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The Topplers Domino Award to Open Nationwide

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A Unique Competition For Computer Science Students This Fall

Do you believe that technology can make a positive difference in the world? 
So does Topplers
That’s why Topplers created the Domino Award in 2002, to encourage students to “think big” by seeing first-hand how computer scientists have significantly impacted modern society, and inspires the next generation of innovators to think about how their own work can make a positive impact on the world. 
For the first time, this competition is open to any undergraduate student studying computer science at a college or university in the United States. A 500-word essay, honoring the work of a computer scientist who has made a positive impact on the world, is all it takes to enter. Winners will be taken on an all-expenses paid trip to the South-by-Southwest Interactive Festival in March 2015.
“What’s so amazing about this opportunity is that it allows you to take inspiration from things that you might have never imagined yourself taking inspiration from.”
-Alex Tsankov
, 2013 Domino Award winner
Inspired by Domino Theory, where one small action can set off a chain of events that leads to a much bigger impact, the Domino Award aims to set in motion a shift in thinking for students as they prepare to enter the fast-growing technology sector.  This amazing opportunity to meet their tech heroes and ask them questions, see how the latest innovations are being applied to solve problems, and to network with fellow students and technologists, expands students’ horizons, introduces new possibilities for meaningful work and can change the trajectory of their lives.
“I’m inspired to do great things now.”
-Valerie Chang
, 2012 Domino Award winner 
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International Association for STEM Leaders Gives i-STEM National STEM Professional Development Leadership Award

This is a press release from the International Association for STEM Leaders

The International Association fro STEM Leaders (IASL) awarded i-STEM its The National STEM Professional Development Leadership Award. i-STEM is a professional development institute for teachers that enhances their STEM teaching, learning skills, and pedagogy. Teachers, administrators and school leaders apply from across the State of Idaho to attend the institute and many other states have followed this significant model. Associate Professor Dr. Louis Nadelson and Ms. Anne Seifert, K12 STEM Outreach Program Manager, i-STEM Executive Director, were on hand to accept this award.
Louis S. Nadelson is an associate professor and lead researcher for the Center for the School of the Future in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education at Utah State University. He has a BS from Colorado State University, a BA from the Evergreen State College, a MEd from Western Washington University, and a PhD in educational psychology from UNLV. His scholarly interests include all areas of STEM teaching and learning, inservice and preservice teacher professional development, program evaluation, multidisciplinary research, and conceptual change. Dr. Nadelson uses his over 20 years of high school and college math, science, computer science, and engineering teaching to frame his research on STEM teaching and learning. He brings a unique perspective of research, bridging experience with practice and theory to explore a range of interests in STEM teaching and learning.

Next 20 Registrants for Arizona State University's Higher Education Maker Summit Receive a Complimentary Book from Mark Hatch

Arizona State University's Higher Education Maker Summit
Be among the next 20 to register to receive a complimentary copy of The Maker Movement Manifesto, signed by Mark Hatch, TechShop CEO and co-founder! Register today for the Higher Education Maker Summit. Join higher education leaders, acclaimed innovators, and pioneers in the maker movement for this two-day event focused on the future of making. The event features breakout sessions, skill-building workshops and networking events, as well as multiple keynote speakers that include makers such as Mark Hatch; Dale Dougherty, founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc.; a number of exciting TED Fellows; and many others.
Thursday, Oct. 23 - Friday, Oct. 24
With optional mixer events on the evenings of Oct. 22 and 23
The ASU Chandler Innovation Center
249 E. Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ 85225 [map]
Register online. The cost per registrant is $195 (includes continental breakfast and lunch for both conference days). Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. The registration deadline is Friday, October 3.
A limited number of rooms are available at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort at a discounted rate of $109/night (plus applicable taxes and fees). To secure a reservation with the discounted rate, book your reservation online using discount code B1Q. Discounted rates are available until September 22.
Interested in speaking at the Higher Education Maker Summit? We have a limited number of speaking spaces available; to inquire, complete our online form.
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Samsung Launches its Fifth Annual $2 million Solve for Tomorrow Contest for U.S. Public Schools

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Company aims to inspire student interest in science, technology, engineering and math through community-based learning

