This way, Valtrex helps to regulate the immune system within a short period of time and restrict possibilities of the infected cells After the purchase of Ventolin the situation was changed a lot.
The doctor prescribed me Flagyl. Zithromax without prescriptionPremarin works just fine for me. I used this pill for three months after a full hysterectomy at the age of 50.

Experience Robotics Galore at Festival Expo 2016!

Robotics are not only quickly revolutionizing our everyday world but represent one of the fastest growing areas in STEM – from space exploration and surgery to auto engineering and assistance for the elderly and disabled. At Festival Expo 2016, find out what the excitement is all about with leading innovators and enthusiast groups in robotics as they demonstrate their amazing machines! Don´t miss exhibits by: Mazor Robotics (The Future of Spine and Neurosurgery); Museum of Science Fiction (Drones in Science Fiction); University of Massachusetts Lowell (Robotics and Voice Recognition); STEMs for Youth (Hands-On Robotics); Robot Work, LLC (Let´s Build Robots); NYU Tandon School of Engineering (Learning With Robots, Games and Biologics); Robotis (Make a Robot, Make a Difference); Robotics for Youth (A Whole Weekend to Discover Robotics), and many more, including the chance to build your own robot!

Join in on all the fun next weekend at the USA Science & Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.- April 15-16th!

Projects Highlighting LifeStraw®-Inspired Devices and Adhesive-Free Bridges Win the Vernier 2016 Engineering Contest

This is a press release from Vernier Software & Technology

STEM teachers awarded $5,500 each in cash and technology prizes for creative use of Vernier sensors in engineering education

BEAVERTON, Ore., April 7, 2016 (PRNewswire) | A high school teacher who combines chemistry with engineering and a college professor who runs a student engineering-design competition are the two Vernier Software & Technology 2016 Engineering Contest winners. Vernier, the leading worldwide innovator of real-time sensor data collection and graphing and analysis tools for science and engineering education, selected Carol Hsu of Clark College in Vancouver, WA and Linda Rost of Baker High School in Baker, MT for their innovative uses of Vernier sensors to teach engineering concepts.

"Since we began the Engineering Contest three years ago, we've been thrilled with the creativity of our nation's educators to bring engineering concepts into the science classroom," said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. "We are eager to celebrate and share exciting techniques that engage the next generation of engineers and scientists through innovative, hands-on learning and data-collection exploration."

The winning pair will each receive $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend the 2016 National Science Teachers' Association (NSTA) STEM conference or the 2016 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference.

To enter, educators submitted a video showcasing an engaging engineering project featuring Vernier sensors. A panel of Vernier educational professionals judged the submissions on their innovative ideas, engineering objectives, and the ease by which others can replicate the project. Judges also considered how middle and high school submissions addressed the engineering practices outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

The Winning Projects 
In Rost's LifeStraw® project, chemistry students were challenged to design and test a water filter that could lower turbidity and correct low pH and high salinity. Students were divided into subgroups of either scientists or engineers. The scientists used Vernier sensors to test each filtered sample to determine the effect on the three parameters (turbidity, pH, and salinity) and then the engineers used the information the scientists provided to design their filter. The two groups worked together throughout the design process to produce and test three prototypes.

In Hsu's student-run "Quarterly Engineering Design Competition," engineering students at Clark College designed bridges made out of a single material without adhesives. Their peers voted and developed rules for the competition that encouraged students to get creative by building bridges out of wood, metal, plastics, or cardboard. Students used the Vernier Structures & Materials Tester in conjunction with Logger Pro data-collection software.

Other notable entries include "Chloroplast Solar Cell Challenge: Implementing NGSS and Engineering in Biology" by Rost, "Forced Response of a Rigid-Body Pendulum" by Mario Gomes of Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, and "Pi in the Sky" by Jeremy Peterson of Northern Lakes Regional Academy in Lake, WI.

