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.

New Portal from National Academy of Engineering Supports PreK-12 Engineering Educators

This is a guest blog post by Greg Pearson, Senior Program Officer, National Academy of Engineering

Engineering has a small footprint in US precollege education compared with efforts to teach science or mathematics, but it has been growing steadily for the past 15 years. The recent publication of the Next Generation Science Standards, which create new expectations for science teachers to teach engineering design; efforts by the College Board to create an AP engineering course; and the upcoming release of results from the first-ever assessment of technology and engineering literacy among US 8th graders all bring added focus to the role of the “E” in STEM education.
To support the community of PreK-12 educators who are—or are considering—implementing engineering in classrooms and out-of-school settings, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has created a new online resource, LinkEngineering. In addition to PreK-12 educators, audiences for the site include professional development providers, pre-service teacher educators, and school, district, and state administrators. NAE is partnering with five other organizations in this effort: Achieve, Inc.; National Science Teachers Association; American Society for Engineering Education; International Technology and Engineering Educators Association; and the Council of State Science Supervisors. The project is made possible by the generous support of Chevron.
The site is being developed in an iterative fashion based on extensive front-end research and input from early users of the site. Front-end research included three regional workshops in 2014 at which teachers and other stakeholders met with the project committee to discuss their concerns about engineering education and desires for online supports. The project also conducted an online survey of a broader cross-section of potential site users. Feedback helped shape the content, structure, and functionality of the site. NAE continues to survey a subset of site users as part of ongoing, formative assessment. The site launched publicly in mid-August. Since then, some 250 people have joined, there have been 5,600 sessions (77 percent new visits), and 23,000 page views. 
LinkEngineering is not primarily a collection of “stuff,” although it will contain a selection of lesson plans and other instructional resources. Rather, it is intended to be a community of practice, where educators and those who support them can learn more about engineering, share tips and advice about teaching strategies, ask questions, and collaborate.  Already we’ve seen a wonderful example of the site’s potential to connect people interested in improving implementation of PreK-12 engineering education. LinkEngineering member Sneha Tharayil, a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin, posted a Work in Progress about a running shoe design project she developed for 8th graders. The project was part of a motion and forces physical science unit, focusing on the concept of friction. Sneha needed help creating a process students could use to test their designs. In stepped LE member Jennifer Love, a former performance engineer at Reebok International and now a teaching professor in the First Year Engineering Learning Center in the College of Engineering at Northeastern University. “Would you be interested in collaborating with a former athletic footwear engineer on your friction ‘work in progress?’" she asked. The two have exchanged emails and agreed to continue their discussions offline.
Please take a spin through LinkEngineering. Let us know at what you like and what we can do to make the site more useful. Like the engineering process design, we continue to iterate and improve based on feedback from users. 

Reebok International To Host 50 Students in Canton, MA As Part of STEM Career Accelerator Day Activities (#STEMCAD2015)

Reebok International will 50 students from local schools at their Additive Manufacturing Laboratory in Canton, Massachusetts on October 19-20, 2015 as part of a global campaign called STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015 (#STEMCAD2015). 
Reebok International will engage students from two local schools, Blue Hills Technical High School and Whitman-Hanson RHS, to participate in the program. The students from Blue Hills are also members of the SkillsUSA Massachusetts program. 
Students will be discussing real-world applications to STEM through two different activities during the day. The activities will include a tour of Reebok’s Additive Manufacturing Lab and 3D printing facilities, where students will see the how Reebok shoes move through the design process, from an idea to a commercial product. In addition to the hands-on activities, students will participate in discussions with Reebok professionals. 
Deloitte will also help support the program, as the Chair of the global STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015 program.
“The Additive Manufacturing Lab at Reebok is a well-oiled machine having been in existence for the past 18 years.  Here the students will learn “Real World Applications” as they relate to STEM.  We are extremely excited to be a part of this great program.  Both my colleague and I, Carlos Bolanos, are graduates of both Whitman-Hanson and Blue Hills respectfully.”   Big thanks to Lou Algerghini and his team in the PCT for putting on a mini shoe school course as well!.”
—Gary Rabinovitz, Manager-Additive Manufacturing Laboratory, Reebok International
About Reebok International:
Reebok is a global athletic retailer that envisions a future where humans return to their roots. A future where we recognize that each of us is a living, breathing, walking, talking, running, climbing, jumping, laughing, caring miracle—a miracle that happens only once.
About STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015:
STEM Career Accelerator Day (#STEMCAD2015) is a national campaign and series of concurrent events hosted during the week of October 19-23, 2015 designed to engage and expose students, parents, and teachers to career-focused experiential learning at corporate sites, government facilities, higher education institutions, and a virtual platform. Through #STEMCAD2015, employers and educators across the country will be hosting events that inspire 10,000+ students in grades 8-12 to pursue a career in STEM fields. 
For more information on this site, please contact Gary Rabinovitz of Reebok International at For more information on STEM Career Accelerator Day overall, please contact Tim Edwards of STEMconnector® at

