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First National Assessment of Technology and Engineering Reveals 43% of 8th Graders Can Use Engineering to Solve Problems

This is a press release from The Museum of Science, Boston

May 17, 2016 - BOSTON | Forty-three percent of 8th grade students nationwide were able to apply technology and engineering skills successfully to real-life situations, according to the first-ever Nation’s Report Card for Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL), released today by the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) and the National Center for Education Statistics: http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/tel_2014/.
Highlights:

  • Female students scored higher than male students on average;
  • 56% of white and Asian students, 28% of Hispanic students, and 18% of black students scored at Proficient or above;
  • 59% of higher-income students (not eligible for National School Lunch Program) scored at or above Proficient, compared to 25% of lower-income students;
  • Students attending schools in suburbs scored higher than peers in towns, cities.

The innovative digital assessment, administered in 2014, measured whether 21,500 randomly selected 8th grade students from 840 public and private schools could apply technology and engineering skills to immersive, engaging scenario-based problem-sets, testing them through their interaction with multimedia tasks, and asking where they learned these 21st century skills. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as The Nation’s Report Card, is the largest continuing national measure of what students know and can do in key subjects.

"This assessment requires students to examine evidence, ask and answer challenging questions, and choose the right tools for the problem at hand... the exact kind of thinking that the modern world demands at home and in the workplace," said Terry Mazany, chair of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees NAEP.

"Having this baseline for student learning in engineering and technology is critical to our nation's leadership in innovation," said Museum of Science, Boston president and director Ioannis Miaoulis, who has championed this assessment since 2009.  "All of us in education, government, and industry must intensify our efforts to prepare students of all backgrounds and abilities -- girls and boys -- in school and out -- to succeed in our engineered world by introducing them to the engineering design skills enabling them to use science and math to solve problems. With TEL standards and assessments in place, states can help drive what students need to learn. We will use this data to work with states to ensure that the next assessment shows far better results."

The Museum helped develop the NAEP TEL and has worked with states to modify their standards and assessments. The Museum also offers affordable, integrative K-12 STEM curricula nationwide using the engineering design process geared to diverse learners, teacher professional development, and free out-of-school engineering curricula. Moreover, the Museum strives to enhance public perceptions of engineering through advocacy and lifelong learning. Museum curricula have reached an estimated 119,700 teachers and 10.5 million students in 50 states.

With the 2015 passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, states can now use federal funds to amend their science assessments to include engineering skills and practices, to fund STEM teacher professional development, and STEM learning both in classrooms and out-of-school settings.

On June 16 on Capitol Hill, Miaoulis will co-host the first Congressional Briefing on the NAEP TEL results with the National Assessment Governing Board in conjunction with the STEM Congressional Caucus to discuss implications and action steps.

The NAEP TEL results were reported in percentages of students attaining one of three levels, Basic (partial mastery), Proficient (solid mastery), or Advanced in the interconnected areas of Technology and Society, Design and Systems, and Information and Communication Technology. The test also addressed how well students practiced Understanding Technological Principles, Developing Solutions and Achieving Goals, and Communicating and Collaborating.

About the Museum of Science, Boston
One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science introduces nearly 1.4 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Hall of Human Life, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D Theater, and Butterfly Garden.The Science Behind Pixar, created in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios, has begun a 10-year national tour. The Museum is the nation's first science center with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster technological literacy in museums and schools nationwide. In 2015, its National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) received the National Science Board's Public Service Award. NCTL curricula have reached 10.5 million students and 119,700 teachers. Reaching over 20,000 teens a year worldwide via The Clubhouse Network, the Museum has also led a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. Visit: http://www.mos.org.

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FFA Advisors and Chapters Recognized for Agricultural Advocacy Efforts

This is a press release from the National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 13, 2016/National FFA Organization) | In the fall of 2015, FFA advisors and members were challenged to share the message of agriculture through social media and using the hashtag #SpeakAg. The idea behind the movement was to get a conversation about agriculture and the importance it plays in everyday lives.

During the #SpeakAg challenge students self-estimated that they were reaching an average of 397 people.

After the challenge, Monsanto, who sponsored the challenge as a special project of the National FFA Foundation recognized two advisors and chapters for their efforts.