To watch videos of the 2016 winning projects in action or to learn more about the winners, visit

To learn more about the Engineering Contest, visit

About Vernier Software & Technology 
Vernier Software & Technology has been the leading innovator of scientific data-collection technology for 35 years. Focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Vernier is dedicated to developing creative ways to teach and learn 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


Tinker and Change the World! Meet the Hottest Innovators in DIY at Festival Expo 2016

No doubt about it:  The Do It Yourself (DIY), or Maker Movement – made up of everyday students and adults who are driven by the desire to create and apply technology like never before – are helping to change the direction of innovation. Experience the excitement of DIY at Festival Expo 2016 (aptly dubbed the ¨Super Bowl¨ of STEM) with some of the best hackers in the business, including exhibits by Technology Will Save Us; ActoBiotics; Scope STEAM in 3D; Tech Shop DC-Arlington; Go Rogue!; Black Girls CODE; Antioch College (EPA P3); Ultimaker; Auburn University (EPA P3); 3D Herndon, Imade3D, and Shapeways.

Discovery Education Observes Earth Day With Virtual Expedition And Exclusive New Digital Resources Supporting K-12 Science Instruction

This is a press release from Discovery Education

Compelling Digital Content, Including Exclusive Under the Sea Footage from Ocean First Education, Inspires Students’ Curiosity in Science and Encourages Appreciation for the Environment

Silver Spring, Md. (April 4, 2016) | Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, is helping educators nationwide observe Earth Day with a variety of dynamic new resources supporting classroom lessons focused on marine science, biodiversity, conservation, and other critical science topics.  These new learning tools, which have been reviewed by Discovery Education’s expert curriculum team and are aligned to state standards, have been added to Discovery Education’s website as well as its award-winning services, Discovery Education Streaming Plus and the Discovery Education Science Techbook™.

Among the new resources available is an exciting underwater expedition created in partnership with Ocean First Education. During this unique experience, students will study the biodiversity of the coral reefs of the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific Oceans, and learn how shifting land masses impacted the number and types of organisms in these regions. Appropriate for grades K-12, the expedition features interviews with Ocean First Education founder Graham Casden, director of science and research Caine Delacy, and director of curriculum development Catherine E. Christopher, who discuss marine ecology and biology, the effects of mankind and evolution on our oceans, and the role students can play in protecting the health of our ocean for future generations. It also features Ocean First Education video and photographs from underwater research dives around the world. This expedition, as well as grade-band specific classroom resources that can be integrated into instruction to support Earth Day-related lessons, is available to educators at no cost at

Educators using these resources will receive a free, 60-day trial of Discovery Education’s Science Techbook. In addition, on April 22, from 1:00 - 1:30 PM ET, Discovery Education and Ocean First Education will host a “Meet The Marine Experts” Twitter chat. Tune in to @DiscoveryEd on Twitter with the hashtag #EarthDay2016 for a live question and answer session with Ocean First Education’s team of experts.

Discovery Education has also added new digital resources supporting science instruction to its award-winning services. The following content has been added to the Discovery Education Science Techbook to support educators as they engage students in science topics as part of their Earth Day observances:

  • Full Racing Extinction documentary – Discovery Channel’s Racing Extinction documentary examines the loss of biodiversity, and its effect on humanity, and solutions that inspire hope for a more sustainable future. Students will be inspired to think beyond the walls of their classroom to tackle some of our planet’s most critical issues. This content is suitable for use with students in grades 6-12.
  • Rodney Raccoon Goes Green – Produced by Wayout Kids and Smith Show Entertainment, this content uses musical numbers and roundtable discussions to communicate ways to stay green, and helps students learn environmentally friendly habits. This content is suitable for use with students in grades K-5.
  • Weather Things: Climate and Climate Change – This content, produced by Metstorm, examines the effects of natural and human-caused climate change, including a profile on carbon dioxide and the warming oceans. Students can learn how climate change is measured and ways to keep the earth in balance. This content is suitable for use with students in grades 6-8.
  • Polar Bears International Virtual Field Trip – Produced by Discovery Education, this archived virtual field trip presents a discussion between a group of Arctic researchers about the disappearance of sea ice in the Arctic. Students will gain knowledge of the effect this phenomenon has on the polar bear population. This content is suitable for use with students in grades K-12.

