Wednesday — June 26, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector

In Wednesday’s STEMdaily, 3M and Discovery Education announce the finalists of the 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the Society for Science & The Public awards $65K to 20 orgs through its STEM Action Grant Program, Amazon funds its Future Engineer program to 30 public schools in Seattle, SkyOp launches its drone training curriculum, PayScale research finds which majors students are most likely to regret going into debt over, plus lots of fun Summer of STEM stories!

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STEM Competitions

3M And Discovery Education Announce National Finalists And State Merit Winners In 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge (Discovery Education) 
3M and Discovery Education have announced 10 finalists from across America as part of its annual 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge (#YoungScientist). [A national] middle school science competition recognizes scientific thinking, communication and curiosity in students grades 5-8 who demonstrate a passion for solving everyday problems that could ultimately improve lives around the world. After submitting a short video communicating the science behind a possible innovation to solve an everyday problem, these young scientists rose to the top of the competition and were selected over hundreds of others, because of their science acumen, innovative thinking and exceptional communication skills demonstrated.


Society for Science & the Public Awards $65,000 to 20 cutting-edge and community-driven STEM organizations (Society4Science) 
The Society for Science & the Public announced that $65,000 in grants have been given to 20 extraordinary organizations supporting STEM education and science literacy. The STEM Action Grant Program aims to bolster and support community-driven nonprofit organizations that are working to enhance the public’s understanding of science and to increase participation of underrepresented populations in STEM fields. 

K-12 Education

Amazon funds STEM programs in Seattle schools (engadget) 
Perhaps with an eye on the next generation of engineers that might be interested in working on its delivery robots or in coding, Amazon is funding computer science and robotics programs at up to 30 public schools in its Seattle home base. From this fall, the Future Engineer Robotics grants will provide schools with expanded access to computer science learning and a private tour of an Amazon robotics fulfillment center. The schools will also get support to set up FIRST robotics teams.

The SkyOp LLC Launches Initiative to Pair Corporate Sponsors with Local School Districts Seeking Support for Drone Training STEMPrograms (Education Dive) 
SkyOp LLC, developer of industry-leading drone training courseware, has announced a new initiative to pair interested corporate sponsors with local school districts eager to launch high school drone training STEM programs. Following the recent release of its SkyOp Drone Training Curriculum, the company was overwhelmed with school districts excited to adopt the workforce development curriculum for high school juniors and seniors, but many interested districts faced age-old constraints on education funding. 



Higher Education

These majors are most likely to make you regret your college choices (Fast Company) 
66% of 248,000 people polled by PayScale reported that they regretted something about their college choices and experience, and student loans topped the list. PayScale then dug down into the date to determine which majors were the most to blame. Health sciences, arts, and social sciences degree holders reported having the biggest regrets about borrowing money to finance their education. And while engineering graduates say they have the least regrets (no surprise since many can earn close to six figures in the first few years they’re working), education majors come in right behind them, despite the fact that, as we all know, teachers don’t earn as much as engineers do.

Mechatronics Internship Builds Skills (California University of Pennsylvania) 
The summer before his first class at Cal U, Stephen Gerba landed a job with Ductmate Industries Inc., a Charleroi, Pa.-based maker of heating, ventilation and air conditioning components. The senior mechatronics engineering technology major has an intern with the company for four years, earning greater responsibilities along the way. “We take responsibility and effort and time,” said engineering manager Dana Smith. “We try to keep a nice pipeline. We’d like it if the interns came back to work for us, but regardless, workforce development is the right thing to do for the community.” 



Summer of STEM

2019 The Summer of STEM (STEM Next Opportunity Fund) 
“Not all summers are created equal.” We agree with this assessment from Laura Johnson, VP of Communications at the National Summer Learning Association. STEM Next Opportunity Fund puts forward the challenge – Let’s empower families so that every child has access to quality summer learning. Summer can offer time to explore new subjects and go deep into personal interests. Summer can also increase the opportunity gap. We know that kids from under-resourced communities may fall behind in academics, while kids in higher-income families increase skills over the summer months.

Youngsters learn computer coding at Code Ninjas in Sun Prairie (Wisconsin State Journal) 
When Jana Uhler transformed an old veterinary clinic into a place where youngsters can drop in or attend camps to work on computer coding, she was sure to include an observation window for the parents. Code Ninjas opened May 21 with drop-in hours, and a series of summer camps begins today. The instructor-led camps cover a variety of topics. Some are for a single day, others run for a week.


i-STEM workshop teaches the teachers about project-based science education (Idaho Falls Post Register) 
Eighty-five teachers, administrators and librarians from districts across the region are attending a workshop put on by the Idaho STEM Action Center this week at the College of Eastern Idaho. The i-STEM workshop that began Monday is one of six that the Action Center organized at colleges across the state this summer to provide tools and ideas to K-12 teachers. Workshops are simultaneously being held at College of Southern Idaho and College of Western Idaho this week. 

Diversity in STEM

It could take 118 years for female computer scientists to match publishing rates of male colleagues (Science) 
It could be well into the 21st century before female computer scientists annually publish as many research articles as their male counterparts, an analysis published today concludes. If current trends in publishing continue, women in biomedical research are likely to reach parity sooner, possibly by 2050. Using a tool called Semantic Scholar, developed by the institute, the researchers examined nearly 3 million journal and conference papers in computer science published between 1970 and 2018.

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