Deadlines approaching for in-state programs

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Morehead State University: Take advantage of the Space Science Program at Morehead State University, or one of the Engineering, Pre-Med, or other programs. DataseamScholars at MSU offers five full tuition scholarships. Apply Today.

Governor’s School for the Arts: This summer program challenges students to develop their talent in one of nine art forms. This is an intense, life changing experience. Apply Today.

Kentucky Space Sci-Fi Project: In this statewide competition students can take their science knowledge, add a little imagination, and create a science fiction movie, artwork or writing piece. By applying their knowledge through the lens of imagination, students can see alternate possibilities. Information coming January 11 for students in grades 5-12.

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs: Teams of high school students develop and launch a business at this hand-on summer camp. Get help from experts to create your business vision. Apply Today.

Google Made with Code Projects: Inside Out

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Haven’t heard of Made with Code? Here’s the description from Google of why coding is a big deal:

We started Made with Code because increasingly more aspects in our lives are powered by technology, yet women aren’t represented in the roles that make technology happen.

If we can inspire girls to see that code can help them pursue their passions, whatever they may be, then hopefully they will begin to contribute their voices to the field of technology for the benefit of us all.

Now coders have a chance to learn code using Pixar’s movie Inside Out!

Click here to “help Riley from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out solve some of life’s little problems with the help of her Emotions.”

‘If I Had a Hammer’ focuses on language of math

Photo by Tammy L. Lane
Photo by Tammy L. Lane

From KyForward: In the gym at Lansdowne Elementary, fifth-graders literally hammered out the details as they constructed an 8-foot-by-11-foot, one-room, wood-frame house in about two hours. The build, in which they tackled concepts such as area, perimeter and angles, showed the students how grownups use math in the real world.

They also recognized the importance of teamwork, communication and work ethic.

“In order to build a house, you need to have a plan. But you also need a plan for your life, and education is critical,” said Perry Wilson, founder of “If I Had a Hammer.”

Wilson, who is based near Nashville, shared how he struggled with mathematics as a child. When he became a carpenter, something clicked and for the first time, he got the math. Now he uses his trade to reach kids.

Click here to read the full story.

#IamaWomanInSTEM mentoring project at UK seeks volunteers

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The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project put out a call this morning via email asking for women who work in STEM to volunteer their time as mentors. Here’s the full email:

If you are a woman in a STEM-related career, you are invited to volunteer to serve as a mentor for a UK undergraduate woman who is majoring or minoring in a STEM discipline. The project, undertaken in partnership with the American Association of University Women’s Kentucky branch, is just now starting up here at UK.

This initiative is one that we hope will last a long time, but all we are asking for right now is that you consider being a mentor this coming Spring. This will entail some regular interactions with one or more undergraduate students (the timing to be determined in partnership with your mentee) and attendance at a monthly Meet-and-Greet with the #IamaWomanInSTEM steering team and visitors.

Our first Meet-and-Greet will be held in January 2016 at Maxwell Place with Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto, former dean of Dentistry at the University of Alabama Birmingham and now at the University of Kentucky with her husband who is serving as UK’s President.

Please review the project summary and reply to Sue Scheff (suescheff@uky.edu) and Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth (dolph@uky.edu) to let us know by Friday, December 11th if you are interested in serving as a mentor this Spring (January through May) 2016.

Please volunteer your time if you can help with this outstanding project.