In addition, new content from the following leading publishers and content providers is now available to Discovery Education Streaming Plus subscribers:

  • Wilderness Productions: In 23 newly-added titles from Discovery Digital Network’s series Breaking Trail with Coyote Peterson, students will embark on a virtual journey through nature, bringing them up-close with wildlife in some of the most amazing environments throughout North America. Along the way, students will encounter everything from manatees to iguanas while learning more about the biological science behind their behavior and appearance along the way. This content is suitable for use with students in grades K-8.
  • Bennett-Watt Entertainment: These 21 new titles from Discoveries America National Parks explore the National Park Service and the magnificent resources they protect. Students will be transported to some of the most famous locations across the United States and learn about the historical context behind these national monuments and memorials. This content is suitable for use with students in grades 3-12.
  • FortunaPIX: In 28 fascinating 3D videos, abstract concepts are transformed into visually engaging learning experiences for students, exploring a variety of science topics including plants and seeds, geology, and the internal structure of Earth, among others. This content is suitable for use with students in grades 6-12.

“Discovery Education’s compelling digital content helps me connect Earth Day to the scientific topics  my class is currently engaged in,” said Margie Rogers, technology integration specialist at Waynesville R-VI School District in Missouri. “I plan to integrate these resources into my existing lessons, as they will help me bring science concepts to life for my students in a way a textbook cannot.”

“Earth Day is the perfect opportunity for students and teachers to engage in scientific questions related to our planet and the environment,”  said Kelli Campbell, senior vice president and digital learning officer at Discovery Education. “We are proud to support educators with relevant, up-to-date digital resources that will inspire students to study our planet and be wise stewards of our natural resources.” 

For more information on Discovery Education Streaming Plus, Discovery Education Science Techbook and other Discovery Education services and initiatives, visit

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, over 40 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

About Ocean First Education
Founded in 2008 and based in Boulder, Colorado, Ocean First Education provides innovative and dynamic online marine science courses for middle school through adult learners. Our team of educators, scientists and researchers are committed to increasing awareness of marine environments and engaging students through interactive experiences. Ocean First Education is grounded in its mission to inspire our students, teachers and community to become stewards of the sea. For more information, visit


Increasing Women in STEM: Festival Expo 2016 Spotlights Organizations Making a Difference

America’s future success as a global leader in technology depends largely upon attracting and retaining a diverse representation of women in the STEM workplace of tomorrow. At Festival Expo 2016 in April, discover the dynamic organizations who are reaching out to girls and women in exciting ways to inspire them early in STEM – and how these programs are making a difference. Organization such as: MIT Society of Women EngineersWomen of InfoComm Network; Cyberjutsu Girls; Young Women in Bio; Association for Women in Mathematics; National Science FoundationSociety of Women Engineers; National Center for Women & Information Technology; National Society of Black Engineers; National Society of Hispanic Physicists, and Benignant STEM Innovation Foundation.

Join us at the USA Science & Engineering Festival at the Washington Convention Center April 15-16th!

#NSTA16 Nashville: Where Science Teachers Are the Rock Stars!

This is a guest blog by Patricia Hillyer, 7th grade science teacher from Matawan Aberdeen Middle School, Cliffwood, NJ

My initial goal for the 2016 NSTA National Conference on Science Education (which took place in Nashville March 31-April 3) was solely to present my project (my baby). And just like having a baby… it seemed like a good idea at the time (doing a hands-on presentation in a city to which I needed to fly)… and it was much harder than it looked. I knew I wanted my presentation to be hands-on, and I needed to get materials to my destination. $70 FedEx payment later (I had to mail my scissors since I didn’t want TSA to detain me) and a little traveling was how I started.


But once the hard part was over, the magical part began! My trip became so much more about people and connections and building up our students. It became inspiring and empowering.

