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Inspiring Students to Pursue STEM Careers

    •  President's Message
    •  For Educators
    •  Dec 14th General Meeting
    •  Guest Article
    •  Business Volunteers Needed
    •  Other General Events
    •  For Students

President's Message

Welcome to the October issue of the ConnnectToTech
e-Newsletter. We look forward to your feedback!

Many thanks to the 40 teachers, business professionals and community reps who joined us at the Oct 12th general meeting. The energy was high as we shared success stories, welcomed requests for volunteers and set out this year's plans. We also welcomed the new partnership with the NYS STEM Hub, offering connections to more resources for our students.

Let's keep the momentum going!

Business reps . . we need you to volunteer an hour or so of your time to talk with a class at a school. We'd also like you to open your company's doors to student tours, job shadows or internships, and post information on our Web site or Facebook page. Thanks in advance for your help.

Teachers . . we look forward to your requests, engagement and encouragement of students. Help us to steer our time toward what really matters!

Our next general meeting is scheduled for Dec 14th. If you would like to put something on our agenda, contact me at Judy.Murrah@ConnectToTech.org or just reply to this e-mail.

Thank you for your support!
Judy Murrah

Dec 14th General Meeting

Please join us at our next general meeting:

When:    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Dec 14th
Where:   Motorola Solutions
(LIE exit 62)
-- Introductions and networking
-- NYS / LI STEM Hub meeting results
-- Completed activities, recognition and lessons learned
-- School leaders' need for volunteers (e-mail to Judy prior to meeting)
-- Upcoming events of interest
-- Online resources and search portal
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!

Business Volunteers Needed for Events

Business professionals are needed to support the following school events:
  • Oct 24 -- East Islip HS Career Breakfast
  • Nov 1 -- Smithtown HS Internship Fair
  • Nov 2 -- Hauppauge Middle School Career Day
  • Nov 16 -- Smithtown HS Career Day
  • Nov 29 -- Massapequa HS Tech Career Fair
Click here for more details on individual events.

Please contact Judy.Murrah@ConnectToTech.org if you want to volunteer.
Thanks in advance for your help.

For Students

Why Study Engineering?.
(Courtesy of Newsday College PrepTalk,
sponsored by Brookhaven National Laboratory)

This booklet is a must-have for students and parents in the college planning process. Learn about entrance exams, applications, college comparisons, career planning and more. Here's an excerpt:

Engineers are the professional link between scientific discoveries and daily life; they design, test and maintain the products that meet social needs.

Most engineers specialize, so here’s a look at five hot engineering fields and what you can expect from a career in each one:

Civil engineers: Did you play with Legos as a kid, covering your bedroom floor with cities, bridges, and roads? Civil engineering might be for you. This field is responsible for designing and supervising the construction and maintenance of the country’s infrastructure: roads, airports, buildings, tunnels, and other transportation networks.

Computer engineers: They integrate hardware and software to boost processing efficiency and develop new tools, like home automation and industrial robotics. You should expect to study both electrical engineering and computer science if you want to go this route.

Click here to read more

For Educators

NEFCU Providing Teacher's Grant
NEFCU is offering a scholarship of up to $250 for teachers who have an innovative classroom project. The grant is open to all NEFCU members who are teachers in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Applications are due by Oct 31, 2012.

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.

Click here to read more

Guest Article

How to Learn About Technology
by Bernadette Uzzi, Brookhaven National Laboratory

You've just replaced your desktop because the hard drive crashed. Ever wonder what's inside? The best way to learn about a piece of technology is to take it apart. There are many good sources on the web to help you identify the parts. Here's a site to get you started:

Hard drives use magnetic storage domains to write and read information. These domains create the language of computers - binary code, a series of zeros and ones. Having a language based on only two characters can limit the speed of the conversation. What if a third character was added to computer language?

Click here to read more

Other General Events

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.

Click here to learn more

October 2012

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