Cricket Media to Digitally Distribute beanz Computer Science STEAM Content

MCLEAN, VA, UNITED STATES, May 27, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Cricket Media today announced a new partnership with Owl Hill Media, LLC that allows Cricket Media to distribute content from their magazine beanz through its Digital Asset Management (“DAM”) system on an exclusive basis. The addition of beanz articles to Cricket’s digital library will allow licensees, such as institutional, corporate and consumer customers, to access a new level of programming- and computer science-based content in one easy-to-use interface. With the addition of beanz, computer science, programming, and technology content are all available in one searchable database. Customers will have a one-stop-shop for easily accessible materials which can be used for assessment design, book publishing, curriculum development, and more.

 

“We are overjoyed with this opportunity to supplement our already STEM-rich cadre of content with a partner that focuses exclusively on technology, programming languages, math, and more—all written in a way which appeals to the core age-group of our audience,” says Bob Sanregret, Senior Vice President, Sales. “In the last decade, it’s become evident that teaching kids how to code is vital. With beanz content, we can introduce a new generation to these coding and programming concepts in an easy, accessible, and highly engaging manner.”

 

Cricket Media publishes nine award-winning magazines, which are unsurpassed in quality and breadth, relevant across cultures, and adaptable to multiple standards and pedagogies. Partners can currently license PreK–12 curricula, assessments, and educational products using Cricket Media’s digital asset library.

 

Beanz magazine is geared towards kids ages eight and older, teaching them about programming and computer science, learning to code, and how technology is used in our daily lives. Like Cricket Media, beanz has consistently been recognized for its high-quality content with numerous awards, including Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and the Academics’ Choice Award™. The topics beanz covers are distilled from the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) curriculum guidelines for teaching computer science.

 

“This is a beneficial partnership for both of us,” says Tim Slavin, publisher of beanz. “We have always admired the breadth and depth of Cricket Media’s titles, and their dedication to helping foster a love of learning from an early age. At beanz, we are hyper-focused on a specific area of that same endeavor—teaching kids, parents, teachers, and librarians about programming and computer science, as well as how technology fits into our daily lives. We try to make technology accessible, friendly, and fun. This complements what Cricket offers perfectly.”

 

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Cricket Media® (“Cricket”) is a global education company creating high-quality print and multimedia products for children, families, mentors, teachers, and partners that improve learning opportunities for everyone. Led by their 9 award-winning children’s magazines and their customizable research-tested collaborative learning platform, Cricket is committed to creating and supporting innovative learning experiences that help children safely explore and engage with their expanding world. Cricket’s digital asset library is unsurpassed in quality and breadth and ideal for standards-aligned educational products and assessments.

 

About beanz:
beanz magazine (beanzmag.com) is a bi-monthly online and print magazine about learning to code, computer science, and how we use technology in our daily lives. The magazine includes hard to find information, for example, a list of 40+ programming languages for education, coding schools, summer tech camps, and more. The magazine is written by a small community of teachers, technologists, and writers who love the challenge of exploring technology in ways kids and non-technical adults enjoy and understand.

 

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MENTOR Partners with Cricket Media’s CricketTogether to Expand Virtual Mentoring Portal

MENTOR Partners with Cricket Media’s CricketTogether to Expand Virtual Mentoring Portal

Free, secure platform now provides connection for children 12 and younger and their mentors during physical distancing

MCLEAN, VA, UNITED STATES, May 11, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — MENTOR is partnering with Cricket Media to bring CricketTogether to MENTOR’s new Virtual Mentoring Portal to support children age 12 and younger. Through the partnership, the Portal will provide CricketTogether, a safe, guided, and rich curriculum-based correspondence model for virtual mentoring, providing access for existing mentees age 12 and younger and their mentors to continue their relationship while they may be separated due to COVID-19.

 

“When it became clear that the pandemic and public health requirements meant physical distancing, we knew our number one job was to help mentoring programs ensure this would not lead to even more social disconnection and instability for our young people. To create a safe, urgent, and effective solution, we turned to trusted partners and proven experts to launch the Virtual Mentoring Portal, first with iCouldBe for teens and now with CricketTogether for kids 12 and under,” said David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR. “This allows us to support hundreds of organizations and thousands of young people by providing not just a technological platform but also proven and age-appropriate developmental content that helps grow minds and relationships at a time when effective tools for both are urgently needed.”

