Thursday — August 8, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector

In today’s STEMdaily, Black-ish actress Marsai Martin participated in ComEd’s 6th Annual Icebox Derby in Chicago for Girls in STEM, Northwestern Mutual sponsors mentoring program for girls and women in technology, profiles exceptional Girl Scout student who’s become passionate about computer science education and helping others learn coding, and NSF releases STEM Summer Bucket List full of activities, guides, and resources

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Let’s Hear It for the Girls: Marsai Martin Talks Stardom and STEM at the 6th Annual ComEd Icebox Derby (The Root) 
What’s hot, cold and giving girls a chance to excel in STEM? ComEd’s 6th Annual Icebox Derby, which took place in Chicago on Saturday. The sun was high over the city’s Daley Plaza, but so, too, was the momentum, as 30 girls on six teams completed their race to create the best and fastest recycled refrigerator-based, solar-powered vehicle. Also on-site was a very special guest, Marsai Martin, star of Black-ish and the recent film Little.


Three Ways to Make Mentoring Girls in Tech More Valuable (Northwestern Mutual) 
As part of Northwestern Mutual’s technology outreach program, hi, Tech, we recently completed a mentoring initiative designed to encourage high school girls to pursue careers in technology. Sixteen employees (mostly women technologists, along with several male allies) were paired with 16 girls from Ronald Reagan High School in Milwaukee. Over the course of a year, our goal was to encourage and inspire them. 

K-12 Education

‘U’ professor, student bring University STEM to rural Michigan high school (Michigan Daily) 
Though Rackham student Taylor Nye graduated from Benzie Central High School in northern Michigan eight years ago, she still returns to Racquel Huddleston’s biology classroom every year. “We call it the UM-Benzie Connection,” Nye said. “I had a difficult transition from Benzie, which is a very rural school in northern Michigan, to the University of Michigan… so my goal is to try and facilitate that switch or that transition for other students, so that they can understand that they belong here, that we want them here.”

How one Girl Scout found her passion for CS through and made changes in her community ( 
Once Nataly Gonzalez took her first computer science course, she didn’t look back. Her journey began in 6th grade when she enrolled in an introductory coding class that included activities at her school in Miami, Florida. Her teacher at the time, Karen Terilli, said Nataly’s talent and passion for computer science was immediately apparent. “She would help the other students and she could do things I couldn’t even do,” said Terilli, who is the school’s librarian and was a first-time CS Discoveries teacher during the 2018-2019 school year.


NSF’s Last Days of Summer STEM Bucket List (NSF) 
It’s the home stretch before school starts again – the perfect time to prime young minds for another year of creative problem-solving while inspiring a lifetime love of STEM. The National Science Foundation has you covered. This Summer STEM Bucket List includes online and offline resources, games, activities and more, all made possible with NSF support, that will keep you and your family dialed in to STEM learning now and throughout the year.

Cherokee Schools Begins STEM Partnership With Discovery Education (Canton, GA Patch) 
The Cherokee County School District recently launched a three-year partnership with a global education leader to improve STEM learning opportunities for elementary and middle school students. CCSD, already recognized nationally for its commitment to STEM education, now is working with Discovery Education, part of the same company as the Discovery TV network, so its classroom resources and professional development for teachers can enhance lessons and incorporate more real-world learning experiences. 

Higher Education

Here’s how UNH, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are teaming up for STEM(SeaCoast Online) 
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard formally entered into an educational partnership agreement with New Hampshire’s flagship public research institution, the University of New Hampshire, at a signing ceremony Aug. 1. This is the shipyard’s first educational partnership agreement since earning technology transfer laboratory status in 2017. The laboratory status promotes joint cooperative development programs and business agreements to work with industry and academia to research complex challenges and develop solutions.

12 students receive STEM scholarships to attend Oakton (Daily Herald) 
Twelve area high school students are receiving their tuition paid for to attend Oakton Community College full-time this fall to study STEM thanks to a grant from NSF, a federal agency whose mission includes support for fields of fundamental science and engineering. The grant is intended for academically talented students with demonstrated financial need. Underrepresented groups in STEM, including students of color, female and LGBTQIA students were also encouraged to apply. 

STEM Trailblazers

Greta Thunberg to Attend New York Climate Talks. She’ll Take a Sailboat. (New York Times) 
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, will cross the Atlantic Ocean in mid-August on an open-cockpit racing yacht to attend a United Nations summit meeting on global warming. “Good news! I’ll be joining the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York,” Ms. Thunberg said Monday on Twitter. The trip to New York is expected to take two weeks. Ms. Thunberg, who is taking the year off from school to campaign against climate change, also plans to attend the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change talks, to be held in December in Santiago, Chile.

Why TIME’s 2019 Tech Optimists Are Upbeat About Silicon Valley’s Future (TIME) 
As data breaches, misuse of personal information and the spread of disinformation erode the public’s trust in Silicon Valley, it can be all too easy to become cynical about technology’s impact on the world. But there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic about tech’s role in society moving forward. Below, TIME speaks to 10 innovators, founders, investors and even athletes who remain upbeat about technology’s influence despite the many challenges facing the industry today.

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