PCS Returns from U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference with Strengthened Partnerships

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PCS Returns from U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference with Strengthened Partnerships

For a second consecutive year, PCS elected to participate as media sponsor for the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference. This year’s event in Washington D.C. was a gathering of key leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) including academia, private industry, the non-profit community, government and media.

Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer for U.S. News & World Report, opened the 3 day leadership conference, addressing the challenges U.S. employers face in filling STEM jobs, noting the “STEM aptitude index is flat down; 50% of jobs require some STEM skills today.”

Judy Woodruff, Co-Anchor and Managing Editor of PBS NewsHour, serving as moderator of a panel including the President of University of Maryland-Baltimore County, remarked “two thirds of American students who begin on a career track in arts, sciences and engineering in college leave this track. We need to look at ways to help students, specifically women in technology. There has been a 50% decline in the last 30 years of women in computer science.”

Panelist: Freeman Hrabowsi, III, PhD, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County interviewed three outstanding students on an academic track to pursue careers in cyber-security, medicine and engineering. Pres. Hrabowski, remarked “the most important thing we are looking for in students is passion or curiosity. Students are bored in class, there needs to be more emphasis on problem solving, collaboration and getting connected. Students need to see how knowledge is applied, (real-life application), kids need motivation, mentoring and inspiration.”

Realizing education in the United States is in a state of chaos, this changing landscape represents a significant opportunity for companies like PCS Edventures. The U.S. News STEM conference provided a unique opportunity for our PCS executive team, including Robert Grover CEO and Dr. Jim Schmidt Ed. D., to meet with STEM leaders and communicate how PCS has been providing unique educational solutions for 25 years. This presented an opportunity to highlight the PCS story, our extensive history and case histories, success stories from PCS clients, including school districts and students.

The Conference provided a perfect opportunity to highlight one of the greatest PCS success stories, through an introduction to Randy Jamison, Founder of Curious Media, and former PCS student, who joined the PCS team at the event. Mr. Jamison met with STEM industry leaders to demonstrate the first tablet based robotics program which PCS released at this event. Excitement built on Day 3 of the conference when Jamison demonstrated the new PCS product launch of the Cortex v5, robotics based program to groups of 5th grade students and their teachers.

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Jolene Anderson reached out to national media, which included such publications as CIO, Computerworld, CSO, Infoworld, IT World, and Tech Ed Publishing to develop greater industry exposure for PCS. Sharing the company’s goal of developing products and curriculum which will inspire the next generation of engineers, programmers and innovators, Ms. Anderson communicated how the PCS EdventuresLab is a turn-key solution to prepare tomorrow’s workforce. The culmination of these efforts resulted in many opportunities for future PCS guest editorials.

With a goal of developing future partnership opportunities which will result in scaling PCS K-12 educational services, products and curriculum to more minority students and girls, Ms. Anderson met with various non-profits such as YWCA, NACME, Battelle.org and others. A highlight of the conference for Jolene was meeting Jack Andraka, a 15 year old student who developed a low cost early detection device for pancreatic and ovarian cancer and the winner of the Intel Science Search Competition in 2012.
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PCS wishes to thank the team at U.S. News STEM Solutions for publishing news, via social media, of our PCS partnership with Curious Media and Cortex v5 and 3DIC (Interactive Curriculum) product launch.

PCS Announces Launch of 3D Interactive Curriculum Expanding Digital Fluency Among K-12 Students

PCS released the news of the launch of our new 3DIC (Interactive Curriculum). See the link below to the PR Web press release distributed nationally on April 24, 2014.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11788502.htm

PCS returned from the Conference confident that our extensive product line, manipulatives, and curriculum, including our new tablet based robotics based program, the Cortex v5 and our 3DIC is a solution for preparing the next generation of scientists, programmers, engineers and STEM leaders. We are confident PCS will emerge as a leading solution for “preparing the STEM workforce for tomorrow.”

Stay tuned.

Jolene Anderson
Investor Relations
PCS Edventures, Inc.

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