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Inspiring Students to Pursue STEM Careers

    •  President's Message
    •  Thank You Business Volunteers
    •  Feb 28th General Meeting
    •  What's Online
    •  Business Volunteers Needed

President's Message

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

The next few months are always our busiest time of the year, beginning with Engineering Week Feb 16-22 and other school events needing volunteers listed below. Please review all upcoming events on the Events Calendar to find something that's a match for your time and/or talents. I hope that our ConnectToTech friends will be out in force to help our students gain as much as possible from their experiences!

As we head into summer job season, please remember to promote your available positions on the STEMsearch portal -- which also feeds the Suffolk County IDA STEMM site -- and on the LI STEM Hub site, where opportunities are matched with students and teachers through the Regional Industry Council (RIC) membership community.

There are many opportunities for grants and funding with deadlines in the next two months! Check out Google Scholarship, Motorola Solutions Innovation Generation Grant, Siemens Challenge, Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Award, Discovery Channel / 3M Award, Amazing Teens Competition, DNA Essay Contest, NEFCU Making A Difference Award, Project Management Institute of LI scholarships. Visit the ConnectToTech site to read more and for other year-round opportunities.

We look forward to seeing you at our next general meeting on Friday, February 28th, 4:00-6:00 PM at St. Joseph's College. More information on topics, directions and logistics are below.

And last but not least, with all of your support over the years, ConnectToTech was recently selected as a finalist in the Long Island "Imagine" Awards recognizing Innovation and Leadership in the Non-Profit Sector. Kudos to Cerini & Associates, one of Long Island's premier accounting firms, who founded and sponsors the event with great passion and generosity! We would be honored to see you at the awards dinner at 6pm on May 9, 2014 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, where you can also network with other non-profits on Long Island. Click here to learn more and register to attend.

Resources to keep on your radar screen:
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

Feb 28th General Meeting

When:    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Fri Feb 28th
Where:   St Joseph's 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)
-- Volunteer needs (bring your requests!)
-- Spotlight -- Bo Feng, Stony Brook graduate student, describing a gaming software concept for feedback
-- Summer jobs and internships planning
-- Program planning (help shape concepts in the pipeline)
-- STEM Hub update (internship registration process)
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: May 9, Jun 6

Business Volunteers Needed for Events

Business professionals are needed to support the events listed below. Click event details to learn more about the events and who to contact to participate.

  • Feb 10: Judges needed by Long Island Science and Engineering Fair
  • Feb 20: 'Bring a Girl to Engineering Day' at NYIT
  • Feb 25: Hauppauge High School Career Exploration Day
  • Feb 27: PS 59 Elementary School, Manhattan (Talk STEM with students and families at Math Night)
  • Mar 14: Smithtown High School 'Female Power Brunch' career roundtables
  • Mar 27: Electrical/mechanical engineer(s) needed to advise Seaford High School F.I.R.S.T. Robotics team
  • Mar 29: Volunteers needed to prepare in advance of the Middle Country Library Maker Fair
  • Apr 8: NYIT / ConnectToTech Annual STEM Showcase Competition. Presentations and prizes!
  • April 8: Host a student during Commack High School's 10th Grade Shadow Day
  • April 9: Annual STEM Hub Expo
  • Apr 10: Patchogue-Medford High School Career Day
  • SUNY College at Old Westbury -- companies needed for student tours and career discussions.
  • Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology at the Brookhaven Technical Center -- classroom speakers needed to discuss STEM careers
  • Maritime Explorium looking for student interns to do social media, Web site development and more!
  • Seaford-Oyster Bay needs mentors to support KidWind project competition.
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:

Thank you to Joe Godas, Cablevision and Tami Clarke, CA Technologies for hosting students from the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology at the Brookhaven Technical Center.

Kudos to their teacher, Gio Chiarelli, for enabling his Computer Tech students to experience the skills and equipment of a networks operations center and a software development organization . . all in one day! Click here to read more

Appreciation to Ken Ulrich of Motorola Solutions and Bob DeRosa of BASCOM for volunteering as mentors for students in the Seaford high school under the guidance of teacher, Lauren Thompson.

What's Online

America's Amazing Teens Competition

America's Amazing Teens™ online competition to identify, honor and mentor exceptional teens with innovative ideas -- think "Shark Tank" meets "American Idol." Prizes are given monthly with a grand prize of $75,000! Pre-Launch Competition goes through April 1st. Main Competition begins May 14th.

Click here to learn more

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