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High Dosage, High Impact: Skills Based Volunteering in a Virtual World with the Illinois Science and Technology Institute

by Najee Ellerbe


*This Blog was guest-written by Sarah Perret-Goluboff of the Illinois Science and Technology Institute.  As the pandemic restructures every aspect of life, educators are turning to new resources to create authentic experiences and connections for their students in the coming academic year. While schools settle into a new normal, volunteers across the country are stepping up to ensure students have the ...

#SHUTDOWNSTEM: A Day of Focus on Education & Discussion to Support Black Lives

by Najee Ellerbe


Today on Wednesday, June 10, STEMconnector joins #ShutDownSTEM and #ShutDownAcademia. Today we will take time to focus on what we can do better, and plan how we can continue to play a bigger part in eradicating anti-Black racism in academia and the STEM fields.  #ShutDownSTEM is an initiative from a multi-identity, intersectional coalition of STEM professionals and academics taking action for Black lives. ...

Tallo and Boeing Honor High School Seniors with STEM Signing Days

by Najee Ellerbe


This blog post was guest written by our partners from Tallo. Scientists are becoming the rising heroes of our time, so why should college athletes have all the fun? That is exactly what Tallo was thinking, when we partnered with Boeing to create STEM Signing Day to honor high school seniors who are pursuing a STEM education at two- and ...

STEMconnector Supports Diversity & Inclusion

by Najee Ellerbe


“The greatest achievement of humanity is not its works of art, science or technology, but the recognition of its own dysfunction.” -Eckhart Tolle   We are proud that STEMconnector’s chief mission has always been to create a diverse and inclusive workforce which empowers people from all walks of life to change the world for the better. We have drawn strength from having built ...

Connected Storm Sanctuary Design Thinking Mission Presented by U.S. Cellular and JASON Learning

by Najee Ellerbe


Many of us are currently at home and juggling work, family life, and the care and education of your children. We understand how difficult it is to keep your children engaged in their education while at home. A wonderful way to keep them excited and engaged is through project-based learning, essentially “learning while doing”. We wanted to remind you that ...

American Heart Association: Celebrating the Future of Science Virtually during COVID Crisis

by Najee Ellerbe


This blog post was guest written by our partners from the American Heart Association.   The American Heart Association’s annual Advancing Sciences event brings high school students out of the classroom and into an environment where they can experience hands-on learning with leading science, med-tech, and engineering professionals from across Minnesota. The day consists of small group breakouts and speed ...

STEMconnector welcomes its new CEO, Denielle Pemberton-Heard

by Alexa Gitler


Veteran corporate executive Denielle Pemberton-Heard has been tapped to succeed Leslie Cruz as CEO of STEMconnector. Pemberton-Heard has served as a strategic advisor to STEMconnector since 2018 while working as General Counsel and Managing Director of the Diversified Search Group, a role she will retain. She brings decades of executive-level experience to STEMconnector through her roles at PBS, Thales, Time Warner/AOL and ...

Contextualizing STEM in the Real World and Redefining Failure

by Najee Ellerbe


Students learn fire dynamics from Dan Madrzykowski, Ph.D., Research Director for the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) Middle school is a time of social, emotional, physical and learning transitions. In order to keep students engaged, we must demonstrate to students that the material they are learning is both relevant to their immediate lives and grounded in a real world ...

STEMConnector at Workplace Forum’s 32nd Annual Conference

by Najee Ellerbe


The Forum on Workplace Inclusion held its 32nd Annual Conference from March 10-12th. Hundreds of industry leaders and educators came together in Minneapolis, Minnesota on being updated on how to include diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The Forum provides vital connections to industry experts and leaders. STEMConnector had the opportunity to be featured during the 3-day conference, with our ...

Pioneering Your Future Partnership with Alliant Energy

by Najee Ellerbe


[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDrjxqtNhhg[/embedyt]Alliant Energy has partnered with University of Wisconsin - Platteville for its ‘Alliant Energy Pioneering Your Future in STEM’ initiative. This event, which took place on February 25 and will take place again on March 17, is open to girls in fifth through eighth grade. Individuals, chaperoned school groups, home school groups, and girl scout troops are all welcome. ...

