO, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, at the Inventor's Ball at the center in Huntsville, Ala., last night. 
The Honeywell Hometown Heroes Award is given to individuals who improve the lives of others and make their hometowns better places to live and work through long-term dedication, compassion and the desire to do the right work, right now. 
"It gives us great pleasure to recognize a woman who has inspired so many students, teachers and families who have visited the center and changed so many lives over the years," said Michael Bennett, president, Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate social responsibility initiative. 
Honeywell's partnership with the USSRC began in 2004 with the launch of the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy, a scholarship program for middle school math and science teachers.  Since then, more than 2,100 teachers have attended the academy, and in turn, have inspired more than 2 million students around the world.
In 2010, Honeywell and the USSRC joined forces again, creating the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy, a program that teaches children of Honeywell employees leadership skills in science, technology, engineering, and math using innovative interactive technology, science-oriented workshops and team exercises. More than 1,450 students from 47 countries have attended this scholarship program.
"I am humbled and honored to accept this award," said Barnhart. "I get a great deal of joy working with the students and teachers who attend USSRC each year, and I'm proud to have helped create these two outstanding programs with Honeywell."
Barnhart is a Huntsville native and University of Alabama alumna. She joined the U.S. Navy and rose to the rank of Captain. She earned an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in education from Vanderbilt University. 
Earlier this year Barnhart was named to the Alabama Spaceport Authority Advisory Task Force by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.
Honeywell Hometown Solutions is one of the most recognized corporate social responsibility initiatives in the world, receiving more than 92 awards for its community outreach efforts. Recent recipients of the Hometown Heroes awards include Richard Walden, CEO of Operation USA, and Stephen Wowelko, immediate past president of the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs and member and past chairman of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 7 Fish and Wildlife Management board.
About Honeywell Hometown Solutions
Honeywell Hometown Solutions is 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. HHS established the Honeywell Hometown Heroes award to honor exceptional community leaders making a positive impact in their cities, states and hometowns. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit:   
About Honeywell
Honeywell ( 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. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit
About the U.S. Space & 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, go to

Explore Bioterrorism and Other National Security Matters at USA Science & Engineering Festival’s X-STEM Symposium

This is a post in our ongoing coverage of USA Science & Engineering Festival's X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium- April 28, 2015 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC

National security concerns such as cyber hacking and bioterrorism top priorities today- areas in which STEM is playing a leading role in combating. At the X-STEM Symposium in April, you’ll learn first-hand from Reginald Brothers, Ph.D., Under Secretary for Science and Technology in the Department of Homeland Security, how he and his team are using the latest in STEM to keep America safe! Don't miss X-STEM, a fascinating day of workshops and live demonstrations with him and other STEM innovators as they make technology and science careers come alive. Tickets are going fast. Register today!
X-STEM Speaker Profile:
Dr. Reginald Brother

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Cynthia M. Patton of Amgen

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Cynthia M. Patton, senior vice president and chief compliance officer at Amgen.

Cynthia Patton, Amgen

Cynthia M. Patton
Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer

Cynthia M. Patton serves as senior vice president and chief compliance officer, responsible for Amgen’s worldwide compliance and business ethics organization. Patton joined Amgen in 2005, and most recently was a vice president in the Amgen law department with responsibility for commercial legal activities in the United States. Before joining Amgen, she spent seven years as general counsel of SCAN Health Plan, a California Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Patton serves as secretary of the Watts Healthcare Corporation and is a board member of the Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center. Patton received her juris doctor from George Washington University and her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.

About Amgen

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology. Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be the world’s largest independent biotechnology company, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

Cynthia on Diversity and STEM

What are the STEM initiatives that your company has supported that you are most proud of?

Amgen and the Amgen Foundation have a deep commitment to advancing STEM education. Our approach is aimed at both developing young scientific talent globally through hands-on laboratory experiences and recognizing the critical role teachers and mentors play in sparking a love of science. The two initiatives I take the most pride in are Amgen Scholars at the undergraduate level and the Amgen Biotech Experience at the secondary level.

Through a $34 million commitment, Amgen Scholars provides hundreds of undergraduates across the U.S. and Europe with the opportunity to undertake research at a top university. Many students have found such opportunities to be transformative, and 85% of our alumni who have completed their undergraduate studies are now pursuing advanced scientific degrees and careers. Through a $9 million commitment, the Amgen Biotech Experience has brought biotechnology right into the classrooms of 360,000 students. This innovative program, designed by Amgen scientists and educators, allows teachers and their students to utilize research-grade equipment to explore the methods scientists use to create biotechnology medicines. Including other initiatives, since 1991 we’ve contributed over $80 million to advancing STEM education.

