Dan Esty to Kick Off Green Leadership Series on March 25

The Gateway Resource, Education and Training (GREAT) Center will kick off its Green Leadership Series with the "Future of Green Initiatives" event on March 25, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Gateway Community College in Community Room N100 at 20 Church Street in New Haven.

The event will feature keynote speaker Dan Esty, a green policy expert, professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Yale Law School, and former Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

A panel discussion moderated by Thomas Marano of the Community Builders Institute will feature education, legislative, public utilities, planning, and development experts, including speakers from United Illuminating and the Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA).

The "Future of Green Initiatives" event targets municipal planning and development officials, commercial brokers, community development professionals, transportation planners, and green building professionals.

Registration is $25 per person, with continental breakfast included and validated parking in the Temple Street garage. To register online, click here.

STEM Student Competitions Results Announced

Connecticut Innovations (CI), the state's quasi-public authority responsible for growing Connecticut businesses through innovative financing and strategic assistance, announced results of its yearlong support of two science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education initiatives for high school students in Connecticut: the Real World Design Challenge and the Sikorsky STEM Challenge. CI supports these initiatives annually to help strengthen Connecticut's technology talent pipeline and fuel business growth.

CI served as coordinator of the Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) state competition during the 2012/2013 school year, in partnership with Pratt and Whitney and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The RWDC, an annual competition held at both state and national levels, provides high school students the opportunity to work on engineering challenges in a team environment. State winners go on to participate in the national competition. Since the national RWDC program's inception in 2008, it has been supported by a broad-based public-private partnership that has contributed significant funding as well as in-kind services.

The primary focus of this year's RWDC state competition was an aviation challenge: designing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to locate a lost boy scout in the mountains. Fifteen high school teams from across Connecticut worked to meet the challenge, aided by engineers from Pratt and Whitney who served as mentors; three teams made it to the state finals. The finalists were from Conard High School (West Hartford), Watkinson School (West Hartford) and Xavier High School (Middletown). The finals, held in February, were hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at its New London campus.

Xavier High School's team captured the first place award. Its team consisted of: Mark Breault, Mario Chris, Tyler Cusack, John Reidy, Brian Wilcox, Jeff Witz and Zach Ziobrowski. Xavier's team went on to compete in the national RWDC competition, held in April in Washington, D.C., where it earned national recognition for Best Use of Mentors in the Aviation Challenge.

"We're excited about these experiences because they give kids an opportunity to acquire not only STEM technical knowledge and expertise, but also adaptability, communication and social skills, and problem-solving and management abilities – in short, all of the skills necessary to become a successful contributor in the workplace," said Tom Prete, vice president of engineering at Pratt and Whitney.

CI also served as coordinator of the Sikorsky STEM Challenge, in which high school teams statewide were asked to redesign the aileron, an airplane part originally made out of wood for the World War II Corsair airplane, using today's materials. Sikorsky provided engineering mentors, Connecticut Corsair provided access to a wooden aileron and pertinent data, and other industry partners provided necessary materials and helped to judge the teams' designs. The other industry partners included: Bolton Works (East Hartford), CAPInc (Meriden), DataBank (Glastonbury), DC Hall (North Branford), Infotech Enterprises (East Hartford), InterPRO (Deep River), Joining Technologies (East Granby), Lynn Welding (Newington), Trumpf (Farmington), Tumbleweed Transportation (Moodus), and Tygor Laboratories (Milford).

Over 130 students from 11 Connecticut high schools participated in the design challenge. At the conclusion of the competition, the top three teams presented their winning solutions to a panel of judges at the student Innovation Expo on May 4 at the Connecticut Convention Center. The winning teams were:

• First Place - East Haven High School (students Anthony DeMayo and Dhruv Patel, supervised by teachers Mike Cassone and James Newton)

• Second Place - Amity Regional High School

• Third Place - Trumbull high School

To learn more about these Connecticut STEM competitions, please visit the Connecticut Real World Design Challenge site and the Sikorsky STEM Challenge site.

North Branford Environmental Science Fair May 24

North Branford High School will host an Environmental Science Fair on Friday, May 24 from 8:00 am to 10:30 am. Professionals in science fields, including teachers and educators, are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Deb Mendillo at North Branford High School at DMendillo@northbranfordschools.org or (203) 484-1465 extension 13124.

Judges Needed for New Haven Science Fair

Judges are needed for the 19th annual New Haven Science Fair to be held at University Commons at Woolsey Hall at Yale University from May 14 - 16, 2013.

The New Haven Science Fair Program was started in 1995 with seven test schools. In 2011, more than 8,000 New Haven students participated, utilizing more than 160 volunteers for mentoring and judging. The program is dedicated to improving the quality of science and math education education in the New Haven Public Schools for students in grades Pre-K through 12.

The New Haven Science Fair Program is a partnership involving businesses, institutions of higher education, associations, foundations, and private citizens, working with public school teachers, students, administrators, and parents. The goal of the program is to work with children and teachers to help them carry out investigative hands-on science fair projects in order to promote skills in critical thinking, the scientific process, and communication.

To register for judging, please go to the judges page at www.nhsciencefair.org . Evaluation sheets that are used are also there.

The New Haven Science Fair Program is administered by the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce.

White House Women in STEM Summit

On March 21, 2013, acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau Nancy Santiago-Negrón addressed more than 100 people at the White House, discussing her professional experience helping women prepare for jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and environmental fields. "The importance of mentors for young women in STEM cannot be overstated," she said. "Mentors and strong networks make careers in STEM both a possibility for young girls and a reality for women entering the workforce."

Santiago-Negrón spoke at the 2nd Annual White House Women and the Environment Summit, which observed Women's History Month and recognized women who have addressed great environmental challenges. Participants discussed strategies to ensure that women continue to take an active role in protecting the environment.

