Friday — May 31, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector


In today’s STEMdaily, TIME profiles Melinda Gates commitment to women and girls in STEM, the Logan Pride Center in Utah will host a summer STEM camp for LGBTQ+ youth, Wayfair taps Resilient Coders to diversify its tech workforce, the Actuarial Foundations announces winners of The Hardest Math Problem student contest, Cleveland Metro School Districts gets STEM lab funders by the Cavs and Goodyear, and Seattle University breaks ground on new science and innovation center.

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Diversity in STEM
Melinda Gates Wants More Girls and Women in STEM. Here’s How She’s Working Toward That. (TIME) 
For proof of just how dedicated Melinda Gates is to creating opportunities for future generations, look no further than her mission to help girls and women get into STEM careers. With her position as the co-founder Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a passionate philanthropist, Gates highlighted the importance of investing in organizations who “empower young girls and women.” One such organization is Girls Garage, a non-profit that seeks to encourage more young women to enter STEM careers.

 

Logan Pride Center hosting free STEM camp for LGBTQ+ youth (Logan (Utah) Herald-Journal) 
A free camp this summer aims to provide LGBTQ+ youth a safe place to connect with their peers and participate in activities relating to STEM. “We felt that it was important to facilitate activities for queer and questioning youth to be able to participate in something like STEM education while exploring their identity,” said Crista Sorenson, developmental director at the Logan Pride Center.

Wayfair taps Resilient Coders to find qualified women and men of color in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan (Boston Business Journal) 
Virtually every business in the country relies on computer programs to operate. This has created a huge demand and a resulting nationwide shortage of software developers. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million more software development jobs than there are qualified applicants who can fill them. Additionally, the majority of existing software developers are white males. Resilient Coders in Boston strives to fill the gap by training people of color to be software engineers by offering three, 14-week boot camps each year. 

STEM Competitions

The Actuarial Foundation and the New York Life Foundation Announce the winners of The Hardest Math Problem student contest (Actuarial Foundation) 
The Actuarial Foundation, in partnership with the New York Life Foundation, is proud to announce the winners in The Hardest Math Problem student contest, a national middle school math competition designed to help students practice critical thinking supported by accurate computation. Competing for a chance to win a $5,000 grand prize, students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades completed extra challenging story problems combining reasoning skills with math. 

K-12 Education

AI Education Nonprofit Receives $1.1 Million in Funding (T.H.E. Journal) 
Artificial intelligence education nonprofit Iridescent has received $625,000 in new funding, following a recent $500,000 investment. The group’s purpose is to work with underrepresented youth to help them “to become self-motivated learners inventors, and leaders.” The latest $625,000 in grants comes by way of the Nvidia Foundation and the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation. The group also recently received $500,000 from Google.org.

Cleveland District Gets STEM Lab Funded by Cavs and Goodyear (STEAM Universe) 
A sports team and a tire maker have funded the refurbishing of a STEM lab for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company have pledged a million dollars of support to the Cleveland district and Akron Public Schools. As part of that, the two organizations committed to the remodel, which converted a storage room into the new lab, where district teachers will be able to add design and fabrication to their lessons.

 

Hyundai Brings ST Math to 3,000 Montgomery Students (MIND Research Institute) 
This spring, Hyundai Motor America (HMA) announced a $250,000 donation to Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) for STEM education. The Hyundai ST Math® Initiative will now benefit nearly 3,000 students from five schools in MPS including Brewbaker, Catoma, Morningview, Seth Johnson, and T.S. Morris Elementary. HMA has partnered with MIND Research Institute since 2011 and has committed nearly $2 million to our ST Math program in the eight years since. 

Higher Education

Want to fix big tech? Change what classes are required for a computer science degree (Fast Company) 
“Are you Eng or Non-Eng?” “Around here, you’re either SWE or Support.” These are common sentiments expressed across the tech industry: People are classified into binary categories of engineering or non-engineering, software engineering or support. This classification extends from companies’ hiring databases, to the culture of how people talk about each other, to how leaders identify their employees. It also creates a hierarchy of the people whose opinions matter: Engineering and computer science opinions overshadow design opinions and expertise from humanistic studies.

Seattle U breaking ground on ‘new heart’ of campus with $100M Center for Science & Innovation (GeekWire) 
Seattle University prepared to break ground Thursday on what it is calling the “new heart” of its Capitol Hill campus, a Center for Science & Innovation that will be the largest-ever capital project for the 128-year-old institution. Facing unprecedented enrollment demand in STEM, Seattle U is starting construction this summer on a new five-story, 111,000-square foot building with a price tag of $100 million. The majority of funds are being raised from donors, including gifts from PACCAR ($5M), Amazon ($3M), Microsoft ($3M) and Murdock Trust ($1.75M).

 

UTSA professors recognized for improving STEM education in San Antonio (UTSA) 
Professors Carmen Fies and Chris Packham at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have been honored for their efforts to enhance STEMeducation in San Antonio schools by creating and nurturing educational partnerships in the community. Fies, an associate professor in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development (COEHD), and Packham, an associate professor in the UTSA College of Sciences, received an Eddy award from the School of Science and Technology (SST) this month.

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