Inspiring a Future-Ready STEM Workforce
In This Issue

Introducing our Stemmy Celebrity Emcee
sySTEMnow Breakout Session Highlight
Be a Future City Volunteer
Funky Fresh Math Club

Tech Corner

Implementing Arduino Tech into the K-12 Classroom
Marquette University Leading New $2 Million Computer Science Effort
Register Now for the sySTEMnow Conference
sySTEMnow is Metro Milwaukee’s premier STEM conference bringing together business leaders, community members, educators and government officials to share best practices and lessons learned.  It’s also the best place to understand the larger landscape and initiatives in Southeastern Wisconsin STEM – who’s who, who’s doing what, and approaches that are achieving results.  The last day for sponsorship opportunities is Wednesday, October 9th!

Would you like to see the full conference agenda ? Click here !

When : October 31st, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Introducing our Celebrity Emcee, Tarik Moody of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
STEM Forward is pleased to welcome Tarik Moody of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee as the celebrity Emcee for the Stemmy's (Excellence in STEM) Awards! Tarik is one of Milwaukee’s most distinctive on-air personalities and STEM advocates. He is the evening music host and Director of Digital Strategy and Innovation for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, where he produces and hosts the award-winning Rhythm Lab Radio. Tarik has a passion for technology which led him to create 88Nine Labs, a program designed to help grow Milwaukee as an inclusive tech hub by engaging members of underrepresented communities.
Explore a new K-12 science and environmental education curriculum developed collaboratively between Waukesha County, the School District of Waukesha, and Carroll University. The curriculum embeds STEM principles and rich standards-based content into purposeful field experiences to connect students to their community and the impacts of their actions. Participants will dive in to this turn-key curriculum to learn how it was developed and how they can implement or support its implementation in classrooms.
Last Chance to Register for the 2019-2020 Future City Competition
Future City is a project-based learning program where middle schoolers imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. This year’s theme challenge, Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow , asks participants to identify a threat to their future city’s water supply and design a resilient system to ensure a reliable supply of clean drinking water.  
Sign your middle school students up for this unique, fun and educational opportunity. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Dummer Combs , Program Manager.
Are you looking for a unique volunteer opportunity ? You're in luck - STEM Forward is looking for Future City Volunteers. Here are the available opportunities :

Being a mentor for the WI Regional Future City Competition is one of the best experiences you will ever have. If you are a STEM professional looking to engage with middle school students to help them build a city of the future - this opportunity is for you!

Virtual City Judge
One of the deliverables for the Future City Competition is for the students to design and grow their city in Sim City Software. Once this is complete, the student teams provide PowerPoint slides to the virtual judges. These presentations are on PDF files and will be scored on a computer using a provided rubric. Virtual judging is completed on predetermined weekdays from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at area schools.

Essay Judge
Each year, middle school teams participating in Future City must submit a 1500 word essay on a given topic. The essay asks students to imagine what it would be like in a city at least 100 years in the future. Essay judging is done online using a provided rubric from late December through early January at your convenience - so you can even judge from home!

Regional Competition
This year’s Wisconsin Regional Future City Competition is on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at MSOE Kern Center. We will need presentation judges and other volunteers to make this event a success.
MSOE Opportunity Conference Series
The MSOE Opportunity Conference series enables high school students to compete in computer science, math, or science competitions against other schools. All tests are designed by MSOE faculty members and teams receive graded feedback on their problem sets the day of the competition.
Awards are available for top teams in all competitions and top individuals are recognized within the math and science competitions by category.
WATER: A Statewide Inquiry Experience Launch Project
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation ( WARF ) recently announced their launch project, "WATER: A Statewide Inquiry Experience (2019-2024)." The project is an amazing local opportunity to spark inquiry around water at sites across the state. The launch project was co-created with many stakeholders to provide an accessible inquiry activity that could lead to further investigations by students in classrooms, science clubs, and science fairs.The larger project is intended to be a connector to build awareness and for teachers to share best practices in water science education. Are you interested in participating in the launch project? Click here for additional information!
Funky Fresh Math Club

Trueman McGee, owner of Funky Fresh Spring Rolls, has started a Funky Fresh Math Club! Every Thursday from 6:30-7:30 PM students get free homework help and math lessons from volunteer tutors, many of them former teachers. The students also get to indulge in free food!
Funky Fresh Spring Rolls is located at Sherman Phoenix, the business complex.
School District of New Berlin Announces New Fab Lab
The Education Foundation, in partnership with the School District of New Berlin, is installing a state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab)! The Fab Lab is currently being installed at New Berlin West Middle/High School and will give all students (and eventually, the entire community) access to the latest in fabrication tools and curriculum. 

What is a Fab Lab ?
  • Empowers educators by providing resources to teach students new skills.
  • Provides a new way of education through project-based, hands on learning.
  • Prepares students for future careers.
  • Sparks entrepreneurship among students.
  • Serves as a place to create and mentor where all members of the community can come together.
Women in STEM Career Day at UW-Platteville
The women in STEM Career Day at UW-Platteville is a one day event for young women (grades 9-12) to learn about careers that require creative problem solving, encourages forward thinking, makes a difference in society, and shares the future of our world.
While attending the Women in STEM Career Day, participants will learn about career options in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through exciting demonstrations and enjoy the opportunity to work in teams for hands-on projects.

When: October 22nd
Time: 8:00AM -2:15 PM
Where: Velzy Commons in Ullsvik Hall, UW-Platteville
Back by popular demand is the FREE STEM Expo hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Wisconsin Section Southeast Branch Younger Members Group (YMG). Mark your calendars — the STEM Expo will be held Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).

Activities are geared for ages 6-18 and include college representatives and volunteers from area college programs as well as STEM professionals. Bring your questions and be prepared to get a little messy!

This free event is open to the public . No registration necessary.
If you haven’t experimented with Arduino tech, we highly recommend it. This simple open-sourced technology is what some would consider the 4th industrial revolution, offering the best user experience to get something done quickly. Whether you want to create a DIY drone, bake a cake, mute the T.V. or feed your cat — you can do it with Arduino tech.
Wisconsin Computer Science Summit

Attention Computer Science K-12 educators, math coordinators, curriculum directors and administrators — check out the lineup for the CS Summit! The CS Summit is the largest gathering of computer science educators in the state and provides an outlet to be inspired to continue the important work of building CS opportunities for all students.

When: November 14th, 2019
Where: Northeast WI Technical College, Green Bay
Marquette University Leading New $2 Million Computer Science Effort in Public schools

Dr. Dennis Brylow, professor of computer science in Marquette University’s Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, has received nearly $2 million in a National Science Foundation collaborative research grant to promote computer science education among teachers in public schools.
Share Your Heart
We’re in the running to benefit from Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s signature community program – Heart of Canal Street. Half of each $3 or $7 Canal Street Bingo game played goes to the Heart of Canal Street fund, which totaled more than $1.1 million last year!
The program began in 1994 as a way to carry on the Potawatomi tradition of nurturing younger generations so they grow to lead healthy, productive lives. Since its inception, Heart of Canal Street has donated more than $19 million to hundreds of local children’s charities.
Share your heart by playing the Canal Street Bingo game now through Dec.12. Visit to learn more. 
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