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Inspiring Students to Pursue STEM Careers

    •  President's Message
    •  For Students
    •  May / June General Meeting
    •  Guest Article
    •  Business Volunteers Needed
    •  STEMsearch Portal
    •  Thank You Business Volunteers
    •  CoderDoJo

President's Message

Welcome to the ConnectToTech e-Newsletter for March -- and as always, we look forward to your feedback !

First, some very exciting news to share as a reflection of all of our volunteers' dedication and creativity toward our mission. ConnectToTech has been selected as a 2013 IDG Computerworld Honors Program Laureate honoring "visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change." We'll be issuing a press release and providing more information shortly.

And here are some highlights from last month's general meeting:

Only a few spots left in the NYIT / ConnectToTech Showcase Competition on April 9th. It's a wonderful opportunity for high school students to gain recognition for STEM projects already completed this year. Sign up here!

Read below about summer Camps at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory delivering an exciting immersive STEM experience for students.

Listen to what industry leaders have to say about programming as a basic language of society. And check out Bob DeRosa's message below about a new 'CoderDoJo' program for Long Island!

STEM Hub leaders have planned two excellent workshops on April 15th for educators and businesses. Learn how to offer or take advantage of an industry internship program. Sign up here.

Our next general meeting will be scheduled for late-May or early-June. Watch your e-mail for our announcement of the date.

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

May / June General Meeting

Please join us at our next general meeting. The meeting date in late-May or early-June will be announced shortly.

When:    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Friday May / June (TBD)
Where:   Motorola Solutions   (LIE exit 62)
-- Introductions and networking
-- School-year-in-review and recognition
-- Upcoming programs & summer planning (e-mail Judy prior to mtg)
-- STEMsearch Portal Status
-- Internships & Camps
-- College Corner
-- Partner Spotlight
-- Teacher Tested Projects
-- Upcoming events of interest
RSVP:   Please RSVP to  Judy.Murrah@ConnectToTech.org -- when we set the   date -- to let us know if you'll be attending.  We'll have an ID badge and snacks waiting for you!  Please park in back of building and enter through "Post B."

Business Volunteers Needed for Events

Business professionals are needed to support the following school events:

  •  Apr 9 -- NYIT / ConnectToTech Showcase
(student projects and judges wanted)
  •  Apr 15 -- STEM Hub How-to Workshops
(for teachers and businesses focused on internships)
  •  Apr 17 -- Sewanhaka High School Job Shadow
(need hosts for 4 students in Engineering and IT)
  •  May 10 -- Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School
(talk about STEM careers in roundtable format)
  •  May 21 -- St. Joseph's College HS Programming Contest
(sign up here)
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

Thank you to our February volunteers:

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

St. Joseph's College (Bill Vojir)
Sayville Middle School SOAR Aeronautics Program

Motorola Solutions (Rhonda Green)
CA Technologies (Donna Caratozzolo)
Smithtown HS Female Power Brunch

Cablevision (Joe Godas)
Plainview-Old Bethpage HS Career Fair

LISTnet (Tammy Campagnola-Levinsky)
Motorola Solutions (Frank DeMarco, Mike Parisi, Judy Murrah)
Independent (Kathy Wagner)
Farmingdale College STEM Diversity Career Fair

BASCOM (Bob DeRosa)
Commack HS Honor Society

Motorola Solutions (Tom Boehm)
Patchogue-Medford HS Career Day

Independent (Diana Melick)
Hauppauge HS Career Day

For Students

Summer Camps at CSHL DNA Learning Centers

Cold Spring Harbor Lab's DNA Learning Center offers fun and challenging camps for science enthusiasts entering 6th–12th grade at five locations: the DNALC's Long Island centers in Cold Spring Harbor and Lake Success; Harlem DNA Lab in New York City; Stony Brook University's CESAME Center; and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Guided by experienced instructors, students use sophisticated laboratory and computer equipment to perform experiments several grade levels ahead of their peers.

Check it out by clicking here >>

Newsday College PrepTalk Free Webinar on
How to Finance College

The Newsday free webinar on "How to Finance College" is now avaiable online! You can learn about financial aid (FAFSA), free resources, scholarships, special circumstances and finding STEM money.

Check it out by clicking here >>

Google Resources for Education

Google has built a Web site that has many resources for students. The site includes information for students of all ages, including competitions, tools and ways to connect. Want to make your own Google Doodle? Maybe check out what’s up on Google+’s hang out? Find out what’s going on in the latest Google Science Fair and more!

Check it out by clicking here >>

Guest Article

Microsoft STEM Resources for Students
by Laurie Carey, Microsoft

Microsoft's focus has always been about enabling people to realize their full potential. Today, that means a heavy reliance on STEM skills! Check out this Microsoft-sponsored program and a toolkit for inside or outside the classroom as a complement to other curriculum.

National STEM Video Game Challenge

Check out the annual National STEM Video Game Challenge and submit your video game by the April 24th deadline! Presented by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media the challenge opened in February for student submissions of original video games and game designs to motivate interest in STEM by tapping into students' enthusiasm in these areas.

Click here to

Innovation Inspiration Kit

Microsoft's Innovation Inspiration Kit is a fun, experiential classroom activity that encourages students to think imaginatively to create designs for mobile apps, games, or websites that solve consumer, business, and citizen problems. Originally designed for DECA, they meet state and local educational standards using real-world scenarios across a wide spectrum of curricular areas. All the tools you need are included for students to apply their skills and knowledge to reach higher performance levels.

Click here to

STEMsearch Portal

STEMsearch Portal Brief
by Michael Nizich, Impact Systems

The ConnectToTech.org STEMsearch Portal is now online!
With one click, you can search for and/or post the following information:
  • Career Days
  • Internships
  • Job Shadowing
  • Industry Tours
  • Volunteers
  • Summer Camps
  • and much more!
Check it out at  http://stemsearch.connecttotech.org

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!


CoderDoJo Kickoff
by Bob DeRosa, BASCOM

CoderDoJo is a global collaboration of non-profit volunteers that provides free and open learning in programming technology to young people. They are taught to code by developing Web sites, apps, programs, games and more. You can learn more about CoderDoJo at www.coderdojonyc.com.

We will be starting a dojo on Long Island very soon that will be holding meetings where students will be taught programming and/or get assistance with projects they are already working on.

We've set up a twitter account at www.twitter.com/coderdojoli and a Google Group https://groups.google.com/d/forum/coder-dojo-li.

Anyone interested in volunteering as a mentor or providing facilities to host a meeting, please send an e-mail to coderdojo@connecttotech.org.

We look forward to your participation and to a successful launch of this excellent program on Long Island.

March 2013

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