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Inspiring Students to Pursue STEM Careers

    •  President's Message
    •  For Educators
    •  Mar 8th General Meeting
    •  Preparing for a STEM Career
    •  Business Volunteers Needed
    •  STEM Search Portal
    •  For Students

President's Message

Welcome to the ConnectToTech e-Newsletter for January. Happy New Year to all of you -- and as always, we look forward to your feedback!

Here are some highlights from our information-packed 2012
year-end General Meeting:

ConnectToTech has received IRS 501(c)(3) and NY State Charity status for fund-raising. Thank you to Michele Gipp and Campolo, Middleton & McCormick for their support in making it happen!

Veronica Jennings of Newsday offered access to their fantastic College Prep Guide and STEM career supplements. Learn more at the next Newsday webinar on Feb 13th!

A college student and his manager at BASCOM described the benefits of their internship. As we enter the internship season, we invite businesses to send us your internship opportunties to promote, and students and teachers to stay tuned and begin by checking out Motorola Solutions college internships at careers.motorolasolutions.com!

Stony Brook University offered the first of our "teacher-tested" STEM projects for posting to the ConnectToTech site. Share your favorites with us and help teachers select the most effective classroom activities!

We have a busy next few months, as many events were rescheduled due to the hurricane. We need your time and talents as volunteers! See below for some opportunities to volunteer.

To get your topic on our next meeting agenda, or to respond to any of the items above, e-mail me at Judy.Murrah@ConnectToTech.org.

Thank you for your support!
Judy Murrah

Mar 8th General Meeting

Please join us at our next general meeting:

When:    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Friday Mar 8th
Where:   Motorola Solutions
(LIE exit 62)
-- Introductions and networking
-- School-Business volunteers (e-mail requests to Judy prior to mtg)
-- Completed activities, recognition and lessons learned
-- Intern Spotlight
-- Online resources and search portal
-- "Teacher Tested" Projects
-- "College Corner" Update
-- Partners and STEM Hub update
-- Upcoming events of interest
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:
  • Jan 10 -- Stony Brook University
    'Fun with Engineering' Day
  • Jan 30 - Hauppauge Middle Sch Career Day
  • Feb 27 -- Sayville Middle School SOAR Program
  • Mar 1 -- Hauppauge High School Career Day
  • Mar 14 -- Work Experience Coordinators
  • Mar 15 -- Smithtown High School Female Power Brunch
  • Mar 15 -- Plainview-Old Bethpage High School Career Fair
  • Mar 19 -- Farmingdale College Career Event
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 Science?.
(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:

Just a decade ago, who could have predicted the need for social media managers, iPad and iPhone app designers, or sustainability consultants? And yet, these jobs are among the hottest in the country.

While all science boils down to solving problems and creating new information, each discipline varies: Geologists spend a lot of time outdoors, whereas chemists spend more time in the lab. Microbiologists examine tiny organisms, while astrophysicists consider the universe and all its contents. Start thinking about how and where you like to spend your time: Is the lab exciting for you, or would you prefer to be in the field? Do you like to build things or deconstruct them? Are you interested in the human body or in far-away galaxies?

As you evaluate colleges, how does the college help science majors find internships? What kinds of unique equipment could you access in the labs? At some colleges, only professors get to use the high-quality stuff, so be sure you know if you’ll get real-life experience in the lab, or if you’ll be watching over your professor’s shoulder.

Click here to read more

For Educators

There’s an App for that!
Raspberry Pi (whose goal is to get kids interested in programming) recently launched their Pi Store which offers games, tools, and tutorials in addition to apps that work with their easily portable (it’s the size of a credit card) system. You’ll find that some of the offerings are free while other developers charge for their work.

Get your Coding Mojo on with CoderDojo
A worldwide collaborative effort that provides free and open learning opportunities for children, CoderDojo has multiple locations, including Manhattan. CoderDojo NYC is open to kids ages 7 – 17 in the NYC area who want to learn how to develop apps, games, Web sites and more. Run by volunteers, each Dojo offers tours of tech companies and invites guest speakers to come in and discuss their experiences and expertise in the technology field.

Click here to read more

Guest Article

Preparing for a STEM Career
by Susan Gubing, CareerSmarts
Change Agent for Education 3.0

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills are foundational. That means once you know them, you have the groundwork to build specialized knowledge. Even if you're not planning to become a scientist or engineer, basic scientific and investigative methods can be applied to a wide variety of career fields.

STEM Coursework
What coursework is most useful for acquiring STEM skills? Get started by choosing these classes in high school or college:
  • Algebra
  • Statistics
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer technology
  • Computer-assisted art
  • Research methods (in any discipline)
  • Calculus
  • Economics
Click here to read more

STEM Search Portal

STEM Search Portal Brief
by Michael Nizich, Impact Systems

The ConnectToTech STEMSearch(tm) Portal "Version 1.005" is complete and is now in use by the ConnectToTech staff for administration of volunteer activities associated with all services and offerings. We send a big thanks to Long Island-based mindSHIFT, who has agreed to support and host the portal! ConnectToTech and MindSHIFT technical teams are now collaborating to establish the new platform. The next phase of deployment will offer public access to search for Long Island-based STEM services, activities and internships. We'll begin in late January with a pilot release to a small group of active ConnectToTech volunteers. When fully-launched, all communication and requests for volunteers and services will go through the portal, allowing for more streamlined delivery of STEM-based services to the community.

January 2013

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