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What STEM Field Could You Study to Work on Autonomous Vehicles?

by William Broman


Today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Volvo unveiled an autonomous version of the XC90.  One of the goals of our auto show coverage is to showcase all the different career paths one could take with a STEM education, but also all the different fields of study that could lead to working on one product or another. …


Mobility Efforts by Automotive Industry May Entice More to Study STEM

by William Broman


Today at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Mark Fields emphasized mobility in their press conference.  Later on today they will feature a TED talk about the future of mobility, a New York Times forum with four big city mayors, and a discussion with Vice media.  All of these discussions will focus …


STEMconnector @ NAIAS 2017 Live Blog

by William Broman


Monday January 9 marks the start of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI.  It is one of the premier Auto Shows.  Check back throughout the week to see the latest technology from the automotive industry.   The auto industry is competitive, even on media day at #NAIAS2017 these are engineers, not media, researching the competition… #STEM pic.twitter.com/rrYm4aPJpg …


Next President of GWU Has PhD in Computer Science

by William Broman


(GW Today) The board of trustees of the George Washington University Friday unanimously approved the appointment of Thomas J. LeBlanc as the university’s 17th president. An accomplished academic leader, administrator and professor, Dr. LeBlanc will begin his service at George Washington in August 2017. “Dr. LeBlanc embodies the qualities the university community articulated through more than 30 town halls and …


Masergy Announces 2nd Annual STEM College Scholarship Fund

by Tommy Cornelis


Masergy Communications, Inc., a hybrid networking, managed security, and cloud communication solutions company, announced the 2nd annual STEM Scholarship Fund today. The company will award up to $5,000 to undergraduate and graduate students demonstrating excellence in a STEM field. “We are proud to support higher-education within these important fields of study, which will undoubtedly contribute important innovations to society,” said Chris MacFarland, …


Early Childhood STEM Working Group, Co-Organized by UChicago STEM Education and Erikson Institute, Releases Policy Report titled: Early STEM Matters: Providing High-Quality STEM Experiences for All Young Children

by Tommy Cornelis


The Early Childhood STEM Working Group, a group of scholars, policymakers, curriculum developers, and educators from across the United States, has released a new policy report titled Early STEM Matters: Providing High-Quality STEM Experiences for All Young Children. The report describes four guiding principles and offers six actionable recommendations for educational leaders, policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels, researchers, …


Regeneron Science Talent Search Announces 300 U.S. High School STEM Scholars

by Tommy Cornelis


300 high school seniors have been named scholars in the newly re-named Regeneron Science Talent Search, a program founded and produced by Society for Science & the Public. The biotechnology firm is taking over as the lead sponsor of the prestigious STEM competition after Intel famously dropped out. And Regeneron isn’t just keeping the Science Talent Search alive, it’s also doubling the …


Fourth Annual CS Roundtable Encourages Collaboration Between Industry and Education

by brian jackson


On November 16, 2016, in Chicago, IL, STEMconnector and Tata Consultancy Services hosted the fourth in a series of annual computer-science-education-themed roundtables, entitled “Empowering an Industry Responsive Computer Science Education System”, hosted at UI Labs. Participants were asked to focus on how industry and education can better collaborate to prepare students for the future workforce. A summary and breakdown of …


Randstad US study projects massive shift to agile employment and staffing model in the next decade

by Tommy Cornelis


First-of-its-kind study uncovers dramatic changes to the workforce and workplace by 2025 ATLANTA, Dec. 12, 2016 (PRNewswire) | By the year 2025, most workers (70%) and employers (68%) agree a majority of the workforce will be employed in an agile capacity (i.e. contractor, consultant, temporary or freelance), according to a study released today by Randstad US, one of the largest HR …


STEM ‘Drives’ Us! – Coming January 2017

by William Broman


For many of us, automobiles are the most utilized mode of transportation.  Obviously there has to be some science, engineering, and math behind how we get from point A to B and everywhere in between.  In less than one month the world will focus its attention on Detroit for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). STEMconnector will be live …


