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PEB, SRC, AT&T, BS&K, and Onondaga Community College host the Central New York Innovation Challenge

A competition for middle & high school students to promote innovation and the importance of capturing intellectual property.

The Great New York State Fair will again hold a Drone Film Festival as one of their many exhibits.

The NYS Fair Drone Film Festival is dedicated to educating audiences and empowering filmmakers and companies around the world to tell their stories with the use of drones. Amateur, professional, students and companies worldwide are invited to enter their films or photographs. Our mission is to help educate the public about the many positive and beneficial ways drones are being used to better society and capture the panoramic beauty of our planet.

On April 7, 2018, Partners for Education and Business (PEB) SRC, AT&T, Bond, Schoeneck & King and Onondaga Community College hosted the 2nd annual Central New York Innovation Challenge at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY. The competition aimed to spark ideas to develop groundbreaking products or services and foster entrepreneurship. More than 50 students pitched their solutions in front of a panel of judges to win cash prizes.

The companies came together to spark innovation with students and promote Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) careers. The competition gave students the opportunity to solve a challenging problem and present to industry professionals while allowing business partners to build relationships with top local talent. The Challenge was open to students in grades 6-12. The winners are:

  • In the high school bracket (grades 10-12): first place: Team Port-o-cooler from Marcellus (Joshua Boos, Nicholas Rosenboom, and Justin Schoeneck) received $1,000 and second place: Team HHHM from Syracuse City (Hibatullah Shaalan, Hao Nguyen, Hawa Ahmed, and Maryann Almafrachi) received $500; Team OCM BOCES from Cortland Campus (Zane Potts and Dakota Kleefeld) received $250
  • In the middle school bracket (grades 6-9): first place: Team Switch Swatch from Jamesville-Dewitt (Kasia Kirnie and Nate Bourcy) received $500 and second place: Team Yiccolls Chair from Fayetteville-Manlius (Kaylee Yang and Reese Niccolls) received $250 

Education opportunities like the Central New York Innovation Challenge are important for regional youth because according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor, much of the growth in the domestic and global economy will come from STEM-related jobs – a highly lucrative and competitive field. It is estimated by 2020 there will be 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs, underscoring the importance of providing the youth the tools and skills necessary to compete in the growing innovation economy. The inclusion of the all-female team is to help bridge the gender divide in the tech industry and workforce. The urgency for more STEM and computer science educated employees is accentuated by the low percentage of females who are currently employed at major technology firms (29 percent) and women pursuing bachelors’ degrees for computer science is just 18 percent.
Paul Tremont, president and CEO of SRC said, “Our engineers and scientists are constantly innovating to provide our customers with the best possible products and services. This challenge will help students understand what it takes to develop an idea from inception to market. As a research and development company, we can’t emphasize enough how important these skills will be for future technological advancements. Congratulations to all the students that took the initiative to participate.”

Kevin Hanna, director of External Affairs, AT&T stated, “AT&T is proud to collaborate with the Partners for Education and Business and the other organizing companies again this year to support this innovative experience for these students as it further enhances our commitment to providing resources for STEM-related educational programming throughout Central New York. Our economy continues to transform at a robust pace – requiring a workforce with a focus on technological education and literacy – and STEM programs like this one are vital to ensure that the students of today are equipped to compete in the global innovation economy of tomorrow. I applaud all of the students that took part in today’s challenge, and based on the creativity and innovation demonstrated by the young participants, Central New York is in good hands.”

Joe Vargo, executive director of PEB added, “This event exceeded expectations. We had more interest than anticipated and the pitches were amazing. We look forward to growing the event next year and encourage everyone to visit www.cnystem.com to keep up on all the activities we promote to help students find that career spark.”

To enter, visit the filmfreeway website. Come watch at the NYS Fair on August 26, 2018.

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2018 NYS Drone Film Fest

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The Great New York State Fair will again hold a Drone Film Festival as one of their many exhibits.