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., September 8, 2014 | Samsung today announced that entries are open for the fifth annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest – a nationwide competition to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by challenging students and teachers to tackle critical issues across the country. Through the competition’s community-based learning approach, youth take topics out of traditional classroom settings and explore, in a hands-on way, how these subjects address core problems that impact their lives and their regions.  
“At Samsung, we know that interest in science, technology, engineering and math is critical for the jobs of today, the future of tomorrow and our long-term business success,” said David Steel, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics North America. “By launching the Solve for Tomorrow Contest for a fifth year, our goal is to excite students about these subjects and provide schools with the resources to continue fostering the innovators of tomorrow. We saw very strong community impact and engagement last year, and we’re looking forward to building on that momentum.”
The first 5,000 teachers to enter from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will receive a professional development course from PBS TeacherLine; entries close on October 31, 2014. In November, 255 state finalists will be selected and from that pool, 51 state winners (representing all 50 states and Washington, D.C.) will be announced in December. Of the state winners, 15 will be selected as national finalists and will present their projects to a live panel of judges in March. Five national grand prize winners will then be selected by a panel of judges, Samsung employees and public online voters.
Additionally three special awards will be given by DIRECTV, the National Environmental Education Foundation and Digital Promise to contestants in the 51 state winner pool who will be recognized for their pioneering use of math, environmental innovation and civic engagement, respectively. Throughout the competition, approximately $2 million* of prizes will be presented by Samsung, Adobe, Fortune, PBS TeacherLine, DIRECTV, the National Environmental Education Foundation and Digital Promise.  
“Science, technology, engineering, and math are vital for success in most 21st century careers. If you are looking for a fun and challenging way to engage your students in STEM, look no further than the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest,” said Kimberly Bloch, a teacher from Sunburst Middle School in Montana who led her eighth grade class to win the 2013-2014 Solve for Tomorrow competition. “I strongly encourage all teachers to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest by answering the three simple questions and engaging your students in the exciting world of STEM. You never know where this challenge could lead. It could lead right to the White House, like it led us!”
Last year, more than 2,300 schools from every state and the District of Columbia entered the challenge; five teams were named national grand prize winners, and one of the winning teams attended the White House Science Fair as honored guests for their work in the competition.
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest was created in 2010 to encourage innovation while addressing the technology gap in classrooms across the country. The competition is a Samsung Solve for Tomorrow initiative which aims to engage students nationwide in active, hands-on STEM learning. Since 2004, Samsung has provided more than $15 million in technology to more than 750 public schools in the United States.
To enter or to learn more about the competition and past winners, please visit:
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About Samsung Electronics North America 
Samsung Electronics North America (NAHQ), based in Ridgefield Park, NJ, is an arm of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. The company markets a broad range of award-winning consumer electronics, information systems, and home appliance products, as well as oversees all of Samsung’s North American brand management including Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC and Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. As a result of its commitment to innovation and unique design, Samsung is one of the most decorated brands in the electronics industry. For more information, please visit You can also Fan Samsung on or follow Samsung via Twitter @SamsungTweets.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, tablets, personal computers, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion. To discover more, please visit

TCS goIT Program Inspires Students in 11 U.S. Cities on STEM Careers

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National Expansion in Program's Sixth Year Marks Scaling of Industry-Led Solution for STEM Education and Career Readiness