Misty Bivens, of the LaRue County FFA Chapter in Hodgenville, Ky., was awarded one of the $1,000 grants from Monsanto earlier this year.

"It is important to teach my students about advocacy," Bivens said. "If we don't take control of the message that is agriculture, others will tell our story for us. Being an informed agriculturalist makes students understand the realities of agriculture and the various aspects of it."

The LaRue County FFA chapter used the money they received to do a service project at Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland, during National FFA Week in February. Members were able to bag 2,016 bags for the backpack program.

Trent Van Leuven, advisor of the Mackay FFA Chapter of Mackay, Idaho, agrees with Bivens on the importance of being an advocate. "Teaching about agricultural advocacy teaches students to use higher level thinking and identify false arguments. They learn that a majority opinion in the public's mind does not necessarily make it a fact."

Leuven and the Mackay FFA Chapter also received a $1,000 grant. The chapter plans to use the funds to help with travel to the National FFA Convention & Expo in the fall. Traditionally, the chapter takes a bus across country when traveling to the fall event. During that travel, students have an opportunity to experience different types of agriculture. Last year alone, 21 students from the chapter attended the event.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.

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Elbit Systems of America Student Teams Headed to Team America Rocketry Challenge National Finals

This is a press release from Elbit Systems

FORT WORTH, Texas, May 12, 2016 (PRNewswire) | Two student teams sponsored by Elbit Systems of America have qualified for this year's Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) National Finals, held May 14 in The Plains, Va., outside Washington, D.C.

The teams-including an all-girls' team-represent Lincoln High School, located in Talladega County, Ala. Elbit Systems of America Chief Engineer Denton Marlowe mentors both teams during the school year, leading weekday classroom sessions and weekend rocket launches.

TARC is a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry's strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Elbit Systems of America is a national Gold Sponsor of the TARC program, which is administered by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry.

Across the United States, 789 teams competed in this year's TARC qualifying round. Students had to design and build rockets that could accommodate a payload of two eggs placed perpendicular to each other. The rockets had to launch successfully, carry their payloads at least 850 feet, and remain airborne between 44 and 46 seconds. As an added challenge, the eggs should not be cracked or broken after the flight. A new challenge awaits the 100 teams that qualified for nationals.

"Our nation's security depends on a skilled aerospace and defense workforce. By supporting STEM education through programs such as TARC, we're introducing students to the A&D industry and inspiring them to pursue the many opportunities this industry provides," said Elbit Systems of America President and CEO Raanan Horowitz.

"I'm thrilled both teams Elbit Systems of America is sponsoring met the rigorous engineering challenge to qualify for the TARC National Finals. Congratulations to the students from Lincoln High School in Alabama. I look forward to following their progress during the competition," Horowitz said.

About Elbit Systems of America, LLC  
Elbit Systems of America is a leading provider of high performance products, system solutions, and support services focusing on the commercial aviation, defense, homeland security, cyber security, and medical instrumentation markets.  With facilities throughout the United States, Elbit Systems of America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security of the United States.  Elbit Systems of America, LLC is wholly owned by Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT), a global electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs for innovative defense and commercial applications. For additional information, visit: http://www.elbitsystems-us.com or follow us on Twitter.

About Elbit Systems  
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

For additional information, visit: http://www.elbitsystems.com or follow us on Twitter.

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Discovery Education President and CEO Bill Goodwyn Named Among Top 100 CEO Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector®

This is a press release from Discovery Education

May 11, 2016 – Silver Spring, MD | Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today that President and CEO Bill Goodwyn has been named one of the top “100 CEO Leaders in STEM” by STEMconnector®. The one-stop for STEM Information, STEMconnector’s recognition of Goodwyn is based on his “unique perspective on the issues facing America’s STEM workforce,” and leadership of a mission-based education company whose work will “definitely help drive the discourse going forward.” 

Goodwyn is joined in the ranks by CEO Leaders from STEM-related organizations such as 3M, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Siemens Foundation, in addition to Capital One Financial Corporation, AT&T, Comcast, Walmart, Ford Motor Company, Johnson & Johnson, UPS and more. To view the complete list of honorees, please use the following link: 2016 100 CEO Leaders in STEM.

