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Sky Is the Limit for Imagination at This Year’s Tech Challenge: Asteroids Rock!

As we settle into spring, I’m anticipating an exciting annual event — The Tech Challenge at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California.  This is an amazing program that brings together thousands of students and gives them a chance to flex their engineering muscles.

In its 26th year, The Tech Challenge continues the mission to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education with the “Asteroids Rock!” project. In this year’s scenario, an unmanned spacecraft launched from Earth and landed on an asteroid. From there, it must transport 3 packages of delicate testing instruments to specified locations. The students must tackle this challenge with creativity and ingenuity.

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Visual Approach Helps Students Learn Math

April 15, 2013 at 10:21 am PST

The importance of improving math education is increasingly urgent. America ranks 25 out of 34 industrialized nations on math tests. Tomorrow’s jobs -- more than 8 million by 2018 -- will require skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

Cisco supports an organization, MIND Research Institute, that is using an innovative approach to improving math skills. MIND’s program presents math problems visually, which can show students why their answers are right, as well as why their answers are sometimes wrong. As students move through the math games at their own pace, they receive immediate, informative feedback on each interaction.

Today, about half a million children in 30 states are learning math with the Spatial Temporal Math program, or ST Math. MIND reports that on average, schools implementing ST Math improve their math proficiency as measured by their respective state-mandated tests, at two or three times the rate of their peers.

A student uses the ST Math program. Photo: MIND Research Institute

A student uses the ST Math program. Photo: MIND Research Institute

Cisco support has enabled MIND to, among other things, pilot ST Math with more than 4000 students at 14 schools in Arizona and convert ST Math to an online platform, which expanded the program’s reach from 55,000 students to nearly 500,000, an 800 percent increase, in 5 years.

Read more about the ST Math Program in a Huffington Post blog by MIND Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer Matthew Peterson.

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Winners of 2013 DoGooder Video Awards Announced

April 12, 2013 at 6:02 am PST

Today, four videos that were created to inspire social change were named the winners of the seventh annual DoGooder Video Awards.

The DoGooder Video Awards recognize the creative and effective use of video in promoting social good. The awards are organized by See3 Communications, the Nonprofit Technology Network, and YouTube. The winners were announced today at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As the sponsor of the DoGooder Video Awards, Cisco will provide a US$3500 cash prize to each of the following winners:

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Personal Interaction Drives Innovation and Collaboration

April 9, 2013 at 1:45 pm PST

skoll_worldforumMany technologies allow us to collaborate “virtually” today: email, instant messaging, texting, video conferencing, and desktop sharing to name a few. But regardless of what technologies we use, our interactions still rely on a basic element: other people.

Recently Cisco undertook a study of human behavior and the barriers to effective collaboration. The study showed that even in the digital age, collaboration is grounded in human relationships.

Harbrinder Kang, Cisco Sr. Director of Corporate Affairs, wrote about this topic for the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.

Continue to Harbrinder’s complete post on Forbes.com >>

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Cisco Supports Connected Collaboration at Skoll World Forum

April 8, 2013 at 9:26 am PST

skoll_worldforumCisco is the official technology sponsor for the prestigious Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship (SWF) happening April 9 to 12 at the University of Oxford in England.

The goal of the Forum is to help advance entrepreneurial approaches to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. SWF is an annual event with 1000 of the world’s most influential social impact thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, and the people and organizations who fund them from 65 countries. It is co-produced by the Skoll Foundation and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School in Oxford.

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