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Tech Companies Use Crowd-sourced Science for Socially Responsible Mission

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Some new initiatives indicate that social networking and crowd-sourcing can be effective tools in the fight to preserve the planet’s species, with the help of science and technology.

For example, a consortium known as International Barcode of Life (iBOL) invites citizens around the world to gather samples to help universities, natural history museums and research institutes to create a database of species. With the samples, scientists can identify them by sequencing a section of its DNA, known as barcoding.

Accenture Launches Future Technology Leaders Initiative to Advance Stem Education

Company teams with more than 35 universities in 20 countries
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NEW YORK, January 24, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Accenture today launched its Future Technology Leaders initiative, a global effort to support undergraduate interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers and increase both the number of students with STEM degrees and their employability.

IBM and SAP Open up Big Data Platforms for Citizen Science

IT companies are making enterprise technology available to citizen projects that could benefit both the environment and business
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Sujeevan Ratnasingham is on a race to identify all living species on earth. With the tally anywhere between 10 million to 100 million – and one-third estimated to become extinct by the next century – it's a Herculean task in the least.

Boeing Gives Students a Head Start in STEM-Related Careers

Boeing & NMSI name Aberdeen High School as NMSI School of the Year
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Boeing is proud to give the students at Aberdeen High School a head start in STEM-related careers through our partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the creation of jobs that require a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) background will grow by 17 percent over the next 10 years. These jobs will outpace general job creation, which will only grow at a rate of 9.8 percent.

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Verizon Announces Best-in-State Student Teams in National App Challenge

Middle, High School Students Now in Running to Win Verizon Innovative App Challenge Aimed at Boosting Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
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NEW YORK, January 22, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Eighty-one teams of creative middle and high school students have earned the title Best in State in the second Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a national competition in which students design a mobile application concept that addresses a need or problem in their local schools or communities.

Study: Planning Can Protect Whales in Seismic Energy Surveys

Scientists outline recommendations for protecting whales and other marine animals from loud blasts generated by ocean seismic surveys for oil and gas exploration
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Whale experts have teamed up with the oil and gas industry to develop a step-by-step guide for reducing the impacts of noise pollution from marine seismic surveys on whales and other marine species.
 
The paper, published in the current issue of the journal Aquatic Mammals, was the result of a collaboration between scientists with the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel and the Russian consortium, Sakhalin Energy Investment.

Attend the STEM Competitions Town Hall from STEMconnector

Today, Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3PM ET
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Competitions continue to emerge as a major outlet for students to engage in STEM exploration. From robotics to cybersecurity to rocket design, many students today have access to experiences that have the potential to expand and enhance their mastery of STEM skills and provide them leadership opportunities and access to career exploration.

App Contest Inspires More Students to Learn Design

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by Bonnie Shelton
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Posted on December 19, 2013 at 7:22 AM

MIDDLETON -- Students at Middleton Middle School hope to continue a winning tradition in a nationwide contest.

They’re learning teamwork and technological skills by building apps for Android phones.

Last year, a group of Middleton students won “best in state” for their app based on the periodic table.

That success inspired even more students to take part in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge this time around.

The Chrysler Foundation Energizes 2014 FIRST Robotics Season with Nearly a Quarter-Million Dollars in Grants

Grants will help students to ready robots for run at FIRST Robotics Championship
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January 2, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The Chrysler Foundation today announced grants totaling $229,000 to support FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics teams and organizations in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ontario, Canada. The grants will enable more than 1,000 middle and high school students to discover the rewards of science and technology as they compete in the annual international robotics competition.

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