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PSEG to Award $160,000 in Grants to Further STEM Education in NJ (PRNewswire)

This is a press release from The PSEG Foundation via PRNewswire

NEWARK, N.J., July 7, 2014 (PRNewswire) | The PSEG Foundation is accepting applications from afterschool, summer and youth development programs to develop new or enhance existing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) educational opportunities for students. A total of up to $160,000 in grants will be awarded by the Foundation.
 
The PSEG Foundation will consider applications from our New Jersey service territory, as well as Salem and Cumberland counties, and our service/operation territories in Long Island and Albany, NY and Bridgeport and New Haven, CT.
 
The Foundation anticipates awarding funding to eight organizations, although the number of recipients and their award amount will be decided based on the strength of the proposals received, at the discretion of Foundation staff.  Applications must be completed and submitted by Friday, August 15 at 5 p.m. EDT. All applicants will receive notification about funding decisions in late September.
 
Applicants may apply directly through PSEG's online application. Visit http://www.pseg.com/info/community/education/spark.jsp to apply. 
 
About the PSEG Foundation
The PSEG Foundation (501c3) is the philanthropic arm of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG).  The Foundation generally supports and invests in programs in three areas: community and the environment, education and safety. The Foundation provides grants to organizations in communities served by PSEG and its subsidiaries. 
 
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SHEC Member Profile: Don Munce of NRCCUA

Screen shot 2014-07-02 at 9.33.06 AM.pngDon Munce became President of National Research Center for College & University Admissions (NRCCUA) in 1988.  During his tenure as president, NRCCUA has grown rapidly to become a significant force in the student-recruitment and admissions-research arena.  Membership among colleges and universities has grown from 200 to over 1,200 members under his leadership. 
 
Munce is an expert on topics relating to enrollment management, organizational leadership and strategic vision.  His passion for the post-secondary aspirations of young people has affected students and universities across America.  NRCCUA’s free college planning program “My College Options” is one of the country’s most successful tools providing access to higher education for students of all social and economic backgrounds.
 
Munce’s entrepreneurial approach to solving enrollment management challenges has helped NRCCUA achieve its current leadership position in higher education marketing and post- secondary planning.
 
Munce’s background includes 10 years as director of admissions and financial aid at a private Midwestern college. During this ten year period, the college experienced a 99% increase in enrollment. He has also performed other college management roles in public relations and student services. He has served as an executive committee member of a professional organization for college admissions officers, college trustee and board member of the Non-Profit Leadership Alliance.
 
Munce earned a Master of Science degree in adolescent development while attending Kansas State University. He has served as a presenter in seminars and panel discussions in the areas of telemarketing, direct mail, enrollment management research and online strategy and student recruitment.
 
Regarding joining the STEM Higher Education Council, Munce stated “Engaging with members of the higher education community in the process of helping young people explore their future is central to our mission, and the STEM Higher Ed Council is breaking new ground in linking industry and institutions in that process.”
 
About myCollegeOptions.org®
myCollegeOptions.org, the nation’s largest college planning program, is operated by the National Research Center for College & University Admissions™.  For almost 40 years, this non-profit education research organization based in Lee’s Summit, MO has served as the primary link between high school students and colleges, universities, and the resources they need to succeed.  For more information, visit www.mycollegeoptions.org.

Video Game Innovation Fellowship Created for Minority Youth to use Social Issues to create a non-violent video game

This is a guest blog from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Currently Accepting Applications
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Leaders on Fast Track [LOFT] Innovation Track along with the Entertainment Software Association has developed the ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation fellowship which is a unique program that encourages innovation among under-represented youth, ages 16-24, by challenging them to create a video game, mobile application or submit an idea that positively addresses a social issue in their community.

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Twenty (20) Video Game Innovation Fellows will be selected from across America for their vision, creativity and potential impact on society.

In September, the fellows will present their ideas to influencers and policymakers in Washington, DC and receive a $1,000 grant to continue the creation of their video game idea.  
 
For more information you can reach us at fellow@loftinstitue.org or Click Here To Apply.
 