Deloitte To Partner With Girard College in Philadelphia To Engage 200 Students For STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015 (#STEMCAD2015)

Deloitte and Girard College will engage 200 high-school students in Philadelphia on October 21, 2015 as part of the national effort, STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015 (#STEMCAD2015). The program in Philadelphia will coincide with the launch of Girard’s STEM Extended Day Program, a new initiative designed to engage students with exciting STEM curriculum and activities outside of the school day. Students will participate in hands-on, experiential learning activities, including a 3D printing competition and problem solving and career exploration platforms, Learning Blade and Spark 101
The Philadelphia program is part of the 2nd annual STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015, being held across employment sites, university and community college campuses, and virtual platforms across the United States. STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015 (#STEMCAD2015) aims to expose and excite 10,000 students in grades 8-12 to engaging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers through an experiential visit and interaction with STEM professionals.  
A particular focus of #STEMCAD2015 is to engage young women and students from minority backgrounds to consider STEM careers. Young women will comprise 60% of the participants at the Philadelphia site, with over 75% from a minority background. In addition to students, the Philadelphia program will engage approximately 15 Deloitte employees, 50 Girard parents, and 20 Girard Students. 
“Deloitte is proud to serve as the Chair of STEM CAD 2015! We look forward to coordinating this important campaign at the national level, as well as hosting an event unique to Deloitte. The most important attribute of STEM CAD is the ability to leverage the strengths of multiple organizations to inspire the maximum number of students towards careers in STEM.” -Tonie Leatherberry, Principal, Deloitte & STEM CAD 2015 National Chair
About Deloitte:
Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 80% of the Fortune 500. Deloitte’s people work across more than 20 industry sectors with one purpose: to deliver measurable, lasting results. Deloitte helps reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspires clients to make their most challenging business decisions with confidence, and helps lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society. 
About Girard College:
Girard College is a boarding school for academically capable students, grades 1 through 12, from families with limited financial resources, each headed by a single parent or guardian. All Girard students receive full scholarships to take part in the school's strong academic program, and to live safely on its enclosed 43-acre campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Girard's mission is to prepare students for advanced education and life as informed, ethical and productive citizens through a rigorous educational program that promotes intellectual, social and emotional growth.
For more information on this site, please contact Monet Anderson of Girard College at For more information on STEM Career Accelerator Day, please contact Tim Edwards of STEMconnector® at

STEMfest Speakers in the Spotlight: Rajiv Uttamchandani

From September 27th to October 3rd this year, Global STEM States will be hosting the 2nd International Festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEMfest) at Prairieland Park Trade and Convention Centre in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. STEMfest is a festival of many events and conferences happening over the course of one week and all in one venue! Over 1,200 delegates and 10,000 students will be visiting from 55 countries, and will be hearing some excellent speakers! Here on the blog, STEMconnector and Global STEM States will be previewing some of the excellent speakers slated to present at STEMfest this year.

