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Inspiring Students to Pursue STEM Careers

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

President's Message

Welcome to the ConnnectToTech e-Newsletter for November. We look forward to your feedback!

Wishing all of our readers a safe and swift recovery from our storms . . .

When time passes and we gain some perspective on the past few weeks, we might think about . . STORM, STEM, STUDY . . and what our students can learn from this force of nature!

Science: How can air -- which is usually invisible -- have the force to push over a mighty tree?

Technology: Electricity travels through air as lightning. Which famous scientist on Long Island was able to wirelessly light a light bulb?

Engineering: Creativity can harness the benefits of water . . Erie Canal, Hoover Dam. Can we imagine a design on Long Island to prevent flooding and solve our energy challenges?

Math: How many miles can your family car travel on a tank of gas? On a charge of electricity?

Our next general meeting is scheduled for Dec 14th. Bring your requests for support and if you would like to put something on our agenda, contact me at Judy.Murrah@ConnectToTech.org or just reply to this email.

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
-- STEM Hub update
-- Teacher Tested Projects
-- Intern Spotlight
-- College PrepTalk Update
-- 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:
  • Nov 29 -- Massapequa HS Tech Career Fair
  • January -- Stony Brook University
    'Fun with Engineering' Day
  • Mar 15 -- Smithtown HS "Female Brunch"
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 Technology?.
(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:

You design your own Web sites. You spend every spare cent on new tech gadgets. You’re the person your parents’ colleagues call when they have a question about how to fix their computers or hook up their routers for WiFi.

If these statements are true, you might consider turning your hobby into a full-fledged career. As one of the four fast-growing STEM fields, technology is a good bet if you’re looking for a larger-than-average paycheck and more job security than most fields offer.

Click here to read more

For Educators

Project Lead the Way
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S. STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy.

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.

Click here to read more

Guest Article

Career Advice for Students:
Real-World Experiences through Internships

by Susan Gubing, CareerSmarts
Change Agent for Education 3.0

The time is now to begin to apply to some of the national internship opportunities available for high school students. Check out the Web site StemCareer. It has a unique list of internship opportunities for students.

Get a step above everyone else by having a summer internship. You might think you are too young, but all of these internships are for high school students. Some of them pay pretty well too!

Unfortunately, there are too many internships out there to list on this page. Some great places to start are listed below. Just make sure you know that even though you might be in high school, employers still want you as an intern!

The Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience, or INSPIRE, is a multi-tier year-round program designed for students in ninth to 12th grade who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offers high school students several different internships around the country.

For a more extensive list of the best opportunities, click List of Internships.

STEM Search Portal

STEM Search Portal Brief
by Michael Nizich, Impact Systems

With ConnectToTech volunteer's broadening spectrum of engagements with the Long Island community, a new solution will be used to connect the participants more efficiently than ever before. The ConnectToTech STEM Search Portal will provide a means for ConnectToTech representatives to receive and respond to requests for services more efficiently and will grow in capability to match available STEM services and events to the portal user's specific needs and interests. Stay tuned for a ConnecToTech STEM Search Portal launch providing teachers, students, parents, and guidance counselors with a simple connection to new STEM opportunities.

Other General Events

Nov 28th: STEMconnector Conference Call
Mark your calendar for November 28th, from 1 p.m. -3 p.m. STEMconnector ® will host a Town Hall on Educational Technology entitled, "Education Technology: The Revolution in Digital & Distance Learning." The two-hour Town Hall will cover developments in K-12, Post-Secondary Education & Continuing Education, Innovation & Policy and Content Personalization/Data Analytics. STEMconnector® has assembled leading experts in each of these fields to present on the future of Education Technology & Digital Learning and its impact across the educational spectrum.

Click here to learn more

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