The NYS Fair Drone Film Festival is dedicated to educating audiences and empowering filmmakers and companies around the world to tell their stories with the use of drones. Amateur, professional, students and companies worldwide are invited to enter their films or photographs. Our mission is to help educate the public about the many positive and beneficial ways drones are being used to better society and capture the panoramic beauty of our planet.

To enter, visit the filmfreeway website. Come watch at the NYS Fair on August 26, 2018.

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Introducing AT&T's Inventor's Challenge

Do You Know a Young Problem Solver? The AT&T and Imagination.org Inventor's Challenge is Back

AT&T and Imagination.org has launched the third annual Inventor’s Challenge, an opportunity for kids of all ages to create novel, imaginative and possibly viable solutions to all sorts of problems in their school or community. Inventions can be anything they dream of, as long as it incorporates STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). Last year, we saw entries from nearly 10,000 kids and teens from pre-k to high school. Creations have included a device that detects excessive stress on structures and alerts emergency services, “sky shoes” to help people reach those way-too-high items and a mobile app designed to help individuals with disabilities navigate their community.

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FIRST Robotics Volunteers Needed

Help Young Americans Excel in Science and Technology! FIRST™ Robotics Competition

Volunteers are needed to run the 2018 Central New York FIRST™ Robotics Competition (FRC) co-sponsored by National Grid, SUNY Poly, and additional local sponsors! Participating teams include 35 to 40 high schools from all corners of New York State, other States, as well as foreign competitors from China and Taipei!

The FIRST™ Robotics Competition requires a team of high school students and their technical mentors to solve an engineering challenge in a short period of time by designing and building a competitive robot using latest technology, devising a clever strategy, and making the right alliances to win the game! Winners will go on to the National Championship games in Detroit, Michigan and Houston TX, in April 2018.

WHAT is needed? Referees, Game Announcers, Traffic Controllers, Registration Table Managers,  Judge Assistants, Robot Inspectors, Field Resetting, ... and much more.... See a complete list here.

WHEN is help needed? March 1-4. Volunteers are asked to assist for a minimum of one full day. 

HOW do I register?  Click here. (select Central New York FIRST Regional Event for volunteering). 

WHERE is the event? The 2018 Central New York FIRST™ Robotics Competition will be held at the Wildcats Sports Facilities of SUNY Poly Institute at the SUNY Poly Campus.

For more Info about volunteering call 917.361.2257 or email nysfirstrobotics@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!


AT&T Aspire Accelerator Class of 2018 Application Open

Are you or someone you know on a mission to use technology to enhance learning and help every student achieve a bright, successful future?

AT&T is in search of game-changing solutions to real world education challenges, and we are calling on innovative ed-tech ventures to apply for the 2018 AT&T Aspire Accelerator.  Please consider sharing the information with your robust networks via social media, inclusion in upcoming digital communications, listsev, etc.

The Aspire Accelerator is open to any type of organization – for- or non-profit – working on a product or service that uses technology to support students’ educational and career success. Organizations chosen to participate in the program will receive $125,000 from AT&T, as well as access to expert services and mentorship both from AT&T and external ed-tech thought-leaders.

The application is open through January 27 and the program will begin with selected ventures in April 2018.
Our Accelerator companies have unique stories, diverse leadership and come from all over the U.S. Since launching in 2015, the Accelerator program participants have included 58% women-led companies and 37% minority-led companies. Over half the participants come from non-traditional tech hotbed cities. The nineteen previous participants have thrived in the program and together have reached more than 10 million students and attracted more than $11.5 million in funding.

With your intimate involvement with the technology and startup ecosystem of the region please consider sharing with your networks, the deadline is approaching quickly (1/27).  

Potential areas of focus include, but are not limited to: mobile applications that drive education outcomes; platforms for teachers, students and/or parents; learning and curriculum management tools; assessment and outcome tracking platforms; education distribution (online instruction, courses, etc.); and increased access for existing best practices.

