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One of the programs in STEMConnect is linking classrooms with real-life labs. Photo: STEMConnect
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Intersection: STEMConnect


STEMConnect is a program that brings high-tech resources into middle and high school classrooms. The program, started by Florida’s High Tech Corridor hopes to get students interested in STEM at a young age.
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Brothers Isaac and Jacob Matthew show off a photo album of STEM related activities they’ve participated in with the Orange County Library System. Photo: Brendan Byrne
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NASA Taps Orange County Library For New Recruits


Future NASA astronauts or engineers may come from your local library. The space administration is looking to the Orange County Library System for new recruits and the chance to create a more diverse workforce in the fields of science and engineering.
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Intersection: Friday News Round Table


Orlando re-elected Mayor Buddy Dyer on Tuesday night. Meanwhile UCF’s plans for a downtown campus got a boost from Orange County, with commissioners approving 3 million in funding. The theme park wars spill into I- Drive, with a stand- off over plans for a big rollercoaster. And an elementary school’s plan for a STEM night draws criticism from supporters of girls in science.
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Around 400 girls participated in last year’s “Women in Aviation” event. Photo: Embry-Riddle
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Embry-Riddle Hosts All-Girls STEM Day


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University wants to get more young girls involved in math and science. So it’s giving middle school girls in Volusia and Flagler counties a chance Tuesday to explore careers in engineering and science.
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Lockheed Martin Grant For STEM Programs


Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin, which has a large local presence, will give a $2 million multi-year grant to support the expansion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, programs for Orange County Public Schools. It’s a move Lockheed Martin hopes will build interest in technology careers. The firm wants to hire 100,000 engineers in the next 15 years, and according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM jobs are expected to grow 17 percent by 2018. Based on that, 1.2 million STEM job won’t be filled due to a lack of skilled workers.
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