Rajiv Uttamchandani is an astrophysicist, professor and Director of STEAM Education Initiatives at the New York Film Academy – Los Angeles and Founder of the International STEM Society for Human Rights. 

Professor Rajiv’s primary interests are in the development of programs that use arts and the media to capture STEM projects for use in education and community development. Rajiv is also passionate about human rights and is founder of the International STEM Society for Human Rights, an organization aimed at using STEM initiatives to address issues effecting people around the world. Recent initiatives include an app called Protect HER which assists in gathering evidence and sending help to sexual assaults. This initiative works by activating phone recording devices, GPS and dispatching emergency services when a key word is yelled!

Where can see Prof Rajiv at STEMfest?

The Economist to host Higher Education Forum on Disrupting Traditional Models on October 22nd in NYC

This is a guest post from The Economist
Disrupting traditional models
October 22, 2015
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Demand for higher education is rising rapidly across the world, with record numbers of people aspiring to a degree or equivalent qualification. This is putting tremendous pressure on universities to innovate their model in order to stay competitive and deliver on the promise of economic mobility.
However, despite the rapid and profound technological advancements that have come to define recent history, the business of higher education has largely remained static for centuries. Universities are under mounting scrutiny as costs rise and prospects for employment remain bleak. Employers, on the other hand, are quick to point out the problems with the educational system, but are hesitant to shoulder responsibility.
In order to survive and thrive, all players with a keen interest in higher education – students, payers, institutions and employers alike – must adapt to the seismic industry shifts to help meet the global demand for a highly skilled and credentialed labour force. This will require acute foresight into disruptive trends accompanied by deliberate, measured risk. Those that successfully ride the wave of change will strike a balance between tradition and technology, forge innovative partnerships and demonstrate value. Policy-driven structural reforms in conjunction with technology will produce winners and losers. Those that take the leap to think globally, act locally, capitalise on big data and quantify outcomes will emerge as industry leaders.
This year’s Higher Education Forum will explore these themes and more by examining the global economic macrotrends shaping the industry, identifying market opportunities for inventive solutions and defining what preparedness looks like in the future. The Forum will seek to answer questions such as:
  • How can universities remain competitive in an increasingly global landscape?
  • Are graduate degrees the next standard of attainment?
  • Can competency be measured?
  • What is the return on investment for higher degrees and is this an appropriate metric?
  • Are bootcamps and nanodegrees poised to deliver the next big wave of disruptive change?
  • What lessons can higher education glean from utilising big data?
  • How will the proposed changes to funding affect students, schools and employers?
  • What can US-based institutions learn from their foreign counterparts?
Chaired by senior editors from The Economist, this event is designed for a wide range of senior-level decision makers in the field of higher education, public policy, non-profits and private employers that have a vested interest in developing and accessing a skilled workforce for the foreseeable future. 
Confirmed speakers:
AnnaLee Saxenian, Dean, UC Berkeley School of Information
Stephanie Bell-Rose, Senior managing director and head, TIAA-CREF Institute
Allen Blue, Co-founder and vice-president, product management, LinkedIn
Jean-Lou Chameau, President, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Nate Edwards, Vice-president, AT&T University, Operations Training
Sean Gallagher, Chief strategy officer, Northeastern University Global Network
Dr. H. Fenwick Huss, Willem Kooyker Dean of the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College
Shanna Smith Jaggars, Assistant director, community college research center, Teachers College, Columbia University
Stanley Litow, President, IBM International Foundation
David Liu, Chief operating officer, Knewton
Susan Lund, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