I  did a total of three presentations at this conference. Two were talks. Okay, well, one talk was all about me, and (truth be told) most of what I did at the conference was talk about me! Why was I wearing a tiara (apparently that isn’t normal), why did I have a paper person of myself (again, not normal?), why was I taking so many darn pictures? All roads lead to talking about me… what? You don’t know who I am? I’m kind of a big deal around here. And by “here” I mean “in my mind.” And I hope all my fellow teachers felt that way at the conference, because that seems to be the point. You get out of the classroom for a week and get a chance to focus on yourself and your profession.

DuPont: My Opening Number

My first talk was about social media. I was charged with breaking the Internet at DuPont’s Sponsored teacher’s breakfast and teaching the rock stars in attendance the advantages of social media: To promote our craft and highlight our success. One of the best uses of social media for science teachers is to find other empowered teachers and build a professional learning network (PLN). We didn’t quite break the Internet, but we did do lots of hashtagging about #ITouchTheFuture and the #challengerlegacy. Check out the hashtags on twitter to see what teachers are saying!

My second talk was about my profession, finding a mentor, and how my champion has impacted me. Here’s an excerpt from my talk:

DuPont has empowered me from the first time I arrived at The DuPont Challenge booth at the National Science Teacher’s Convention in Boston. They have allowed me to come into my own and shine. They supported me at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in DC, brought me in to shadow the national Agriculture Ambassadors academy in the summer even as a non ag teacher, and sponsored me last year at the convention in Chicago. Since Boston, DuPont has mentored me, molded me and empowered me. They have allowed me to have a hand up. Reminded me that I am worthy, I am not JUST a teacher… AND I AM AN INSPIRED TEACHER, a rock star, and I am charged with changing the lives of the young people I am given every September. There is no greater responsibility that I have than mentoring, molding and empowering my own students, like DuPont did for me, each and every day. Everyone needs a champion! My inspiration and my champion is PJ Simon.

My Closing Act

My last presentation was actually what I feel I do best, project-based learning, hands-on demonstration. This Efficient House is a year-long project that I love to promote. This is what I came to do! Show off my students’ work and show other teachers how to highlight student success. My only regret is only being given an hour! 

In reflecting back on the few days here, I found I made so many connections, most were (extra)ordinary people, nameless to me, just being themselves-and everyone I met were inspiring! Now I have a network of science teacher rock stars to lift me up and to reach out to when my day is less than stellar.

All of the people pictured below touched my trip in some way. From helping me with my presentation, giving me hope for humanity, maybe something as little as a kind word, helping me load my luggage onto the bus (remember all that stuff I packed for the conference?), inviting me to sit with them at lunch when I was by myself (big shout out to hot chicken and Hattie Bs)…and as big as giving me boosting, supportive life lessons (and believe me, there were many this trip but three deserve special mention: Lauren Jonas– your encouragement has been uplifting and reassuring. Dr. Scobee Rodgers– if you don’t know her story, look up her childhood, read her books, you won’t be sorry. PJ Simon– always my champion, but her dad sealed the deal with his words of wisdom for me Friday night, big hugs to you Mr. Simon.

These few days have been magical. Many connections that I will never forget. I’m Patricia Hillyer, 7th grade science Rock Star from Matawan Aberdeen Middle School, Cliffwood, NJ and I touch the future. I teach. Please follow me on twitter @iHillyer and #LilHil to view all my connections at #NSTA16.