Don’t Just Play Games - Create Them
 
Background on the ESA | LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship 
This unique program will encourage innovation among youth, ages 16-24 years old, by challenging minorities to create a video game that addresses a social issue in their community. 20 Video Game Innovation Fellows will be selected from across America for their vision, creativity and potential impact on their community. In October, the Fellows will present their ideas to influencers and policymakers in Washington, DC.
 
About LOFT Innovation Track
The LOFT Innovation Track identifies, prepares, and places technically talented underrepresented minorities (URMs) in the workforce.  LOFT, an initiative of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), is an award-winning, leadership and workforce development program focused on “priority fields” including science, technology, engineering, math, finance, public policy, law and other areas.

 

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PLTW and Partners Team Up at Education Technology Conference

This is a press release from Project Lead The Way and Autodesk

ATLANTA (July 1, 2014) | Project Lead The Way (PLTW) teachers and staff were among over 18,000 educators and technology leaders at the ISTE 2014 Conference and Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, June 28-July 1. Many of PLTW’s partners, including Autodesk, were also in attendance, demonstrating a shared commitment to using leading-edge technology in the classroom and teaching industry-relevant skills to students.
 
ISTE, which stands for the International Society of Technology in Education, hosts one of the largest and most interactive technology expos in the world. For Garrison Hall, ISTE 2014 attendee and PLTW Gateway teacher from Gable Middle School in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the event was a prime opportunity to learn about innovative technologies and tools that his district can use in the classroom.
 
“I would have to stay up 24 hours a day, day after day, to learn about everything here,” Hall said. “I love to learn, I love to teach what I learn, and technology makes it more fun. Seeing everything [at ISTE] makes me wish I had 30 more years to teach.”
 
A first-year PLTW Gateway teacher, Hall said that he was eager to become certified to teach PLTW because of PLTW’s hands-on, activity-, project-, and problem-based approach, and he is proud of what his middle school students have been able to do at the intersection of PLTW curriculum, Autodesk software, and 3-D printing equipment. Towards the end of the school year, the high school IT department – knowing that Hall’s class had experience with 3-D printing – posed a challenge to Hall and his students: the receivers on telephones in the high school were not staying on the hook properly, and the IT department needed a specially shaped part to solve the problem. Hall’s sixth-grade students used Autodesk software to design a part at the precise dimensions required and printed it using their 3-D printer. The high school was so pleased with the outcome, they installed the new part on every phone with the issue.
 
During the three-day ISTE expo, PLTW team members demonstrated an activity from PLTW curriculum that incorporates professional Autodesk 3-D design software and VEX Robotics to teach students about forces and interactions.
 
“Autodesk is committed to equipping students and educators with 3-D design tools and knowledge to ensure that students are not just prepared for the future, but that they’re helping to shape it,” said Peggy Snyder, director of Autodesk Education. “By working with PLTW to integrate industry-standard design software into the classroom, we are providing students with opportunities to learn about complex STEM concepts in hands-on and visual ways that were not possible before.”
 
In the 2013-14 school year alone, students from more than 4,300 schools across all 50 states had access to and used professional Autodesk 3-D design software, including Autodesk® Inventor® and Autodesk® Revit®, as part of PLTW’s Gateway and Engineering programs. Such courses include Introduction to Engineering Design, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering & Architecture, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Green Architecture, to name a few.
 
 “We are so pleased to be joined at ISTE 2014 by some of our great partners – Autodesk, Instructure, Vernier, and VEX Robotics,” said Dr. Andrea Croslyn, executive vice president and chief operating officer of PLTW. “Together, we comprise a strong ecosystem of support for our fantastic teachers with the common mission of growing our students to be the technical citizens of tomorrow. We provide technical experiences in a variety of ways to ensure that students are ready for the challenges of the future job market.”
 
According to Hall, whose district will offer the full continuum of PLTW programs from kindergarten to grade 12 starting this fall, PLTW programs represent opportunities to challenge his students and have fun in the classroom. “I tell my students, ‘You’re going to have fun, but you’re going to be thinking.’”
 
