March 6, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector

In today’s STEMdaily, women computer science groups respond to being cut out of the 60 Minutes feature on.. women in computer science, Lesbians Who Tech hold summit in SF, Indiana students encouraged to apply for the Governor’s STEM Team, the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest finalists and their projects are profiled on Fast Company, and the Warriors draft the first woman into the NBA 2K esports league.

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Diversity in STEM
Reshma Saujani (CEO, Girls Who Code): Erasing Women in Tech: How ‘60 Minutes’ Ignored Women’s Voices, Stories, and Expertise (Medium) 
Almost a year ago, 60 Minutes producers contacted Girls Who Code. The news show was working on a segment about girls and computer science and wanted to better understand what initiatives to close the gender gap in tech were proving effective. Sunday, that segment was broadcast to the show’s weekly 11 million viewers in the U.S. and around the world — and it didn’t include a single reference to Girls Who Code or other girl-focused organizations like Black Girls Code, the National Center for Women and Information Technology, Kode With Klossy, and countless others. It was like a punch to the gut.

Looks matter when it comes to success in STEM, study shows (Rice University) 
Demand for STEM degrees is on the rise. However, there are many barriers to gaining one. One may be the appearance of the student seeking the degree, according to a new Rice University study. The extent to which students look racially stereotypical – that is, more or less like members of their racial group – influences how likely they are to persist in a STEM-related field.

Katie Mehnert (Founder, Pink Petro & Experience Energy): We Need More Women in the Energy Sector (Scientific American) 
Climate change is one of the most monumental challenges of our time. But even as it draws increasing calls for action, one of the most important steps we can take still gets far too little attention. To fight climate change, we need more women in the energy sector. Only 15 percent of employees in oil and gas are women, and that number shrinks further for higher-paying, technical jobs.

The Conference Where Diversity in Tech Is Celebrated (WIRED) 
Living and working in Silicon Valley, especially in tech, as an LGBTQIA+ woman or person of color can be lonely. Even as the industry works to expand its ranks, the statistics on diversity in tech are staggeringly bad. But one place queer women and nonbinary folks can go to feel less alone? The Lesbians Who Tech conference. Now in its sixth year, the event—technically called the Lesbians Who Tech + Allies Summit—brings together folks from around the world to the Castro Theatre in San Francisco with the mission of increasing visibility and providing community to LGBTQ people in tech and tech-adjacent fields. 


K-12 Education

Indiana students encouraged to apply to Governor’s STEM Team (AP) 
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, State School Superintendent Jennifer McCormick and State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell are encouraging high school students to apply for the 2019 Governor’s STEM Team. Winning students each receive a $1,000 college scholarship from Indiana’s College Choice 529 Direct Savings plan and letter jackets identifying them as members of the STEM Team. The nominations may be submitted online . The deadline is March 31.

Students invited to participate in STEM Research Fair at Penn State/Hazleton (Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader) 
High school students studying STEM are invited to participate in Penn State Hazleton’s fifth annual STEM Research Fair. The event will be held Saturday, March 23, in the Evelyn Graham Academic Building on campus and is open to all students in ninth through 12th grades throughout the region.

America’s Farmers accepting nominations for public school STEM grants (Daily Press) 
Virginia farmers have until April 1 to nominate local public school districts for STEM grants through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program. After a school district is nominated by a farmer, the school district’s administrators and teachers can submit a grant application by April 15 with a project proposal for consideration. The grants are worth $10,000 and $25,000, according to a news release from America’s Farmers. 

STEM Competitions

These 10 smart innovations were designed by students to change the world (Fast Company) 
The finalists in this year’s Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest have developed new ideas for everything from stopping mosquitoes to preventing school shootings. Samsung Solve is an annual event that’s open to any middle or high school team of students. The goal is to identify a pressing challenge in your own community, then use science, technology, engineering, and math skills to help solve it. Now in its ninth year, the contest drew 2,000 entries from around the country.

Aurora Middle schoolers lead robotics team to national competition (MyTown NE Ohio) 
When it comes to high technology, three Harmon Middle School eighth graders are aiming for that place, “Where no one has gone before.” They’re the leaders of the “Brain Bots,” a team of six students from around the area who earned the first-place Champions Award last month over 60 other teams in the First Lego League state robotics tournament at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. 

Sports and STEM

Warriors draft the first woman into the NBA 2K esports league (Washington Post) 
Chiquita Evans hopes one day soon to see if she can outshoot Stephen Curry on a basketball court. Until then, she’ll settle for being the first woman drafted into the NBA 2K League. Evans, a fitness instructor and former college and semipro player who divides her time between Chicago and Mobile, was selected in the fourth round of the esports league’s draft Tuesday night, going to Warriors Gaming, which is run by Curry’s Golden State Warriors.

Allen Representing Alabama With Double BMW Effort (Speed Sport) 
John Allen will return to SRO competition this weekend at Circuit of the Americas, but this time with a much bigger to-do list. A retired engineer and United States Air Force Major, Allen is now taking on a new challenge and using his previous knowledge to take on the SRO season of competition. Allen is a Distinguished Engineering and fellow University of Alabama alumni, and will be using his race team as a platform to promote the college which he credits much of his success to.

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