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New STEM Competition

Do you have an exciting partnership that brings STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) talent to students and teachers in our nation’s public schools? Do you know of new, innovative programs that could contribute to this movement? Can your skills and experience help share STEM content while showing students the exciting opportunities that STEM learning enables?

In partnership with Carnegie Corporation of New York and The Opportunity Equation, Ashoka’s Changemakers is hosting a competition to unleash the talent of professionals in STEM-related fields to engage students, particularly the highest-need students, in rich STEM learning. Partnering for Excellence: Innovations in Science + Technology + Engineering + Math Education, an online collaborative competition, will spur creative ways for companies, universities and other organizations with expertise in the STEM fields to partner with the public schools that need their talent.

Ashoka’s Changemakers is looking for models that bring STEM expertise into public schools, using resources from the private and not-for-profit sectors in new ways to further student learning designed with a “long-term, part-time” approach. Compelling entries will embed shared accountability for student achievement for both the partner organization and the school in their design.

Winners are eligible for more than $150,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. Ashoka’s Changemakers is partnering with distinguished leaders — the Jhumki Basu Foundation, Alcoa Foundation, Amgen Foundation, ExxonMobil Foundation, Google, The Mind Trust, AFT Innovation Fund and Noyce Foundation—to bring great STEM talent to schools.

Submit your innovative solutions by 5 p.m. EDT on August 3, 2011. This opportunity could help improve and expand an existing STEM program, or provide start-up funding for an initiative that is only in the “Idea phase.”

For more information, visit www.changemakers.com/stemeducation, or if you have any questions please contact Alex Beyard at abeyard@ashoka.org.

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