KC STEM Alliance July Report & News
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And, they're OFF...building solar cars and early STEM skills at Kearney School District's
Summer STEM Camp, sponsored in part by KC STEM Alliance. 
WANTED: Qualified STEM workers
This summer's hot employment topic continues to be the growing demand for STEM skilled workers. "Two recent reports really brought that message home for the KC region," said Laura Loyacono, Director of KC STEM Alliance. Prosperity at a Crossroads:Targeting Drivers of Economic Growth in Greater Kansas City, published by the Mid-America Regional Council and the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program; and STILL Searching: Job Vacancies and STEM skills, also from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, speak directly to the need for STEM education and training.

According to Brookings, 42% of job postings on KC metro company websites require STEM skills. "It's clear. Acquiring STEM knowledge and skill must be a significant part of this region's strategy to drive innovation and economic growth by raising the employability of our students – in every corner of our metro area," added Loyacono.  
That's why KC STEM Alliance is pleased to partner with Project Lead the Way, providing world-class curriculum
and high-quality professional development to teachers in 114 schools in 27 KC metro area school districts, plus private and charter school participation. "Regionally and state-wide, Missouri and Kansas schools will experience over 30% growth in program implementation this year," said Martha McCabe, Manager of STEM Initiatives at KC STEM Alliance, "with exceptional growth in the Launch elementary and Computer Engineering high school programs."  Read more about Missouri schools STEM growth.
KC STEM Alliance is committed to building confidence, along with STEM skills, for girls in our region. To learn how you can be a role model for Girls in STEM, email Martha McCabe.
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Greater KC FIRST® teams introduced robotics to curious learners of all ages at the
2014 Maker Faire Kansas City in Union Station.
The American Solar Challenge is a competition to design, build and race solar-powered cars in a cross-country time-distance rally event.

Cheer on this year's racing participants as they depart Black & Veatch World Headquarters on Friday, July 25 at 9:00 a.m. 

Black & Veatch is one of five stage stops along the route. Racers will begin charging their vehicle batteries using only solar power at 7:00 a.m. 

Find complete event and location details here
Thank you to our partners! Through your generous mentoring and contributions, KC STEM Alliance was able to help fund the following Summer STEM Camps.

• Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy
• Blue Springs Schools
• Center Schools
• Grandview Schools
• Kansas City, KS Schools
• KC PowerSource - Girls App Camp
• Kearney Schools
• Liberty Schools
• National Association of Women in Construction
• North Kansas City Schools
• Society of Women Engineers
• UMKC - Healthy KC Affinity Groups
Congratulations to Laura Bauer as she steps into her new role at KC STEM Alliance as FIRST Specialist–working to improve team communication for the full suite of FIRST programs.
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KC STEM Alliance is now seeking qualified individuals to support the implementation of the FIRST® regional robotics initiative in the Greater Kansas City area. Applications for FIRST LEGO® League Affiliate Partner and KC FIRST Regional Director are now being accepted. 
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