Abbott Highlights ‘STEM Sisters’ on International Day of Women and Girls in Science

by Alexa Gitler


[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmYsN4q84tU[/embedyt] Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and Abbott is celebrating by highlighting its “STEM Sisters” – women the healthcare technology company believes are changing the world. Abbott started featuring these scientists and engineers because it’s inspirational for girls to see women in STEM jobs. In fact, the company’s research shows 93% of women ...

UC Davis hosts Science Olympiad

by Alexa Gitler


On Saturday, January 25, 2020, the Science Olympiad club at UC Davis hosted the first Aggie Invitational, a Science Olympiad competition. 44 high school teams  from California and Washington competed in 23 different challenging science events. Student competitors worked in teams to apply in-depth knowledge across various science fields. These events span all of STEM, including life and social sciences, ...

TCS & STEMconnector’s 2020 Community Partnerships Series!

by Alexa Gitler


Coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of the goIT program, the 2020 Community Partnerships Series profiles some of the communities where TCS has had tremendous impact, shedding light on the progress that can be made when industries work collaboratively with communities and other sectors to diversify and grow the STEM workforce. Featuring individuals from across roles working with the program, the series sheds light on …


Learning Blade celebrates CS Week with FREE Resources

by Alexa Gitler


Learning Blade celebrates CS Week with FREE Resources December 9th to December 15th is Computer Science Week, and schools all across the country will be doing all sorts of coding and computer science activities! Learning Blade is joining in on the CS mania by offering portions of Learning Blade that put a particular focus on computer science careers.  Available statewide in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri and Alabama, Learning Blade is helping students …


Download the free #WalmartHealthyHelpers STEM Mission for National Day of Design on November 8th!

by STEMconnector


We are only about a month out until National Day of Design on November 8th! Walmart is sponsoring this year’s Design Mission to bring you Healthy Helpers: Personalizing the Shopping Experience for a Healthier You. With this free STEM activity, students will design an automated technology solution to provide individuals and families with suggestions of healthy food, medicine, and/or other products tailored …


Students Innovate Grocery Shopping Experience for 2019 National Day of Design

by STEMconnector


September 26, 2019 — WASHINGTON, DC | In anticipation of National STEM/STEAM Day (November 8, 2019), STEMconnector’s National Day of Design returns to bring students of all grade levels a mission that asks them to find new innovative solutions to personalize the grocery shopping experience. This mission, sponsored by Walmart, encourages real-world critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and overall Science, Technology, Engineering, and …


STEMconnector’s New Research Explores STEM Work-Based Learning in Postsecondary Settings

by STEMconnector


STEMconnector’s newest white paper, STEM Work-Based Learning in Postsecondary Settings: A guide for employers, discusses how work-based learning bolsters recent graduates’ preparedness for the STEM workforce and provides employers with earlier access to STEM talent. The research finds employers seeking postsecondary STEM talent face two troubling realities: Not enough students pursue and persist in STEM degree programs – only 8% of students …


U.S. Cellular Donates to JASON Learning, Benefitting Nearly Half a Million Students

by STEMconnector


Company contribution of $300,000 to nonprofit allows further access to STEM curriculum CHICAGO — (BUSINESS WIRE) | Today, U.S. Cellular is announcing a renewal of its relationship with the nonprofit JASON Learning, an education-focused organization with headquarters based in Virginia. In its continued commitment to providing access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, U.S. Cellular donated $300,000 to support …


TCS goIT Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary with New Micro Bit, GIS Technology Pathways and Digital Innovation Lab

by STEMconnector


Tata Consultancy Services’ goIT, North America’s Largest Industry Engagement Program for Computer Science Education, will also Add AI and IoT Offerings for Students NEW YORK and MUMBAI, India, Sept. 19, 2019 (PRNewswire) | Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, announced the expansion of its flagship STEM and Computer Science (CS) education program, goIT, …


Next What’s Working Webinar on 9/25 to feature Micron, Black & Veatch and Arlington Independent School District

by STEMconnector


Please join us for our Webinar Series What’s Working?: A Deeper Dive into Member Practices Wednesday, September 25, 12 – 1pm EST STEMconnector’s What’s Working initiative draws on the strength members and highlights our cross-sector network of passionate leaders who are dedicated to building a diverse and sustainable STEM workforce. Through sharing the initiatives, collaborations, and general best practices happening across our network …