STEM Career Accelerator Day at Arizona State University prepares high-school students for degrees and careers in science, techno

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MESA, ARIZ—STEM Career Accelerator Day is a national effort by STEMconnector® and its STEM Innovation Task Force to encourage students to pursue STEM careers through an experiential field trip to a major company or university sites. Arizona State University’s (ASU) will host two events with corporate partners Honeywell and Tata Consultancy Services on Tuesday, March 18, from 8:30am – 2:15pm for educators and students in grades 9-12 on the Polytechnic campus; and from 6:30-8pm for parents at the new ASU Chandler Innovation Center.

The event’s mission is to highlight the possibilities unleashed by education and innovation in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) by providing students, their teachers and parents meaningful experiences with companies and organizations that provide career paths in those specialized fields. The goal of the day nationally is to personally engage 500 students in all partner facilities and virtually engage an additional 5,000 students to inspire persistence in STEM coursework and related careers.

“We’ve joined this national movement that encourages STEM discovery so that we can show high-school students and their parents how exciting and rewarding a degree or career in STEM can be,” said Mitzi Montoya, ASU’s Vice President and University Dean of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Tuesday’s event will include a field-trip experience for students and teachers. Each student will participate in a hands-on STEM activity in one of the labs at the ASU Polytechnic campus. Keynote speakers from ASU and partnering companies Honeywell and Tata Consultancy Services will address attendees about their personal experiences in STEM-related fields.

“Computer science and technology have the power to transform businesses and unlock amazing career and earning opportunities for our country's youth. Innovative cross-sector efforts such as the STEM Career Accelerator Day are critical to inspire students, and inform parents and educators about the rewarding potential of a STEM career,” said Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). “At TCS, we believe in empowering students to realize their potential, and creating tomorrow's STEM leaders today by building pathways from education to careers.”

"Honeywell is committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. Programs like these give students an opportunity to experience hands-on STEM activities and opens their eyes to the possibilities of a career in STEM,” said Bob Witwer, Vice President of Advanced Technology at Honeywell Aerospace.

Parents looking for more information on what STEM is, how their child can prepare for future STEM workforce and the potential of STEM professions can attend the evening session to hear professional insights from local leaders in the industry as well as will receive tips on college and career readiness for STEM fields. Attendees can also receive a tour of TechShop Chandler, a membership-based, do-it-yourself, workshop and fabrication studio.

Event information:

STEM Career Accelerator Day:
When: March 18, 2014, 8:30am-2:15pm
Where: ASU Polytechnic campus, 7001 E. Williams Field Road, Mesa, AZ 85212
Questions: 480-727-1895
Parent Information Evening:
When: March, 18 2014, 6:30-8pm
Where: Chandler Innovation Center, 249 E. Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ 85225
Questions: 480-727-1895

About Arizona State University

Arizona State University is the largest public research university in the United States under a single administration, with total student enrollment of more than 70,000 in metropolitan Phoenix, the nation’s sixth-largest city. ASU is creating a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real-world application, blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 120 nations.

About Honeywell International

Honeywell International ( is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges.

About STEMconnector

STEMconnector® is "The one-stop for STEM Information." With an innovative product-line, STEMconnector® works closely with corporations and other organizations to provide them with a set of tools and resources that support their corporate development, corporate structure and smart STEM investments.

About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS)

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS, infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 290,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $11.6 billion for year ended March 31, 2013 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at