Discovery Education is dedicated to transforming teaching and learning worldwide. Under Goodwyn's leadership, the company pioneered the development and implementation of digital textbooks.  Designed to replace traditional, hardcopy textbooks as the primary resource for classroom instruction, Techbooks are among the first to be adopted in multiple U.S. states.  In addition, Goodwyn launched the company’s efforts to forge strategic alliances with Fortune 500 companies, foundations, and associations supporting public education initiatives in the fields of STEM, sustainability, workforce readiness, health, financial literacy, and more, resulting in the delivery of meaningful learning resources to students and families at no cost, all designed to foster academic achievement.

Most recently, Goodwyn oversaw the development and launch of a new suite of professional development services supporting STEM education.  Created to boost capacity for STEM teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms, the new services support school systems in building and sustaining a culture of STEM education through a unique combination of immersive professional development initiatives, job-embedded instructional coaching, rich digital content, and extensive community engagement.

“I am honored to be named by STEMconnector as a CEO leader in STEM,” said Goodwyn. “However, the real recognition should be given to the classroom educators who each day are working hard to prepare their students for success beyond the classroom with engaging, exciting STEM lessons.  Discovery Education and its partners are inspired by the work of STEM educators nationwide. We are committed to providing the digital tools and resources they need to deliver world-class STEM instruction to every student, every day.”
For more information on Discovery Education’s STEM services and initiatives, visit www.discoveryeducation.com/STEM.

About STEMconnector®
STEMconnector® is a consortium of over 150 companies, associations, academic institutions and government entities actively working to advance STEM education and the future of human capital. STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link “all things STEM.” STEMconnector®’s network includes organizations at the global, national, state and local levels. Our work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers. STEMconnector® has a particular emphasis on diversity and women. For information on how to become a member, contact Lorena Fimbres at Lorena.Fimbres@STEMconnector.org.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, 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 in 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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TERC Hosts NSF 2016 STEM for All Video Showcase

This is a press release from NSF

Open event features more than 150 education research initiatives

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 10, 2016 (PRNewswire) | The NSF Video Showcase "STEM for All" runs from May 17th – 23rd, http://stemforall2016.videohall.com. This open and free event features three-minute video presentations from more than 150 projects aimed at improving STEM education that are funded by the National Science Foundation. The public is invited to view the videos, join the discussion online with presenters, and vote for the most effective presentations through social media.

"The showcase provides a broad overview of innovative projects to improve STEM and computer science education across the country. Through video sharing, discourse, and social media, thousands of educators and researchers engage in an interactive experience, discussing the videos, exchanging ideas, and exploring the impact of the presentations for STEM learning," said Joni Falk, co-director of the Center for School Reform at TERC.

Prof. Michel DeGraff from the MIT-Haiti Initiative, a presenter from the 2015 video showcase, adds, "What I find innovative... is that the public, the students, the teachers, the politicians, get to learn about your project and react to it. One real-world consequence was that we were able to enlist support that we did not even know existed."

Organizers of this year's event have expanded the number of presentations, offering a wide array of education initiatives focused on broadening participation and access to high quality STEM experiences for students of all ages. Participants can sort the presentations by grade level, state, or keywords, including math, science, engineering, computer science, computational thinking, standards, and professional development.

The NSF 2016 "STEM for All" Video Showcase is a collaborative effort of the following NSF resource centers: MSPnet, CADRE, CAISE, CIRCL, STELAR, CS10K Community, and ARC.  The video showcase is powered by the Videohall.com platform developed at the education nonprofit TERC with funding from the National Science Foundation (DGE-0834992, DRL-12405550).

 

 

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Lowe's Gives $1.5 Million to Support Career and Technical Education Programs Through Local SkillsUSA Chapters

This is a press release from Lowe's

Lowe's Grants to Serve Schools and Communities Nationwide

Leesburg, Va. (PRWEB) May 09, 2016 | Lowe’s, the largest corporate donor in SkillsUSA history, has renewed its partnership with a $1.5 million commitment to the organization, bringing Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation’s total contributions to SkillsUSA to nearly $14 million since 2006.

