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Inspiring Students to Pursue STEM Careers

    •  President's Message
    •  For Students
    •  Mar 8th General Meeting
    •  For Educators
    •  Business Volunteers Needed
    •  Work-based Learning
    •  Thank You Business Volunteers
    •  STEM Search Portal

President's Message

Welcome to the ConnectToTech e-Newsletter for February. As always, we look forward to your feedback!

We have a busy next few months! Students need your time and talents. See below for some opportunities to volunteer.

I would like to call special attention to The NYIT / ConnectToTech Showcase Competition on April 9th. It's a wonderful opportunity for high school students to gain recognition for STEM projects completed in school this year.
Sign up here and begin your preparation now!

Remember . . National Engineers Week is in February. How are you celebrating in your classroom?? Read below for some tips.

And as we dig out from the snow, our attention needs to turn to summer . . internships, camps and other opportunities. You'll hear more about them at our upcoming March 8th general meeting. Hope to see you there!

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
-- Completed activities and recognition
-- Upcoming programs & volunteer requests (e-mail Judy prior to mtg)
-- STEMsearch Portal launch
-- Internships & Camps (STEM Hub internship workshhop, etc)
-- College Corner (Farmingdale Fair, NYIT/ConnectToTech Showcase)
-- Partner Spotlight (Gamebuilders Academy program for your studies)
-- Teacher Tested Projects
-- 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:
  • Feb 13 -- Newsday "Financing College"
  • (Webinar featuring CTT and STEM)
  • Feb 15 -- Harrison Hale After-School Pgm
  • (at Harrison Hale Community Center - mentors needed)
  • Feb 20 -- Massapequa HS Community Career Night
  • (business volunteers wanted)
  • Feb 27 -- Sayville Middle School SOAR Aeronautics Pgm
  • Mar 01 -- Hauppauge HS Career Day               
  • (business volunteers wanted for classroom activities)
  • Mar 08 -- ConnectToTech General Meeting             
  • (all welcome!)
  • Mar 14 -- STEM Work Experience Coordinators Meeting
  • Mar 15 -- Smithtown High School Female Power Brunch
  • Mar 15 -- Plainview-Old Bethpage High School Career Fair
  • (business volunteers wanted for student roundtable event)
  • Mar 19 -- Farmingdale College STEM Career Event
  • (volunteers wanted to sponsor and share experiences)
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.

Thank You Business Volunteers

January Volunteers

Our sincere thank you to the business volunteers who participated in
January programs for students:

Motorola Solutions  (Jennifer Wei and Tori O'Connor)
Stony Brook University "Fun with Engineering Day"

For Students

Apply for Generation Google Scholarship

Students must apply by March 11, 2013 for the Generation Google Scholarship established for aspiring computer scientists to excel in technology and become active role models and leaders in the field. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) or 5,000 CAD (for those studying in Canada) for the 2013-2014 school year.

For more information, check out the Google Web site

For Girls in Science by L'Oreal USA
by Carrie-Ann Miller, Co-Founder of STEM Tech and Tech Prep,
Director of the Women in Science and Engineering Program at SBU.

Are you interested in learning about different science and engineering careers? Do you think it might be fun, but you're not sure if science is for you? Do you like to take things apart and put them back together? Take the Career Personality Quiz from the L'Oreal company.

Check out the Why S.T.E.M. is Cool video contest. L'Oreal USA is asking 13-18 year olds to produce a short video, between 30-60 seconds, as to what they find Science, Technology, Engineering and or Math so interesting! We can't wait to see what young people have to say.

Also check out the short video tour of the Web site. Let's work together to keep young girls interested in S.T.E.M.

I invite you to tour the L'Oreal USA For Girls in Science Web site and to pass the link on to any young girls you may know. Thanks.

For Educators

Google Science Fair
The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to students ages 13-18 from around the globe. Google is looking for ideas that will change the world. To get started, all you'll need is a Google account.

National Engineers Week
This year’s Feb 17-23 Engineers Week theme celebrates you -- engineers, engineering students, and technicians -- and all of the amazing things you do everyday to make the world a better place.

Click here to read more

Guest Article

Work-based Learning: A Proven Model
by Susan Gubing, CareerSmarts
Change Agent for Education 3.0

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) recently released Work-based Learning Exemplars: Worthwhile Internship Experiences for Students, Local Employers, and the Community. The report focuses on internships that NAF -- a "network of career-themed academies that open doors for underserved high school students to viable careers" -- studied to identify best practices in work-based learning. NAF academies, offering a rigorous curriculum in history, literature, mathematics, and science in public schools nationwide, also offer NAF certification to their graduates who:
  1. "Demonstrate career knowledge, skills, and proficiency through end-of-course and project assessments, each one directly informed by industry professionals; and
  2. "Complete an internship or culminating work-based learning experience that has been assessed by their supervisor."
Each academy is organized around one of five career themes: engineering, finance, health sciences, hospitality and tourism, and information technology. In school year 2011-12, some 60,000 students attended 469 academies in 39 states, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The students also worked with employees from over 2,500 companies.

Click here to read more

STEM Search Portal

Search Portal Brief
by Michael Nizich, Impact Systems

The ConnectToTech.org connection engine "STEM Search"
is now online!

Visit  http://stemsearch.connecttotech.org
to search for Long Island STEM activities, internships, and opportunities in your area. Search for specific offerings by STEM category, location and other descriptions. Use the portal to request a speaker for your educational events. If you are hosting a program, submit its details into the portal for others to find. Your participation will contribute to a valuable source of information for our community!

ConnectToTech.org extends a sincere thank you to the Long Island STEM Hub, Brookhaven National Lab, LIMSAT and mindSHIFT for their contributions to the portal design!

February 2013

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