***This program does not call for the winning companies to move, it just provides financial and mentoring support to ed-tech ventures that have the ability to change and improve upon the education landscape across the country. I just want to make sure all interested companies and individuals are aware of this opportunity in our region. This program is not designed to pouch a company from any local incubators or the region, it is designed to provide extra support to the best and brightest. It would be fantastic  to see a local team win or at least have the chance to submit their idea for consideration.

We welcome you to review full details of the program at www.att.com/aspireaccelerator and to share the opportunity with your network. 

Attached is a document overview of the program and artwork you can use for any digital communications to you your network of innovators. Below is sample social media copy that you can used to spread the word through your channels:

  • Have a game changing solution to a real world ed challenge? Apply to the AT&T Aspire Accelerator today! #ATTimpact http://soc.att.com/2D85QIT
  • Calling all ed-tech innovators: the Aspire Accelerator is now accepting applications for its 4th class! Learn more: http://soc.att.com/2D85QIT #ATTimpact
  • The AT&T Aspire Accelerator supports & mentors promising startups and non-profits in #edtech. Apply now! #ATTimpact http://soc.att.com/2D85QIT
  • Aspire Accelerator participants have together reached 10+ million students across the US. Join the movement! #ATTimpact http://soc.att.com/2D85QIT

If you have any questions, contact Ben Roberts at AT&T. Thank you for your consideration in helping spread the news of this opportunity, it would be great to have a winner from the region.


<‘CuseYouthHack> Powered by AT&T Challenges Local Youth to Use Technology for Social Good

Calling all youth coders and youths interested in coding, the region’s first ever youth hackathon is Dec. 2nd and will highlight the growing interest among local children in the fastest growing profession in the world

On Saturday, December 2 kids as young as eight years old will bring their laptops, imagination, and teamwork to the first youth hackathon in the greater Syracuse region – known as <‘CuseYouthHack> Powered by AT&T. The hackathon will take place at The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison St, Syracuse, NY from 10am-6pm. The hackathon is a collaboration between Tech4Kidz, The Tech Garden and Hack Upstate, which offers technology, coding and engineering classes to local students, The Tech Garden and AT&T, and Hack Upstate was born out of a desire to expand coding opportunities for Syracuse-area youth .

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Welcome Collaborative Educators' Summit

The 4th Annual Collaborative Educators Summit is an annual two-day event designed to promote project-based learning and multi- and trans-disciplinary collaboration. The Summit engages over 250 educator by invitation only, is funded by Siemens Inc., King & King Architects, Ferrara, Fiorenza Law Firm and Clarkson University and hosted by ESM.

Our keynote speaker is George Couros, a Division Principal for Parkland School Division and an Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership consultant and author of several publications including “The Innovator’s Mindset.” He believes we need to inspire our kids to follow their passions while letting them inspire us to do the same.

Ignite Sessions will spotlight effective school-based teams to provide the prologue for a series of shared dialogues focusing on best practices and effective implementation of collaborative methodologies.

These focused breakout sessions will be led by practitioners and facilitators from TIES, Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM. Networking is promoted through a social hour and networking dinner hosted by our business partners. Post event surveys indicate that the Summit is very effective at developing a culture of collaboration and at changing classroom practice.

When:
Monday, July 31 & Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Where:
East Syracuse Minoa High School
6400 Fremont Road
East Syracuse, NY 13057-9409


‘The tide is turning’ — Young women’s STEM camp returns July 24-28

Eagle News Online reports on the importance of the AT&T CNY STEM HUB Summer Camp for Young Women

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WAER Reports on the success of the CNY STEM Scholarship winners

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PEB , SRC, AT&T, BS&K, and host the Central New York Innovation Challenge

A competition for middle & high school students to promote innovation and the importance of capturing intellectual property.

On April 8, 2017, Partners for Education and Business (PEB) SRC, AT&T and Bond, Schoeneck & King hosted the inaugural Central New York Innovation Challenge at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. The competition aimed to spark ideas to develop groundbreaking products or services and foster entrepreneurship. More than 60 students pitched their solutions in front of a panel of judges to win cash prizes.