The SkillsUSA Foundation will use the funds to help students and their technical skill instructors through several grant programs for SkillsUSA chapters and state associations. Local school grants will support local community service projects as well as state-level TeamWorks competitions. Lowe’s will also support the SkillsUSA Championships, the nation’s largest workforce development event and skill competition as well as student leadership development through the SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program.

The school grants, which are the centerpiece of the program, strengthen local communities while providing enhanced learning opportunities for students and fostering relationships between local Lowe’s stores and SkillsUSA chapters. Grant winners are selected based on their project, community engagement and overall strategy. This year, grants will be awarded to 15 schools in 12 states in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. This year’s school grants include:

  • Dothan Technology Center, Dothan, Ala. — $24,810: Students will build a pole barn pavilion to use for meetings, community events and as a break area for students.
  • Norwalk High School, Norwalk, Calif. — $24,600: Students will upgrade their culinary classroom with more equipment and food prep space. This will allow them to increase food production, serve more people at events and begin a mentoring program for middle-school students.
  • Immokalee Technical College, Immokalee, Fla. — $25,000: Students will complete kitchen rehabilitation and build a computer lab for a senior center.
  • Iroquois High School, Louisville, Ky. — $25,000: Students will complete the second phase of an outdoor amphitheater project by adding a stage, walking path, roof, sign and enhanced landscaping.
  • Martin County Career and Technology Center, Inez, Ky. — $25,000: Students will construct two gazebos at the high school and technology center.
  • Riverland Community College, Austin, Minn. — $22,260: Students will collaborate with their local Lowe’s Heroes program to design and build handicap ramps for area homeowners in need.
  • Rocky Mount High, Rocky Mount, N.C. —$25,000: Students will construct a three-story training building for their fire academy, which will allow for a variety of training programs.
  • Centennial High School, Gresham, Ore. — $10,000: Centennial students previously founded a nonprofit mobile food pantry. This project will upgrade the bus with lights and refrigeration units to further assist struggling families in the community to help meet basic needs.
  • Pioneer Career Center, Shelby, Ohio — $13,000: Students will carry out a community improvement blitz including building wheelchair accessible ramps; painting and restoring park buildings; updating baseball fields; cleaning police and fire stations; cleaning and repairing toys for needy children; preparing community garden plots; renovating food pantries and organizing donated items; and preparing and planting flower beds.
  • Upper Valley Career Center, Piqua, Ohio — $25,000: Students will rehabilitate an old church building to create a supervised center for community Wi-Fi access and tutoring.
  • Sun Area Technical Institute, New Berlin, Pa. — $12,306: Students will replace the school’s current florescent lighting with more efficient LED lighting.
  • West Side Career and Technology Center, Kingston, Pa. — $5,595: Students will renovate the existing culinary classroom to include a restaurant where they will prepare and serve meals to faculty, students and customers from the community.
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Crump, Tenn. — $11,243: Students will construct a food storage building at Michie Elementary School for their backpack program. The project includes installing electricity, HVAC, shelving and a refrigerator.
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Crossville, Tenn. — $17,639: Students will create a community garden to provide fresh vegetables to over 300 elementary students and five nursing homes.
  • Roane-Jackson Technical Center, Leroy, W.Va. — $25,000: Students will improve a playground at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center and make it both safer and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“Lowe’s has stepped up as one of our finest partners, providing millions of dollars that go directly to enriching local and state SkillsUSA programs,” said Timothy Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “Schools often struggle to fund new equipment and updated classrooms or school campus enhancements — there are so many demands on their budgets. Communities face the same challenge. As a skills gap solution and verified talent pipeline, SkillsUSA is working to graduate more than 100,000 students each year who are career-ready. These Lowe’s grants enable career and technical education students to hone their knowledge and apply their skills in real-world scenarios while giving back. With the help of Lowe’s, we can truly make a lasting impact in these communities.”

This is the 11th year for the SkillsUSA Lowe’s program. “Our partnership with SkillsUSA is a natural fit for Lowe’s. It allows us to support SkillsUSA in providing students with real hands-on experience so they will be inspired to be leaders in careers where skilled workers are in demand,” said James Frison, director of community relations at Lowe’s.

About SkillsUSA 
SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. This nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 300,000 member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, go to: http://www.SkillsUSA.org.


