New York Academy of Sciences and Youth Innovation Platform Rocket21 Announce Dream Big Science Competition at the United Nations

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New York Academy of Sciences and Youth Innovation Platform Rocket21 Announce a New Science Competition at the United Nations. With a Goal of Inspiring the Next Generation of STEM Leaders and Innovators, Scientists will Connect with Middle and High School Students on Rocket21.

Scheduled for Spring 2015

Dream Big H2O

Marrying the Academy’s scientific expertise with Rocket21’s technical and programmatic know-how, will lead to enhanced STEM engagement for students all over the globe," says Ellis Rubinstein, President &CEO, New York Academy of Sciences.

On September 22, 2014 at the United Nations, the New York Academy of Sciences and Rocket21 announced “Dream Big H20,” a series of activities and competitions to immerse middle and high school students in addressing the issue of water scarcity. Water is increasingly becoming a scarce resource in communities all over the world, presenting students with a relevant, genuine challenge. The competition will invite students, working independently or in teams, to develop innovative solutions for one of two challenges, with opportunities to connect virtually to some of the world’s most accomplished and inspiring scientists and innovators.

The announcement came as heads of state and senior executives of major multinational corporations gathered at the United Nations for the launch of the Global STEM Alliance, a collaboration of governments, companies, schools and NGOs devoted to increasing access to STEM education for students worldwide. The Alliance is an initiative of the New York Academy of Sciences, in partnership with over 70 governments, companies, NGOs, universities and schools with participants and organizations in over 50 countries.

“A core Academy mission is to positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions. What better way to achieve this than by challenging the younger generation to translate STEM knowledge into real solutions for their local communities and beyond?” says Ellis Rubinstein, President and CEO, the New York Academy of Sciences. “Marrying the Academy’s scientific expertise with Rocket21’s technical and programmatic know-how around water challenges, will lead to enhanced STEM engagement for students all over the globe.”

Rocket21 is intent on providing youth with extraordinary opportunities for real-world learning and genuine impact through authentic experiences and guidance, made possible by partnerships with world-class organizations and leading professionals at the top of their game,” noted Mark Grayson, Rocket21 CEO. “This collaboration with the New York Academy of Sciences brings an incredible wealth of resources to engage, inspire, and advance a new generation of scientific innovators."

Rocket21 President and COO Jodell Seagrave added, "Over and over we see a clear connection between engagement in STEM subjects and the ability to solve problems in local communities, and beyond. Our Dream Big H20 Initiative will present students with opportunities to make real-word contributions to solving a serious problem. On behalf of our student members, we can't wait to get started."

Dream Big H2O” activities and competitions will be open to middle and high school students from the United States. Additional program and competition specifics, prizes details, and Official Competition Rules will be released in coming weeks.

About Rocket21
Rocket 21 connects youth with world-class experts and resources to follow their dreams. Rocket21 is the only online professional networking platform designed to safely connect kids and teens with professionals and experts representing industries, professions, passions, and movements that span the globe. Rocket21 provides youth with unprecedented opportunities and access to world-class experts and organizations while protecting them with a combination of state-of-the-art, real-time filtering and human moderation, extensive safety and security precautions, and a specialized infrastructure designed to keep kids safe. Please like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter.

About the New York Academy of Sciences
The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization that since 1817 has been committed to advancing science, technology, and society worldwide. With 22,000 members in 100 countries, the Academy is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. The Academy's core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society at large. Please visit us online at http://www.nyas.org.

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