Robert Mendenhall, President, Western Governors University
Mike Metzger, Chief executive, PayScale
Harry Patrinos, Manager, education, World Bank
Stephen Laster, Chief digital officer, McGraw Hill Education
Thomas Leppert, Chief executive, Kaplan
Jamil Salmi, Global tertiary education expert and author, “The Road to Academic Excellence: the Making of World-Class Research Universities”
Adrian Sannier, Chief academic technology officer, Arizona State University
Jake Schwartz, Chief executive and co-founder, General Assembly
Jim Shelton, Chief impact officer, 2U
Dale Stephens, Founder, UnCollege
Jamienne Studley, Deputy under secretary, US Department of Education
Lucas Swineford, Executive director, digital dissemination and online education, Yale University Center for Teaching and Learning
Haiyan Wang, Managing Partner, China India Institute 
8.00 am Registration and networking breakfast
9.00 am Welcome and opening remarks
9.05 am View from the top: Perspectives on the future of higher education and work
What will the labour market look like in the next 15-20 years and how will we educate to make that future a reality? What policy implications will make education more accessible in a smart, targeted way? How can institutions of higher education best prepare graduates for the job market, and should this be their primary aim? Top policy, economic and academic experts will weigh-in on these pressing questions and more.
Stanley Litow, President, IBM International Foundation
Mike Metzger, Chief executive, PayScale
Harry Patrinos, Manager, education, World Bank
Jamienne Studley, Deputy under secretary, US Department of Education
9.50 am Learning from foreign models: Lessons from abroad
Traditionally, the US has been viewed as the premier destination for elite higher education. However, what can the US learn from its foreign counterparts who consistently outperform American students in educational outcomes? As the talent pool becomes ever more globalised and mobile, what are employers doing to ensure they attract the brightest minds regardless of location? Has the exportation of American-style higher education become antiquated as bricks and mortar institutions become less relevant to learning? Since students entering university are not coming out of a vacuum, how are other countries approaching K-12 education differently to better prepare their citizens for advanced degrees, and ultimately, meaningful employment?
Jamil Salmi, Global tertiary education expert and author, “The Road to Academic Excellence: the Making of World-Class Research Universities”
Jean-Lou Chameau, President, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Haiyan Wang, Managing director, China India Institute
10.30 am Morning networking break
11.00 am Closing the Education-to-Employment Gap: Measuring and increasing students’ job preparedness
Organisations are struggling to find and secure the right talent for jobs as they become available--contributing to the largest talent gap in over 20 years. To close it, employers and educators must work together to improve learning outcomes for the workforce, from the onset of one's career and throughout its development. What is reasonable for employers to expect undergraduates to come equipped with in terms of both content knowledge and skills? How can students’ progress in learning these skills and their ultimate job preparedness be measured? What part can online talent platforms, play in connecting skilled labor with open opportunities? What are the successful models for continuous education to ensure that talent development progresses in the right direction throughout one's career?
Allen Blue, Co-founder and vice-president, product management, LinkedIn
Robert Mendenhall, President, Western Governors University
Susan Lund, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
11.30 am Behind the screen: The future of alternative credentialing
MOOCs, boot camps, online tutoring and other alternative pathways to employment have recently garnered increased attention and funding. What issues are these unconventional learning models addressing and can traditional 2-4 year degrees adapt to meet these same needs? What opportunities are there for industry to work with education providers? Can nanodegress and piecemeal courses be recongised widely? Now that educators and employers have had some experience with these alternative courses, do they have more potential to supplement or supplant traditional education?
Jake Schwartz, Chief executive and co-founder, General Assembly
Shanna Smith Jaggars, Assistant director, community college research center,
