Monday — July 1, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector

In today’s STEMdaily, Alphabet’s drone company Wing is on a hiring spree ahead of U.S. expansion, Women in Sensors Engineering (WISE) group showcases women in engineering issues at the Sensors Expo ‘19 in San Jose, Cleveland State Community College lands STEM grant from DENSO, and Reinhardt University earns $1M grant through the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.

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Workforce Development

Alphabet’s drone company Wing is on a hiring spree ahead of US expansion (CNBC) 
Alphabet’s drone company Wing is adding to its ranks as it prepares to expand its delivery service in the U.S. and beyond, according to job listings. Wing, which spun out of Alphabet’s experimental research division X last year, sits within Alphabet’s “Other Bets” category alongside other long-term ventures. The Google sister-company, which has fewer than 200 employees, is seeking people who will help it scale in new regions, shape air delivery regulation and garner new business partnerships, according to at least two dozen positions it posted this month.


Women sensing their work roles in electrical engineering (Fierce Electronics) 
Women make up just 10% to 20% of the engineering workforce, but there are still plenty of industrious female electrical engineers and researchers. At Sensors Expo ‘19 in San Jose, women in engineering made a strong showing, even if their numbers were dwarfed by the percentage of men on the show floor and in conference sessions. A group called Women in Sensors Engineering (WISE) presented a wide-ranging panel that included engineers from Shell, Intel and Facebook who encouraged college women to enter and stick with the profession.


Why we need to enhance STEM education for rural girls in Bangladesh (Brookings) 
The garment industry transformed the Bangladesh economy and women’s lives—it increased their economic empowerment. But women are not leading the industry despite making up more than 90 percent of the workforce. One explanation is that women lack the technical and digital skills to lead innovation in the sector, as well as the capacity to overcome structural barriers like violence, discrimination, exploitation, and physical and mental harassment.


STEM Grants

CSCC awarded $100,000 grant from DENSO for STEM education (Cleveland Banner) 
Cleveland State Community College, a leading educational institution, received a $100,000 grant from the world’s second largest mobility supplier DENSO for programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The grant, which is made possible by the company’s philanthropic arm, DENSO North America Foundation (DNAF), is one of 26 grants awarded by DENSO in 2019 to colleges and universities throughout North America.

Reinhardt University to start STEM education program with federal grant (Rome News-Tribune) 
A nearly $1 million grant will provide enhanced science and math education at Reinhardt University to students seeking to be high school teachers. The National Science Foundation awarded Reinhardt University the five-year Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grant to create the STEM Teacher Education and Development Program. Over five years, Reinhardt is expected to receive $930,000 for the STEM Teacher Education and Development Program and will pay for student scholarships, teacher stipends, research and a STEM summer camp.



School of Mines receives grant that could change the future (KOTA) 
The School of Mines is charged with excitement after a planning grant allows the school to experiment with a new battery that could replace current ones in the future. “This is a very new and hard area of research, and it will help the next generation. And it will help the following generations to maintain sustainability in terms of energy and the environment,” says Assistant Professor, Alevtina Smirnova. The 60-thousand dollar grant from the National Science Foundation provides the school with a Research Center.

NMSU professor gets $315K to study membrane technologies for advanced water treatment (Las Cruces Sun-News) 
With limited water resources posing a challenge for citizens around the globe, Reza Foudazi, a chemical and materials engineering assistant professor at New Mexico State University, is working on a project involving new methods for advanced water treatment. Foudazi received a three-year, nearly $315,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project, “Stimuli-responsive membranes from mesophase templating.”


K-12 Education

Educator shares passion for space and science (Roswell Daily Record) 
Margaret “Peggy” Bohlin is a retired teacher who continues to be an educational resource as a teacher liaison for the Space Foundation, president of the local astronomy club and as director of Camp Invention. Since 2015, she has advocated for space-focused learning as a teacher liaison and continues seeking out stars with the astronomy clubs.


Richmond conference gives middle school girls a crash course in STEAM (Richmond Times-Dispatch) 
Special Scott didn’t go into Saturday interested in engineering. That quickly changed. Special, joined by her sister and other friends from Richmond’s South Side, learned the basics of building an electric circuit using a web-based computer simulation program, took a woodworking class and worked together to navigate a mythical zombie apocalypse. That was all before lunch. “I’ve learned that I can make things better,” said Special, who just finished eighth grade at Boushall Middle School in Richmond.


Education Technology

Rocket Mortgage Classic: Students Use Ed Tech to Further Their STEMEducation (EdTech Magazine) 
While professional golfers drove their way down the green at the PGA Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, shouts from excited students could be heard coming from a large white tent where kids were hard at work building miniature robotic Lego golfers. Looking in, spectators could watch local students participate in the STEAM Learning Lab, a collaborative effort by CDW and Acer to showcase technology that teachers can use to turn science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) studies into interactive, engaging experiences.

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