PEB , SRC, AT&T and Bond, Schoeneck & King came together to spark innovation with students and promote Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) careers. The competition gave students the opportunity to solve a challenging problem, network with industry professionals, and improve presentation skills, while allowing business partners to build relationships with top local talent. The Challenge was open to students in grades 6 - 12. The winners are:

  • In the high school bracket (grades 10 - 12): first place: Team “Ladies of Oriskany” (10th graders: Jenna Schlick, Courtney Donohue, Jasmine Wilson and Jennifer Hall) received $1,000 for their Dog Recycling Center; second place: “Team Marcellus” (10th graders: Nick Roseboom, Josh Boos and Justin Schoeneck) received $500 for their bike that charges a phone as you ride it; and third place: “Team Innovation ESM” (11th graders: Gary Loope, Justin Cesarini and Kelvin Cheng) received $250 for their Valance Table.
  • In the middle school bracket (grades 6 - 9): first place: “Team Uninventweens” (6th graders: Tess Murry, Beatrize Gurgol, Benjamin Thieben, and Jon Daher) received $500 for their TechTarp; and second place: “Team Project Parcheesi” (8th graders: Harmonie Lawton, Mia Forde, Jeremy Valerio and Olivia Smith) received $250 for their games that help families grow closer.

Education opportunities like the Central New York Innovation Challenge are important for regional youth because according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor, much of the growth in the domestic and global economy will come from STEM - related jobs – a highly lucrative and competitive field. It is estimated by 2020 there will be 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs, underscoring the importance of providing the youth the tools and skills necessary to compete in the growing innovation economy. The inclusion of the all - female team is to help bridge the gender divide in the tech industry and workforce. The urgency for more STEM and computer science educated employees is accentuated by the low percentage of females who are currently employed at major technology firms (29 percent) and women pursuing bachelors’ degrees for computer science is just 18 percent.

Paul Tremont, president and CEO of SRC said, “Our engineers and scientists are constantly innovating to provide our customers with the best possible products and services. This challenge will help students understand what it takes to develop an idea from inception to market. As a research and development company, we can’t emphasize enough how important these skills will be for future technological advancements. Congratulations to all the students that took the initiative to participate.

”Kevin Hanna, director of External Affairs, AT&T stated, “AT&T is proud to collaborate with the Partners for Education and Business to support this innovative experience for these students as it further enhances our commitment to providing resources for STEM - related educational programming throughout Central New York. Our economy continues to transform at a robust pace – requiring a workforce with a focus on technological education and literacy – and STEM programs like this one are vital to ensure that the students of today are equipped to compete in the global innovation economy of tomorrow. I applaud all of the students that took part in today’s challenge, and based on the creativity and innovation demons trated by the young participants, Central New York is in good hands.”

Joe Vargo, executive director of PEB added, “This event exceeded expectations. We had more interest than anticipated and the pitches were amazing. We look forward to growing the event next year and encourage everyone to visit www.cnystem.com to keep up on all the activities we promote to help students find that career spark."


SRC, AT&T, BS&K, and PEB host the Central New York Innovation Challenge

Competition for middle & high school students to promote innovation and entrepreneurship

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, SRC, AT&T, Partners for Education and Business (PEB) and Bond, Schoeneck & King will host the inaugural Central New York Innovation Challenge at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. The competition aims to spark ideas to develop groundbreaking products or services, encourage students to follow science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) educational paths and to foster entrepreneurship. There are 18 teams made up of more than 60 students that will pitch their solutions in front of a panel of judges to win cash prizes. Opportunities like the Central New York Innovation Challenge are important for regional youth because according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor, much of the growth in the domestic and global economy will come from STEM-related jobs – a highly lucrative and competitive field. It is estimated by 2020 there will be 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs, underscoring the importance of providing the youth the tools and skills necessary to compete in the growing innovation economy. The inclusion of an all-female team will help to bridge the gender divide in the tech industry and workforce. The urgency for more STEM and computer science educated employees is accentuated by the low percentage of females who are currently employed at major technology firms (29 percent) and women pursuing bachelors’ degrees for computer science is just 18 percent.

