Social Networking And Get Stem

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Presentation on the synergies between the getSTEM web portal (www.getSTEM-mn.com) and social networking.

Presentation on the synergies between the getSTEM web portal (www.getSTEM-mn.com) and social networking.

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  • 1. A commitment to STEM … a focus on connections TM TM
  • 2. What is STEM Education?
    • S cience
    • T echnology
    • E ngineering
    • M ath
    • STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and is the economic currency and makes students employable in the global economy.
  • 3. Why STEM Education?
    • Workforce Need
      • Economic forecasts project 20-33% increase in scientific and technical occupations in Minnesota in ten years. (Source: DEED)
      • 18 out of the 20 fastest growing occupations will be tied to the STEM disciplines.  (Source: DEED)
    • Improved Academic Performance
      • Students who complete Algebra II in high school more than double their chances of earning a four-year college degree.  (Source: Achieve Inc.)
      • 80% of current jobs require education beyond high school.  (Source: MnSCU)
  • 4. Why Social Computing?
    • Social Computing is a new concept in K-12 Education
    • The STEM education message is broadcast faster and to more people using Social Computing
    • Use of Social Networking tools will build partnerships between local STEM businesses and K-12 educators
  • 5. What did we create?
    • getSTEM web portal WWW.getSTEM-mn.com
      • First social computing site specific to K-12 STEM in the nation
    • Project development started fall 2007 and officially launched February 2, 2009
    • getSTEM is a partnership between the Minnesota High Tech Association and the Minnesota Department of Education. It is supported by contributions from Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, Inetium, 3M, and Ecolab
  • 6.  
  • 7. Just Ask, Just Offer… It Just Makes Sense!
    • Teachers use the website to create postings to  ASK  for community assistance and volunteers for their classroom
    • Local businesses use the website to  OFFER  their K-12 outreach programs that teachers may incorporate into their classroom
    • Popular getSTEM connections: guest presentations, informational interviews, basic material donations (notebooks & pencils)
    • Most connections consist of one hour volunteer time or $25 donation to K-12 education
  • 8. The Teacher She needs help in a number of ways Field Trips Software Mentors Guest speakers Materials / Supplies
  • 9. The Employee
    • He has a lot he can offer
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    Facility visits Day in the life Mentoring students Software Materials / Supplies
  • 10. getSTEM Vision The portal for Minnesota Educators and Businesses to connect and collaborate to build relationships to match STEM needs with STEM resources. “ Looking to coordinate a manufacturing plant visit for a field trip“ “ We have a facility in Fridley along with an R&D lab “ “ We have a facility in Fridley along with an R&D lab “ “ Looking to coordinate a manufacturing plant visit for a field trip“ “ Looking to coordinate a manufacturing plant visit for a field trip“ “ We have a facility in Fridley along with an R&D lab “
  • 11. Why is this connection so important?
    • BIG
    small =
  • 12. getSTEM Networking Features
    • Users build profile indicating their STEM interests
    • getSTEM provides matching algorithm of postings that match user’s profile and interests
    • getSTEM provides metrics on postings so users may monitor their postings
  • 13. Upcoming Development: Tag Cloud Search Feature
  • 14. Social Networking to Promote getSTEM
    • Facebook
      • Fan Page
      • Facebook Group
    • Twitter
      • Program Manger Tweets
      • Real Time Twitter Integration
    • Linked In
      • getSTEM Linked In Group
  • 15. First Grader with Leukemia Aided by getSTEM
  • 16. www.getSTEM-mn.com
    • http://twitter.com/getSTEM