Feb 04 2014

Summer Academy at UGA for middle and high school students

Category: STEM BreakThru,Student BreakThruadmin @ 2:43 pm

Summer Academy at UGA is an exciting series of specialty summer camps for middle school and high school students who want to do amazing things. Whether you dream about becoming a film director, doctor, scientist or artist, we have a summer camp just right for you!

Summer Academy at UGA programs are designed to let you live out your dreams. You can immerse yourself in any world you choose, from photography to video game design to aviation to comic book art. You’ll work with experts in the field to get practical, hands-on experience, and receive helpful advice on how to get where you want to go. And you’ll do it all while having a really great time!
Summer Academy registration opens on February 10, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/youth/summer-academy

Jan 14 2014

Live Chat: The Making (or Breaking) of a Science Major, Thursday January 16 at 3pm

Category: BreakThru News,STEM BreakThru,Student BreakThruadmin @ 7:00 pm

Susan Singer, Hal Salzman, And Jeffrey Mervis

Picking a college major—and sticking with it—can be a tricky business. And that’s especially true for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) degrees, according to conventional wisdom. Few U.S. college students have the necessary academic background to transfer into a STEM field, experts say, and many women and minority students who want to pursue STEM degrees are said to be frozen out by a chilly climate. Many business and academic leaders say the low entry and high attrition rates have led to a dearth of tech-savvy workers and a national innovation crisis. But two new studies raise questions about the accuracy of both those assumptions and suggest that the flow into STEM fields is more of a two-way street than a leaky pipeline.

Click here for more information about this Live Chat

Aug 22 2013

Egyptian girl, Aisha Mustafa, invents new space propulsion system

Category: BreakThru News,STEM BreakThru,Student BreakThruadmin @ 1:06 pm

A physics student from Egypt’s Sohag University, Aisha Mustafa, 19, has patented a new type of propulsion system based on quantum theory that she says could propel space probes and artificial satellites without using any fuel.

According Gizmodo, Aisha’s new system exploits the quirky laws of quantum physics which state that in spite of appearances, space really is not vacuum but that it is a seething cauldron of fundamental particle interactions involving creation and destruction of “virtual particles.”

Mustafa believes it is possible to use vacuum energy fields to create propulsion and build spacecraft propulsion systems that need little or no fuel to travel in space. According to Fast Company, Mustafa is betting on exploiting quantum effects involved in dynamic Casimir effect and the Casimiri-Polder force. She uses two silicon metallic plates in a vacuum, “like capacitors placed a few micrometers apart.” The plates interact with the virtual photons in the quantum field and generate a net force that is either an attraction or a repulsion depending on their arrangement.

Read full article at Digital Journal: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/325785#ixzz2chd8ZDAS

Apr 30 2013

First Georgia STEM Day, May 3rd

Category: BreakThru News,STEM BreakThru,Student BreakThruadmin @ 7:30 pm
Georgia STEM Day, May 3rd

Georgia STEM Day

Georgia Public Broadcasting Blog Article

Friday May 3, 2013 is the first Georgia STEM Day. Established by the Georgia Department of Education and in partnership with the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), it’s a statewide day for schools, students, teachers, and companies to raise awareness, celebrate and engage in activities involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), in order to make the critical connection between the classroom and a student’s future career.

Read entire GPB Blog article Here

Press Release

TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), the Technology Association of Georgia’s charitable organization dedicated to preparing the next-generation workforce, is collaborating with the Georgia Department of Education and more than 20 other state education institutions, associations and companies to establish the first Georgia STEM Day on May 3, 2013.

STEM Day will be a statewide opportunity for schools, students, teachers, and companies to raise awareness, celebrate and engage in activities involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), in order to make the critical connection between the classroom and a student’s future career.

“Our goal is to raise awareness about STEM education and the opportunities for students in exciting STEM related careers,” said Michael Robertson, executive director of TAG-Ed. “It’s estimated that by 2018, Georgia will have approximately 211,000 STEM oriented jobs to fill, so it is crucial that our future workforce be prepared with the necessary STEM skill set.”

Read entire Press Release Here

Mar 21 2013

Women scientists discuss careers in UGA panel

Category: STEM BreakThruadmin @ 8:27 pm
Woman performing science experiment

Woman Scientist

More women are entering historically male-dominated academic fields such as physics, engineering, oceanography and other so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields.

But the road to becoming a university faculty scientist is still a hard and sometimes lonely for women, five UGA women scientists said during a panel discussion on the UGA campus Wednesday.

Their discussion in UGA’s Miller Learning Center was one of the keynote events in a series sponsored by the UGA Institute for Women’s Studies during March, which is Women’s History Month.

Read the full article at OnlineAthens.com

Mar 01 2013

Five habits of great students: Lessons from top-ranked STEM school

Category: STEM BreakThru,Student BreakThruadmin @ 8:31 pm
Brain graphic

Washington Post article: Top Ranked STEM School

Many factors affect how well students do in school, but among them are how the students themselves approach their work and learning. Here are some of the habits of successful students at High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey, which was ranked the #1 STEM high school in the nation by U.S. News last year (for those who think rankings have any value).