Click here to view a photo gallery of the White House Women and the Environment Summit.

Women in Science Fair April 3

Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) has invited six accomplished female scientists to speak with students at the fifth annual Scott Lawrence Pond Memorial Women in Science Seminar on Wednesday, April 3, from 11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. The seminar will be held in Room E440 of Ekstrom Hall located at 750 Chase Parkway in Waterbury.

Women in Science provides a forum in which local women scientists share their work and describe their personal and intellectual journey toward joining their respective fields. NVCC students and approximately 75 local middle school girls will attend to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career paths. The public is also invited to register for the free event by calling 203-575-8065.

"We are very pleased to host this event for the fifth time," said NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. "We are particularly glad to do so this year in concert with the very exciting Connecticut State Bio Initiative, which is bringing the Jackson Labs to the UConn Health Center campus. This is an excellent time for women to consider a STEM career in our state and programs like the Women in Science seminar are introducing our students and local middle school students to the fascinating career opportunities available for women in STEM fields."

A brief luncheon will be provided following the event to encourage one-on-one conversations with the speakers, who include:

• Dr. Ruth Washington, founder and president of Forward Education Consulting, LLC, and former professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of Connecticut (UConn), Storrs;

• Keshia Ashe, chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate at UConn Health Center and co-founder of ManyMentors, a nonprofit organization focused on connecting middle and high school students interested in STEM fields with college-aged mentors;

• Dr. Carol Rizzolo, professor and researcher with a focus on the psychology and mythology of death;

• Dr. Yih-Woei Fridell, assistant professor of molecular biology in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at UConn with a research focus on the aging process;

• Mary Angelicola, former NVCC and Waterbury State Tech student with a career focus in industrial and commercial environmental management and manufacturing engineering; and

• Rabia Baz, chemical engineer at Evonik Industries, chair for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in New Haven, and NVCC graduate.

Call 203-575-8065 for more information on the Women in Science Seminar.

Girls and STEM Expo at Gateway Community College on April 26

On Friday April 26, the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) is co-hosting a high school Girls and STEM Expo at Gateway Community College for New Haven-area girls. CWEALF has planned a day with a group challenge and engaging hands-on activities, designed to create and enhance awareness of nontraditional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning. The Expo is funded under the Carl Perkins Act by the Connecticut State Department of Education, Career and Technical Education Unit. This is the second year this Expo will occur - last year's expo was a big success!

As part of the day's learning, CWEALF invites employers, colleges, and universities to table before and during the lunch break. Associated activities will be created that will engage girls in finding out information about various educational offerings and career options (much like a scavenger hunt).

Businesses, colleges, and universities that support this effort by agreeing to table will receive pizza and a brief (but fun) time entertaining the questions of 100 ninth and tenth grade girls who are beginning to sort out their educational and career options!

The time commitment is from approximately 11:15 am to 12:50 pm on Friday, April 26. Set-up can occur anytime before 11:15. The girls will arrive back at the main entrance at 11:35 and will have until 12:45 pm to speak with you.

To register to table or for more information about the Expo, contact Lucy Brakoniecki at 860.247.6090 x102 or lbrakoniecki@cwealf.org.

STEM/Advanced Manufacturing & Technology EXPO of Greater Waterbury - November 15

The Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing presents the STEM/Advanced Manufacturing & Technology EXPO of Greater Waterbury.

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Place: Coco Key Water Resort Hotel and Convention Center, 3580 East Main Street, Waterbury, Connecticut 06705

Speaker presentations include:

Attorney Gary B. O'Connor of Pullman & Comley, LLC, who will present "A Manufacturer's Guide to Environmental Compliance and Planning" (3:00-4:00 pm)

Anthony Bianco, Senior Account Executive, C&I Comverge New England, who will discuss "The Demand Response Program/Past, Present and Future" (4:00-5:00 pm)

"Out for Business," the Waterbury Regional Chamber's monthly networking reception. Participants will have the chance to visit booths from area manufacturers that had participated in the expo. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. (5:00-7:00 pm)

Please RSVP to Wendy Robicheau at wrobicheau@commnet.edu by Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

The Green Gala at the CT Science Center

The Connecticut Science Center will host the 2012 Green Gala on October 20. The Green Gala is Connecticut's premier "green" showcase and fundraiser for science education, attended by 700 of the state's most prominent business, government and community leaders. Last year, the event raised more than $250,000 to support the Science Center's mission to inspire the next generation of "green" problem-solvers and creative thinkers. And, public support of the Gala's Fund A Visit campaign brought over 1,000 children from priority school districts as well as families with limited resources to the Science Center for a visit.

This year's Green Gala will feature tapas dining and full bars on every floor of the Science Center's LEED Gold-certified building, plus an H2O-themed auction using handheld bidding devices. The silent auction is currently open to anyone online by clicking here, and will conclude on the evening of the event.

There are many ways to participate in the Green Gala. Benefits for sponsors include complimentary event tickets, unique opportunities for visibility and recognition, and even corporate membership. Sponsorships are still available by downloading this form or contacting Alecia Kintner at (860) 520-2144 for more information. Click here to download the Sponsor Benefits Grid.

For event information or to purchase your tickets by phone, please contact Jordan Frausto at (860) 520-2154.

Tech Expo & Sustainable Energy Fair at Three Rivers Community College!

Please join Three Rivers Community College (TRCC) as they host the Tech Expo and Sustainable Energy Fair on Friday, December 9th from 9:00am-3:00pm in the TRCC Cafeteria. The event is presented by Next Generation Manufacturing Center, Norwich Public Utilities and Sustainable Operations Alternative and Renewable Energy Initiative.

The event is free and open to the public. If you have any questions please contact Sheila Taridona at 860.885.2658 or by email.

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