DiscoverE Announces 2016 New Faces of Engineering Honorees

This is a press release from DiscoverE

Washington DC, April 4, 2016 | DiscoverE today announced the 2016 class of New Faces of Engineering honorees.
Since 2003, DiscoverE has presented this award to honor the work of up-and-coming engineers who are making their mark on their industry.  National engineering societies nominate colleagues 30 years old or younger for consideration. This highly coveted award is recognized as a top honor for young engineers by their peers in the engineering community, and continues to grow in prestige.
This year’s class includes 12 young professionals innovating solutions throughout a cross-section of industries, including energy, technology, water resources, medicine, aerospace and the environment. Many previous honorees have gone on to launch global businesses and NGOs.
These talented individuals are also recognized for having dedicated themselves to using their skills and education to help engender a better world.  From developing sustainable solutions to address water resource issues to envisioning the transportation systems of tomorrow, these young engineers serve as inspirations both for their peers and for the next generations coming up behind them.
2016 New Faces Professional Bios
August “Gus” Boschert, P.E.
Award Year: 2016
Employer: Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.
Nominated By: National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) 
Type: Mechanical Engineer
Education: United States Military Academy/B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Duke University/Masters of Engineering Management
August (‘Gus’), 30, works with the Department of Defense to identify innovative ways to help the Army, Navy, and Air Force bring water, food, and electrical power to areas whose airports and seaports have been destroyed by floods or natural disasters.  Prior to working in the private sector, Gus served as an Army Engineer for five years, with tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Last year, he was elected as President of the local National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) chapter.  Gus, along with fellow members of NSPE, participates annually in the Discover Engineering Family Day in Washington, D.C.
Anne Dare, Ph.D., EIT
Award Year: 2016
Employer: Purdue University
Nominated by: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
Type: Agricultural and Biological Engineer
Anne, 29, has realized her professional passion to work with farmers to resolve resource concerns. To prepare for a career at the crossroads of science, engineering, technology, and policy, she earned a Ph.D. at Purdue University. While there, she advanced the understanding of the linkages between arid land water management, food security, and rural sanitation solutions while working across Palestine, Tunisia, and Qatar. Anne is a co-founder of Purdue’s Engineering Innovation for International Development (I2D) Lab, working to sustainably solve global development challenges and was an invited expert to the Farmer-to-Farmer program with Universidad de Los Llanos in Colombia. She was recently selected for a fellowship with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington DC.

Toby Deen, P.E.
Award Year: 2016
Employer: Devon Energy
Nominated By: Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
Type: Operations Engineer
Education: University of Oklahoma/B.S., Petroleum Engineering

