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Inspiring Students to Pursue STEM Careers

    •  President's Message
    •  For Educators
    •  Oct 12th General Meeting
    •  Guest Article
    •  For Students
    •  Upcoming Events

President's Message

Welcome to the September issue of the ConnnectToTech
e-Newsletter. We hope you enjoy reading it.

And welcome to the 2012 / 2013 school year and year #5 for ConnectToTech!    I am so thankful to all of you from the more than 25 companies and 40 school districts who have given of your time and talents over the last five years. You have built connections with over 7,000 students and helped nurture their curiosity and interest in pursuing technical and technology careers! To learn more about what ConnectToTech has been doing, check out our Web site at  www.ConnectToTech.org.

We've been hard at work over the summer developing new offerings: new partnerships and resources from the Long Island STEM Hub; a revamped e-newsletter with sections for students, teachers and business people; a more frequent "call for speakers" to be more responsive to students; a soon-to-be-unveiled search portal for easier scheduling; and of course our familiar offerings of career speakers, facility tours, job shadowing, showcases and competitions.

Whether you are new to our mission or a returning "veteran", we welcome you and look forward to connecting with you at our first general meeting of the year at 4:00 PM Friday October 12th. See below for more information and our meeting agenda.

Hope to see you on October 12th.
Judy Murrah

Oct 12th General Meeting

Please join us at our next general meeting:

When:    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Friday Oct 12th
Where:   Motorola Solutions
(LIE exit 62)
-- Introductions and networking
-- 2011 / 2012 program highlights
-- Comments from NYS / LI STEM Hub Leadership
-- 2012 / 2013 program plans
-- School leaders' requests for volunteers  (please email in advance)
-- Volunteering and committees
-- Search portal demonstration
-- Online resources update
RSVP:   Please RSVP to  Judy.Murrah@ConnectToTech.org   to let us know if
you'll be attending. We'll have an ID badge and snacks waiting for you!

For Students

5 Tools Every Student Needs to Know.
Find the best apps, tools and sites such as: Google Docs for research, Trello for organizing group projects and Dropbox/CloudApp for storing/accessing files from anywhere – no flash drive needed!

Projects to Try
Check out some new ideas and new projects, including interactive Web sites, experiments and science projects, and building your own spaceship!

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For Educators

Interactive Drawing Portal
Khan Academy continues to expand its educational offerings, now adding an interactive drawing portal that focuses on early adolescents to capture their interest.

Stony Brook Univ gets funding for STEM Programs
Motorola Solutions Foundation has awarded Stony Brook University a $100,000 grant for STEM TECH and TechPREP programs.

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Guest Article

A Partnership for Success:
Work-based Learning and STEM

by Susan Gubing, CareerSmarts
Change Agent for Education 3.0

The success of preparing our future workforce relies upon strong career pathways which include the following elements:
  • Element 1: A rigorous and relevant curriculum
  • Element 2: Project-Based Learning
  • Element 3: Work-based learning experiences
The first two elements are in the hands of the classroom teacher. Proper student preparation in the 21st century skills such as critical thinking, communications, research, solutions finding, and creativity will ensure the student is ready for the next step in the career pathway.

The following work-based learning examples from the National Academy Foundation show us how work-based learning can make a major impact upon the preparation of our students for college and career readiness.

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Upcoming Events

Maker Faire   (Sept 29 - Sept 30)
You are invited to attend Maker Faire on Sept 29th and Sept 30th at New York Hall of Science in Queens New York. It's a two-day, family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. You will experience science, technology, craft, fashion, art, food and more through outrageous attractions, hands-on / how-to workshops and inspiring presentations!

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The Accelerating Universe   (Oct 2)
You are invited to attend a lecture on Oct 2nd by Dr Robert Kirshner on The Accelerating Universe at the Simons Center at Stony Brook University. Observations of exploding stars halfway across the Universe show that the expansion of the Universe is speeding up. We attribute this to a pervasive “dark energy” whose properties we would like to understand.

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NYS Outdoor Education Assn Conf   (Oct 18 - Oct 21)
You are invited to attend the New York State Outdoor Education Association Conference Thursday thru Sunday, Oct 18th thru Oct 21st at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Learn how to bring science and nature into your classroom. Topics will include climate and weather, marine biology, GPS and telemetry, geology, sustainability, genetically modified organisms, biodiversity . . .

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NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing   (Oct 31)
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing selects awardees based on their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. This year’s applications must be submitted before October 31, 2012. Winners will be notified in early December with award events taking place through May 2013.

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September 2012

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