What is the key to smart STEM investments?

Smart investments are critical to our long-term strategy in STEM education. First, it’s important to articulate clear goals and indicators of success for the short and long-term with our investments. Amgen Scholars, for instance, is an eight-year commitment designed not only to track impact over time, but to allow our university partners to share data-based best practices across institutions. Allowing for comparative performance and continuous improvement is a hallmark of our STEM initiatives.

Second, we strive to create meaningful impact through our STEM investments, moving beyond measuring outputs or activities, and instead centering on real outcomes. Third, we recognize that the time and talent of our staff members is just as important as the financial resources we are privileged to provide, and our best STEM initiatives harness this talent to strengthen our overall impact. Lastly, smart STEM investments should strongly align with the overall mission of your organization, which for Amgen is serving patients by transforming the promise of science and biotechnology into actual therapies.

What is your advice on using private-public partnerships to tackle our most pressing education challenges in STEM?

STEM education is too large of an issue for any one company or organization to solve alone. We recognize this, and are committed to leading and joining larger scale partnerships with academic institutions and nonprofits that are tackling these challenges in new and unique ways. Amgen is proud to be a partner of 100Kin10, a multi-sector network responding to the national imperative to train 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021. We joined 100Kin10 in 2012 with a $1 million commitment, and have made grants to several 100Kin10 partners to advance STEM education in a multitude of ways. Our participation in 100Kin10, Change the Equation, and other collaborative cross-sector partnerships are core to our strategy and integral to achieving real change towards the advancement of STEM education.

What is your advice to those involved in promoting STEM education?

Relevancy. How do we best connect and bring alive the science students learn in classrooms with the science being utilized every day in universities, companies, government and across the globe to create, innovate, and advance knowledge? How do we best show the application of particular scientific concepts and theories to enhance student interest and excitement in science and scientific careers?

New Mathematics Program Developed By Stanford University Transforms Online Education For Young Students today launched Redbird Mathematics: Advanced Edition, a cutting-edge digital mathematics program based on Stanford University's acclaimed Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY). The groundbreaking program combines ongoing Stanford research on K-12 accelerated learning with today's most advanced adaptive learning technology, rich graphics and games, and real-world inspired digital learning projects.
"Redbird Mathematics is the most advanced mathematics program ever developed," said Matthew Mugo Fields, Founder and President of "We need more innovators, problem solvers, and highly skilled people to tackle the monumental challenges of the 21st century. This program is a groundbreaking step toward realizing the vision established by Stanford University to transform today's young students into tomorrow's most advanced thinkers and leaders." is the evolution of Stanford University's EPGY research project which developed pioneering computer-based, multimedia courses and tutoring services in mathematics, language arts, science and computer programming specifically designed to help K-12 students become advanced learners. In 2013, Stanford selected Redbird Advanced Learning to modernize the technology behind EPGY and make the project's courses accessible to more students worldwide. was developed by educators, innovators, and researchers from both Redbird and Stanford.
Redbird Mathematics: Advanced Edition's digital curriculum is designed to help students achieve mathematical mastery at an accelerated rate by delivering engaging, personalized lessons that match each student's unique learning style and pace. Lessons are graphically rich, interactive, and include digital projects that introduce students to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers, providing opportunities to apply new concepts to real-world problem solving.'s adaptive instruction technology ensures that students receive optimal levels of challenge and reinforcement in every lesson. Redbird Mathematics: Advanced Edition is the only digital learning program capable of teaching each skill in a variety of ways, including animated lectures, embedded apps and exercises, and over 75 different games. The program learns which teaching methods are most effective for individual students and delivers personalized lessons tailored to each student's optimal learning style.
A recent analysis of effectiveness revealed that students enrolled in G&'s tutor-supported mathematics programs finish two grade levels ahead of their chronological grade. The independent study option, which provides online courseware only, yielded average results of one grade level ahead. Details of this analysis can be found here: These findings are complemented by a recent third-party study conducted by New York University that showed EPGY users scored higher – in some cases by 45 percent – on standardized achievement tests than those who do not use program. The full results of NYU's study can be found here:
"Pairing EPGY's deep research foundation with today's most innovative education technology significantly advances the field of online learning – a continuation of decades of pioneering work by Stanford researchers who established the use of computers for learning," Fields said.
About, the premier online community for developing students into advanced learners, offers online K-12 courses, expert tutors, and information and advice for students and the parents and educators who support them. Guided by ongoing research at Stanford University, harnesses the power of research, technology and innovation to provide world-class educational tools and expertise that help students achieve the highest levels of academic excellence. Learn more at


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