Thursday — September 26, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector

In today’s STEMdaily, we cover 2 exciting announcements about STEMconnector’s National Day of Design in 2019, including our new mission sponsored by Walmart called Health Helpers, and the expansion of U.S. Cellular and JASON Learning’s Storm Sanctuary Mission to Cedar Rapids and Chicago schools! Plus more STEM news on the Mattel’s new STEM Barbie dolls, how students in Tennessee are able to simulate the car creation process through the Learning Blade’s STEM career awareness programs, and why don’t STEM students vote as much as other majors?

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National Day of Design

Students Innovate Grocery Shopping Experience for 2019 National Day of Design
In anticipation of National STEM/STEAM Day (November 8, 2019), STEMconnector’s National Day of Design returns to bring students of all grade levels a mission that asks them to find new innovative solutions to personalize the grocery shopping experience. Sponsored by Walmart, the 2019 National Day of Design Mission, Healthy Helpers: Personalizing the Shopping Experience for a Healthier You, provides an opportunity for students in grades K-12 to acquire deep understanding about a challenge that impacts their daily lives and their communities while using interdisciplinary skills in various sciences, English, technology, and the fundamentals of engineering to design a new invention that will personalize the grocery shopping experience for those with dietary restrictions, busy schedules, and more. Over 50,000 students across the country have participated in previous National Days of Design.


U.S. Cellular Donates to JASON Learning, Benefitting Nearly Half a Million Students (U.S. Cellular)
U.S. Cellular has announced a renewal of its relationship with the nonprofit JASON Learning, an education-focused organization with headquarters based in Virginia. In its continued commitment to providing access to STEM, U.S. Cellular donated $300,000 to support JASON Learning’s curriculum and initiatives. Last year, U.S. Cellular worked with JASON Learning to create a custom STEM-focused design thinking challenge called “Connected Storm Sanctuary,” to inspire students to create a connected space for communities facing natural disasters. After introducing the challenge to students in Milwaukee and Tulsa, Okla., in 2018, the company is now expanding it to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Chicago. U.S. Cellular’s contribution has the potential to offer high-quality STEM curricula to nearly 500,000 students for the 2019-2020 school year. 



Diversity in STEM

10 Game-Changing Hispanic Scientists You Didn’t Learn About In School (Mentalfloss)
September is #HispanicHeritageMonth, and many of the greatest Hispanic scientists are people you never learned about in school. From groundbreaking biologists and physicists to innovators in the fields of medicine, botany, and environmental studies, here are 10 game-changing Hispanic scientists you should know about. In 1993, astronaut Ellen Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman to go to space. She first served on a nine-day mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery, where she and a team of astronauts studied the Earth’s ozone layer, then returned to space three more times, spending nearly 1000 hours in orbit….

This new Barbie doll wants girls to explore STEM career paths (Ladders)
Barbie’s on a new mission – aiming to attract girls to STEM career paths. Mattel’s Barbie teamed up with airline Virgin Atlantic to create three special edition dolls part of Barbie’s Dream Gap Project, with the new dolls encouraging young girls to consider careers in aviation and other careers. The dolls feature real Virgin Atlantic uniforms and include dolls resembling a pilot, an engineer, and a cabin crew member doll. 



K-12 Education

Learning Blade helps prepare Yellow Creek students for trip (Middlesboro Daily News)
With seventh graders at Yellow Creek Elementary School looking ahead to a Sept. 26 Toyota trip, Gear Up academic interventionist Brandy Bauer wanted to prepare her students for what they will see at the car manufacturing plant in Georgetown. Bauer, working with college and career navigators Alexis Phelps and Sabrina Cross and academic interventionist Chelsea Evans, was able to simulate the car creation process through the Learning Blade program sponsored by Gear Up SOAR.

Doing the Math: Building a Foundation of Joyful and Authentic Math (100Kin10)
Read our new report “Doing the Math: Building a foundation of joyful and authentic math learning for all students”. The report offers a fresh analysis of the issues surrounding foundational math – including a focus on the highest-leverage places for change – and spotlights models and immediate actions that offer clear strategies for equipping elementary teachers to enable authentic and joyful math learning for all students. 

Higher Education

AWS Educate broadens its partnership with Virginia schools (Washington Business Journal)
Following this summer’s unveiling of two four-year degree programs centered on cloud computing, Amazon Web Services upped the ante Friday, extending its curriculum to select universities, community colleges and even four K-12 school districts in the commonwealth. For the cloud service giant – a subsidiary of Inc. – the expansion doubles down on its investment in workforce development in Virginia, which is already home to the company’s impending HQ2 headquarters in Arlington and an already substantial federal cloud business in Herndon.

Billionaire Paying College Grads’ Student Loan Debt Will Also Cover Their Parents’ Debt (People)
Robert F. Smith, the billionaire who announced to great surprise that he would be paying off the student-loan debt for each student of Morehouse College’s 2019 class, had one more surprise up his sleeve. Morehouse – a private and historically black men’s college in Atlanta – announced in a statement posted to their website on Friday that Smith had followed through on his promise by donating $34 million to the Morehouse College Student Success Program.

Dear Students of STEM, I Challenge You to Vote! (Union of Concerned Scientists)
…did students vote more in 2004 than in prior years? Yes, they did; however, when voter turnout data was analyzed across student identified majors, social scientists found students studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) had the lowest turnout rates. This was also the case in 2012, 2016, and 2018 elections. Why do STEM students continue to vote at low rates? The short answer is that we’re not certain.

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