Monday July 22, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector

In today’s STEMdaily, a half a million people went the National Mall in DC over the weekend for a mesmerizing light projection on the Washington Mall and video tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, SpaceX hosted the 4th annual Hyperloop Pod Competition, 24/7 Wall St finds atmospheric sciences and meteorology majors and the college majors with the lowest unemployment, Lindsey Vonn’s foundation starts campaign to help girls in STEM, and the AP covers a teacher working at John Deere this summer through Iowa STEM’s Teacher Externships program.

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The Washington Monument displayed a mesmerizing tribute for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (Business Insider) 
In honor of 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum decided to transform the Washington Monument into a rocket. On Friday and Saturday, hundreds of people crowded on the National Mall to watch a 17-minute film recreating the historical moment using full-motion projection mapping technology and archival footage from July 19, 1969. The life-size projections on the monument’s facade depicted the take-off and landing of the Saturn V rocket on its journey to the moon. 



STEM Competitions

Moonshot Competition Seeks Ideas to Revolutionize Education (T.H.E. Journal) 
Two organizations, one liberal and the other conservative, have announced a joint project to seek new ideas that will “revolutionize schooling.” The deadline for applications is August 1, 2019. The “Moonshot for Kids” comes courtesy of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative American nonprofit education policy think tank, and the Center for American Progress (CAP), a public policy research and advocacy organization with a liberal outlook. The goal: to find “big R&D breakthroughs that might help America’s 50 million K-12 students do dramatically better,” as Fordham Institute President Michael Petrilli wrote in a March blog post.

Team TUM wins SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition with record 288 mph top speed (TechCrunch) 
SpaceX hosted its fourth annual SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition finals on Sunday at the test tube it built outside its Hawthorne HQ. We were on site for the competition, and watched as Team TUM, from the Technical University of Munich, took home the win thanks to achieving the top speed overall of any team to run in the finals. TUM is a repeat winner, and achieved a top speed of 288 mph in this year’s finals. That’s the fastest overall for a Hyperloop pod thus far – it beat its own record from last year of 284 mph set during the third SpaceX student run-off. 



Higher Education

These 25 college majors have the lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. (Dallas Business Journal) 
Financial news and commentary website 24/7 Wall St. released a list of the top 25 college majors with the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S. 24/7 Wall St. compiled the list based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, which is the “premier source for detailed population and housing information about our nation,” according to its website. Science-based college majors dominated in the employment category. According to the list, atmospheric sciences and meteorology majors are the most likely to employed out of all college majors – only 0.58 percent are currently unemployed.

Local tech, retail companies partner with Alamo Colleges on $1M skills development grant (San Antonio Business Journal) 
H-E-B LP, Liquid Web LLC, Internet Contrast Co., IPSecure Inc. and Rackspace Hosting Inc. are working with the Alamo Colleges District to provide customized training to 1,310 new and incumbent workers, supported by a $1.07 million grant from the Texas Workforce Commission’s Skills Development Fund. The training will focus on retail and information technology. The grant can be used train computer programmers, software developers, account managers and business development consultants.


Belmont launches new majors designed to create more tech workers (Nashville Business Journal) 
Tech workers are expected be an increasingly precious commodity for Nashville’s business community in the coming years and Belmont University wants to be its tech-talent resource. Belmont is launching data science and business systems and analytics programs. Both programs are accepting applications for the fall semester. Several tech companies have made large jobs announcements in Nashville in recent months, including Amazon’s 5,000-job logistics hub, in which half of the positions are expected to be tech-related. 

Diversity in STEM

Lindsey Vonn’s New Goal Is Helping Girls Learn STEM: ‘I Want to Help on a Personal Level’ (People) 
While champion skier Lindsey Vonn is no longer hitting the slopes professionally after announcing her retirement earlier this year, she has something new she is championing. The former alpine ski racer is now helping young girls become more involved in STEM education through the Lindsey Vonn Foundation. Vonn’s organization recently donated full scholarships to 22 girls to attend a camp with iD Tech, which offers week-long summertime STEMclasses for children. Alexa Cafe is the organization’s camp just for girls.


KU research team receives $1.4 million to offer technology training to women leaving prison (Lawrence Journal World) 
A new University of Kansas program hopes to help women leaving prison better adapt to civilian life by teaching them technology skills. A team of researchers led by Hyunjin Seo, an associate professor in the KU School of Journalism, recently received a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create an evidence-based training program for former female inmates. The project expects to train about 300 women within the grant period, according to a KU news release. 

K-12 Education

Ozobot Classroom Aims to Make STEAM Learning Measurable (T.H.E. Journal) 
Ozobot is launching what it’s calling the first “STEAM learning management system,” Ozobot Classroom. Ozobot is the maker of robotics kits for classroom settings. The kits are designed to teach coding and offer numerous lessons (more than 150 as of this writing) and educator resources. Ozobot Classroom will support its existing kits and will, in fact, be free with the purchase of any kit with 12 or more robotis. (It will also be free for those who have already purchased kits.)

Iowa teacher bringing factory externship skills to classroom (AP) 
Andy Peterson, an industrial technology manufacturing teacher at Southeast Valley Middle School in Burnside, is excited to get back to school in the middle of July — even after he sacrificed his summer off. That’s because he can’t wait to bring back everything he’s learning during his externship at John Deere’s Paton factory to his shop class. John Deere is one of many companies working with more than 80 teachers this summer as part of the Iowa STEM Teacher Externships program, launched by the Governor’s STEMAdvisory Council.

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