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April I CAN STEM NJ Role Model Inductee Announced

This month's I CAN STEM NJ Role Model is Kamuran Soydam.  Kamuran is a STEM teacher and Coach for I-Learn Schools. We are honored to have him be an inductee of the 2022 I CAN STEM Class!
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Wakefern and Simbe to test cutting-edge shelf-scanning robot technology

Keasbey-based Wakefern Food Corp., the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the U.S., is launching a pilot program together with Simbe to deploy robots, named Tally, to its stores this year.

Tally autonomously roams store aisles up to three times per day, leveraging computer vision technology to collect highly accurate shelf data that ensures products are in-stock, in the correct location, and accurately priced on the sales floor. The company reported that Tally detects up to 10 times more out-of-stock products versus manual shelf checks. In turn, the inventory management duties handled by the robot free up store associates to focus on more engaging tasks such as customer service.

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MIT Scientists Reveal the Best Way to Twist Open an Oreo Cookie

The science is in: The creme filling in Oreo cookies is classified as "mushy," and it's very difficult to get it to stick to both sides when you twist one apart. 

"I had in my mind that if you twist the Oreos perfectly, you should split the creme perfectly in the middle," MIT researcher Crystal Owens said in a statement. "But what actually happens is the creme almost always comes off of one side."

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Don't Miss Out!

QUEST Professional Learning 2022

Register for QUEST by 4/15/22 for the discounted rate (Early Bird $250; after 4/15/22 fee is $300). Please see the exciting professional learning experiences being offered for K-12 STEM teachers through QUEST 2022 as we return to an in-person format this summer. 

This summer's QUEST includes Machine Learning: Discovering the Rules of Life through Images (6/26-7/1), Weather and Climate (6/27-7/1), and Climate Change: Exploring Solutions to a Complex Problem (7/5-7/8).

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TCNJ and HSMC PD

Join The College of New Jersey and the Hunterdon, Somerset, and Mercer County STEM Ecosystem on  June 1 from 9am-3pm for this professional learning event available to Pre-K through 5th grade teachers.

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Rutgers CS Hub Spring 2022 PD Registration Open!

The Rutgers CS Hub has a few upcoming teacher PD events that we wanted to share. Please send this information to anyone you know who might be interested in attending these workshops!

Each session will discuss the new NJ state standards and will offer fun and innovative ways to engage students with creative projects and activities. Please note, each session takes place over two Saturdays and both days are required to complete the workshop, so please only sign up if you can attend each! Stipends will be offered to those in attendance, and a bonus is available for contributing to the launch of a new lesson plan exchange!

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Coding Challenge 2022

Partnering with NJ Makers Day, WeMake 4-H presents a coding challenge for elementary and middle school students in NJ!

Challenge Theme:
This current pandemic has made us realize that technology can really be used to help us stay healthy. We invite the students to use either Scratch or HTML to make a project on “TECH & HEALTH”

Scratch is a programming tool designed by MIT, which uses colorful, snap-together blocks to create programs that can do anything from simulating games to playing movies! Similarly, HTML is the standard markup language for web pages.

Eligibility:This contest is open to NJ residents studying in elementary/middle school in grades 3-8.

Winning projects will be contacted through email by May 31st, 2022

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NJCCIC Cyberstart 2022

New for 2022, the NJCCIC is launching a mini competition exclusively for NJ students participating in CyberStart America!  With CSA-NJ, you'll develop key cyber skills playing the CyberStart challenges & win prizes from the NJCCIC.
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