In a MENTOR survey of mentoring programs conducted in mid-March, more than 90 percent of respondents said a virtual mentoring tool would benefit them and the young people they serve. For programs that had not yet made the transition to virtual mentoring, three of the common barriers included liability, access to a safe virtual platform, and funding for technology. The Virtual Mentoring Portal is designed to address those three key concerns. MENTOR is actively fundraising to ensure the Virtual Mentoring Portal remains a no-cost tool while organizations face extraordinary circumstances.

 

“In this time of physical distancing, relationships matter now more than ever to drive belonging, connection, and stability. We must ensure that physical distance does not lead to disconnection and disorientation,” said David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR. “Whether they are facing inconvenience or instability, young people need us to show up for them.”

 

“Children, now more than ever, need the ongoing support and guidance of their mentors, who can provide continued care, connection and support of both their social-emotional and learning needs,” said Laura Woodside, Senior Vice President of Education Products at Cricket Media, “The CricketTogether team is honored to partner with MENTOR to support mentoring organizations impacted by physical distancing during the COVID19 crisis.”


Learn more about the Virtual Mentoring Portal at www.mentoring.org/VMP.

 

ABOUT MENTOR 
MENTOR is the unifying champion for quality youth mentoring in the United States. Our mission is to expand the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships nationwide. Potential is equally distributed; opportunity is not. A major driver of healthy development and opportunity is who you know and who’s in your corner. 30 years ago, MENTOR was created to expand that opportunity for young people by building a youth mentoring field and movement, serving as the expert and go-to resource on quality mentoring. The result is a more than 10-time increase in young people in structured mentoring relationships, from hundreds of thousands to millions. Today, we activate a movement across sectors that is diverse and broad and seeps into every aspect of daily life. We are connecting and fueling opportunity for young people everywhere they are from schools to workplaces and beyond.

 

About Cricket Media, Inc.
Cricket Media®, cricketmedia.com, a mission-based global education company known for creating high quality print and multi-media products that expand learning opportunities for everyone. Led by its 9 award-winning publications for children and customizable research-tested collaborative learning/eMentoring/tutoring platforms, the company is committed to making, building, and supporting innovative learning experiences with high-quality age-appropriate content.

 

About CricketTogether
CricketTogether provides a convenient, rewarding, and impactful approach to eMentoring: connecting mentors and students virtually across the U.S. in order to overcome geographic and socio-economic barriers. Matched pairs engage within a safe, structured and rich curriculum-based correspondence model that provides Grade 3-8 students in underserved communities with one-to-one ongoing academic and social-emotional support, giving each child the benefit of their own personal champion to help each child to discover and achieve their full potential.

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Cricket Media Wins 9 Gold Awards in 2020 Parents’ Choice Awards

All 9 children’s magazines receive top honors

MCLEAN, VA, USA, January 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Cricket Media, a global education media company, announced that all 9 of its magazines for toddlers through teens received gold medals in the 2020 Parents’ Choice Awards. Founded in 1978, the Parents’ Choice Awards is the nation’s oldest nonprofit program created to recognize quality in children’s media. Cricket Media continues to be the most-awarded children’s publisher, having received over 170 Parents’ Choice Awards over the years.

The product evaluation process for the Parents’ Choice awards is focused on evaluating educational value; benefits to a child’s social and emotional growth and well-being; and developmentally appropriate content, design, and function.

Judges praised all nine “outstanding, age-appropriate literary and science magazines” as “venerable-but-ever-fresh” and “thought-provoking and entertaining. Terrific stuff.” Judges also commended Cricket Media publications for “diverse, fun, and thoughtful content” by “accomplished, and often celebrated, authors and illustrators.” To read reviews of all award-winning children’s publications, please visit https://www.parentschoice.org/product-category/magazines/.

“We are honored to once again receive top honors from the Parents’ Choice Awards for all 9 of our children’s publications,” says Nina Zolt, founder of Cricket Media. “It inspires us to continuing creating engaging, high-quality content for children of all ages, everywhere.”