About Lowe’s in the Community 
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live (see: http://www.responsibility.lowes.com/community/our-community-strategy/). To learn more, visit: http://www.responsibility.Lowes.com/ and http://www.lowesinthecommunity.tumblr.com/.

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New 'Decoding Cancer' Educational Program Launched to High School Students Nationwide

This is a press release from Discovery Education

Dynamic, Standards-Aligned Digital Resources Deepen Students’ Understanding of the Biology and Genetics of Cancer 

Silver Spring, Md. (May 5, 2016) | Discovery Education, the Val Skinner Foundation, the LIFE Center at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and the Rutgers School of Public Health announced today the launch of a new, interactive biology and genetics education program supporting the study of cancer in the classroom.  Designed for high school teachers, students, and parents, Decoding Cancer is a ground-breaking collection of standards-aligned, interactive classroom resources developed to help students and their families understand the science behind cancer, enhance science literacy and increase cancer education and awareness among youth.

Now available to schools and families nationwide,  Decoding Cancer is powered by BioCONECT (Biology of Cancer, Online Education Connecting Teens), an inquiry-based biology curriculum for high school students developed by the LIFE Center at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Val Skinner Foundation. The program was successfully piloted in schools in New Jersey, South Carolina and Florida.

Through the curriculum, students develop problem-solving and decision-making skills with real-life applications, apply their knowledge of biology, expand their understanding of genetics, explore relationships between science and technology, and learn about health-related careers. Decoding Cancer featuring BioCONECT teaches students how cancer develops, how to identify risk factors for cancer and allows them to investigate ways to reduce cancer risk. Discovery Education will amplify Decoding Cancer by extending the discussion into high school classrooms nationwide.

“By reaching kids at a young age and educating them on the science of cancer, we are also helping them become aware of the critical importance of early detection,” said Val Skinner. “BioCONECT has proven to be an incredibly effective tool in classrooms through our pilot program and the partnership with Discovery Education now gives the program, now called Decoding Cancer, a much-needed national platform.”

According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 40% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes. Decoding Cancer facilitates meaningful discussions about this important topic among high school teachers, students, and families through a powerful combination of digital resources including:

  • Dynamic lesson plans: Dynamic lesson plans with accompanying teacher guides present topics including genetics, diagnosis, treatment and risk reduction. Fully aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the interactive lessons are designed to enhance existing high school science and biology curricula. The plans are accessible on DecodingCancer.org and will also be available to half of U.S. classrooms through Discovery Education’s award-winning Streaming Plus service.
  • Health and biomedical career profiles: More than a dozen profiles offer students a look into exciting and rewarding careers in the health and biomedical fields, such as a physician, pharmacist, researcher and social worker. Profiles include high school courses to consider, an average annual salary range, and a 'day in the life' snapshot.

  •  Family discussion guide: This guide offers thoughtful advice to adults on the best way to address the topic of cancer when a student is personally affected, and equips families with tools to facilitate meaningful conversations about this sensitive issue.

  • Virtual lab (COMING SOON): This virtual lab will allow students to act as virtual physicians and technicians. Students will test tissue samples from different breast cancer patients with the goal of determining possible treatment approaches based on the results.

“Cancer touches and deeply affects millions of people across the nation each and every day,” said Mark Case, science teacher at North Carolina’s Guilford County Schools. “That’s why it’s essential that we support the study of cancer in the classroom today and empower educators with engaging, dynamic tools they can easily integrate into instruction to teach their students about this topic and help them understand the emotional affects. I’m looking forward to using these cutting-edge resources in my classroom to help deepen my students’ understanding of the science behind cancer.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with these outstanding organizations to bring BioCONECT to a national audience,” said Deborah Toppmeyer, MD, Director of the LIFE Center and Chief Medical Officer at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. “Educating students about breast cancer, its risk factors and how to prevent it will hopefully lead to a better understanding of the disease and improved early detection.”

To learn more about the new program or to access the free resources, please visit www.decodingcancer.org.

About The Val Skinner Foundation
The Val Skinner Foundation was founded by former LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) champion, Val Skinner, to honor the memory of a friend and fellow professional golfer who passed away from breast cancer at 28 years old. The mission of the Val Skinner Foundation is to support organizations whose primary activities are centered on breast cancer research, treatment and education. A key element of the mission is to arm a younger generation of women and their families with information about cancer risk, early detection, and the importance of healthy practices.

About Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. As part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey is dedicated to improving the detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer, and to serving as an education resource for cancer prevention. Physician-scientists at the Cancer Institute engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice. The Val Skinner Foundation partnered with the Rutgers Cancer Institute and together founded the LIFE Center, a multidisciplinary team of breast cancer experts, including genetic counselors, medical oncologists, surgeons, and nurse practitioners who help young women better understand their personal risk to develop breast cancer and their knowledge of appropriate prevention and screening strategies. One component of the LIFE Center is to serve as a laboratory for the development and evaluation of novel educational tools and strategies for community education of young women and their families such as BioCONECT.

About Rutgers School of Public Health
Rutgers School of Public Health seeks to improve health and prevent disease in diverse populations in New Jersey and around the world through educating students to become well-qualified and effective public health leaders, researchers and practitioners; conducting research to advance public health science and policies; and providing service programs that promote population and individual health. The School educates a wide range of individuals in disciplines that greatly contribute to formal public health activities, in particular disciplines in biostatistics, dental public health, epidemiology, environmental and occupational health, health education and behavioral science, health systems and policy, and urban health administration. The School of Public Health has active research and services program addressing several areas in public health, including cancer prevention and education through programs such as BioCONECT.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, 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 in 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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NEF CyberLearning's 2016 STEM Leadership Award Goes to Lehighton Schools

This is a press release from the National Education Foundation

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2016 (PRNewswire) | National Education Foundation (NEF), the national nonprofit leader in K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education solutions, has announced Lehighton Schools, PA the winner of its 2016 STEM Leadership Award for $10,000.

Lehighton students advanced a grade level in math and reading in 26 and 27 learning hours respectively, a phenomenal achievement.

The STEM Leadership Award celebrates the exemplary implementation of the NEF-SUNY (State University of New York) STEM education solution including personalized learning, teacher stipends, student rewards, teacher and parent training.

According to Lehighton Superintendent JJ Cleaver and STEM academy director Charlie Bachert, "It is a great honor and privilege to be recognized with an award of this magnitude from such a prestigious group as NEF. We are fortunate to have such a strong partnership with NEF, and look forward to expanding our STEM program districtwide."

NEF Chairman Dr. Appu Kuttan and NEF national STEM academy director Prof. Anthony Betrus of the State University of New York at Potsdam stated, "NEF is concerned that the US is ranked 27th out of 34 countries in math and science. Our world-class STEM Academies across the nation will help students of disadvantaged schools improve their STEM skills, and better prepare them for jobs in the highly competitive 21st century global economy."

Lehighton's success stands out as a clear example of how to cost-effectively improve student achievement by involving and motivating all the stakeholders—students, teachers, parents and administrators.  

School districts in Canton, NY, Sidney, NE, Steubenville, OH, and Warren County, PA have also been recognized for their distinguished achievements in STEM. These distinguished honors carry monetary awards from NEF.

In addition to these annual awards, NEF provides 80% STEM matching grants to disadvantaged school districts nationwide. Lehighton's STEM+ academy was fully funded by the Federal QZAB (www.qzab.org) program and NEF's significant matching grant.

Through the QZAB, STEM+ and Adopt-A-School grant initiatives, NEF has created the most cost-effective and high-quality STEM+ education solution in the U.S, mapped to every state's standards.

NEF has STEM+ Academies in 20 states and in several major cities. NEF's ultimate goal is to provide STEM+ education to students in most disadvantaged school districts in the U.S. by 2020.

For information about NEF's grant programs for students, jobseekers, teachers and veterans, contact NEF at 703-823-9999 or visit www.cyberlearning.org

For STEM+ Academy Grants, visit: www.cyberlearning.org/stemgrant.

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Call for Entries in the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology

This is a press release from the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education

Registration Opens for Premier Research Competition, Chance to Win College Scholarships of up to $100,000

Regional Competition Rounds will be Conducted Virtually

​ISELIN, N.J., May 3, 2016 | Registration has opened for The 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology - the nation's premier science research competition for high school students. 

