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Inspiring Students to Pursue STEM Careers

    •  President's Message
    •  Thank You Business Volunteers
    •  Dec 6th General Meeting
    •  For Students
    •  Business Volunteers Needed
    •  ConnectToTech Online

President's Message

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

Our October 18th general meeting was energetic, with a record-breaking attendance (thank you, Motorola Solutions for making the space available!). Some highlights:
  • Newsday representatives showcased the STEM-focused College PrepTalk guide and offered to present to other groups as requested.
  • Middle Country Library described this year's Maker Fair.
  • We heard about the award-winning Commack Future Engineering Club students and their blogspot featured below. If you would like to share student highlights from your school, please send me a short paragraph for the next newsletter and our Web site!

Looking ahead, here are a few resources and reminders of opportunities to keep on your radar screen:
  • Check out the Grants & Funding pages on our Web site for students and educators (Generation Google for high school and college students is due Dec 2nd!).
  • Celebrate Computer Science Week Dec 9 - 15 with an "Hour of Code" for your students!
  • Identify a STEM project now, so you're ready to enter the spring NYIT / ConnectToTech Showcase.
  • Don't forget to visit the STEMsearch Portal and sign up for the LI STEM Hub mailing list to stay up to date on all Long Island programs.

Please note the location change for our next meeting, December 6th at Saint Joseph's College (thank you, Sr. Jane!).

To add your topic to our next meeting agenda, or to share your news, please email me at Judy.Murrah@ConnectToTech.org

Thank you for your continued support!
Judy Murrah

Dec 6th General Meeting

This year our meetings will be held at different locations offered by our business and school volunteers. We would like you to see first-hand more of the facilities of Long Island's STEM supporters, and hope to offer travel convenience for varied areas.

When:    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Fri Dec 6th
Where:   St Joseph College, Business & Tech Center
32 Audobon Ave, Patchogue
(For directions to St Joseph, click here)
(For St Joseph map, click here)
-- Introductions and networking
-- Volunteer recognition for completed activities
-- Upcoming programs and volunteer needs -- bring your requests!
-- STEM Hub update
RSVP:   Please RSVP to  Judy.Murrah@ConnectToTech.org to let us know if you'll be attending.  We'll have snacks waiting for you!
Contact numbers for last-minute day-of-the-meeting questions:
Judy Murrah (M) 516-356-0301; Sister Jane (W) 631-687-2649;
St. Joseph's switchboard 631-687-5100.

Future Meetings: Feb 28, May 9, Jun 6

Business Volunteers Needed for Events

Business professionals are needed to support the following school events:

  • Dec 12, 19; Jan 6, 13 -- Middle Country Library Maker Fair: volunteers to prepare and support the event on Mar 29
  • Dec 6 -- Commack HS Career Café: business reps to staff roundtables for student discussions
  • Dec 13 -- Smithtown HS International Career Day: volunteers to discuss global perspectives of STEM careers with small student groups
  • Feb thru Apr -- SUNY College at Old Westbury: requesting business tour for 15 students

To see the full list with more details, click here.

Please contact Judy.Murrah@ConnectToTech.org if you can support these events. Thanks in advance for your help.

Thank You Business Volunteers

Thank you to our recent volunteers:

CA Technologies team who hosted at the Middle Country Library for a facilities tour and chat with professionals.

Volunteers who attended the STEM Hub Sci-Ed Day at Brookhaven National Lab.

For Students

For Students by Students . . having fun and learning with a Blogspot.
by Joe Castrogivanni, Commack High School

Commack High School's Future Engineers Club members exhibit the energy, vision, and team spirit necessary to invent new technology applications at an astounding rate.

From helicopters to animatronics to a device that helps the sight impaired to see, club members have limitless enthusiasm for innovative ideas. Students in the club teach their peers concepts such as Solid modeling and 3D printing, Arduino microcontrollers and software, or electronics.

Check out examples in the photos below:
1. Jared Becker explaining how to create 3D models using Autodesk Inventor
2. Dan Lukach teaching the members Arduino Programming
3. Anthony Bisulco teaching electronics


Club officers meet with me before and after each meeting, and then it's up to them take charge and teach other students about these exciting topics.

Curious?? Check out our blogspot. It's easy to get started and fun to maintain. If you'd like to know more, the team has offered to mentor others on how to get started! Contact us

ConnectToTech Online

Join ConnectToTech Online!
by Jackie Geis, IPRO

There are many ways to stay in touch with STEM . . .

We're always looking for contributions to post on ConnectToTech.org, the STEMsearch Portal and social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn's STEM Hub Regional Industry Council site!

It's easy! Did your company host a job shadow? Maybe your school participated in a competition or visited a local business for a tour? Share your experiences (and some photos!) by sending them to online@ConnectToTech.org and we'll post them! We love hearing stories from the teachers, students and businesses with whom we work and want to share them with others!

If you would like to promote an upcoming event (a college career day, scholarship opportunity, etc.) or are available as a resource to give a presentation at one (as an individual or through your organization), let us know that too.

November 2013

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