Cricket Media’s family of physical/digital magazines are designed for children pre-school through age 14, and the reading leveled content covers a range of standards-aligned topics, including science, history, literature and culture. Parents’ Choice Gold Award winners include BABYBUG (ages 0-3), LADYBUG (ages 3-6), CLICK (ages 3-6), SPIDER (ages 6-9), ASK (ages 6-9), CRICKET (ages 9-14), MUSE (ages 9-14), COBBLESTONE (ages 9-14), and FACES (ages 9-14).
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Cricket Media to Digitally Distribute OYLA Youth Science Content

MCLEAN, VA, UNITED STATES, December 20, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Cricket Media today announced a new partnership with OYLA Youth Science in New Zealand that allows Cricket Media to distribute content through its Digital Asset Management (“DAM”) system on an exclusive basis. The addition of OYLA Youth Science articles to Cricket’s digital library, will allow licensees, such as institutional, corporate and consumer customers, to access a new level of science-based content in one easy-to-use interface. With Cricket Media and OYLA Youth Science content in one searchable database, customers will have a wider range of selections in the K-12 grade levels, providing a one-stop-shop for easily accessible materials which can be used for assessment design, book publishing, curriculum development, and more.

“We are thrilled to bring the fascinating, science-based content found in OYLA’s products to U.S. educational consumers in the same, easy way they can access Cricket’s selection of content,” says Bob Sanregret, Senior Vice President, Sales. “OYLA’s focus on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts is a perfect complement to the stories, activities, illustrations, articles, poems, games, and more that Cricket Media is known for.”

Cricket Media publishes nine award-winning magazines, which are unsurpassed in quality and breadth, relevant across cultures, and adaptable to multiple standards and pedagogies. Partners can currently license PreK–12 curricula, assessments, and educational products using Cricket Media’s digital asset library.

“We sincerely believe in the bright future of science and our goal is to popularize science amongst the young generation.”

— Svetlana Strizheva, CEO of Auckland Entrepreneurs Group

OYLA Youth Science creates scientific books, articles, and products aimed at children age nine and older. Much like Cricket Media, OYLA Youth Science is distinguished for partnering with experts and professors to ensure the highest quality material, complete accuracy, and that each scientific concept is introduced with simple words along with informative graphics — making it easy for young readers to grasp.

“OYLA Youth Science and Cricket have similar goals in the education space. At OYLA Youth Science, we sincerely believe in the bright future of science and our goal is to popularize science amongst the young generation. By giving the U.S. educational consumer market another venue to easily discover and use our materials, we are one step closer to making that goal come true,” says Svetlana Strizheva, the CEO of Auckland Entrepreneurs Group (OYLA Youth Science project).

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About Cricket Media:
Cricket Media® (“Cricket”) is a global education company creating high-quality print and multimedia products for children, families, mentors, teachers, and partners that improve learning opportunities for everyone. Led by their 9 award-winning children’s magazines and their customizable research-tested collaborative learning platform, Cricket is committed to creating and supporting innovative learning experiences that help children safely explore and engage with their expanding world. Cricket’s digital asset library is unsurpassed in quality and breadth and ideal for standards-aligned educational products and assessments.

About OYLA Youth Science:
OYLA Youth Science (OYLA YS) (www.oyla-science.com) is an online English STEM-based school and scientific books designed for students (9+), as well as their parents. The focus and content of the books are based on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts. All articles and content are endorsed, prepared and proofread by professors and industry experts. The main distinctive feature of OYLA Youth Science books is that we explain complex subjects in simple words along with informative graphics which makes it easier for young readers. Contributors are recognized professors, teachers, scientists, industry experts, designers and so on, who have vast experiences and come from a variety of backgrounds.

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Cricket Media to Digitally Distribute TIME for Kids Content

MCLEAN, VA, USA, December 17, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Cricket Media today announced a new partnership with TIME for Kids, that allows Cricket Media to distribute TIME for Kids content through its digital library. The addition of TIME for Kids content—including a selection of articles available in both English and Spanish, as well as audio recordings—to Cricket’s library will allow licensees, such as institutional and corporate customers, to access thousands of topics across hundreds of issues, in one easy-to-use interface. With Cricket Media and TIME for Kids content in one searchable database, customers will have a wider range of selections in the PreK-12 grade levels, providing a one-stop-shop for current and easily accessible materials on a variety of topics, from politics and the environment to arts and culture. These can be used for assessment design, book publishing, curriculum development, and more.

“To have these two top names in children’s publishing working together is a big deal. This opportunity gives consumers in the educational market even more options to easily access and license top-quality content,” says Bob Sanregret, Senior Vice President, Sales. “The selection of material TIME for Kids provides is a perfect complement to the stories, activities, illustrations, articles, poems, games, and more for which Cricket Media is known.”

Cricket Media publishes nine award-winning magazines, which are unsurpassed in quality and breadth, relevant across cultures, and adaptable to multiple standards and pedagogies. Partners can currently license PreK–12 curricula, assessments, and educational products using Cricket Media’s digital asset library.