Toby, 29, believes that access to affordable energy is a key element for economic prosperity and also the main driver for increased quality of life and living standards around the world.  Toby develops systems, processes and strategies for extracting oil and gas from the ground in the safest and most efficient ways possible. Ever mindful of the power of mentoring, and to show his gratitude to those who mentored him, Toby is committed to paying it forward. He started the OKC SPE Future Trailblazers Mentoring Program, a program that provides local professional mentors to help engineering students who don’t have industry contacts. Toby is also a director for Hope Retreat Ranch, a non-profit he and his family started in 2011. Hope Retreat Ranch provides equine-assisted activities for children with disabilities to improve motor skills, decrease anxiety, and educate visitors about animals and nature.
Bryony DuPont, Ph.D.
Award Year: 2016
Employer: Oregon State University
Nominated: ASME
Type: Mechanical Engineer
Education: Case Western Reserve University/B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University/M.S., Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
An Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU), Bryony, 30, is also a designer and builder of advanced computer algorithms.  Bryony’s work is focused at the intersection of artificial intelligence and sustainability, to design renewable energy systems and sustainable products that are more adaptable to the real world.  Outside the lab and classroom, Bryony’s outreach activities encourage young women to pursue engineering education and careers. She runs an engineering design workshop for girls through middle-school outreach programs, where students use KNEX to make and race cars to learn about engineering design trade-offs.  She also serves as the faculty lead for Project X, a student-run organization that sponsors engineering workshops, educational videos, and hands-on engineering experiences designed for middle and high school students.
Rose Faghih, Ph.D.
Award Year: 2016
Employer: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nominated By: IEEE-USA
Type: Electrical Engineer
Education: The University of Maryland/B.S, Electrical Engineering (Summa cum Laude, Electrical Engineering Honors Citation)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology/M.S., Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Ph.D., Electrical Engineering & Computer Science with Minor in Mathematics
Even as a child, Rose, 30, had a passion for solving mathematical brainteasers. With this passion, she maintained a perfect GPA throughout her undergraduate as well as Ph.D. studies. Today, she applies that passion to her work in biomedical engineering by approaching complex problems about how the body works as elaborate puzzles to be solved. This enables her to develop mathematical algorithms that contribute to advancement of medical sciences. For example, during her Ph.D. studies, Rose answered important questions in neuroendocrine data analysis and control by studying cortisol secretion (a steroid hormone). Today, she is planning to build a device to help patients with cortisol deficiency. She has published multiple peer-reviewed journal papers, and presented at several conferences. Besides her passion for STEM, Rose has published two books of poetry.
Darvin Griffin, Ph.D.
Award Year: 2016
Employer: Cornell University
Nominated By: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Type: Biomedical Engineer
Education: Mississippi State University/B.S., Biological Engineering
Cornell University/M.S., Biomedical Engineering; Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering
Darvin, 29, is part of a research group at Cornell University’s Bonassar Lab, assessing treatments for cartilage repair in the knee, which is associated with loss of function and long-term complications such as osteoarthritis. He has received many honors and awards, including the 2015 NSBE Mike Shinn Distinguished Graduate Student of the Year and prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. For four consecutive years, he has served as a mentor and role model to minority students in STEM fields at the middle school and college levels. 
Rajan Jha, MS, EIT, AM. ASCE
Award Year: 2016
Employer: ARCADIS
Nominated by: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Type:  Water Resource Engineer
Education: Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India, BS; Virginia Tech, MS
Rajan, 29, who came to the U.S. from India in 2011, is fulfilling his dream to deliver clean water to developing economies and protect households from floods. As a project engineer, he develops environmentally sustainable solutions for water resources, bringing polluted rivers back to healthy ecosystems and rehabilitating and restoring streams and waterways. His work for ARCADIS involves inspecting more than 5,000 storm water structures and rehabilitating extensive sewer networks. Rajan has been honored at the ASCE World Water Congress for his research that collected data from over 1,500 rivers and streams around the world. He volunteers for Engineers Without Borders and designed a well and water distribution network in Kafue, Zambia.
Tasha Kamegai-Karadi
Award Year: 2016
Employer: Geosyntec Consultants
Nominated By: Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Type: Environmental Engineer
Education: University of California Berkeley /B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering
Stanford University/ M.S., Environmental Engineering and Science
Tasha, 28, has built her career on protecting the environment.  A groundwater expert at Geosyntec, she designs solutions that remediate contaminated groundwater and soil. She also manages field investigations to assess vapor intrusion and designs solutions to protect building occupants. At UC Berkeley, Tasha assisted with research to reduce mercury contamination in wetlands and, while at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, she conducted structural analysis and high purity water treatment design for nuclear submarines. Tasha’s early love of science was inspired by her mother, a single parent who pursued degrees in biochemistry and genetics. After her mother’s passing, Tasha honored her by advocating for women’s mental health in engineering. Tasha has lectured at the Society of Women Engineer’s largest conference on “Breaking Down Stigmas and Building Awareness: Mental Health”.
Bridget Osborn, P.E.

Award Year: 2016
Employer: HR Green, Inc.
Nominated by: American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
Type: Water Resource Engineer
Education: University of Wisconsin, BS in Geology 2009; University of Minnesota, BS in Geological Engineering, 2009
Bridget, 30, helps her clients manage surface water and creates innovative, practical solutions for managing storm water and other runoff. Her design of iron enhanced sand filter systems within a redeveloped brownfields site earned her a project of the year award from the Capitol Region Watershed District. Bridget is a strong advocate for education about alternative uses for storm water and has presented at multiple conferences. She played a key role in designing two new golf course irrigation systems that reduced pollution to a downstream phosphorous impaired lake and eased strain on a fast-depleting aquifer. Bridget is the 2014 recipient of the Minnesota Council’s Emerging Leader Award for her commitment to encouraging the involvement of new and aspiring engineers, works with Habitat for Humanity and is a judge for the Minnesota Future City middle school engineering
Amrika Ramjewan
Award Year: 2016
Employer: Ministry of Public Administration
Nominated: Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)
Type: Industrial Engineer
Education: The University of the West Indies/BCs, Industrial Engineering
The University of Manchester/MSc, Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis
Amrika, 26, works to improve and modernize various public services as a Service Improvement Specialist with the Ministry of Public Administration in Trinidad and Tobago. Using Lean and Six Sigma improvement approaches, Amrika developed a process that reduced waiting time to access outpatient care at the Scarborough General Hospital in Tobago by 30%. She also worked with the National Archives of Trinidad & Tobago to streamline its operations and start the digitization of its record collections. Amrika is a founding member of the Industrial Engineers of the Caribbean (IEC), a local chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE).
Rachel Romero, P.E.
Award Year: 2016
Employer: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Nominated by: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning
Engineers (ASHRAE)
Type: Energy Engineer
Education: Hope College in Holland, MI, Mechanical Engineering; University of Colorado, Civil Engineering in Building Systems
Rachel, 29, focuses on practical solutions for renewable and efficient energy across the nation. As a Project Leader for the Department of Homeland Security’s energy management program through NREL, she has provided energy efficiency and renewable energy technical assistance for DHS labs and sites as well as for iconic federal buildings around Washington DC. Rachel organized the 2016 Race to Zero Student Design Competition, in which college students are challenged to become the next generation of building science professionals for zero-energy ready homes. Rachel volunteers on the ASHRAE Presidential Elect Advisory committee and recently received an award for Individual Excellence for her work co-chairing the Rocky Mountain committee for Young Engineers in ASHRAE.
Kayley Seawright