NEW YORK and MUMBAI, India, Sept. 4, 2014 (PRNewswire) | Tata Consultancy Services (BSE: 532540, NYSE: TCS), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, today announced the completion of the company's sixth and most successful year of its goIT Student Technology Awareness Program, with a national expansion that now includes 11 cities across the U.S. and a launch in Toronto, Canada, this October. Founded in 2009, goIT aims to inspire students to pursue education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM) fields, by deploying TCS employee volunteers to teach computer science and programming concepts. Covering career awareness workshops, hands-on technology education, teacher training, and parent orientation, the program is offered free of cost to middle and high school students through in-school, after-school, and out-of-school formats.
"Today's digital economy and new technologies, such as big data and analytics, robotics and artificial intelligence, cloud computing, mobile and pervasive computing, and social media, are increasing the importance and demand for STEM skills. To succeed on tomorrow's stage, students must today have a solid STEM foundation and be fluent in the technologies that will power the global economy," said TCS' Surya Kant, President of North America, U.K. and Europe. "Through the TCS goIT program, skilled technology professionals from our company are mentoring and inspiring young students to be future STEM leaders."
Since inception, TCS goIT has engaged more than 7,500 students across 50 school districts, with promising results. In fact, 70 percent of participants reported an increased interest in STEM disciplines, and goIT schools reported a 27 percent increase in high school students choosing STEM disciplines in college. The program teaches students how to collaborate in team activities, participate in technical workshops with IT professionals, discover career opportunities, and compete in robot challenges. And each TCS volunteer completes extensive training, covering youth psychology, U.S. education systems and goIT CS programming, to aid their preparation as a mentor to students.
2014 has been a banner year for TCS goIT, expanding from three to 11 cities across North America, and 200 new employee volunteers participated, resulting in more than 6,500 hours of high-impact skill building and Computer Science (CS) programming – all to benefit students, underserved youths, minorities, and girls. TCS partnered with numerous organizations across the U.S. to successfully execute the goIT programs. They include: Chicago, IL – US2020, Project Exploration and Boys and Girls Club; Jersey City, NJ – New Jersey Chamber of Commerce; New York, NY – Teach For America and New York City Department of Education; Bentonville, AR – TREC Center for Gifted and Talented Education; Atlanta, GA – Cobb Chamber of Commerce; Columbus, OH – Ohio State University; Cincinnati, OH – at the TCS Seven Hills park; Dallas, TX – Dallas ISD Chamber of Commerce; Midland, MI – Midland Public Schools; Santa Clara, CA – United Way Silicon Valley; and Minneapolis, MN – Sabathani Community Center.
"STEM education is necessary to ensure that each and every child is prepared for a 21st century global economy," said United States Congressman Michael M. Honda (CA-Silicon Valley). "Programs such as goIT provide our students the tools and opportunities to succeed and compete for quality jobs." 
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), between 2013 and 2023, there will be two jobs available for every graduate with a Computer Science (CS) degree, and more than 1.4 million jobs created by 2020 that require CS and programming skills – but only 400,000 CS college graduates to fill those jobs. Currently, less than 2.4 percent of U.S. college students graduate with a degree in CS, with just 12 percent of CS degrees awarded to women.
Furthermore, nine out of ten schools don't even offer computer programming classes, and in 30 of 50 states in the U.S., Computer Science doesn't count towards high school graduation in math and science requirements. This October, goIT will launch in Canada as an in-school program, with grade nine students from five high schools learning to develop apps through MIT App Inventor, and grade eight students from five middle schools learning to program robots through Lego Mindstorms.
"Since its founding, TCS has committed itself to civic engagement, leveraging the talent and enthusiasm of its employees to help solve local societal needs. Across several city neighborhoods in America, we are seeing students in goIT programs undergo a total transformation in their outlook. Students, especially those from underserved groups, at-risk youth, girls, and minorities, benefit immensely from the engagement with industry professionals." said Balaji Ganapathy, Head of TCS Workforce Effectiveness, who oversees the company's CSR program.
The goIT program is a key component of TCS' broader STEM initiatives that span the U.S. and Canada. They include convening Computer Science round tables to identify sustainable roadmaps for CS education and careers, and further scale effective public-private partnership models for industry engagement. TCS has published white papers on 'Education & Careers in the U.S.: The Future of Computer Science'; 'The STEM Imperative: 100 CEO Leaders Discuss the Importance of STEM in U.S.'; and 'Women in STEM: Realizing the Potential,' in partnership with STEMconnector®. TCS is also a founding partner of Million Women Mentors (MWM) and US2020, national mentoring initiatives aimed at engaging a million industry professionals each to inspire students in STEM education and careers.
About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS)
Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS,infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India's largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has more than 305,000 of the world's best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $13.4 billion for year ended March 31, 2014 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at
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SME Announces Key Changes to Strengthen Its Role of Providing Leading Manufacturing Content

This is a press release from SME via PRWEB

DEARBORN, Mich. (PRWEB) September 08, 2014 | SME, an organization that supports the manufacturing industry with resources, training and content, today announced changes within its media group, intended to expand its services and provide much-needed content and news to its audiences.