“This opportunity gives consumers in the educational market even more options to easily access and license top-quality content”

— Bob Sanregret, Senior VP, Sales (Cricket Media)

TIME for Kids publishes four grade-based publications focused on teaching kids to recognize and value authentic and trustworthy journalism. Each edition meets Common Core and state standards. The rich selection of articles, multimedia, and teaching resources from TIME for Kids will now be available through Cricket Media’s digital asset library.

“We are thrilled to join with Cricket Media to expand the reach of TFK’s trusted content and authentic journalism for kids and to bring value to both parents and educators,” says Andrea Delbanco, Editor-in-Chief of TIME for Kids.

About Cricket Media:
Cricket Media® (“Cricket”) is a global education company creating high-quality print and multimedia products for children, families, mentors, teachers, and partners that improve learning opportunities for everyone. Led by their 9 award-winning children’s magazines and their customizable research-tested collaborative learning platform, Cricket is committed to creating and supporting innovative learning experiences that help children safely explore and engage with their expanding world. Cricket’s digital asset library is unsurpassed in quality and breadth and ideal for standards-aligned educational products and assessments.

About TIME for Kids:
TIME for Kids (“TFK”) engages students with authentic journalism, inspires them to join the national discourse on current topics, and provides teachers with valuable resources for the classroom. TFK was founded in 1995 and has been a trusted source of news ever since. TFK offers four grade-specific editions. Edition K–1 and Edition 2 publish 28 issues per year, with magazines arriving in a monthly bundle. Each issue gets students excited about reading and helps build early literacy skills. Edition 3–4 and Edition 5–6 publish 24 weekly issues. The magazines build informational-reading skills, helping students to better understand our complex world and become informed and active citizens.

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Schneider Electric launches innovative new STEM eMentoring pilot program

Schneider Electric partners with TryEngineering Together to connect employees with students, inspire greater interest in STEM

BOSTON, MA, USA, November 6, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Schneider Electric, the leader of digital transformation in energy management and automation, today launched an eMentoring pilot program, TryEngineering Together, to inspire a passion for STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – among students for the future. The virtual mentoring pilot program will pair 25 Schneider Electric eMentors from locations around the country with students in grades 3-5 to share their experience and collaborate on STEM-focused classroom projects.


Co-created by IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization advancing technology for humanity, and Cricket Media, Inc., a global education company, TryEngineering Together is a platform for employee volunteers to inspire students in under-resourced communities and help educate them on STEM-based topics. The program uses a safe and secure two-way digital platform through which employees share their STEM expertise with students as they collaboratively work through a tailored curriculum and virtually discuss hands-on activities.


As mentors, Schneider Electric employees are able to share their vast knowledge and practical experiences with students to spark their interest in STEM and build their confidence for the future.”

— Marta Heinrich, Schneider Electric


“As mentors, Schneider Electric employees are able to share their vast knowledge and practical experiences with students to spark their interest in STEM and build their confidence for the future,” said Marta Heinrich, Global Operational Transformation Leader, Schneider Electric. “By forming a real-life connection to their mentor in a STEM profession, we hope to inspire this generation of students to become our next generation of engineers, scientists and technical professionals.”


Due to a lack of role models and mentors, many young people, especially girls and minorities, do not picture themselves as able to have a successful STEM career. In fact, research shows that by eighth grade nearly 50 percent of students lose interest in STEM or deem it irrelevant to their education or career plans. As a result, sparking students’ interest in STEM and building their confidence before completing middle school is imperative to ensure an active pursuit of an education that leads to a career in the STEM field. TryEngineering Together addresses this critical issue by engaging students with professionals who can help connect STEM education with its application in the real world. More than two-thirds of the nearly 30 Schneider Electric eMentor volunteers are women in STEM/Engineering-related roles. This eMentoring program aligns with the digital focus of Schneider Electric by leveraging new technologies to reach students who were previously unreachable through traditional mentoring programs. This opens new opportunities to participating students from under-serviced schools who may not know anyone in a STEM career field or otherwise be exposed to STEM activities. The program pairs that exposure with the guidance and encouragement needed for students to explore STEM activities which can potentially lead to careers in STEM.