Award Year: 2016
Employer: Boeing
Nominated by: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Type: Mechanical and Structural Analysis Engineer
Education: Clemson University 2014
Kayley, 23, works as a stress analyst for the Boeing Company’s Aeromechanics Technology group. Her work supports the development of Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation system, CST-100, that will provide NASA with transportation to and from the International Space Station. A member of AIAA and the Society of Women Engineers, Kayley served as Clemson University’s ’13- ’14 student body president, advocating for 20,000 students and approving a budget of $1.6 million. She also works with Boeing’s DreamLearners program, mentoring and teaching younger students what it means to be an engineer.
About DiscoverE
DiscoverE is leading a growing volunteer movement that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering. Our network of volunteers in the US and abroad is drawn from the DiscoverE coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences and making science and math relevant. For more information, visit


If Ocean Exploration is Your Thing, Dive in at Festival Expo 2016!

Oceanography continues to explore the many facets of the sea that fascinate us -- from underwater robots and the secret lives of sharks and whales, to climate change, fossils, energy, and high-tech ship engineering. At the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on April 16-17, be prepared to be wowed by interactive exhibits from these ocean science innovators: Marine Technology Society; Consortium of Aquatic Sciences Society;  Ocean Conservancy; U.S. Geological Survey; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Acoustical Society of America, and SeaWorld.

Lockheed Martin and Space X Among Aerospace Leaders Set to Wow Audiences at Festival Expo 2016!

Aerospace science and engineering is one of the hottest fields in STEM today, which is why you do not want to miss two of the most exciting innovators in this frontier  -- Lockheed Martin and Space X -- when they exhibit at Festival Expo 2016 on April 16-17.  Lockheed Martin (returning as the founding and host sponsor of the Festival) will wow Festival-goers with an array of interactive, high-tech aerospace demonstrations and activities -- ranging from visitors experiencing first-hand the F-16 Cockpit Demonstrator, to gaining insight into the company's innovations in space exploration and national security. SpaceX, the company founded by the  legendary visionary Elon Musk, will provide fascinating insights into how it is revolutionizing space transportation through its design, manufacturing and launching of some of the world´s most advanced rockets and spacecraft.

Fathom Dedicates July Dominican Republic Voyage to STEM for Students and Teachers

This is a press release from Fathom

The pioneer in social impact travel hosts the 5th annual International Clean Tech Competition, showcasing some of the world's best and brightest young minds

SEATTLE, March 29, 2016 (PRNewswire) | Fathom, the pioneer in social impact travel and Carnival Corporation's (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) 10th and newest brand, today announced it is tailoring Fathom's July 17 Dominican Republic voyage to the exploration and study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Fathom is committed to increasing interest in these topics to help build confidence among children and young adults to pursue and succeed in STEM studies. The brand will also host this year's highly anticipated Clean Tech Competition, a unique worldwide research and design challenge for pre-college youth.