Previously known as Manufacturing Engineering Media, SME’s media group has been renamed Advanced Manufacturing Media; this was done to reflect its growing portfolio of media products to serve the high-tech manufacturing community for the aerospace and defense, motorized vehicles, medical and energy industries.
“While the name change is partly a reflection of where manufacturing is headed, it also represents the broad manufacturing content SME has been providing for decades to its audience of manufacturing professionals,” said Advanced Manufacturing Media Editor in Chief Sarah Webster.
Manufacturing Engineering magazine has also released its 2015 Media Kit with several portfolio changes. In 2015, there will be expanded content and more emphasis on news and technical information about advanced manufacturing in North America. The 2015 Media Kits will be available at Booth N-7470 at IMTS 2014 in Chicago through Sept. 13 and online at or
In January, SME’s media group will also launch a new e-newsletter, Advanced Manufacturing Now, which consolidates four other SME e-newsletters – Lean, AeroDef, Quality and Energy – into a single digital product. This new e-newsletter, to be delivered at least four times a month, will expand its coverage to include topics such as manufacturing software, advanced materials, automation, lasers and additive manufacturing, also commonly known as 3D printing.
In all, Advanced Manufacturing Media now produces:
  • Manufacturing Engineering magazine: This publication, which reaches a qualified circulation of more than 90,000 professionals, is available in print and for free online and through an iTunes app. The magazine covers a wide spectrum of topics, from metalworking to 3D printing.
  • Annual Industry Yearbooks: These address aerospace and defense, motorized vehicles, energy and medical industries.
  • Technical Papers: More than 18,000 individual papers of manufacturing knowledge.
  • Custom Publications: Advanced Manufacturing Media’s technical editors and writers help sponsors develop and manage their content for an array of final products, such as e-Notifiers, videos and special publications.
  • Webinars: Solutions-oriented webcasts hosted by the editors of Manufacturing Engineering magazine help educate manufacturing professionals on critical and emerging manufacturing topics.
  • Website: The dynamic and fast-growing website is dedicated to leadership in advanced manufacturing content, with news, features, videos, blogs and more.
In addition, SME’s Advanced Manufacturing Media is active in social media and its fast-growing Twitter feed is dedicated to sharing advanced manufacturing news, features and headlines in real time. Mashable, a leader in social media news, ranked @MfgEngNews as one of the best in manufacturing news. Advanced Manufacturing Media is also active on Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
The changes to SME media come as Manufacturing Engineering magazine prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary under its current name in 2015. The magazine’s history dates back to 1935, when SME first published it as Tool Engineer. In the 1960s, the magazine was called Tool and Manufacturing Engineer. In the 1970s, it became Manufacturing Engineering and Management. Since 1975, the magazine has been known as Manufacturing Engineering.
Advanced Manufacturing Media 
SME’s Advanced Manufacturing Media is a leading source for news and in-depth technical information about advanced manufacturing in North America. It serves an audience of more than 100,000 manufacturing professionals who subscribe to its monthly magazine, iTunes app, industry yearbooks, e-newsletters and other media products. Coverage is focused on some of the world's most critical industries: aerospace and defense, motorized vehicles, medical and energy, whether that's oil and gas, nuclear, electric, solar or wind. Follow @MfgEngNews on Twitter and
About SME 
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for the industry. Follow @sme_mfg on Twitter and

