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California STEM Weekly
January 23, 2014
Maker Movement
Sierra College CACT & Hacker Lab Partnership & 3D Printer Spur Innovation (PRWEB)
The energy and passion is palatable to anyone who tours Sacramento Hacker Lab, a place where entrepreneurs, hobbyists, students, artists, retirees and corporate employees mix, inspire and produce in incubator offices and hands-on fabricating space. A professional level 3D printer and soldering equipment are now available to these makers thanks to the Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technology(CACT), based in Rocklin, CA. Hacker Lab members are using the Sierra College 3D printer to make models, chess pieces, characters for video games, custom parts for turntables and components for aquaponics systems, reported Eric Ullrich, Co-Founder/COO, Hacker Lab.
NASA Officially Renames Dryden Flight Research Facility for Neil Armstrong (
It's official: The bill re-naming NASA's Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center in southern California for the first man to walk on the moon is now a law. President Barack Obama signed congressional resolution HR 667 into law on Jan. 16, renaming the flight facility the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center. The new law still pays homage to Dryden — an aeronautical engineer — by naming the area surrounding the center the "Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range."
STEM Competitions
Intel Science Talent Search: Eight Bay Area finalists (San Jose Mercury News)
When Natalie Ng received the call late Tuesday that she had been selected as a finalist for the Intel Science Talent Search 2014, she couldn't contain her excitement. Natalie, 17, a senior at Monta Vista High in Cupertino, worked for more than a year developing a diagnostic tool to help doctors identify breast cancer patients who are at a high risk of developing metastasis -- the spreading of cancer from one organ to another. She was one of eight Bay Area students on Wednesday who were named finalists in the Intel search.
State House
Gov. Jerry Brown, California college leaders discuss future of higher education (Contra Costa Times)
A half-century-old plan to give all California high school graduates access to a tuition-free college education might look quaint to students who now pay tens of thousands of dollars for a degree, but its principles are as important as ever, college leaders said Wednesday. Gov. Jerry Brown and the three new leaders of California's three public college segments -- the University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges- met on Wednesday before the UC Regents to revisit the famous document- and talk about how to apply it today.

Common Core standards bring dramatic changes to elementary school math (EdSource)
Teaching elementary school math just got trickier, or at least deeper. The new Common Core State Standards require students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of math concepts, which means teachers will have to change how they teach those concepts too. The new standards, adopted in California and 44 other states, have ushered in a whole new set of academic standards for math, with significant changes in the early grades – kindergartners must now be able to count to 100 by the end of the year, for instance, rather than 30.
Women in STEM
UC Berkeley invites aspiring women physicists to conference (San Francisco Business Times)
About 170 women interested in physics will spend this weekend at the University of California, Berkeley, learning about research and careers in the field. UC Berkeley is working with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory up the hill from its campus, and also with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to run the conference, which runs Friday evening through Sunday [Event happened this past weekend]. Planet hunting Yale University professor Debra Fischer will speak at the event on Saturday, along with Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter. Other speakers include Livermore Lab theoretical physicist Sofia Quaglioni; Clara Moskowitz, an editor at Scientific American; IBM Almaden researcher Luisa Bozano; and Cal's Frances Hellman, formerly chair of the physics department.

Y Combinator Announces Female Founders Conference To Offer Startup Guidance (TechCrunch)
Y Combinator, a major Silicon Valley accelerator, announced that they are holding a Female Founders Conference that aims to bring women together to discuss their entrepreneurial journey in tech. The event, to be held on March 1 at YC’s Mountain View campus, is a one-day event hosted by YC’s female leaders — Kat Manalac, Kirsty Nathoo, Carolynn Levy and Jessica Livingston. Female founders will share their experiences and offer startup guidance.
STEM Teachers
Level Playing Field Institute Hiring Season Staff for its SMASH Academy (LPFI)
LPFI is hiring seasonal staff for its Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Academy. We are looking for highly qualified STEM instructors and support staff for all four SMASH sites located at Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA and USC. We will need 3 computer science instructors per site this year! SMASH Academy, a year-round academic program of the Level Playing Institute, is a three-year, rigorous education initiative that prepares talented, underrepresented youth of color to become competitive and successful in STEM at the college level for five weeks each summer beginning in the 9th grade.
Summer STEM Programs
Apply Now for the COSMOS 2014 Summer Program- Apps Due February 21st (COSMOS)
The COSMOS Program (California Summer School for Mathematics and Science) is a 4-week residential summer program open to entering 9th through exiting 12th-grade high school students with demonstrated interest and achievement in math and science. This intensive experience is intended to encourage the brightest and most promising young minds to continue their interest in these fields. Located on four University of California campuses (Davis, Irvine, San Diego and Santa Cruz), COSMOS provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to work side-by-side with outstanding university faculty and researchers, covering topics extending beyond the typical high school curriculum.

Stay Connected

Don’t Miss the 4th Annual California STEM Summit!
The California STEM Learning Network invites you to join us at the upcoming California STEM Summit 2014. The California STEM Summit is the state's foremost gathering of leaders from PK-12 formal and informal education, higher education, business and industry, government, and science-rich education institutions to advance a common agenda for increasing quality, equity and innovation in STEM education throughout California. This year's event will be held February 3-4, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California.

2014 U.S. Water Prize Winners Announced (PRNewswire)
In the midst of California's worst drought in more than a century, Ben Grumbles, president of the U.S. Water Alliance, announced awardees of the 2014 U.S. Water Prize while speaking to the California Irrigation Institute conference attendees in Sacramento. America's future looks bright blue with these shining water stars," said Ben Grumbles, President of the U.S. Water Alliance. "Our 2014 winners are leading the way by reducing water waste, reusing water resources, and rethinking watershed strategies and technologies."

Inaugural Bi-Weekly Million Women Mentors News Publication is Out!
Don't miss the inaugural bi-weekly updates from Million Women Mentors, which includes updates from the launch on January 8th at the National Press Club and pictures of Actor Hill Harper, Tena Clark, Judge Glenda Hatchett, the Science Cheerleaders, Edie Fraser, Jorge Benitez (Accenture), Michael Norris (Sodexo), Patrice D'Eramo (Cisco), Jennifer Sirangelo (National 4-H Council) , Balaji Ganapathy (Tata Consultancy Group) and more! It also has the latest on pledges, with Texas Girls Collaborative Project, Tata Consultancy Services, AAUW, Nepris, KC STEM Alliance and more contributing over 40K mentors!