Teachers College, Columbia University
12.00 pm Lunch: Sponsored by Arizona State University 
Re-inventing Higher Education: Forging innovative partnerships
In today’s hyperconnected world, technology evolves at a breakneck pace while university curriculum is notoriously slow to adapt. Can universities break down internal bureaucratic barriers to offer accessible and highly relevant degrees? Can industry partners supplement what professors may lack and provide hands-on experience to smooth the transition from school to work? How can learning partnerships be future-focused and not just train for the jobs of today? What success stories already exist and can they serve as a blueprint?
Stephanie Bell-Rose, Senior managing director and head, TIAA-CREF Institute
Nate Edwards, Vice-president, university operations training, AT&T
Adrian Sannier, Chief academic technology officer, Arizona State University
1.45 pm Big data on campus: The promise and perils of big data and higher education
Studies such as “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses” have called into question learning outcomes in many institutions of higher education, even those at the upper echelons of the rankings. Indeed, the pool of students polled for “Academically Adrift” revealed a 50% decline in hours spent studying compared to several decades ago. Skills most valued by employers such as critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing seem to have fallen by the wayside in university classrooms as professors are incentivised to seek positive student evaluations first. Is data the key to being able to assess student achievement in the classroom? As the latest buzzword in industries from marketing to healthcare, can data analytics deliver meaningful change in the educational industry by tracking academic progress and helping students and educators course-correct during the learning process? Are the tools sophisticated enough to report on the nuances of student learning or, like standardized testing, does big data reporting run the risk of only evaluating one dimension of a student's abilities without perspective of the whole?
David Liu, Chief operating officer, Knewton
Stephen Laster, Chief digital officer, McGraw Hill Education
2.15 pm Working groups: Sponsored by 2U
Taking the virtual leap: Navigating the online education market
With increased pressure for universities to innovate on their model of providing education, it's not surprising that many of them are turning to online degrees. According to the Babson Survey Research Group, more than 70% of chief academic officers agree that online education is critical to their institution's long-term strategy. For those navigating this new market market, understanding how to develop online programmes that meet, or exceed, the quality and outcomes of oncampus programmes is paramount. What myths need to be confronted, and dispelled, in order for universities to successfully make online degrees a part of their curriculum offering? What are the budgetary expectations university leaders need to set when deciding how they invest in online vs on-campus programmes? This session will explore the value that online degrees can provide to universities as a long-term, strategic investment.
AnnaLee Saxenian, Dean, UC Berkeley School of Information
Jim Shelton, Chief impact officer, 2U
Lucas Swineford, Executive director, digital dissemination and online education, Yale University Center for Teaching and Learning
3.15 pm Afternoon networking break
3.45 pm Higher, higher education: The ROI of graduate degrees
As the number of people with a bachelor’s degree swells in an uncertain labour market, more are looking toward master’s degrees for a competitive edge. Can undergraduate degrees adapt to meet the needs graduate education is filling? Are graduate degrees perpetuating inequalities as they provide access to a network inaccessible to those who can’t afford the additional time and cost burden?
Sean Gallagher, Chief Strategy Officer, Northeastern University
Dr. H. Fenwick Huss, Willem Kooyker Dean of the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College
4.15 pm Town hall: Questions and answers with Economist editors
A recap of the main takeaways of the day’s conversations with The Economist’s moderators.
4.35 pm Oxford-style debate: Proposition: A liberal arts education is not the solution to the jobs crisis
Andy Rosen, Chief executive, Kaplan (pro)
Dale Stephens, Founder, UnCollege (against)
5.15 pm Closing keynote interview
5.45 pm Closing remarks and networking reception 

