Finger Lakes STEM Hub Launch

April 30, 2012

Sara Silverstone

Each month since December of 2010 I have had the privilege to facilitate a remarkable collaborative group of leaders in education, government, higher ed and community organizations as we developed a regional Hub of the Empire State STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Learning Network. We developed a mission, vision, goals, working committees and action items for the year. In the past week we began inviting influential community leaders to join our Board of Champions. We have big plans and a wonderful, energetic and diverse group to carry them out. This is networking at its best!

Nearly every day I read about economic problems whose solution is to develop a technically trained workforce who can fill the jobs of the 21st Century. Students graduate without the skills employers are desperately seeking, and as a result, half of all of recent college graduates are either jobless or underemployed while great jobs are remain unfilled. Clearly there is a gap between what we are teaching our young people and what they need to learn in order to find good jobs.

What can leaders from business and education do about this disconnect, which adversely affects everybody?  By coming together in agreement about the elements of a high-quality 21st Century education and ensuring that that is what our students receive, the double-edged problem of unemployment and lack of a skilled workforce can be addressed. For too long, industry and education operated in separate silos, unaware and unconcerned about their common needs.

With the launch of the Finger Lakes STEM Hub, our region joins a statewide and national STEM learning network which enables all constituencies to acknowledge our common goals and work across sectors to address our nations most pressing technical and economic problems.

Over the next few weeks, participants in the Finger Lakes STEM Hub will share their perspective on how STEM education can address our most pressing problems and how the Finger Lakes STEM Hub can contribute to these solutions.


Last Minute Gift Giving Ideas

December 16, 2011

Still have some last minute shopping to do?  We’ve research and compiled several websites for the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) focused gift giver.  These websites offer excellent gift giving ideas for everything from gadgets, “green” gifts, to educational toys and games for the kids.

Popular Science’s Top 12 new Gadgets for the Month of November – This site features the top 12 gadgets introduced in the month of November.  Perfect for finding a gift for the technology lover.

http://www.popsci.com/cars/gallery/2011-10/goods-november-2011?image=1

Treehugger.com’s Green Gift Guide –  Great ideas for the environmentally friendly people in your life.

http://www.treehugger.com/giftguide/

Education.com Gift guide – Tons of educational games and toys to give the little ones in your life.

http://www.education.com/gift-guide/

Radpid Refill’s Personal Technology and Gadget Round Up – This guide offers tons of cool new gadgets for everyone on your list.

http://www.rapidrefill.com/item/personal-technology-and-gadget-roundup.html?category_id=1

Good Housekeeping’s Great Gadget’s for under $100 –   A gift giving guide for the techy person in your family. 

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/gift-ideas/gadget-gifts#slide-1

Tecca.com’s Holiday Gift Giving Guide – Offers ideas for every type of person in your life.  From the music lover to the gamer and even offers ideas on how to make your own gifts. 

http://www.tecca.com/topic/holiday-gift-guide/

Home Training Tools Gift Guide –  offers great ideas for the science lover in your family.

http://www.hometrainingtools.com/2011-educational-christmas-gift-guide/a/1664/


Blogging in the New Year

December 30, 2007
As 2007 comes to an end, we thought that a great way to start our own blog going in the new year would be with a discussion about what blogs really are.  We have all heard of them (hey, you’re reading one right now!), but what’s the big deal about blogs? How do they really work?  Check out this short video from Common Craft.

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