Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance Update for May

Dear Colleagues,

We are thrilled by the impact of the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance and its strong partners in the first five months since the TRSA launch! We wanted to update you on the many incredible things that are happening in the Tulsa region because of TRSA!

Innovation Rooms Updates

STEM Mentorship Logistics IR – Gaining momentum thanks to efforts on several fronts:

Two former Samson engineers are leading the way in creating a detailed blueprint for effectively scaling STEM a sustainable, high quality, high impact mentorship in fall 2014. The team is meeting weekly to design this bold new initiative.
Met with area business and academic leaders are working on plan for creating year round STEM mentorship through building quadcopters!

General Updates

Business Plan for TRSA – Business plan has been revised after meeting with area philanthropic groups. Now preparing to get input from local industry leaders and then begin fundraising for staffing of TRSA.
TRSA Presentations – TRSA presented STEM as a Bridge to Reconciliation at the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation Symposium. Several participants are interested in working further with TRSA to build bridges of hope and opportunity through STEM.

New Collaborations

Discovery – As a result of being a US2020 finalist, TRSA was able to send two team members to Washington DC for a White House STEM reception and awards ceremony. They also had the opportunity to participate in a day long strategy session with senior executives at Discovery headquarters in Silver Springs, MD.

SmartsheetsPlease avail yourselves of the growing STEM related data bank contained in the following smartsheets:

STEM Activities
Evaluation of STEM Activities
Speakers’ Bureau
Summer STEM Activities
STEM Mentoring
Communication IR
Logistics IR
Spring Break/Summer STEM Activities IR
Curriculum IR
STEM Employment Opportunities

Programming Notes

TRSA hosted a Cardboard & Duct Tape Boat regatta for over 100 students at Miller Swim School. The various competitions were judged by engineers from US Army Corps of Engineers
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May 31st, 2014|News, STEM Alliance Updates|Comments Off

TRSA Named a Beneficiary for Tulsa Charity Flight Night

The Tulsa Charity Flight Night will be on September 18, 2014. This year the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance will be a beneficiary, along with the Fab Lab Tulsa.

The Siegfried family’s long-running “Fight Night” tradition is getting a major shakeup, one that may fit the clan’s aviation leanings better. In September, the annual “Fight Night” will become “Flight Night,” with an ‘L,’ and is moving from the ring to the air. Instead of prizefighting, the Sept. 18 fundraising and flight-themed event will feature an air show, entertainment and a live auction.

For 21 years Fight Night brought in the biggest names in the pugilism, such as Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Evander Holyfield. But the family wants to put more emphasis on education, and their NORDAM company’s emphasis on supporting so-called STEM areas — science, technology, engineering and math.

“This collaboration will be a game-changer in STEM education in the Tulsa region,” said Bailey J. Siegfried., vice president of global marketing at NORDAM in a statement. “The funds generated from Tulsa Charity Flight Night will inspire creativity, spark excitement and harness the inspiration, resources and experience of STEM stakeholder, ultimately broadening horizons for children across northeastern Oklahoma.”

With funds raised from the event, the family hopes to fund a one-day STEM event in Tulsa for students, a Quadcopter challenge where students compete against each other designing flying machines, as well as a mobile “fab lab” to engage students in emerging technologies.

“Trained specialists in STEM disciplines are critical to many, if not all, industries in our city, state and nation to properly compete globally and create technology to propel us into the future,” said NORDAM CEO Meredith Siegfried.

Along with NORDAM, the Muscogee Creek Nation and Asphalt Fuel Supply are title sponsors of the event. The Flight Night group is still working on getting clearance […]

May 22nd, 2014|News|Comments Off

National Science Foundation Award Grant

The National Science Foundation awarded a grant in September of 2013 to the OneOklahoma Friction Free Network (OFFN) to deploy a high speed research network between the supercomputing centers in the state of Oklahoma.

The OneOklahoma Friction Free Network (OFFN) is a collaboration among four Oklahoma institutions that have significant High Performance Computing resources available for academic research: the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, the Tandy Supercomputing Center of the Oklahoma Innovation Institute, and Langston University, Oklahoma’s only Historically Black University, along with OneNet, Oklahoma’s education, research and government information and telecommunications network.