Schneider Electric eMentors will serve as the students’ learning partners. Once the teacher selects a unit, the students are then empowered to pick an article from the online library to read in tandem with their eMentors. This article serves as an introduction to and jumping off point for students’ explorations of the STEM topic at hand and is then supplemented in the classroom with further discussions and related hands-on activities. Throughout the unit, students and eMentors exchange letters discussing what they are learning, posing and answering questions, and seeking advice about how to integrate the designs they put together for their hands-on activities. In addition, eMentors are encouraged to share information about their lives, their educational backgrounds and careers, as well as how they developed their passion for STEM.


About IEEE

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice in a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers, and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power, and consumer electronics. Learn more at http://www.ieee.org.


About Cricket Media | Cricketmedia.com

Cricket Media® is a global education company creating high-quality print and multi-media products for children, families, mentors, teachers, and partners that improve learning opportunities for everyone. Led by our 10 award-winning children’s magazines and our customizable research-tested collaborative learning platform, we are committed to creating and supporting innovative learning experiences that help children safely explore and engage with their expanding world.


About Schneider Electric

At Schneider, we believe access to energy and digital is a basic human right. We empower all to make the most of their energy and resources, ensuring Life Is On everywhere, for everyone, at every moment.
We provide energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. We combine world-leading energy technologies, real-time automation, software and services into integrated solutions for Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries.


We are committed to unleash the infinite possibilities of an open, global, innovative community that is passionate about our Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered values.
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Cricket Media Announces Partnership with Follett to Shape the Future of Literacy with Online Mentoring

CricketTogether connects Westchester Intermediate School students with Follett volunteers

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA, USA, October 10, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Cricket Media today announced a new partnership with Follett Corporation, a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content, to provide online mentoring services to students at Westchester Intermediate School in Westchester, Illinois. This partnership will use the innovative eMentoring program “CricketTogether” to help Follett accomplish their goal of improving literacy for students from their first day of school through college graduation and beyond.


 

“CricketTogether gives Follett a flexible way to mobilize their team members as volunteers to these students. They’ll be able to both inspire students and increase a child’s love of reading.”

— Laura Woodside, VP of Education Products, Cricket Media.

 

CricketTogether is a proven and award-winning learning program that teaches students critical thinking and improves literacy skills preparing students for 21st century jobs and learning opportunities. Through this eMentoring program, Follett team members will be able to read stories with students as they collaboratively work through high-quality curriculum and discuss how the story concepts relate to the world around them.


“Follett team members want to give back, and especially want to be able to share their expertise with the next generation,” notes Laura Woodside, the Vice President of Education Products, for Cricket Media. “CricketTogether gives Follett a flexible way to mobilize their team members as volunteers to these students. They’ll be able to both inspire students and increase a child’s love of reading, all without leaving their desks.”


Because interactions are conducted through an online platform, eMentoring eliminates many of the challenges that make traditional mentoring inefficient for Follett’s team members. It’s a convenient and effective way to exchange valuable knowledge, skills and experiences with students despite distance or time barriers.


“I love the idea of the powerful connection that will develop between the students and our Follett mentors as they form a virtual learning friendship,” said Follett President and CEO Pat Connolly. “This eMentoring partnership speaks directly to Follett’s Purpose of ‘improving the world by inspiring learning and shaping education’ and will help our team members promote literacy as they connect and interact with their mentees throughout the school year.”


The benefits of this new partnership include:

    • Helping to spark critical thinking and encourage a lifelong love of learning
    • Enabling employee participation from any location, at any time, taking only 2-3 hours per month
    • Increasing the self-confidence and motivation of both mentors and mentees


To learn more about CricketTogether’s eMentoring options, visit their website at
cricketmedia.com/meet-crickettogether.


Cricket Media® is a global education company creating high-quality print and multi-media products for children, families, mentors, teachers, and partners that improve learning opportunities for everyone. Led by our 10 award-winning children’s magazines and our customizable research-tested collaborative learning platform, we are committed to creating and supporting innovative learning experiences that help children safely explore and engage with their expanding world.


Follett Corporation is a leading global source of educational materials, digital content, eCommerce, and multi-media for libraries, schools and institutions. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett provides education technology, services and physical and digital content to millions of students at 70,000 schools, and more than 2,700 physical locations and campus eCommerce platforms in North America. Through Baker & Taylor, Follett’s reach also extends to the public library markets.

Thomas Kline, VP of Communications
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Winning Entries Announced in Smithsonian—Cricket Media’s 8th Annual Spark!Lab Dr. InBae Yoon Invent It Challenge

More than 564 Students, through individual and team entries, submitted pioneering inventions to help improve and enhance the lives of older adults.