STEMfest Speakers in the Spotlight: Kate Edwards

From September 27th to October 3rd this year, Global STEM States will be hosting the 2nd International Festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEMfest) at Prairieland Park Trade and Convention Centre in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. STEMfest is a festival of many events and conferences happening over the course of one week and all in one venue! Over 1,200 delegates and 10,000 students will be visiting from 55 countries, and will be hearing some excellent speakers! Here on the blog, STEMconnector and Global STEM States will be previewing some of the excellent speakers slated to present at STEMfest this year.

Kate Edwards is the executive director of the International Game Developers Association and is also a geographer, writer and content culturalization strategist, most active in information-based cartography and video game content. Kate spent over a decade working in various roles at Microsoft, creating the Geopolitical Strategy team and working to evaluate and manage geopolitical and cultural content in software products. After leaving Microsoft she has provided guidance to many companies on a wide range of geopolitical and cultural issues while continuing her work on a variety of game franchises. 

Kate is also the founder and former chair of the IGDA’s Localization Special Interest Group, a former board member of IGDA Seattle, the co-organizer of the Game Localization Summit at GDC, and is a regular columnist for MultiLingual Computing Magazine. In October 2013, Kate was named within "10 most powerful women" by Fortune magazine in the gaming industry. And in December 2014, she was named as one of the six’s “People of the Year”.
Where can see Kate at STEMfest?

Launch Tennessee Will Host Innovation Connection

This is a press release from Launch Tennessee

Launch Tennessee will be hosting companies in a series of invitation-only programming that engages corporate and institutional stakeholders in industry-driven conversations about a specific sector’s market challenges and solutions to them. This event, which will take place on October 19, 2015, is one of many initiatives in Launch Tennessee’s effort to engage businesses in new 3D Printing technologies. The primary objective of this program is to identify specific ways that companies can leverage Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and University of Tennessee (UT) assets to explore the utilization of 3D printing techniques to improve their productivity and competitive position. 
After a guided tour of ORNL’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, two tracks for engagement exist: Track 1 consists of a curated audience from industry and R&D will discuss recent and upcoming innovations in the field and learn of powerful examples of collaboration in 3D Printing already in-place. Track 2 pre-matches pairs of companies and ORNL/UT research teams will meet one-on-one in pursuit of solutions to specific product and process innovation challenges.   
This event supports Launch Tennessee’s mission to find and encourage promising startups in the state and creates a unique opportunity for the investment community. They offer connections to companies that are making significant strides in the fields of healthcare, IT, digital media, life science and more, and help build the relationship between investor and investee.  Launch Tennessee describes the event’s value for corporations as: 
  • Leveraging unique capabilities and expertise of ORNL and UT
  • Determining specific paths forward by exploring 3D printing solutions to critical issues
  • Developing key relationships with researchers and peers already collaborating in this space
  • Influencing the research community to pursue market-driven solutions
About Launch Tennessee: 
Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) is a public-private partnership focused on supporting the development of high-growth companies in Tennessee. Our ultimate goal is to make Tennessee the No. 1 place in the Southeast to start and grow a business.
About Oak Ridge National Laboratory:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.
About the University of Tennessee:
As the state’s land grant, research-intensive institution is a university on the move. Founded in 1794, we’re big on tradition and proud of our humble beginnings as the first public university chartered west of the Appalachian Divide. We serve the state by educating its citizens, enhancing the culture, and making a difference in people’s lives through research and service.
For more information on this event, please contact Jill Van Beke of the Launch Tennessee at

STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015 (#STEMCAD2015) Aims to Excite 10,000+ Students About STEM Career Opportunities

The second annual STEM Career Accelerator Day (#STEMCAD2015) program will kick-off next month during the week of October 19-23, 2015, with the goal of engaging and exciting 10,000+ students about STEM learning and careers. 

The Clinton Global Initiative recently highlighted STEMCAD as a multi-year Commitment to Action supporting global education goals. Through in-person and teacher-facilitated activities, students will solve authentic problems, identify career pathways, and learn how STEM careers change the world—especially important for young women and underrepresented students. The program will be hosted across 26 corporate employment sites, higher education campuses, government facilities, and a virtual platform.

STEM Career Accelerator Day will feature interaction with STEM professionals and exciting activities that connect coursework to a career application. #STEMCAD2015 aims to unite disparate STEM outreach activities under a common banner, through common evaluation tool and coordinated communications plan.

A particular focus of the event will be to engage young women, underrepresented minorities, and other student populations that lack access to quality informal and formal STEM programming. In addition to exciting students, #STEMCAD2015 also seeks to involve parents and teachers as key-decision makers and motivators in a students’ education and career pathway.

In addition to the in-person activities being hosted across North America, all secondary STEM teachers are invited to use Spark 101’s real-world, curriculum-connected case study videos to engage students in problem-based learning for STEMCAD2015— with authentic problems from business, government, non-profits and academia. Teachers are invited to check out Spark 101’s free library of on-demand case study videos, lesson plans, and resources to prepare a curriculum-aligned lesson to celebrate STEMCAD.