Boeing South Carolina Aims to Connect with Regional Talent Through STEM Premier

by Tommy Cornelis


Online platform bridges gap between emerging talent in Charleston-Metro and opportunities within advanced manufacturing December 16, 2016 — CHARLESTON, S.C.— (BUSINESS WIRE) | In an effort to help the Tri-County Region create and retain a qualified talent pipeline for its booming aerospace industry, Boeing South Carolina has again teamed up with Charleston-based STEM Premier. STEM Premier enables colleges and companies like …


Can Software Engineers Save the Planet?

by William Broman


(Google Earth) – In 2005, a Google engineer named Rebecca Moore got a notice about a logging plan near her home in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The mailing included a grainy black-and-white map that did nothing to show what was at stake with the plan. Dissatisfied, she decided to create a new map using details of the plan overlaid on the 3-D satellite imagery in Google Earth.


Nantucket Students to Speak to Space Station Commander

by Tommy Cornelis


WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2016 (PRNewswire) | Students in Nantucket, Massachusetts, will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut living and working aboard the International Space Station at 10:25 a.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 15. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough will answer questions from kindergarten through eighth …


New Research Examines Financial Benefits of Community College Programs

by William Broman


(Brookings) – Some scholars predict that by 2018 the United States will be short three million college graduates (Carnevale, Smith, and Strohl, 2010). The conversation among the higher education policy community has shifted from a focus on college enrollment to concerns about college completion. Perhaps partly in response to growing concerns about an insufficiently educated labor force and low rates …



Bayer USA Foundation Awards $75,000 Grant to Connect and Engage Northern California Communities in STEM

by Tommy Cornelis


History-making Astronaut Dr. Mae C. Jemison and Congresswoman Barbara Lee Help Launch New CIRCLe Lab at the East Oakland YMCA Dr. Jemison to speak before sold-out crowd at The Commonwealth Club SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 12, 2016 (PRNewswire) | Students and families in Northern California will be one step closer to thriving in a technologically-driven age thanks to a $75,000 grant to …


NSTA Unveils Inaugural List of the Best STEM Books for K-12 Students

by Tommy Cornelis


This is a press release from NSTA ARLINGTON, Va. — (BUSINESS WIRE) | The National Science Teachers Association unveils its inaugural list of “Best STEM Books K-12.” This list—selected by volunteer educators and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council—provides recommendations to teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers about the best trade books with STEM content for students in kindergarten …


Infosys Foundation USA Celebrates Computer Science Education Week

by Tommy Cornelis


This is a press release from Infosys Through a Series of Grants, the Foundation Will Introduce Computer Science Education to an Additional 725 Underrepresented and Minority Students Across Nine States PALO ALTO, California, December 6, 2016 (PRNewswire) | Infosys Foundation USA today announced numerous grants to extend its on-going efforts to reduce the digital divide in America by helping underrepresented populations gain …


Women Tech Council to Launch TechArt Hour of Code, Creating Largest Girl-Coded Living Digital Display

by Tommy Cornelis


This is a press release from Women Tech Council Announced today in the White House Fact Sheet as part of National Computer Science Education Week Programs SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 5, 2016 (PRNewswire) | Women Tech Council (WTC) today announced the launch of TechArt Hour of Code, the largest girl-coded initiative engaging 10,000 girls across the state to create a living …


INROADS Awarded $100,000 from The Coca-Cola Foundation

by Tommy Cornelis


This is a press release from The Coca-Cola Foundation New high school program focuses on early STEM engagement for girls in grades 9-12 ST. LOUIS, Dec. 1, 2016 (PRNewswire) | INROADS, Inc., a non-profit focused on development and career preparation for talented, underserved youth, received a $100,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation to support College Links Atlanta: Advancing Female High School …