Check out this Case Study on the amazing things PLTW students can do with Autodesk Software and 3D Printing: Autodesk Software and PLTW Unleash Students’ Creativity
 
About PLTW
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs. PLTW’s world-class, activity-, project, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. More than 5,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students. For more information, visit www.pltw.org.
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SHEC Member Profile: Dr. Kenneth Ender of Harper College

The STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC) is proud to announce, Dr. Kenneth Ender, President of William Rainey Harper College, will be a member of the Council.
 
Dr. Kenneth Ender is President of William Rainey Harper College, a large community college located outside of Chicago, Illinois. Through partnerships and alliances, Dr. Ender has positioned Harper as a leading 21st-century community college by increasing graduation, transfer and certificate completion rates, aligning Harper's curriculum with high schools, training students for new economy jobs and implementing new accountability and transparency standards. Before coming to Harper, Dr. Ender served as President of Cumberland County College in New Jersey for eleven years. Previously, Dr. Ender held a variety of positions in higher education, including Vice President for Academic Affairs at Richland Community College, Interim District Dean at Cuyahoga Community College, Associate Vice President for Administrative Services at Cleveland State University, Director of Student Activities at Virginia Commonwealth University and Director of Student Advising at University of Georgia. Dr. Ender serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges; he is President of the Board of Directors of the Chicago/Cook Workforce Partnership and co-chairs the Workforce Development Committee of the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents. 
 
Since coming to Harper in 2009, Harper has experienced record graduation rates and a dramatic increase in the number of students who come to Harper college-ready. The College has also formed new alliances with businesses to fill the shortage of skilled workers in key industries. Dr. Ender holds a Ph.D. in urban services leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master’s degree in education from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in business management, also from Virginia Commonwealth University. 
 
Regarding joining the Higher Education Council, Dr. Ender remarked “We were delighted to be invited to join the STEM Higher Education Council.  We believe that our membership will assure an on-going and enlighten connection to STEM thought leaders across the Country.  We look forward to adding to that dialogue and infusing our learning into the STEM curriculum for our students.”

International Association for STEM Leaders Gives Jennifer Hernandez Elementary Principal Leadership Award

This is a press release from International Association for STEM Leaders
 
 
International Association for STEM Leaders makes debut in the nation’s capitol and recognizes Jennifer Hernandez, Principal of Marietta Center for Advanced Academics with the Elementary Principal Leadership Award. Jennifer Hernandez is part of our ongoing video documentary featuring national STEM leaders.
 
On April 24 and 25, Millwood Virginia-based, International Association for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Leaders successfully launched its inaugural leadership event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Nearly 100 STEM leaders from around the world joined IASL leadership. This invitation only annual STEM Leadership Summit recognized several attendees for their leadership in STEM education through a formal awards ceremony. The awards were presented to programs, schools, school districts and individuals who exemplify STEM Excellence as defined by criteria developed by IASL.
 
Jennifer Hernandez, Principal of Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, received the Elementary Principal Leadership Award. This principal has been on the cutting edge of STEM education since her school opened in 2005. It was the first STEM certified school in Georgia. This school has been named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School, 2012 and 2010 Georgia School of Excellence and named the First STEM Certified School in the State of Georgia in 2011. She has cultivated partnerships with organizations such as: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, the US Navy, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
 
The International Association for STEM Leaders is globally recognized for creating a "golden standard" for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) excellence in traditional and non-traditional educational settings for all Pre-kindergarten through adult students. In collaboration with global STEM leaders, the IASL will provide guidance for implementing excellent STEM programming and develop a STEM framework that is industry-based and globally recognized. In the coming months, IASL will host regional events to continue its recognition of exceptional leadership, through awards and to focus its outreach activities around regional education and economic development issues.
 
The STEM Leadership Summit was help in conjunction with the world’s largest STEM event, hosted by the USA Science and Engineering Festival. STEMconnector, the leading one-stop shop for STEM information participated as an initial sponsor and Edie Fraser, the founder, spoke to the IASL leaders and recognized them for their important work of impacting the lives of students every day through STEM leadership and education. Other partners include Diversified Education Systems (DES), a leader in “turn key” laboratories including: casework, equipment, curriculum, training and support. DES is further a collaborator with Root Cause and Pitsco Education, two additional partners of IASL. On the online side of STEM, Learning Blade and Career ATG offer career and STEM awareness, exposure and training to students. Finally, Concept Schools, a charter school management company and Vista Teach an early elementary robotics and engineering education company took part in the event as sponsors. For more information, please contact Dr. Carole Cameron Inge at (540) 837-2175 or cinge@stem-leaders.com.