Saturday, April 8 - 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Le Moyne College Campus Center – James Commons Room (1419 Salt Springs Rd, Syracuse, NY). Best time for media to attend is between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; awards to be announced at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Participants choose a problem in one of the following areas and pitch their team’s creative solution:

  1. Create a product/service that would make your school life easier
  2. Develop a way for students to save time/be more efficient
  3. Invent a way to increase understanding of various concepts taught in class
  4. Design an app that will help increase communication or make teleworking easier
  5. Fabricate an invention that would improve leisure activities
  6. Conceive an alternative to standardized tests for measuring student performance
  7. Build a product/service that will help the environment
  8. Devise a way to enhance family relationships
  9. Think of an idea that would help students determine a career path
  10. Generate a product/service that the world “can’t live without”

PEB, SRC, AT&T and Bond, Schoeneck & King are working together to spark innovation and entrepreneurship with students in Central New York, while promoting STEM careers. The competition gives students the opportunity to solve a challenging problem, network with industry professionals, and improve presentation skills, while allowing business partners to build relationships with top local talent. The Challenge is open to students in grades 6-12. There will be winners in two brackets: high school (grades 10-12) and middle school (grades 6-9). Teams have a minimum of two students and a maximum of four. Top team prize for the high school category is $1,000 and top team prize for middle school level is $500.


Serve as a Judge at the Central New York Science and Engineering Fair (CNYSEF)

Volunteers, judges and mentors are needed for the Central New York Science and Engineering Fair (CNYSEF) sponsored by the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Volunteers, judges and mentors are needed for the Central New York Science and Engineering Fair (CNYSEF) sponsored by the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the SRC Arena on the Onondaga Community College campus. This year, students from ten counties will compete in two divisions, the junior fair for 4th-8th graders and the senior fair for 9th-12th graders. Judges don't need to be experts in science to listen as the students demonstrate how much they have learned and accomplished. A continental breakfast, lunch and training will be provided for the judges and volunteers. Those interested in volunteering can apply online here. Reply to Earl Turner if you have any questions.

The encouragement and interest shown by volunteers and judges is an essential part of the student's science fair experience. Help inspire our future generation of scientists and engineers!


CNY STEM Shadow Day A Success!

14 Companies Hosted 230 students for CNY STEM Job Shadow Day

Partners for Education & Business, Inc. (PEB), partnering with 14 business members of the Technology Sector and the CNY STEM Hub, coordinated the first CNY STEM Job Shadow Day on February 2nd. Over 230 students and teachers from 14 local schools and programs spent several hours visiting local businesses with the goal of learning about STEM careers by observing jobs being performed in the workplace

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AT&T Aspire Accelerator

AT&TAre you on a mission to use technology to enhance learning and help every student achieve a bright, successful future?

The Aspire Accelerator works with organizations that use technology to help students succeed, strengthen schools and communities, or prepare learners for employment.

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Science Fair Judges Needed!

Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School (SASCS) is a tuition-free, public school offering a college preparatory curriculum in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. SASCS serves students from the city of Syracuse students, as well as students from other districts in Onondaga County, with an enrollment of 400 in grades 8-12.

Through its highly specialized curriculum, SASCS also aims to produce career-driven young leaders with the preparation and drive to achieve their goals, particularly in STEM disciplines. SASCS believes that our science fair is one of the most important parts of this process. We believe students gain a greater appreciation of science by engaging in original, hands-on research, writing, and representation. Our science fair will include more than 50 projects. 

The details for this program are as follows:

Monday  – January 23rd 2017
· Luncheon for the Judges: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
· Judging of the projects: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Contact SASCS to participate by Jan 20, 2017. Please indicate your position at your organization so we may correctly prepare a name badge for you.