Monday — August 26, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector

In today’s STEMdaily, Abbott showcases its blueprint for creating a high school STEM internship for girls and rings in the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Women’s Equality Day, Samsung launches the Solve for Tomorrow Teachers Academy, IndyCar hosts STEM kart building event, and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy helps launch the STEM Innovation Fellowship at Montclair State.

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Diversity in STEM

Together, We Can Increase the Number of Women in STEM: Here is a Tool to Help Companies Get Started (Abbott) 
On Women’s Equality Day, Abbott is publishing a blueprint for creating a high school STEM internship aimed at exposing young people, particularly girls, to STEM early and empowering other companies to download and use it. “Not exposing women who have a talent for math and science to STEM fields is tragic, but solvable,” said Corlis Murray, senior vice president of Quality, Regulatory and Engineering Services, Abbott. The Abbott study, conducted in partnership with YouGov, demonstrates the need to expand STEM opportunities for girls. Abbott and Murray were at the New York Stock Exchange this morning, ringing The Opening Bell to showcase these efforts.

iNCLUSiVE STEM program for SPECiAL NEEDS STUDENTS at the Metuchen Library (TAPinto) 
This past weekend WeMake 4-H, a nonprofit organization, held an inclusive STEM program for special needs students at the Metuchen library. This program was aimed to foster STEM interest in kids by engaging them in various hands-on activities such as Robotics, Beginner Coding, 3D Designs, and Making projects. Attendees and their families enjoyed the program and made many new friends. The kids enjoyed learning about coding and made awesome 3D designs, tinkered with fun physics experiments, and experimented with circuitry.

UNM STEM-H Center Lauded for its Achievements (University of New Mexico) 
The University of New Mexico’s STEM-H Center has received the 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The award honors colleges and universities that encourage students from underrepresented groups to enter STEM. The STEM-H Center in the UNM Health Sciences Center’s Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion will be featured, along with 49 other recipients, in the September 2019 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity. 

K-12 Education

$7 Million in Grants From Texas Instruments Gives Disadvantaged Students a STEM Learning Boost (TI) 
Texas Instruments (TI) and the Texas Instruments Foundation announced today that their combined 2019 U.S. education grants total $7 million. These funds will go toward programs that will cultivate STEM competencies in students and grow the quality and quantity of STEM educators, one of the greatest influences on student academic success. More than 97% of the funding will be used for improvements in K-12 STEM education, primarily STEM teacher and principal effectiveness

Samsung Launches Solve for Tomorrow STEM Teacher Academy (Samsung) 
Evolving its commitment to STEMeducation, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. this summer launched the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Teacher Academy, with a weeklong professional development practicum held in San Jose, CA. Nearly 40 Solve for Tomorrow alumni teachers from 35 states attended, participating in hands-on problem-based learning activities, diversity and inclusion training in STEM and an externship experience at Samsung Research America and Samsung Semiconductor U.S. to learn about STEM career pathways for their students.

Hundreds of future farmers learned about STEM in the field (KSBW) 
The future of farming may have been sitting in the King City High School Auditorium. Hundreds of members of the Future Farmers of America gathered to listen to an impressive panel: representatives from Costco, Western Growers, Cornell University and Microsoft. Claudia Rossler is the Director of Agriculture Strategic Partnerships for Microsoft. She says students are rarely shown a holistic view of agriculture and technology. Providing tools for precision farming is just one of the facets of Agtech she hopes will open eyes, and doors for students.

IndyCar appealing to STEM students with kart building competition (FOX St. Louis) 
As some of Indy racing’s biggest names prepare to hit the track at World Wide Technology Raceway this weekend, some local students are preparing for a race of their own. Ten teams are entered into the Junior 500 championship putting their knowledge about STEM to the test. Their mission: build a racing kart, learn to drive, and race the course. “They’re learning how to build a car, but more importantly, they’re learning how to work together as a team,” said Raven Ward, director of programs for the Jackie Joyner Kersee Foundation. 

Higher Education

UNCP wins $1M grant for STEM scholarships (The Robesonian) 
The number of students enrolling in upper division STEM-related programs at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has increased nearly three times faster than the increase in total upper division enrollment in the last five years. Those numbers are expected to continue climbing thanks in part to a $999,978 S-STEM grant from NSF. The funding will provide scholarships to support 30 students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Biology or Chemistry over five years, beginning spring 2020. There will be three cohorts of 10 students.

Virginia Western announces new STEM building (WSET) 
Virginia Western Community College opened its new STEM building to students on Monday, Aug. 26 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the equipment and contemporary classrooms with a focus on collaboration. The new 72,000-square-foot STEM facility is the largest on-campus and was designed with input from faculty and staff to best serve the region’s growing needs. Classrooms in the $37 million facility were designed to be open and flexible, allowing students to seamlessly move from a lecture-style setting to group work. 

New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy Helps Launch STEM Innovation Fellowship at Montclair State (Montclair State) 
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy visited Montclair State University on August 22 to congratulate and inspire 30 elementary school teachers engaged in the New Jersey STEM Innovation Fellowship, a new program designed to improve math education for public school students across New Jersey. Assemblywoman Britnee N. Timberlake and Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin were also on hand to usher in its first cohort. “This fellowship is about creating the New Jersey where opportunities and innovation blossom for all of our residents,” Murphy told the teachers.

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