When U.S. News ranked our high school as the best science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) high school in the nation, our students were recognized as being the smartest students in the nation in the four cornerstone subject areas recently lauded by President Obama in his State of the Union address. Regardless of your feelings about high school rankings, we know that our school is filled with some of the brightest kids we’ll ever come in contact with. Over the last two years, almost 30% of our graduating seniors attended Ivy League colleges, including the over a dozen alumni who are currently on Princeton’s campus. These numbers don’t include the many students accepted at prestigious schools like MIT, Stanford, and the University of California, Berkeley. With their high test scores, 100% college acceptance rate, and well-publicized #1 ranking comes a frequently asked question: Why are these students so smart?

For full article, click here

Feb 27 2013

ExxonMobil Encourages Girls to Envision Careers in Math and Science

Category: STEM BreakThru,Student BreakThruadmin @ 2:56 pm

  • Program sparks students’ curiosity in science, technology, engineering and math
  • More than 7,000 students have participated in ExxonMobil-sponsored activities since the program began in 2003
  • ExxonMobil to host hundreds students at 16 company locations

The ExxonMobil Foundation is collaborating with the National Engineers Week Foundation for the 10th consecutive year to host Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at 16 company locations across the United States. The program promotes interest in engineering among middle-school students and helps reduce the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

“We can inspire our nation’s youth to pursue STEM careers by capturing their interest at an early age,” said Suzanne McCarron, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation. “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day helps young women gain self-confidence and an appreciation for the engineering profession by learning from role models and taking part in engaging math and science activities.”

ExxonMobil employees will lead fun, hands-on activities that connect math and science to everyday life and reinforce classroom instruction. Activities include water-purification experiments, energy-industry demonstrations using 3D technology to search for oil and natural gas and exploring the science of manufacturing cosmetics.

“The National Engineers Week Foundation is committed to helping students — especially girls who are underrepresented in engineering and technology — discover engineering and how it helps the world,” said Leslie Collins, executive director, National Engineers Week Foundation. “Our partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation enables thousands of youth to envision a fulfilling future through a career in engineering.”

For full article, click here.

Feb 26 2013

Raytheon reaches out to inspire young generation of potential engineers

Category: STEM BreakThru,Student BreakThruadmin @ 9:50 pm
Students test a rocket launcher simulator

Raytheon senior systems engineer Brian Gaume, left, shows high school students a shoulder-fired rocket launcher simulator. Tyler Prince of Ironwood High School gives it a try as Laurence Goodenough and Emilio Martinez of Palo Verde High School watch.

What do missiles think about as they’re flying through the air?

That may sound like a silly question, but on Monday more than 100 high school students found out the answer to that – and maybe got some career ideas – at “Engineering Is Awesome” at Raytheon Missile Systems’ airport plant.

The daylong event, part of National Engineers Week, is one of Raytheon’s latest efforts to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

STEM education is vital to Raytheon, Southern Arizona’s biggest private employer, as experts bemoan low U.S. student test scores and wonder where the next generation of engineers will come from.

“We want students to meet real-life engineers and see firsthand what engineers do at Raytheon,” said Colleen Niccum, director of community and government relations for Raytheon. “Hopefully we will inspire these young people to become the next generation of innovators.”

Seniors and juniors from about a dozen schools in the region took part in a variety of hands-on demonstrations of engineering principles at work behind the walls of Raytheon’s sprawling plant adjacent to Tucson International Airport.

For the full article, click here.

Feb 22 2013

Making a Difference for Students with Disabilities in STEM Education: Understanding Facilitators and Barriers to Success

Category: BreakThru News,STEM BreakThruadmin @ 9:22 pm

Maria Dolroes Cimini (Assistant Director for Prevention and Program Evaluation at the University at Albany Counseling Center) wrote this article which discusses why it is important for people with disabilities to choose STEM careers. She is also the co-chair of the American Psychological Association’s Women with Disabilities in STEM Education Project (WWDSE) funded by the National Science Foundation. Cimini (she herself has a disability) writes, “Through the WWDSE project, the American Psychological Association is leading a five-year research agenda to identify barriers and promote successful outcomes for women with disabilities in STEM education.” Follow the link to read more about Dr. Cimini’s struggle to change the stereotypes of people with disabilities. http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/05/07/making-difference-students-disabilities-stem-education-understanding-facilitators-an

Oct 20 2011

STEM BreakThru: Brain Study Points to Potential Treatments for Math Anxiety

Category: STEM BreakThruadmin @ 7:23 pm

For an interesting read on advancements in STEM education, check out Brain Study Points to Potential Treatments for Math Anxiety by Sarah D. Sparks posted earlier today on Education Week.

About the Author

Reporter Sarah D. Sparks spent the last five years writing about federal and state education regulations. Now covering education research, she can most often be found with a double-shot mocha in one hand and the latest academic journal in the other. Join her in a discussion of the politics, personalities, and p-values in education studies, and help bring research out of the lab and into the classroom.


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