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Help Project Tomorrow Win $5K!


Vote online from October 26 – October 30, 2015

Project Tomorrow is a finalist in the Cox Cares $5k Giveaway social media competition that will award $5,000 to a deserving Orange County nonprofit organization.

We need your help this week! From today through October 30, vote for Project Tomorrow in the Cox Cares $5k Giveaway social media competition and help us receive $5,000! Voting is simple and will take only five minutes of your time. There are two ways to vote:

Cox Cares website

1. Visit http://cox-cares.org/-5k-giveaway.html.
2. Choose Orange County from the dropdown menu.
3. Click on “Project Tomorrow” to vote!

Twitter

1. Visit http://twitter.com/CoxCalifornia.
2. Retweet their tweet with Project Tomorrow’s name.
3. Spread the word – each retweet counts as a vote!

Thank you for supporting Project Tomorrow!

— The Project Tomorrow Team

About Project Tomorrow 
The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. To learn more about Project Tomorrow, please visit tomorrow.org.

About Cox Cares Foundation 
The philanthropic arm of Cox Communications, the Cox Cares Foundation, is funded by employee payroll donations that are matched by the company. The foundation provides scholarships to students, grants to non-profit organizations, and funds programs that improve the quality of life for children and families throughout Southern California. For more information about the Cox Cares Foundation, visit www.cox-cares.org.

Registration for the 6th Annual Youth Leadership Summit is now open!

WHAT?
The “Leading the Way: Youth Leadership Summit for Math & Science” is a unique opportunity for Orange County’s high school students to share their ideas on how to improve math and science education and to learn about how math and science proficiency is increasingly a critical skill for many current and future jobs in Orange County. This interactive, half-day summit will empower students to explore careers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and provide these students with valuable information about the workforce development trends in the county and what they need to do to be well prepared for the jobs of the future. Additionally, through working group discussions, we will capture the students’ ideas on how to improve K-12 math and science education and thus, Orange County’s economic future.

WHEN?
Saturday, October 24th, 2015 from 8:45am to 2:00 pm

WHERE?
Edwards Lifesciences Global Headquarters, 1 Edwards Way, Irvine, CA 92614

WHO?
200 of Orange County’s best and brightest high school students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math, and serve as representatives from their
high schools. Panel discussions with representatives from a diversified set of OC companies and engineers on the role of math and science in their industry, and their expectations for employees in the future. Break-out sessions and tabletop exhibits to introduce students to local STEM career opportunities and college programs.

WHY?
Statewide, California reports that in 2020, the number of jobs requiring a college degree will outstrip the number of jobs which do not, with most of those jobs being STEM-related. Additionally, 45% of today’s current science and engineering workforce will retire within the next few years. It is also becoming increasingly apparent that science and math proficiency are the new “must-haves” for jobs outside of the usual STEM fields including positions in the hospitality, construction and services sectors. To be prepared to become part of the new OC workforce, today’s students must receive a world-class science and math education, and understand what is needed both in terms of skill development and educational attainment to compete for these new OC jobs.

HOW?
Participation by the invited high school students is 100% underwritten through corporate sponsorship funds provided by our Summit sponsors and includes a specially prepared packet of information and resources for the students, continental breakfast and lunch.

For information about the Summit, sponsorship or speaking opportunities, or to discuss ways for your company or organization to be involved, please contact Kelly Moriarty at kmoriarty@tomorrow.org or 949-609-4660.

For more information about the event and how to register, please visit our website: Youth Leadership Summit

Nominations for the 2015 Innovation in Education Awards close TONIGHT!

Orange County, CA students, teachers, and schools – you have until TONIGHT to submit your nominations for the 2015 Innovation in Education Awards! Click here to nominate yourself or others for a chance to win up to $1,000 (teachers and schools) or $1,500 (students)!
 
Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to win an award/scholarship for yourself or your school! Now in its 10th year, this award and scholarship opportunity celebrates and showcases school programs, educators, and students for their innovative use of science, math, or technology in the classroom and community. We are seeking nominations from schools throughout Orange County, CA in the following three categories:
  • Innovative School-Wide Program ($1,000 Winner Award, $250 Finalist Award)
  • High Impact Teacher ($1,000 Award, $250 Finalist Award)
  • Emerging Student Innovator ($1,500 Scholarship, $500 Finalist Scholarship)
We highly encourage all schools, teachers, and students with a passion for STEM to submit nominations! Click here to view the nomination forms. If you have any questions, please contact our Innovation Awards team at innovation@tomorrow.org. Find out more about the Innovation in Education Awards on our website: http://tomorrow.org/programs/innovationawards.html 

Last chance! Nominations for the 2015 Innovation Awards close TODAY!

Today is your last chance to submit your nominations for the 2015 Innovation Awards! Click here to nominate yourself or others for a chance to win up to $1,000 (teachers and schools) or $1,500 (students)!
 
Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to win an award/scholarship for yourself or your school! Now in its 10th year, this award and scholarship opportunity celebrates and showcases school programs, educators, and students for their innovative use of science, math, or technology in the classroom and community. We are seeking nominations from schools throughout Orange County, CA in the following three categories:
  • Innovative School-Wide Program ($1,000 Winner Award, $250 Finalist Award)
  • High Impact Teacher ($1,000 Award, $250 Finalist Award)
  • Emerging Student Innovator ($1,500 Scholarship, $500 Finalist Scholarship)
We highly encourage all schools, teachers, and students with a passion for STEM to submit nominations! Click here to view the nomination forms. If you have any questions, please contact our Innovation Awards team at innovation@tomorrow.org. Find out more about the Innovation in Education Awards on our website: http://tomorrow.org/programs/innovationawards.html 

Nominations for the Innovation Awards close TOMORROW!