STEM Career Accelerator Day is organized and implemented by the STEM Innovation Task Force, an employer-driven consortium charged with developing innovative pathways and programs that address the shortfall of qualified STEM talent needed to fill the jobs of the future. Below is a map of site locations.


Several of the leaders behind #STEMCAD15 offered the following:

  • “Deloitte is proud to serve as the Chair of STEM CAD 2015! We look forward to coordinating this important campaign at the national level, as well as hosting an event unique to Deloitte. The most important attribute of STEM CAD is the ability to leverage the strengths of multiple organizations to inspire the maximum number of students towards careers in STEM.” — Tonie Leatherberry, Principal, Deloitte & STEM CAD 2015 National Chair
  • “Our research has shown that career-focused experiential learning can convey a powerful understanding of how STEM careers change the world. STEM Career Accelerator Day offers students, teachers, administrators and parents an experiential look inside some of the leading organizations who are changing the world through science, technology, engineering and mathematics.“ — Al Bunshaft, Chief Executive Officer, DS Government Solutions & STEM Innovation Task Force Co-Chair
  • “Computer science and technology have the power to transform businesses and unlock amazing career and earning opportunities for our country’s youth. Innovative cross-sector efforts such as the STEM Career Accelerator Day are critical to inspire students, and inform parents and educators about the rewarding potential of a STEM career [...] At TCS, we believe in empowering students to realize their potential, and creating tomorrow’s STEM leaders today by building pathways from education to careers.” — Balaji Ganapathy, Head-Workforce Effectiveness, Tata Consultancy Services & STEM Innovation Task Force Co-Chair
  • “PepsiCo is committed to promoting STEM education. Each of the STEM disciplines represents a crucial component of our future, both for our company and our country. STEM Career Accelerator Day will help us nurture talent sustainability and fill the jobs of tomorrow.” — Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter, Senior Vice-President-Global R&D, Dairy & Chocolate TCOE, PepsiCo & Global Chair of STEMconnector
  • “We can’t wait to see DMACC’s “STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015” in action this fall. Our planning meetings have been very exciting and we know that the expressions on all the faces of participants will be a great reward for our efforts.” — Rob Denson, President, Des Moines Area Community College & Chair STEM Higher Education Council
  • “STEMconnector understands the unique challenges facing our country when it comes addressing the STEM shortfall. STEM Career Accelerator Day is a tangible effort on the part of organizations around the nation to help engage and excite young people, particularly young women and underrepresented groups, about the excellent opportunities afforded by pursuing a STEM degree or career. Collaboration is a key factor in this equation, together we can change the lives of young people in this country!” — Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, STEMconnector & Million Women Mentors
  • “Education in the classroom is critical to getting America’s youth engaged and excited about STEM to become future engineers, web developers, tech entrepreneurs and executives across all industries. From K-12 through college, educators across America must work side-by-side with policy makers and employers to adjust curriculum to ensure students are prepared and job-ready.” — Dennis Bonilla, Executive Dean, College of Information Systems and Technology, University of Phoenix
  • “By using Spark 101 to globally celebrate STEMCAD2015,  all educators are given the resources to bring STEM curriculum to life, industry a way to inspire the nation’s future innovators, and students the motivation and pathways to succeed in school and future careers. We all win when we work together to help our students reach their full potential.”  — Jane Kubasik, founder and president of the 114th Partnership—the non-profit that developed Spark 101

This blog-post is the official STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015 announcement, and will be followed by a series of site-specific previews leading up to the week of October 19-23, 2015. Please see below for a full-list of participating organizations. For more information about STEM Career Accelerator Day 2015, please reach out to Tim Edwards ( or 202-296-3118.