 

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SHEC Member Profile: Dr. Jack Payne of the University of Florida

The STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC) is proud to announce that Dr. Jack Payne, Senior Vice President of the University of Florida, will be a member of the Council.
 
Jack Payne is the Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida.  Appointed senior vice president in June, 2010, Payne is the administrative head of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) which includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, elements of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, 13 Research and Education Centers throughout Florida, and the Florida Cooperative Extension Service with offices in each of the state’s 67 counties.
 
Prior to his current position he served as the Vice President for Extension and Outreach at Iowa State University and before that was the Vice President and Dean for University Extension at Utah State. Jack also has experience at two other land-grant institutions: Pennsylvania State University, where he served on the faculty of the School of Forest Resources, and, later, at Texas A&M University, where he served as a faculty member in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department.
 
After leaving Texas A&M University, Payne had a long career with Ducks Unlimited (DU), as their National Director of Conservation. While at Ducks Unlimited, some of his successes included the development of DU’s private lands program with agriculture, the development of a national conservation easement program and the expansion of their Mexican program to Central and South America.
 
Payne received his M.S. in Aquatic Ecology and his Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Utah State University and is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.  He is a tenured professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. Jack currently is the Chair of the Policy Board of Directors for the Board on Agriculture Assembly, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

SHEC Member Profile: Dr. Jean Goodnow of Delta College

Dr. Jean Goodnow is President of Delta College located in University Center, Michigan. She came to Delta College in 2005. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Higher Education Administration, a Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Iowa.  In addition, she has completed post-graduate study at Harvard University. 
 
Dr. Goodnow is a member of the Bay Area Chamber of Board of Directors, the Board of Directors of Midland Tomorrow, the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, and the Saginaw Valley Torch Club. She also serves on the MiTech+ Board of Directors.
 
At the national level, Dr. Goodnow currently serves on the ACUPCC Steering Committee and as the Chair of the Board for the League for Innovation in the Community College.  
 
Dr. Goodnow received the Second Nature’s 1st Annual Climate Leadership Award for Outstanding Individual Climate Leadership in 2010 and The Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award. She has also received the Shirley Gordon Phi Theta Kappa National Award and the Community College Alliance Leadership Award.  In September 2013, the Saginaw County Branch of the NAACP paid special tribute to Dr. Goodnow for her lifetime achievement in higher education and community outreach.  Dr. Goodnow is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences on topics ranging from leadership, student success, civility and sustainability.
 
“With our long partnership with Dow Chemical, also a STEMconnector partner,” said Dr. Goodnow, “Delta College is pleased to join the STEM Higher Education Council. By connecting with national leaders from the corporate, education, non-profit and government sectors, Delta College will be able to utilize our strengths to identify and help find industry-specific solutions in chemical processing, advanced manufacturing and agriculture. We also hope to share our partnership experiences which have assisted students in exploring and selecting STEM careers.”
 
About Delta College:
Delta College serves its region by educating, enriching and empowering a diverse community of learners to achieve their personal, professional and academic goals. The College enrolls more than 15,000 students annually.
 
Located mid-Michigan, Delta College offers students 150 transfer, career and certificate programs. The college leads the way in educating for vital fields like health care, technology and alternative energy. Thirty-two percent of its students plan to transfer on to earn their bachelor’s.
 
Delta College has a $385 million impact on the local economy with its operations, and by providing a trained and ready workforce. Sixty-three percent of graduates continue to live in the area. 

Shaheen Introduces Bill to Support, Expand Afterschool STEM Education Programs

This is a press release from this Office of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen

June, 26, 2014 - (Washington, DC) | U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced legislation to strengthen and expand afterschool programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and help encourage students to pursue careers in STEM. The Supporting Afterschool STEM Act would provide resources to support afterschool STEM programing and strengthen state, local and community partnerships that research has demonstrated is critical in building STEM-relevant skills and interest among students.
 