Presenting an ideal venue for learning, the seven-day charter sailing will equip educators of all grades, as well as staff members of colleges specializing in teacher education, with the tools they need to change the course of the future and highlight the importance of STEM in their curriculums. The voyage will also provide a stimulating environment for school-aged travelers to unleash and pursue their interest in STEM outside of a traditional classroom setting.

Renowned Scientist and Educator Collaborating on Programming

For the STEM-focused voyage, Fathom is working alongside scientist and educator Ray Ann Havasy, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL), to develop the interactive workshops for educators and scholastic sessions for school-aged travelers. Dr. Havasy has dedicated her life to educating youth about the wonders of science and how to apply scientific knowledge. Her own career demonstrates how STEM expertise can be applied in fascinating ways. Early in her career when Dr. Havasy worked for the Dinosaur Society, she served as advisor to Steven Spielberg in the making of Jurassic Park. Following filming, Spielberg donated the dinosaurs and props to the Society and Dr. Havasy created an international traveling exhibit called "The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park."

"It is so exciting that educators will learn while on board and then teach other educators in the Dominican Republic about STEM," said Havasy. "It is a great opportunity for them and we are so delighted to be able to pilot this unique program with Fathom."

According to Dr. Havasy, practical hands-on activities and engaging, interactive learning environments are imperative to successfully inspiring interest in STEM learning. The programs she is developing for the Fathom sailing will emphasize those principles and will feature the following:

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

This first-of-its-kind STEM cruise will host the Clean Tech Competition, which focuses on the scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. Talented students from around the world gather once a year to showcase their creative solutions based on an issue grounded in core technological competency areas and focuses on the next great engineering challenges. The competition is designed to foster a deeper understanding of STEM-related concepts, recognize outstanding talent, and prepare the next generation of globally competitive innovators. This year's challenge focuses on developing a meaningful solution to help "Make an Impact" by offsetting humans' negative effects on the planet. The winning team will receive an award of $10,000.

Not only will the winning team earn a monetary prize but they will also be able to develop an ongoing relationship with a professor who will serve as a long-time mentor and assist them in furthering their work and education.

"We are honored to host the first ever STEM sailing and be a part of such a highly respected international competition led by our world's young scientists, engineers and innovators," said Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation. "We are eager to see their world-changing ideas, while giving likeminded educators and students an opportunity to connect and make a difference in the local communities of the Dominican Republic."

STEM Activities Augmented by Social Impact Experiences

As with other social impact trips to the Dominican Republic, Fathom's on-ground activities will include exchanges between U.S. and Dominican teachers to help them integrate more STEM curriculum into their schools. In addition to this aspect of the cruise, all Fathom travelers will have the opportunity to work alongside Fathom's Dominican partners and communities to learn, share and give back in a hands-on way.

Fathom offers a broad range of authentic impact activities – focusing on education, environment, and economic development. The brand has developed close partnerships with organizations with deep roots in the Dominican Republic so the activities travelers participate in will have an immediate and lasting impact, tailored specifically to what each community needs most. Fathom travelers can participate in a wide range of exciting impact activities both onboard and on-ground, while exchanging cultures and customs with Dominican families. Specific impact activities include building water filters for Dominican homes; helping a women's cooperative produce artisan chocolates; improving homes and common areas in impoverished communities; assisting arts and crafts entrepreneurs; participating in community English-language retention activities; and supporting reforestation efforts.

Fathom's STEM sailing is a first of its kind in which educators can learn, share and motivate each other – and continuing their education credentials and supporting talented pre-college youth from around the world. They may do all this while collectively impacting the lives of thousands of Dominicans through organized social impact activities. Prices for the seven-day STEM trip to the Dominican Republic start at $1,265 per person, excluding taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard social impact immersion experiences, three on-shore social impact activities and related supplies. To secure a spot on the STEM sailing, a fully refundable 50 percent per person deposit is required for all cabin categories and occupancy levels. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. To reserve a spot on future sailings, travelers may call 1-855-932-8466 or work with a travel professional. Learn more at

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

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

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

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



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