Are you a student, teacher, or school administrator in Orange County, CA? Or do you know an innovative student, teacher, or school administrator? If so, nominate yourself and/or others for this award and scholarship opportunity! Nominations for the Innovations Awards close TOMORROW!
 

The Project Tomorrow Innovation in Education Awards recognizes schools, educational leaders, and students for their innovative uses of science, math and technology in the classroom and community. The 2015 Innovation Award categories are:

  • Innovative School-Wide Program ($1,000 Winner Award, $250 Finalist Award)
  • High Impact Teacher ($1,000 Award, $250 Finalist Award)
  • Emerging Student Innovator ($1,500 Scholarship, $500 Finalist Scholarship)

The Project Tomorrow 2015 Innovation in Education Awards will be presented at the 22nd Annual High-Tech Innovation Awards dinner reception this fall in conjunction with OC Tech Alliance’s own corporate awards on October 8, 2015 at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. This high profile event attracts over 300 business and community leaders each year. Award finalists and a guest will be hosted at the reception. Award recipients will receive regional and national recognition through both online and traditional media outlets. In addition, all finalists will receive funding to use to expand a science, math or technology program in their classroom.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity! Click here to view the nomination forms. If you have any questions, please contact our Innovation Awards team at innovation@tomorrow.org. Find out more about the Innovation in Education Awards on our website: http://tomorrow.org/programs/innovationawards.html 

Last call – nominations for the Innovation Awards close in THREE days!

Nominations for the Innovation Awards close in THREE days! Don’t miss out on this award and scholarship opportunity. Nominate yourself or others today, and remind your students to nominate themselves too!

Now in its 10th year, this award and scholarship opportunity celebrates and showcases school programs, educators, and students for their innovative use of science, math, or technology in the classroom and community. We are seeking nominations from schools throughout Orange County in the following three categories:

  • Innovative School-Wide Program ($1,000 Winner Award, $250 Finalist Award)
  • High Impact Teacher ($1,000 Award, $250 Finalist Award)
  • Emerging Student Innovator ($1,500 Scholarship, $500 Finalist Scholarship)
 

Click here to view the nomination forms. If you have any questions, please contact our Innovation Awards team at innovation@tomorrow.org. Find out more about the Innovation in Education Awards on our website: http://tomorrow.org/programs/innovationawards.html 

Orange County, CA students, teachers, and schools: nominations for the Innovation Awards close next week!

 

Nominations for the Innovation Awards close next week. Don’t miss out on this award and scholarship opportunity. Nominate yourself or other innovators today!

Now in its 10th year, this award and scholarship opportunity celebrates and showcases school programs, educators, and students for their innovative use of science, math, or technology in the classroom and community. We are seeking nominations from schools throughout Orange County in the following three categories

  • Innovative School-Wide Program ($1,000 Winner Award, $250 Finalist Award)
  • High Impact Teacher ($1,000 Award, $250 Finalist Award)
  • Emerging Student Innovator ($1,500 Scholarship, $500 Finalist Scholarship)

Click here to view the nomination forms. If you have any questions, please contact our Innovation Awards team at innovation@tomorrow.org. Find out more about the Innovation in Education Awards on our website: http://tomorrow.org/programs/innovationawards.html 

Project Tomorrow’s 2013 High Impact Teacher of the Year featured in a Super Bowl ad

If you were one of the 111 million people who watched the Super Bowl last Sunday, you probably saw Microsoft’s ad which portrayed the company’s role in helping a deaf woman to hear, a surgeon to operate successfully, and students to learn by enabling them to connect with other students from across the country.

While Scott Bedley’s fifth-graders from Plaza Vista School in Irvine, CA were only featured in the ad long enough for them to scream, “Hi!”, the brief clip actually comes from a longer online advertisement that focuses solely on the students playing one of their several classroom games: Mystery Skype. Through Mystery Skype, the students are able to use the program to meet classrooms from other areas; however, neither classroom knows where the other is located and they must guess the other’s state by asking about geography, climate, and culture.

Mystery Skype isn’t the only way the students use technology in the classroom – Bedley’s fifth graders have also video chatted with the lead paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, recreated famous buildings and landmarks through the block-building computer game Minecraft, and have used Google Docs to tutor younger students.

Not only were his students able to learn by connecting with others through technology, but Bedley was as well. “[Mystery Skype] is a game that I learned about from different educators that I connected with on Twitter,” he said. His quest to Skype with all 50 states caught Microsoft’s attention, who then asked if he would like to be a part of their campaign which focuses on how the company’s products can change lives. “I saw it as an opportunity to highlight some things that are innovative in education and share those with other teachers,” he said.

Bedley was recently named the 2014 Orange County Teacher of the Year and was the recipient of the 2013 Project Tomorrow’s High Impact Teacher in Science, Math & Technology Award, which acknowledged his influence in preparing his students to compete and thrive in the 21st century. He hopes that his highly-watched Super Bowl ad will inspire teachers to use technology in order to change the way they teach and ultimately teach their students “to excel beyond what is just traditional learning.”