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, May 24, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Aging affects people’s ability to stay socially engaged, mentally and physically active, and complete everyday tasks, but if the highly original concepts and inventions proposed by students around the globe as part of the 8th Annual Spark!Lab Dr. InBae Yoon Invent It Challenge are any indicator, help is on its way. Cricket Media, in partnership with the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s challenge, which received more than 250 entries from across U.S., South America, Asia, and Europe.

The challenge asked students ages 5–18 to think about a real-world way to help older adults and to devise new, ground-breaking inventions to achieve these goals. For their entries, students were required to follow a seven-step invention process, including identifying a problem, conducting research, sketching their ideas, building a prototype, testing the product, refining it, and marketing it to potential users. The eight winners—four individuals and four teams—and 20 honorable mentions were evaluated by a panel of judges from the Smithsonian, AARP, and Cricket Media.

“[Older adults] love to garden … gardening is good for relaxing, exercising, combating loneliness, and spending time with the family or the community,” say 15-year-old Delaney and Makenzie, inventors of the “Pop Up Planter.” This hydraulic-powered garden bed helps those with limited mobility improve physical, social, and mental health. Addressing the issue of decreased food consumption due to age or medical conditions such as strokes, 11-year-old Ravindu’s Temp Plate is meant to help older adults – who tend to eat more slowly than others – with a means to keep their food warm. Virtual Me, created by 10-year-old Kavi, is an innovative robotic technology that integrates artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality technology to help older people who live apart from family members to get the emotional support and personal connection they need.

This group of winners, the honorable mentions, and all the submittals reflect Dr. Yoon’s legacy and vision, including his idea that ‘invention is a state of mind.”

— Sharon Klotz, Head of Invention Education, Lemelson Center

The winners of the team 5–7 age category built Pop Out Stairs, a multipurpose cane that contains a set of foldable stairs, to enable older adults to “feel safe when reaching things up high.” Sophia, winner of the individual 14–21 age category, invented The Helping Hand, a device that helps older adults with arthritis maintain proper oral hygiene. People can slip their hand into a glove that is fitted with various tools for brushing, cleaning, and flossing their teeth, eliminating the need to grip toothbrushes or small pieces of floss.

This year, the two amazing inventions that won the ePals Choice Award, with both receiving tens of thousands of online votes, are the “FIG” created by a team of 11- to 13-year-olds and “The Craw” created by a team of 8-10-year-olds. The “FIG” provides older adults with an easy way to garden indoors and “The Craw” assists older adults in picking up objects off the ground while also serving as a safety light.

“These young inventors have taken the time to research and understand the complexities of aging and have devised brilliant inventions to assist and empower the aging population,” says Laura Woodside, Vice President of Education Products at Cricket Media. “We are proud to showcase their inventions on our global platform. Their work is evidence of their innovative thinking, impressive creativity and their admirable desire to improve the quality life for all.”

“The winning entries reflected not only innovative ideas but also the inventive process.” says Sharon Klotz, Head of Invention Education for the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. “In fact, the process skills – iterative design, collaboration, prototyping, tweaking based on feedback – are lifelong skills applicable in any context. This group of winners, the honorable mentions, and all the submittals reflect Dr. Yoon’s legacy and vision, including his idea that ‘invention is a state of mind.’

Complete List of Individual Winners, by Age:
• Ages 5–7: The Tomato Picker– Brendan D. (Virginia)
• Ages 8–10: Virtual Me – Kavi S. (California)
• Ages 11–13: Temp Plate – Ravindu K. (Connecticut)
• Ages 14+: The Helping Hand – Sophia I. (Missouri)
Complete List of Team Winners, by Age:
• Team Ages 5–7: The Pop Out Stairs (New York)
• Team Ages 8–10: The Craw (New York)
• Team Ages 11–13: Fig (New Jersey)
• Team Ages 14+: Pop Up Planter (Missouri)
Videos and other details of the top winning inventions and honorable mentions are available here. Age-specific prizes available to the winners include a hands-on behind-the-scenes tour of Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. that includes consultation with representatives from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, among many other prizes. Honorable mentions will receive a one-year digital subscriptions to any Cricket Media magazine.