“Encouraging students to pursue careers in STEM fields will help meet future economic demand for skilled, high-tech workers in the 21st century,” Shaheen said. “Giving young people the opportunity to get involved in STEM after school and develop STEM-related skills at a young age will help foster our economic competitiveness in the future and ultimately help grow New Hampshire’s economy.”
 
Research shows that most students who go on to pursue STEM fields in college and beyond are exposed to and engaged in STEM activities by the 8th grade; by bringing STEM education and activites to students in afterschool programs, Shaheen’s bill will help grow our increasingly important STEM workforce.
 
“The STEM Education Coalition is proud to stand behind Senator Shaheen’s Supporting Afterschool STEM Act,” said James Brown, Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition. “One of our Coalition’s top goals is to ensure that we are using every opportunity possible to improve student success in the critical STEM fields, and this bill will help advance the notion that afterschool and informal learning programs have a powerful role to play in addressing our national challenges in STEM education. We need to leverage federal programs in this area, along with private-sector and non-profit efforts to ensure that we are improving student access to high quality afterschool STEM experiences – and this bill will help do that.”  
 
“We commend Senator Shaheen for her ongoing commitment to afterschool programs and their role in STEM education,” said Jodi Grant, Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance. “In New Hampshire and across the country, afterschool providers have enthusiastically embraced STEM as an important component of their offerings for children. Many providers want and need support and technical assistance to grow and scale their STEM programs. Senator Shaheen’s bill recognizes this need and will help them get those resources, leveraging existing support systems like the New Hampshire Afterschool Network and other such statewide afterschool networks.”
 
“The New Hampshire Afterschool Network is pleased to endorse this bill,” said Lynn Stanley, NH Afterschool Network Lead and Afterschool Master Professional. “Afterschool and summer programs provide children and youth hands-on, experiential activities that encourage an interest in STEM learning. Younger children exposed to fun and engaging STEM activities outside the school day are more likely to take upper level science and math classes in high school. This sets them on an educational pathway leading to STEM fields and careers.”  
 
Shaheen has made promoting STEM education one of her top priorities in the Senate and is a recognized leader by STEM Connector in their 100 Women in STEM publication. Shaheen helped launch and co-chairs the Senate STEM Caucus and has been a longtime supporter of efforts that promote programs like FIRST Robotics since her days as New Hampshire’s governor. She has met with students across New Hampshire to promote STEM programs and promote policies like the Innovation Inspiration School Grant Program to provide high schools with new incentives to invest in STEM programs.
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National Winning Student Teams in Verizon Innovative App Challenge to Show Their Apps at D.C.-Area Education Conference (PRNewswire)

This is a press release from the Verizon Foundation originally appearing on PRNewswire

Year Three of Verizon Innovative App Challenge Starts Aug. 4

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire | Simulating chemistry experiments to give students better access to science education, and helping visually impaired people navigate inside buildings are among the apps designed by eight winning Verizon Innovative App Challenge teams of middle and high school students that will be unveiled Sunday (June 29) at the 2014 national Technology Student Association conference.
 
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is a national competition created by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the TSA to encourage students to use technology to help solve local social issues. Since the contest's inception in 2012, nearly 2,300 student teams from across the U.S. have entered. Teams submitted more than 1,200 app concepts, and apps created through the contest have been downloaded more than 14,000 times.
 
"Verizon applauds the winning teams and all the students who entered the App Challenge," said Justina Nixon-Saintil, director of education programs for the Verizon Foundation. "In the words of President Obama, who recognized one of our winning teams at this year's White House Science Fair, these kids not only have big brains; they have big hearts. I think his words are equally descriptive of all the App Challenge winning teams.
 
"We were tremendously impressed with the awareness and empathy they displayed in identifying problems they wanted to solve, as well as with their innovation and determination in coming up with solutions using mobile technology," Nixon-Saintil said. "Also, we are pleased that many of the App Challenge winners said they are likely to pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math field, demonstrating that we are meeting the program's goal to inspire more students in STEM."
 