Survey Indicates Preference for Online Testing Among STEM Students

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RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- WebAssign, a leading provider of online instructional tools for faculty and students, today announced survey results demonstrating a growing preference for online testing. Students who previously tested in WebAssign prefer this method to paper testing. Student responses also indicate that WebAssign is perceived to be beneficial toward learning success.
In a survey issued to student users, WebAssign assessed learning preferences and overall perception of WebAssign. Over 20,000 students across the STEM disciplines in high school and higher education responded to the survey, providing valuable data regarding the company and education trends.
"Our survey data confirms WebAssign is an effective tool for students to learn outside the traditional classroom setting," said Andy Trus, WebAssign product manager. "Over 85% of the surveyed students feel WebAssign positively impacted their exam grades."
When asked to evaluate an online versus paper preference for testing, students were first asked if they had previously taken an online exam. For respondents who had never taken an online test with WebAssign, only 22.5% indicated a preference for online testing. However, for respondents who had tested with WebAssign, 55% indicated a preference for online testing. The responses show that once a student completes at least one test online, the preference shifts to online testing.
Regarding WebAssign as an effective learning tool:
85% of students said WebAssign positively impacted their exam grades
80% of respondents rated the WebAssign registration process as easy
73% considered WebAssign to be easy to use overall
76.6% stated WebAssign helped them learn the course materials better than any other technology solution.
Though the survey focused on student preferences, instructors also benefit from administering online tests with WebAssign for STEM courses. "Using instant grading via WebAssign is superior to a multiple-choice paper test for mass-testing," commented Lisa Townsley, an academic professional in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Georgia. "WebAssign provides a protected testing environment and enough flexibility to serve the needs of the pre-calculus curriculum at UGA."
About WebAssign
WebAssign is a flexible and fully customizable online instructional system that puts powerful tools in the hands of teachers, enabling them to deploy assignments, instantly assess individual student performance, and realize their teaching goals. More than eight million students have used WebAssign to submit over one billion answers to homework assignments, tests, and assessments.
Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, WebAssign is an independent, employee-owned benefit company dedicated to education technology. For more information, visit 

Amplify Announces New Tablet Pricing and Features

The following is a press release from Amplify.

(NEW YORK, September 4, 2014) Today, in an effort to provide more educational value at a lower cost to schools across the country, Amplify announced new pricing, resources and accessories for the Amplify Tablet System (now the Amplify System). The Amplify System includes the ruggedized Amplify Tablet, instructional software, vetted K­-12 content and expert support.
Revised Pricing
In response to the unique needs of schools and districts, Amplify has revised the pricing of the Amplify System to provide greater value and more flexibility in customer’s preferred time commitment. The Amplify System now costs $359 per user for the first year. After the first year, districts pay an additional $60 per user per year for ongoing software, content and support if they choose to continue using the system. The resulting three-­year cost is now $479, which translates to a savings of 25% (or $118 per user) over three years compared to previous pricing.
Enhanced Tools and Resources
Amplify Market
There are hundreds of apps that are labeled educational, but it’s challenging and time­-consuming to discern the strengths and quality of each app, as well as which age group and subject it may be best suited for. To solve this problem, Amplify has created the Amplify Market, launched as part of the Amplify System for back-­to­-school. It offers both teachers and students easy access to high-­quality K­-12 apps, including subject­-specific apps, the best learning and productivity tools, and engaging educational games. The Amplify Market includes free access to more than $40 worth of educational applications and games. In partnership with Common Sense Media, apps will include expert educator ratings and reviews, and standard and skill mapping—valuable pedagogical information that helps teachers use them effectively in classroom instruction.
Quiz Builder
Quiz Builder lets teachers create, review and distribute assessments, with the options of multiple choice, fill­-in-the-­blank, short answer, essay and matching questions. After students complete the assessment on their tablets, all questions (except short answer and essay) are auto­-graded.
The updated Assignments feature allows teachers to have back-­and-­forth conversations with their students and send feedback for any assignment. Students can re-­submit their work based on teacher feedback, and will receive notifications when a new comment or file has been added.
Playlist Builder
The Playlist Builder makes digital lesson prep easy. Teachers utilize the simple drag-­and­-drop interface to develop educational playlists of digital content from their own collections or the Web, and share them with students. Now teachers can enjoy a number of improvements to Playlist Builder, including the ability to add notes and share playlists with a subset of students for easy differentiation or with other teachers in their school.
Support App
We’ve made it even easier to get help from the Service Center by adding the Support app to the tablet. Users can instantly report any issue directly to the Amplify Tablet Service Center with just the push of a button.
Get added protection with the Amplify Tablet Case, which features bumpers for shock protection to all four corners of the tablet, a strengthening plate and layer of shock­-absorbing foam that provides protection for impacts to the screen. The case also serves as a tablet stand to diversify viewing options. The high viewing angle is optimized for use with an external keyboard or media consumption, and the low viewing angle is optimized for use with the on­-screen keyboard. The Amplify Tablet Case costs $45.
For districts that want to supply students with an external keyboard over the on­-screen keyboard, Amplify now offers the Belkin Secure Wired Keyboard for $30. Ideal for standardized testing, this durable lightweight design requires no batteries or additional software, and features full­-size, well­-spaced keys for comfortable typing.
“We build tools for teachers and students, and that means constantly giving them a voice in the development of the Amplify System,” said Stephen Smyth, president of Amplify Access, the division that produces the Amplify System. “These updates are a direct reflection of what we heard, and we are excited to offer an even more intuitive and powerful vehicle for 21st­-century learning.”
About the Amplify System
The Amplify System is the most complete mobile learning system and has been built for teachers and students from the ground up. Our intuitive, adoption-­ready system features all of the elements necessary to start or scale a mobile learning initiative and see real results: the ruggedized Amplify Tablet, easy-­to-­use instructional software, vetted K­-12 content and expert support, including mobile device management. With the made­-for­-K12 Amplify System, districts will experience greater ease of implementation, higher teacher adoption and increased student engagement as well as gain a real partner in making their program a success. Visit to learn more.
About Amplify
Amplify is reimagining the way teachers teach and students learn in K­12 education. Our products are leading the way in data-­driven instruction, breaking new ground in mobile learning and setting the standard for next-generation digital curriculum and assessment. And our professional services team, with years of classroom experience, helps schools implement digital solutions to meet their local conditions.
With headquarters in New York City and more than 1,200 employees across the country, Amplify is led by a team of digital education experts and has provided innovative technology to the K­12 market for more than a decade. It is built on the foundation of Wireless Generation, the pioneer that brought mobile assessments and instructional analytics to schools across America. To date, Amplify has supported more than 200,000 educators and 3 million students in all 50 states as they begin their digital transition.
To learn more about the Amplify System, please visit:

Join our Upcoming Town Hall on STEM in Communities on September 10th!

We are back in the swing of things with another STEMconnector® Town Hall. In partnership with our friends at Earth Force and the Next Steps Institute, we present STEM into Communities: Creating & Cultivating Partnerships to Support STEM Learning, September 10, 2014, from 1-2:15pm EST. The event will be held virtually on Google+ Hangouts On-Air.
Brought to you by STEMconnector® and Earth Force - a national organization focused on engaging youth and communities. This Town Hall features a variety of community organizations who have forged - and maintained - innovative and sustainable partnerships to support effective STEM education. Presenters will share tangible examples and opportunities for creating STEM partnerships in both formal and informal environments including: effective strategies for collaboration and collective impact; building bridges among corporate and community-based organizations, and sustaining partnerships through shared goal setting.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to engage with STEM leaders from the region and take action to enrich STEM learning in your community!
Speakers include:
  • Julie Smith, Director of Teaching and Learning, Earth Force
  • Terry Wilson, Director of the Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability, Western Kentucky University
  • Staceylyn Machi, Professional Development Specialist, Understanding Science for Teaching Project, WestEd
  • Caitilin Olson, CSR Program Manager STEM Initiatives, Tata Consultancy Services
About Earth Force:
Earth Force is a national 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to engage young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. Through Earth Force and our network of diverse partners, young people get hands-on, real-world opportunities to practice civic skills, acquire a deep understanding of the environment, and develop the skills and motivation to become lifelong leaders in addressing community issues. For more information about Earth Force, please visit or follow us at @earthforce.

Play Works Studio is Crowdfunding a Robot Bee Game

This is a press release from Play Works Studio

Seattle, WA, 09/02/2014 | Play Works Studio is proud to announce RoBees, a fun robotics game about bees created to get kids, especially girls, excited about STEM. It is designed to teach girls and boys ages 6-10 the basics of programing. Players learn important STEM skills like logical reasoning, procedural thinking, spatial reasoning and probabilistic reasoning, and they learn them in the context of solving problems collaboratively. 
The company built and play tested the prototypes thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation. Now the engineers need to redesign the prototypes to make them more affordable and the gameplay needs to be crafted during the remainder of the research and development phase. Play Works Studio is running a Kickstarter campaign from September 16th to October 21th. Backers will be on the special pre-order list and be the first to purchase a complete game set as well as receive special collectable items that are only available to campaign backers. 
The CEO and founder of Play Works Studio, Adriana Moscatelli, says that the RoBees project embraces "the philosophy of the maker community which is about design and engineering and producing products that people want and serve a societal purpose as opposed to producing more products that are for consumption only.” 
Check out Play Works Studio’s website and promotional video for more information!


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