ABOUT THE YOON FAMILY The Spark!Lab Dr. InBae Yoon Invent It Challenge is a collaboration between the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and Cricket Media. The challenge is named in honor of Dr. InBae Yoon, a Korean American inventor who passionately believed that everyone is inventive. His lifelong commitment to drawing, tinkering, and prototyping his ideas resulted in over 200 U.S. patents. The Spark!Lab Dr. InBae Yoon Invent It Challenge celebrates his legacy as an inventor and educator and aims to inspire the next generation of innovators.

ABOUT CRICKET MEDIA Cricket Media® is a global education company creating high-quality print and multimedia products for children, families, mentors, teachers, and partners that improve learning opportunities for everyone. Led by our 11 award-winning children’s magazines and our customizable research-tested collaborative learning platform, we are committed to creating and supporting innovative learning experiences that help children safely explore and engage with their expanding world.

ABOUT SPARK!LAB Spark!Lab is a hands-on invention activity space operated by the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The Lemelson Center engages, educates, and empowers the public to participate in technological, economic, and social change. Through historical research, educational initiatives, exhibitions, and public programming, the Center advances new perspectives on invention and innovation and fosters interactions between the public and inventors.

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TryEngineering Together Named SIIA Education Technology 2019 CODiE Award Finalist for Best Instructional Solution

TryEngineering Together earns prestigious industry recognition

MCLEAN, VA, USA, May 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Cricket Media today announced that TryEngineering Together was named a 2019 SIIA CODiE Award finalist for the Best Instructional Solution. Award finalists represent applications, products, and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the PreK-12 sector.

TryEngineering Together is a unique eMentorship platform giving schools an innovative, virtual way to connect STEM professionals with students in grades 3-5 to inspire and educate the next generation of engineers, scientists, and technical professionals. Co-developed by Cricket Media and IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association advancing technology for humanity, this program brings together the best in instructional technology and STEM education.

Providing STEM role models to students in under-resourced school districts can help these kids imagine a future they might not have considered before.”

— Jamie Moesch, Managing Director of IEEE Educational Activities

“Given the singular nature of CODiE as the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program, being a CODiE finalist is truly meaningful”, stated Laura Woodside, VP Education Products at Cricket Media. “The award further affirms how the TryEngineering Together STEM eMentoring platform is uniquely suited to connect STEM professionals with students at scale, across the United States. The platform’s robustness, safety and security are key alongside the engaging STEM curriculum in enabling an impactful and convenient learning experience for eMentors, students and teachers.”

“Providing STEM role models to students in under-resourced school districts can help these kids imagine a future they might not have considered before,” said Jamie Moesch, Managing Director of IEEE Educational Activities. “We are truly honored to have the TryEngineering Together platform recognized as a finalist, because we believe that this virtual platform removes barriers, and gives us greater opportunity to reach more children with a STEM mentor.”

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries and have recognized product excellence for more than 30 years. The awards offer 76 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology. TryEngineering Together was honored as one of 139 finalists across the 32 education technology categories.

“The 2019 CODiE Award finalists represent the finest in innovation and creativity in educational technology,” said Jeff Joseph, President of SIIA. “These breakthrough products are opening doors for learners of all ages by developing and utilizing new technologies to respond to diverse student and educator needs.”
The SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program. Educators and administrators serve as judges and conduct the first-round review of all education nominees. Their scores determine the SIIA CODiE Award finalists, and SIIA members then vote on the finalist products. The scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners.
Winners will be announced during a CODiE Award Celebration at the Ed Tech Industry Conference & CODiE Awards in San Francisco on June 11, 2019.

Details about each finalist are listed at https://www.siia.net/codie/2019-Finalists.

TryEngineering Together is seeking additional corporate sponsors for the 2019-20 school year to cover the demand from schools wanting STEM eMentors. Interested companies are encouraged to reach out and play a role in eMentoring the next generation of STEM professionals!

About TryEngineering Together
As part of the global commitment to develop a robust STEM workforce for the future, Cricket Media, Inc. and IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization advancing technology for humanity, partnered to create TryEngineering Together. Launched in January, 2018 TryEngineering provides a unique eMentorship platform giving companies a resource to mobilize their employees as volunteers to inspire and educate the next generation of engineers, scientists and technical professionals. For more information, visit TryEngineeringTogether.com.

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards
The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence. For more information, visit siia.net/CODiE.

About Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)
SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. Industry leaders work through SIIA’s divisions to address issues and challenges that impact their industry segments with the goal of driving innovation and growth for the industry and each member company. This is accomplished through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations. For more information, visit siia.net.