The conference will be held in National Harbor, near Washington, D.C.
 
The 2014 winning teams – from four middle schools and four high schools – and their respective apps, many are available in the Google Play store for download, are:
 
  • Helena High School, Helena, Montana – Exact 3D Extract, which uses mobile technology to create models for 3D printing. http://vz.to/3Dscanner
  • Open Window School, Bellevue, Washington – HikeAbout, which offers maps for hiking trails and safety information for hikers. http://vz.to/HikeAbout
  • Bartlett High School, Bartlett, Illinois – FITTASTICK!, which tracks food intake and exercise, and encourages fitness and weight loss through social networking. http://vz.to/FITTASTICK
  • Cheney Middle School, West Fargo, North Dakota – Snap Docs, which converts hard copy text to editable documents, using mobile technology.
  • North Hills Preparatory, Irving, Texas – Leave No Trace, which encourages reduction of energy consumption by displaying information about energy usage. http://vz.to/LeaveNoTrace
  • Resaca Middle School, Los Fresnos, Texas – Hello Navi, which assists blind or visually-impaired people in navigating inside buildings. http://vz.to/HelloNavi
  • Westford Academy, Westford, Massachusetts – Tactillium, which delivers science education through a mobile device chemistry simulator. http://vz.to/Tactillium
  • Jefferson Township Middle School, Oak Ridge, New Jersey – Super Science Girl, which inspires interest in STEM-related activities to encourage young girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. http://vz.to/SuperSciGirl
Roseanne White, executive director of the Technology Student Association, said: "It has been a wonderful experience to collaborate with the Verizon Foundation on developing this STEM-focused app challenge. Mobile technology is such an important part of young people's lives today, and this is a fun and educational opportunity for students to ideate how technology can help solve a problem and learn about creating apps."
 
Since being named Best in Nation winners on Feb. 26, the students have been working with instructors at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Mobile Learning @ The Media Lab, who have provided onsite and virtual training on coding using the MIT App Inventor to bring the students' apps to life. In addition, each Best in Nation team won a $20,000 grant for its school from the Verizon Foundation; a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet for each team member, courtesy of Samsung Telecommunications America; and a trip to the 2014 national TSA conference, courtesy of Verizon.
 
The winning app designs were selected by a panel of STEM and industry experts from MIT Media Lab, Samsung Mobile, the New York Hall of Science, the National Academy Foundation, National Geographic, the International Reading Association, National Center for Family Literacy, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, VGo Communications, Cisco Systems and the American Association of the Advancement of Science. Entries were judged based on their clear identification of a need or problem in a school or community, originality, creativity, the viability of the concept, and the applicability of STEM principles and practices.
 
The teams that did not advance further in the competition were given access to a self-guided app-development course developed by the MIT Media Lab's App Inventor team. The course taught the teams how to take their apps from concept to completed, user-tested apps, under the direction of each team's faculty adviser. 
 
Year Three of App Challenge Competition Runs from August through November
 
The third Verizon Innovative App Challenge opens Aug. 4 and runs through Nov. 24.
 
For more information, visit www.verizonfoundation.org/appchallenge.
 
The Verizon Foundation is focused on improving teaching and learning, particularly in underserved communities, through the use of mobile technologies to support STEM education.
 
About the Technology Student Association (TSA) 
The Technology Student Association is a national organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Open to young people enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses, TSA's membership includes more than 200,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 48 states. TSA partners with universities and other organizations to promote a variety of STEM competitions and opportunities for students and teachers. TSA is supported by educators, parents and business leaders who believe in the need or a technologically literate society. From engineers to business managers, our alumni credit TSA with a positive influence in their lives. Visit the Technology Student Association website (embed URL) http://www.tsaweb.org for more information.
 
About the Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the company's innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education, healthcare and energy management.  Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon's employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities.  For more information about Verizon's philanthropic work, visit www.verizonfoundation.org; or for regular updates, visit the Foundation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/verizonfoundation) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/verizongiving).
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