#STEAMRising Today – 9.24.2020

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As a passionate advocate for girls and women in STEM education and careers and an activist for adding the “A” (Arts) for STEAM, I am pleased to provide you with and update on what’s been going on in the world of STEM/STEAM.

Kiwi Co has great STEAM subscription boxes for kids of all ages.  I have ordered a Tinker Crate subscription for my 10-year old niece.  I will provide a review once it is received.

Senators have introduced a $50 million bipartisan bill to help women and minorities enter STEM careers.

Amazon’s “Future Engineer” program has computer science opportunities from childhood to career-level.

Become a mentor! Research shows that personal interactions between teachers and girls at a coding camp impacted how the campers perceived their own coding capabilities.

3M’s “Science at Home” provides experiments for fun an learning for kids ages 6-12.

The virtual “Women of Color STEM Conference” will be held October 8-10.  Learn more and register here.

The Mobius Discovery Center may be temporarily closed, but they have many virtual experiences available for school-age kids.

BrainSTEMTV offers on-line STEAM education content for grades K-8 (with 9-12 coming soon) for only $5/month.

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#STEAMRising Today – 9.21.2020

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As a passionate advocate for girls and women in STEM education and careers and an activist for adding the “A” (Arts) for STEAM, I am pleased to provide you with and update on what’s been going on in the world of STEM/STEAM.

I was very excited about the Million Girls Moonshot, an initiative aimed at empowering girls to become builders, innovators, makes and problem solvers.  This initiative is the brainchild of those at the STEM Next Opportunity Fund.

What does a scientist look like?  Check out the If/Then Collection.  Inspiring images!

Read about Cindy Patton, a Senior Systems Engineer at Allscripts and then look around girlstart, a website dedicated to empowering girls in STEM.  Resources for students, parents and teachers.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the new book entitled “Challenges and Opportunities for Transforming From STEM to STEAM Education”.  It’s available from the publisher now with a 20% discount.

Nilah Williamson has big dreams of becoming a naval aviator and a goal of earning her pilot’s license before she graduates from high school.

Kids learn to code while building video games at Code Ninjas.

Checkout Challenge Island – a virtual wonderland for STEAM learning!

Is STEM education a fix-all for our future?

Mike Sepsos is the founder of Major League Gaming.  In this podcast, he discusses the connecting between gaming and STEM.

This infographic points a relatively grim picture of the state of STEM education programs in the United States when compared to other countries.

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#STEAMRising Today – 9.15.2020

As a passionate advocate for girls and women in STEM education and careers and an activist for adding the “A” (Arts) for STEAM, I am pleased to provide you with and update on what’s been going on in the world of STEM/STEAM.

The National Air and Space Museum has a terrific website for Air and Space education!  I have been lost for hours in their amazing content.

Read about 15-year old Neha Shukla, inventor of “SixFeetApart”, a sensor device that beeps or vibrates when the wearer violates social distancing recommendations.

The Girls Scouts of Western Oklahoma have just opened Camp Trivera – an urban STEM-focused camp in Oklahoma City.  The opportunities offered are tremendous!

Johnson & Johnson is now applications for it’s STEM2D Scholars Award – (Science, Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing and Design).

Read about how Melinda Gates, Karly Kloss and Tina Tchen are using their voices to promote girls and women in STEAM.

Amazon has programs promoting STEM education and careers ranging from elementary school through college with contests, internships, scholarships and many learning opportunities.

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#STEAMRising Today – 9.11.2020

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As a passionate advocate for girls and women in STEM education and careers and an activist for adding the “A” (Arts) for STEAM, I am pleased to provide you with and update on what’s been going on in the world of STEM/STEAM.

Read about Briana Davis, the 18-year old behind the “STEAM for All” initiative.

I love the “A Mighty Girl” website.  Download a beautiful – and free! - poster of an inspiring woman in STEM.

Check out Pivot Interactives, the winner of the 2020 Tech Edvocate Award for Best STEM/STEAM Education App or Tool.  Here are the rest of the finalists.

Do you know or are you a young artist with an interest in space?  The 11th Annual Space Foundation International Student Arts Contest is now accepting submissions.

Students entering the NASA/TI 2020 Codes Contest were tasked with automating or optimizing a process or product for living and working on the International Space Station (ISS).  See the finalists and vote for the winner!

And speaking of NASA, they have a great website for STEM engagement for both students and educators.

Register now for the Wonder Women Virtual Summit and Festival, scheduled for September 16-19, celebrating, empowering and highlighting women and diversity in STEAM.

Toyota has created a website to stimulate girls’ interest in manufacturing or, as they call it, “womanufacturing”.

Gary Koppelman is an award-winning science teacher and the creator of the “Environmental Life Lab”.  Mr. Koppelman’s method for teaching science embodies all that I believe about getting more kids excited about STEM/STEAM.

Trashbots is an innovative platform for robotics and coding for students K-12.

Did you know…

…that designing clothing (personal protective equipment) including pants, tops, dresses and facemasks for medical personnel and scientists fighting COVID-19 is a STEM/STEAM career?  Read about Beau Wangtrakuwee!

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#STEAMRising Today – 9.10.2020

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As a passionate advocate for girls and women in STEM education and careers and an activist for adding the “A” (Arts) for STEAM, I am pleased to provide you with and update on what’s been going on in the world of STEM/STEAM.

Rutgers University has created a STEM MBA.

I love it when my two passions – aviation and STEM – come together!  The General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA) just opened up registration for the 2021 Aviation Design Challenge.  They are accepting registration through December 17.

Here is some great information about what to look for in STEM/STEAM activities for kids.

This article talks about getting students who don’t want to study science into STEM fields.  My answer – make it STEAM, focus on kids’ interests and the problems that need to be solved, and BE MORE INCLUSIVE!  You don’t have to be a scientist to have a STEAM career!

The first book in National Geographic’s Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad series is available now.  Great for middle-grade girls interested in STEM/STEAM.

Checkout this article on “Emily’s Wonder Lab” and then watch the show focused on getting girls interested in STEM/STEAM careers.  Available on Netflix.

If you’re in the Mesa, Arizona area, please give some business to Empower Coffee Roasters where 5% of their sales to Live & Learn AZ, a non-profit that is providing education to girls in STEM.

New images from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory have been released.  STUNNING!

Did you know…That being a skateboard designer is a STEM/STEAM career?  Read about Kayla Nguyen who used working in a skateboard shop into a career as an inventor!

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#STEAMRising Today – 9.3.2020

As a passionate advocate for girls and women in STEM education and careers and an activist for adding the “A” (Arts) for STEAM, I am pleased to provide you with and update on what’s been going on in the world of STEM/STEAM.

This is a great interview with Nicole Collins-Puri, a STEM entrepreneur and CED of Techbridge Girls.

Girls Code the World is a great non-profit startup, if you are looking to contribute to STEM/STEAM education.

Nina Chhita is an artist who uses her Instagram account to highlight interesting women in STEM.

Here are some great online STEM resources for K-12 grade students.

mindSpark Learning has announced that STEMpath, their graduate-level STEM certification program for K-12 educators, will go national with a virtual program.   

Looking for a tutor for your aspiring STEM student?  Girls Who Math offers free tutoring in order to bridge the gender gap in STEM education and careers.

The Ad Council is hosting a Virtual Minecraft concert for girls in STEM, encouraging them to build their own virtual concert world.

Here is a great opinion piece on the importance of STEM AND Liberal Arts educations.  This is precisely why I am such an activist for STEAM!

The cancellation of Summer STEM camps and the movement of some to virtual platforms have mixed results in student engagement.

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