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SIIA Communications Contact:
Benjamin Price
703.909.4034
bprice@siia.net

Laura Woodside
Cricket Media
+1 703-885-3417
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Northrop Grumman Foundation Announces Innovative STEM eMentoring Program

TryEngineering Together will connect 170 middle school students to Northrop Grumman employee volunteers.

MCLEAN, VA, UNITED STATES, April 9, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — McLean, Virginia, April 9, 2019 – The Northrop Grumman Foundation, in partnership with Cricket Media and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), is expanding its commitment to providing students with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities by implementing an innovative eMentoring program, TryEngineering Together.

Launching in the fall of 2019, TryEngineering Together will pair students in grades 6-8 with 170 Northrop Grumman volunteers who will mentor students virtually. The program uses a safe and secure two-way digital platform, which was co-designed by Cricket Media and IEEE. Through this eMentoring program, employees will be able to share their STEM expertise with students as they collaboratively work through high-quality curriculum and discuss hands-on activities.

“Employees sharing their individual STEM experiences and career paths could have a tremendous impact on students who may not have exposure to STEM professionals and personal guidance,” said Stephanie Fitzsimmons, K-12 STEM education programs manager, Northrop Grumman. “A key advantage of the TryEngineering Together program is its convenience for employees to effectively provide valuable advice, lessons and feedback to students, regardless of where either are located.”

Employees sharing their individual STEM experiences and career paths could have a tremendous impact on students who may not have exposure to STEM professionals and personal guidance.”

— Stephanie Fitzsimmons, Northrop Grumman

Research shows that by eighth grade nearly 50 percent of students lose interest in STEM or deem it irrelevant to their education or career plans. As a result, sparking students’ interest in STEM and building their confidence before completing middle school is imperative to ensure an active pursuit of the STEM field. TryEngineering Together hopes to address this critical issue by engaging students with professionals who can help connect STEM’s application in the real world.

“This unique mentoring program is an excellent way for our employees, who are eager to volunteer, to support and champion STEM education virtually in communities where we work and live,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, president, the Northrop Grumman Foundation and vice president of global corporate responsibility, Northrop Grumman. “eMentors are provided with the training, content and resources needed to create a successful and rewarding mentoring experience.”

The TryEngineering Together program offers a series of units on current standards-aligned STEM topics such as flight, engineering careers and wind energy. The curriculum includes career profiles of Northrop Grumman employees, articles from Cricket Media’s STEM magazines and hands-on engineering activities designed by IEEE.

eMentors will serve as the students’ learning partners. Once the teacher selects a unit, the students are then empowered to pick an article from the online library to read in tandem with their eMentors. This article serves as an introduction to and jumping off point for students’ explorations of the STEM topic at hand and is then supplemented in the classroom with further discussions and related hands-on activities. Throughout the unit, students and eMentors exchange letters discussing what they are learning, posing and answering questions, and seeking advice about how to integrate the designs they put together for their hands-on activities. In addition, eMentors are encouraged to share information about their lives, their educational backgrounds and careers, as well as how they developed their passion for STEM.

“The most rewarding part of being an eMentor is the relationship that develops over the course of the academic year,” believes Laura Woodside, Vice President Education Products at Cricket Media. “The eMentors expand students’ worlds beyond their neighborhoods, motivate students to understand and realize their own potential and give them an invaluable real-life connection in a STEM profession.”

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About Cricket Media
Cricket Media® is a global education company creating high-quality print and multi-media products for children, families, mentors, teachers, and partners that improve learning opportunities for everyone. Led by our 10 award-winning children’s magazines and our customizable research-tested collaborative learning platform, we are committed to creating and supporting innovative learning experiences that help children safely explore and engage with their expanding world.

About Northrop Grumman Foundation
Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation are dedicated to expanding and enhancing sustainable science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education opportunities for students globally. In 2018, the organizations contributed nearly $20 million to diverse, STEM-focused organizations and programs. Our partnerships focus on engineering and technology-based initiatives that excite, engage and educate students and provide professional development opportunities for their teachers, with an emphasis on middle school and university level programs. Defending cyber networks, engineering autonomous vehicles and exploring space are some of the capabilities students develop as they experience the excitement of STEM through programs supported by Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Initiatives such as the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy provide professional development opportunities for STEM teachers, who inspire students to pursue STEM careers.

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Vic Beck
Northrop Grumman Corporation
(703) 280-4456
Vic.Beck@NGC.com

Laura Woodside
Cricket Media
+1 703-885-3417
email us here