Caption: Onlookers watch as robots compete at the Dow Red Stick Rumble, Louisiana’s largest offseason FIRST® Robotics Competition event, held on Saturday, August 26, 2023, in the Denham Springs Hornsby Gymnasium.
DOW RED STICK RUMBLE: A DECADE OF ROBOTICS EXCELLENCE AND STEM EDUCATION
Celebrating its 10th edition this year, the Dow Red Stick Rumble Robotics Competition once again transformed Denham Springs’ Hornsby Gym into a hub of robotics innovation and excitement. On August 26th, approximately 1,000 attendees, spanning from curious onlookers to dedicated robotics enthusiasts, congregated to witness high school students from Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi demonstrate their skills in robotics.
2023–2024 MEMBERSHIP CYCLE OPEN
The Louisiana High School Rally Association (LHSRA) provides Louisiana students with opportunities for district and state-level recognition of their academic and performance talents. To enable your students to qualify for District Rally and potentially State Rally, you must register your school annually for LHSRA membership. This involves completing the membership registration for both LHSRA (State Rally) and your chosen District Rally location. This registration process allows your students to actively participate and excel in their academic and performance endeavors.
December 1, 2023: Membership application deadline
February 24, 2024: District Rallies
March 23, 2024: State Rally on the LSU campus
PK–12 STEM GRANTS FOR YOUR SCHOOL
The Baton Rouge Chapter of the Louisiana Engineering Society has dedicated a portion of its yearly budget to bolster STEM programs in schools and welcomes your involvement. A limited number of grants, each amounting to $500 in cash, will be awarded to selected schools. If you’ve applied before without success, please don’t hesitate to reapply. Schools that haven’t received grants recently will be given priority consideration. Ensure you submit your application by October 15, 2023.
2023 CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE
The Congressional App Challenge invites middle and high school students to actively engage in computer science and coding innovation. Students may compete by developing an app for multiple devices, utilizing any programming language. The winning app will be featured on the Congressional App Challenge website and may also be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol. The competition deadline is November 1, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. EST.
The AiC High School Award honors 9th–12th grade women, genderqueer, or non-binary students for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are chosen based on their skills and ambitions in technology and computing, which they demonstrate through their computing experience, related activities, leadership roles, resilience in overcoming access barriers, and future goals. Since 2007, over 25,000 students have received the AiC Award.
2024 APPLICATIONS OPEN SEPTEMBER 22ND
The Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) is accepting applications for $40,000 scholarships until January 31, 2023. These scholarships are open to students majoring in STEM fields at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). FOSSI, with support from the chemical industry and partners such as the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Chemours, and The HBCU Week Foundation, is committed to advancing diversity in STEM professions. This initiative provides incoming first-year college students with the chance to contribute to the future of STEM education.
GEAR UP FOR YOU BE THE CHEMIST CHALLENGE
Calling all teachers of students in grades 5–8! Explore chemistry with the You Be The Chemist Challenge®. Register online beginning October 2nd for recognition, scholarships, and prizes. Top teams win an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Challenge in Houston, TX. Participation is free with in-person and virtual options. Teams of 3–4 will answer timed questions and create a themed video response where they will form a company with an innovative solution to a problem as part of the task. Join the March 2024 LSU Regional Competition for prizes and advancement. Contact Nicole Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
SEEK THE NSF GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
Attention college seniors! If you are considering applying for graduate school, now is the time to seek the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, a distinguished 3-year grant offering a stipend of $37,000 per year, alongside a $16,000 yearly allowance for educational costs — especially if you are pursuing disciplines endorsed by NSF:
Computer and Information Sciences
- Engineering (all subfields)
- Life Sciences
- Materials Research
- Mathematical Sciences
- Physics and Astronomy
- STEM Education and Learning Research
JOIN THE GULF SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The National Academies Gulf Scholars Program (GSP) strives to ready undergraduate students from any major to tackle challenges and issues in the Gulf South region. During a 10-week faculty-led Gulf Impact Project, Gulf Scholars, consisting of LSU students from various fields, enhance their confidence and teamwork abilities. They also broaden their understanding of Gulf communities and environments through excursions and local activities, guided by faculty mentors. Scholars will join the program in the fall and subsequently apply to a Gulf Impact Project in the spring.
LSU UPWARD BOUND SEEKS INSTRUCTORS
Upward Bound is pleased to announce a 4% increase in funding for the 2023–2024 academic year, enabling the program to enhance its support for students. In light of this positive development, Upward Bound is actively seeking dedicated LSU students to join as tutors and teaching professionals within the program. These individuals will play a crucial role in the tutoring initiative and academic Saturday sessions. If you or someone you know is interested in earning extra income while making a difference in the lives of students, please reach out to Dr. Leila Shaik-Villien at email@example.com or Stephanie Givens at firstname.lastname@example.org for position details and application instructions.
The AiC Educator Award identifies exemplary formal and informal educators who play a pivotal role in encouraging 9th–12th grade women, genderqueer, or non-binary students to explore their interests in computing and technology. The award recognizes these educators for their efforts to promote gender equity in computing. Since 2011, more than 500 educators have been recognized and have received more than $225,000 in professional development funding to improve their computing education skills.
T3 TINKERING TIME WITH TEACHERS
Young children are naturally captivated by objects that roll, using their curiosity to explore how different characteristics affect the way these objects move. This innate curiosity leads them to investigate various STEAM concepts like gravity, movement, friction, speed, force, and slope. In this engaging 2-hour STEAM workshop on Ramps and Rollers led by nationally recognized author and educator Cate Heroman, alongside the Learning Innovation team from Knock Knock Children’s Museum, teachers will experience hands-on activities designed to capture children's attention and encourage exploration of real-world motion phenomena. Taking place on September 26th, this workshop aims to engage children in scientific and engineering concepts, making learning a dynamic and interactive experience.
ENTER TO WIN SAMSUNG’S $2M STEM COMPETITION
Samsung invites public school teachers (and their students) nationwide to participate in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition, challenging students in grades 6–12 to apply STEM to community issues. Over the past 13 years, students have identified and tackled significant societal and environmental challenges, crafting STEM-based solutions for problems like food waste, urban decay, social inequality, mental health, and climate change. Easily submit your applications through Friday, October 27th, a process taking only about 2 minutes. Applicants can win a portion of $2 million in Samsung technology and classroom supplies during the competition.
OCTOBER 25, 2023
LSU PETE MARAVICH ASSEMBLY CENTER
Marking its silver anniversary in 2023, Ocean Commotion is a one-day, hands-on environmental showcase of Louisiana’s unique habitats. Now in its 25th year, it continues to offer students an opportunity to learn about coastal marshes and wetlands, invasive species, local ecosystems, boating safety, geology and wildlife. More than 60 presenters from private business, universities around the state, government agencies, and public, non-profit and private educational organizations participate as exhibitors each year.
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