U.S. Department of Education Announces First-Ever Adviser to Expand Access to Open Digital Resources in Schools

The following is a press release from the US Department of Education.
The U.S. Department of Education announced [September 16] the hiring of the first ever open education adviser to lead a national effort to expand schools’ access to high-quality, openly-licensed learning resources.
School technology expert Andrew Marcinek will serve in the Office of Educational Technology (OET) and focus on helping both K-12 and higher education connect with teaching, learning and research resources in the public domain that are freely available to anyone over the web. He will work with tool providers and developers, district and state leaders, and educators. Open educational resources are an important element of an infrastructure for learning and ranges from podcasts to digital libraries to textbooks and games.
“Creating a dedicated open education advisor position at the Department will greatly enhance our ability to support states and districts as they move to using openly licensed learning resources,” said Richard Culatta, Director of OET. “The use of openly-licensed resources not only allows states and districts to adapt and modify materials to meet student needs, but also frees up funding to support the transition to digital learning.”
Marcinek has worked on education technology and digital transitions in school districts in both Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, and he’s done extensive research on how to integrate technology at scale in school districts to create a system that is sustainable and equitable for all students.
The announcements were made during a visit to Williamsfield Community School District in Illinois, where U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stopped as part of his annual back-to-school bus tour. The Williamsfield event included the previewing of 50 videos that capture best practices of effective district leaders who use education technology in their schools. The videos can serve as professional learning for district leaders and others.
President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative is a call to connect 99 percent of schools across the country to broadband Internet within five years. As part of that work, OET created a Future Ready Pledge to help school districts develop a culture where teachers harness the power of technology to personalize learning and provide quality digital content that fosters student inquiry and creativity. So far, committed Future Ready Leaders are approaching 2000 signatures.

Samsung Solves for Tomorrow with Annual $2 Million STEM Education Contest

This is a press release from Samsung

Program challenges students and teachers to tackle critical issues affecting their communities

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. — (BUSINESS WIRE) | Samsung Electronics America (SEA) announced the launch of the company’s 6th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow (#SamsungSolve) program and the call for entry submissions. Samsung’s flagship citizenship initiative is one of many innovative programs designed to address the growing education gap and career development shortage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the U.S.

Today, more students are using technology than ever before. But relatively few are playing a role in creating this technology or are pursuing studies and professional careers in the fields of STEM. Samsung believes education is a fundamental right for everyone, and that access to technology opens doors to opportunity. Through Samsung Solve for Tomorrow and other signature citizenship programs, Samsung is committed to empowering millions of students and educators in the U.S., through the democratization of STEM education, access to technology and resources, and the inspiration to solve the critical issues affecting their communities.
“We aspire for students to be creators and not just consumers of tomorrow’s technology, and this journey begins in the classroom,” said Ann Woo, director of corporate citizenship, Samsung Electronics America, Samsung Electronics America. “Solve for Tomorrow is a powerful platform that not only fosters lasting community engagement and learning for the participating schools, it sparks conversations and debate around a shared vision for how we can equip and motivate the next generation of creators, innovators and leaders to affect positive changes in their communities and beyond.”
Guidelines for Solve for Tomorrow Entries:
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow call for entries is now open. To enter your school, and for contest rules, please visit The deadline for submissions is October 30, 2015.
Samsung will be providing a prize pool of over $2 million* in technology for the contest. In addition, BrainPOP, a leading STEM education digital destination, has provided a collection of free, STEM-themed content participants can use as a resource for your submission.
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 the flagship Samsung Solve for Tomorrow initiative which aims to engage students nationwide in active, hands-on STEM learning. Since 2004, Samsung has provided more than $17 million in technology to more than 1,000 public schools in the United States.
*$2M prize is based on an estimated retail value.
About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA delivers a broad range of digital consumer electronics, mobile products and wearables, wireless infrastructure, IT and home appliance products. Samsung is the market leader for HDTVs in the U.S and one of America’s fastest growing home appliance brand. To discover more, please visit
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home and Digital Health initiatives. We employ 319,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of US $196 billion. To discover more, please visit our official website at and our official blog at


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