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90 Seconds to Save the World

March 20, 2012

Do you think you know how to save the world by using science and engineering? The Kavli Foundation is challenging students in grades 6-12 to create video clips answering that question. Students can focus either on how science and engineering have already impacted the world, or the impact it could have in the future. The first place entry will win $2000 as well as a stipend to travel to the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC the weekend of April 28th-29th where a selection of the best videos will be shown. Runners up can receive prizes of up to $750 as well as software titles. Videos should be between 60 and 90 seconds long, and can be uploaded to SchoolTube, YouTube or Vimeo. Submissions are still being accepted until midnight tomorrow, March 20th! For more information you can check out the STEMconnector profile for the contest, or head to the USA Science and Engineering Festival website!

Guest Blog: SHPE- American Innovation depends on access to STEM for the fastest growing youth population

March 20, 2012

This is a post in the STEMconnector™ Guest Blog Series featuring the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

“The projected growth in science, engineering, technology and math careers and the current projected shortage in STEM talent to fill the need must continue to drive our community and nation to ensure that US Hispanics are educated and have access to a growth industry of tomorrow.

 

Growth in STEM jobs is three times greater than non STEM jobs and workers earn 25 percent more than their non STEM counterparts. Although companies are seeking STEM talent, our country falls far behind in educating future engineers and scientists needed to fill those jobs. The US is only graduating 5 percent of students with science and math degrees while countries such as China and India are producing 78 percent of science and engineering graduates. Walk through numerous companies today and you’ll see that their technical, engineering and science needs are filled by foreign workers with work visas.

 

Our nation’s capacity to be a global innovator depends on the fastest growing youth population in the US to have access to and trained in fields that will lead to medical innovation, technological advances and solutions to energy and environmental issues facing the globe. Hispanics account for 60 percent of the growth in public schools and population projections show a continuation of growth among Hispanics.

 

SHPE has seen first-hand what happens when we inspire our youth to believe in the future and dream of becoming the innovators of tomorrow and strive to be the ones solving critical global issues with STEM. Today, SHPE has 318 chapters nationwide with every major university with a STEM focus. Hispanic STEM professionals have also created SHPE professional chapters. SHPE’s university chapter members are supporting each other, mentoring younger students, sharing study skills, coordinating science nights with middle and high school students and their parents. SHPE chapter members are touching lives and truly making a difference.

 

Each year, SHPE gathers the greatest minds in STEM to recognize their contributions through our STAR Awards Show which is part of the SHPE National Conference—the nation’s largest Hispanic technical conference. This year, SHPE will be proud to host the 2012 SHPE National Conference in Fort Worth, Texas on November 14 – 18.

 

SHPE coordinates leadership training, scholarships, and internships for students and professionals in STEM , as well as management and executive trainings. Together with our sponsors and partners, SHPE is ensuring that this nation will recapture its position as the global innovator. I invite you join SHPE as we develop a world-class workforce to address the grand challenges of the 21st Century.”

 

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New Profile of the Day: Black Data Processing Associates

March 20, 2012

New Profile of the Day highlights some of our newest and greatest profiles on STEMconnector.org. To have your organization, competition, or other STEM-related group added to STEMconnector, simply fill out our contact form.

Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) is an organization with 40 chapters nationwide which delivers programming and services to minorities involved in computer science and information technology. They provide a training institute for members to gain professional certificates, annual conferences, and online career development resources. They also provide services for high school and college students, including scholarships, showcases, competitions, and internships. For a full list of services and program information, see their STEMConnector profile!

New Profile of the Day: STEM Education Coalition

March 19, 2012

New Profile of the Day highlights some of our newest and greatest profiles on STEMconnector.org. To have your organization, competition, or other STEM-related group added to STEMconnector, simply fill out our contact form.


The STEM Education Coalition is an advocacy group representing all areas of the tech workforce, promoting STEM education programs at the US Department of Education and National Science Foundation, amongst other agencies. They advocate in favor of these programs to raise awareness in Congress and the Executive Branch to ensure that STEM education’s importance in keeping America’s workforce competitive is not overlooked. For a full description of their platform and more, check out their profile on STEMConnector!

New Profile of the Day: Green Ribbon Schools

March 16, 2012

New Profile of the Day highlights some of our newest and greatest profiles on STEMconnector.org. To have your organization, competition, or other STEM-related group added to STEMconnector, simply fill out our contact form.

Green Ribbon Schools is an initiative to reconnect children with outdoor play and to encourage firsthand nature experiences. Through their commitment to the 4 cornerstones, a developed curriculum, and additional activities and contests, Green Ribbon Schools seeks to restore the benefits of health, well-being, and development which can only be achieved by including nature in children’s lives. For more information see their STEMConnector profile.

STEMConnector™ will introduce The STEMDaily™ News Aggregator Friday March 16th!

March 15, 2012

The STEM News Aggregator

“Who’s Doing What in STEM” Brought to you by STEMConnector™ and ASTRA

Dear friends of STEMConnector™;

Exciting News!

STEMConnector™ and ASTRA are pleased to announce the launch of our new free service: the STEMdaily™ News Aggregator!

STEMdaily™ aggregates and curates news stories in STEM Education for all professionals interested in staying up-to-date on the latest developments in STEM. These news stories will cover topics in Education (from K-20+), Diversity and Women in STEM, Corporations and the Career Pipeline, Competitions and Conferences, Scholarships and Grants, Government, Non-Profits, Trade and Professional Associations, States, Innovation, Foundations, Testing and Assessments, STEM Policy, and much more.

We draw upon major news sources, cutting-edge blogs, content from social media, and original content from STEMConnector™, ASTRA/USInnovation.org, plus our partners and sponsors to deliver first-rate news coverage of all things STEM.

Sign up today!
-Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMConnector™

To sign up for STEMdaily™, head to http://www.STEMconnector.org/STEM-Daily-subscription, or click this link.

New Profile of the Day: VEX Robotics Competition

March 15, 2012

New Profile of the Day highlights some of our newest and greatest profiles on STEMconnector.org. To have your organization, competition, or other STEM-related group added to STEMconnector, simply fill out our contact form.

VEX Robotics Design System was created specifically for student competitions, and annually over 3500 teams take place in VEX competitions at the classroom, state, or national level. In competition matches, two alliance teams, each composed of two robots and their handlers, battle against one another in both remote controlled and autonomous rounds. Classroom competitions can be easily integrated into STEM curricula. To learn more about the competitions, head over to the VEX Robotics Competitions STEMConnector profile!