Triggered by research needs in high energy physics, numerical weather prediction, bioinformatics and weather radar, but available for researchers across all Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines statewide, OFFN serves as a crucial component of the OneOklahoma Cyberinfrastructure Initiative (OneOCII), which provides resources and services to researchers and educators across the state, and which has so far served almost 100 institutions and organizations, approximately half of them academic.

For more information on the grant, please visit the National Science Foundation Website.

May 20th, 2014|News|Comments Off

Oklahoma Now

Video by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

“Oklahoma has transformed the heartland into a global crossroads. Our businesses are booming and we’re a leader in everything from unconventional energy to unmanned aerial vehicles.”

Watch OKNOW on Vimeo.

May 20th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Tulsa Mini Maker Faire

The call for Makers is now open!
The 2014 Tulsa Mini Maker Faire will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 10:0o am to 6:00 pm. The event will be held in Central Park Hall at Expo Square.

This community-based event is focused on fun and engaging education that creates connections within the community. Makers from all over the region are called to share their work with others. The unique goal of this event is to gather artists, engineers, scientists, hobbyists, crafters, students and educators together to share ideas that we often don’t encounter every day.

Please visit the Tulsa Mini Maker Faire website for Maker Guideline, attendee information and more!

May 20th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Column: Partnership brings community supercomputer

Scott Meacham, president and CEO of i2E Inc., a nonprofit corporation that mentors many of the state’s technology-based startup companies, wrote a column for the May 6th, 2014, edition of The Oklahoman.

In the column he discusses the Tandy Supercomputing Center and OII’s recent Innovator of the Year honor:

Over the last three years, the Oklahoma Innovation Institute has worked to build a collaborative infrastructure in the Tulsa region, including a Tulsa community supercomputer.

That effort recently earned the Oklahoma Innovation Institute recognition as an Oklahoma Innovator of the Year, as well as proving to a lot of people that the Tulsa community could think collaboratively.
He also introduces the new Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance:
Under the Innovation Institute umbrella, the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance launched in January.

This endeavor came about through an interest in connecting Tulsa’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) resources in a collaborative model to produce more STEM education opportunities for the area’s young people, from pre-K through graduation.
Read the full column.

May 7th, 2014|News|0 Comments

OII’s George Louthan named to the 2014 Tulsa 40

On Tuesday, April 22nd, the Tulsa Business and Legal News (formerly the Tulsa Business Journal) at its annual award dinner named OII’s George Louthan, computer scientist and director of the Tandy Supercomputing Center, to its 2014 class of the Tulsa 40.

According to TB&LN: The Tulsa Business & Legal News recognizes the best and brightest of Tulsa’s up and coming business and community leaders as part of its class of The Tulsa 40.  Nominated by their peers, TB&LN profiles 40 individuals who have distinguished themselves in the business community and whom we expect to be among the next generation of movers and shakers.

For a full list of awardees and more information, see the Tulsa Business and Legal News article “2014 Tulsa 40 Honorees.”

May 2nd, 2014|News|0 Comments

OII Named 2014 Oklahoma Innovator of the Year

On Wednesday, April 23rd, The Journal Record announced at its annual awards luncheon that the Oklahoma Innovation Institute, and its program the Tandy Supercomputing Center, has been selected as the overall 2014 Innovator of the Year.

Accepting the award, OII Executive Director David Greer said “The concept of collaboration has really taken hold not only in Tulsa, but Oklahoma in general. By sharing resources in models like the Tandy Community Supercomputer, we can elevate everyone.”

“High-performance computing increases the efficiency of research while decreasing the time it takes to transition products to market. The result is a competitive advantage in the development of new technologies and commercially viable products,” said George Louthan, Director of the Tandy Supercomputing Center. “We believe that the Tandy Community Supercomputer, nicknamed Tandy, is the nation’s first truly community supercomputer.”

More information and a full story is available at The Journal Record’s story, “Oklahoma Innovation Institute Takes Top Prize.”

May 2nd, 2014|News|0 Comments