The Siemens Competition, established in 1999, is a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, administered by Discovery Education. Each year, the program invites high school students nationwide to submit original research projects in math, science and technology for the opportunity to win college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000. Students can compete as individuals or as members of a team. 

As with last year, the regional competition rounds will be held on-line in a secure virtual environment. Participants will present their projects via a secure cloud-based technology platform to a panel of judges who will be assembled at regional hosting universities in November. 

The regional judging will take place at six leading research universities across the country: California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame and The University of Texas at Austin. 

Winners of these Regional Finals will be invited to present their research in-person to nationally renowned scientists and mathematicians at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in December at The George Washington University.    

Last year’s Grand Prize individual winner utilized small plastic beads to remove sulfamethazine, a common contaminant, from drinking water in a way that was reusable and scalable in many of today’s water delivery systems. The winning team utilized a loofah sponge to help clean up oil from oil spills and then turn it into electricity which could be used to generate clean power i.e. for remote sensors.  The previous year, winning teams identified an approach to improve program obstacle avoidance for drones and self-driving cars, and a computer model that simulates how a tree will grow in varying conditions, which could improve current practices in harvesting timber and growing tree-based foods. 

Video, photos and bios of the 2015 finalists are available at: http://siemensusa.synapticdigital.com/US/SIEMENS-FOUNDATION/2015-siemens-competition-national-finals---gwu/s/3FD5D410-2F23-4EA7-97CC-B6A25DDDCCD0

The Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $95 million in the United States to advance workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math. The Siemens Foundation mission is inspired by the culture of innovation, research and continuous learning that is the hallmark of Siemens’ companies. For further information, visit www.siemens-foundation.org or follow @sfoundation.

Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12.  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 in the UK, and more than 50 countries. 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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Futurestep Survey: Executives Believe Women in STEM Roles Helps the Bottom Line

This is a press release from Korn Ferry

However – Less Than One-Third of Respondents Say Their Companies Require Female Candidates Be Part of STEM Recruiting Pool

May 3, 2016 — LOS ANGELES — (BUSINESS WIRE) | Companies that want to increase profits should work to increase the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) roles, according to an executive survey released today by the Futurestep division of Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY), the preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm.

Of the nearly 1,000 executive respondents from around the globe, 63 percent said having more women in STEM careers would have a “great impact” on their company’s bottom line.

However, less than one-third (30 percent) of respondents say their organizations either often or always require there be at least one female candidate as part of the process for hiring STEM employees.

“Clients who understand the positive cultural and financial impact of having women in STEM roles often require that women candidates be included in the recruiting mix,” said Samantha Wallace, Futurestep Technology Market Leader for North America. “This doesn’t mean that the women will get preferential treatment, it simply helps create a diverse pool from which to choose.”

Statistics point to a significant under-representation of women in STEM careers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), women comprise 48 percent of the U.S. workforce, but just 26 percent of STEM workers. In other words, about half as many women are working in STEM jobs as one might expect if gender representation in STEM professions mirrored the overall workforce.

In the Futurestep survey, the respondents said STEM careers are being considered by less than a quarter of the high school girls and college women they know (e.g. children, grandchildren, children of friends/colleagues).

“There are many reasons why today’s companies have a low percentage of female STEM workers, including the fact that fewer young women than young men are choosing this field as their college major and profession,” said Wallace. “The silver lining though, is that we do see a slow but positive trend for more women in these roles.”

More than half of respondents (59 percent) said there are more women in STEM careers in their organization than five years ago. In addition, 58 percent said having an employee referral program targeted toward women STEM recruits would have a great impact on finding qualified candidates.

“We see that companies that make diversity efforts core to their recruiting and retention strategies have a better chance of attracting and keeping the most dedicated, engaged and productive employees,” said Wallace. “It’s no surprise that our survey respondents say that they expect having more women STEM employees will have a positive impact on financial performance.”

About the survey*

There were 913 responses to the global executive survey, which took place in April 2016.

About Korn Ferry
Korn Ferry is the preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm. We help leaders, organizations, and societies succeed by releasing the full power and potential of people. Our nearly 7,000 colleagues deliver services through our Executive Search, Hay Group and Futurestep divisions. More information on Futurestep can be found at www.futurestep.com.

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