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The New Jersey State Libraryan affiliate of Thomas Edison State College, is led by State Librarian Mary L. Chute and provides services for NJ libraries, the state legislature and government employees, Thomas Edison State College staff and students, and registered borrowers. With a focus on innovation, future trends, exemplary models and technologies, the State Library provides support for New Jersey’s public, school, academic, and special libraries, and coordination of the New Jersey Library Network.

PSEG is a diversified energy company. Established in 1903, the company has long had a key role in fueling New Jersey's economy and supporting the state's quality of life.

Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) is New Jersey's largest provider of electric and gas service – serving 2.2 million electric customers and 1.8 million gas customers or nearly three out of every four people in the state.

PSEG also owns and operates a diverse fleet of power plants with more than 13,000 megawatts of generating capacity located primarily in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions and has solar energy facilities throughout the United States. Another member of the PSEG family of companies, PSEG Long Island, operates the electric transmission and distribution system of the Long Island Power Authority, with 1.1 million customers.

PSEG has approximately 12,700 employees, who are carrying forward a proud tradition of dedicated service over more than 100 years.

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5eTek is the innovator behind 5eBoard™. And yet, the percentage of American students enrolled in STEM related degrees, particularly at graduate level, continuously decreases. According to a recent report from National Foundation for American Policy, foreign students make up the majority of enrollments in U.S. STEM graduate programs. The field of Electrical Engineering has the least enrollment rate for American students, only 29.7%. The consequences are obvious: among all engineering fields, electrical engineering, the field that is so critical to our country’s technology innovation and economic growth, has the highest demand for skilled workers. The problem is not because we do not have good engineering colleges.

It is the lack of pre-college preparation and promotion that limited our children’s opportunity being exposed to the field in primary and secondary schools therefore pursuing the career in colleges. Aimed at this challenge, 5eBoard™ is developed. A revolutionary and interactive platform for K-16 educational and industrial application, our product provides students, teachers, and self-learners with hands-on, real-world and game-like learning and teaching experience. STEM education is critical to our nation’s future technology preeminence in technology, security and economy. We believe strongly that better STEM education requires direct collaborations among educators, industry, policy makers and parents. Dedicated to STEM education, we are committed to working with these groups to develop programs that inspire tomorrow’s scientists and engineers by focusing on student achievement, teacher development, and gender and ethnic diversity.

A.C. Moore is a specialty retailer offering a vast selection of arts, crafts and floral merchandise to a broad demographic of customers.We opened the first A.C. Moore store in Moorestown, New Jersey in 1985, and have since grown to more than 140 stores. Our stores are located in the Eastern United States from Maine to Florida. In October 2007, A.C. Moore launched its e-commerce site, www.acmoore.com.

We are devoted to being our customers’ first choice for product selection, value and service that inspires and fulfills unlimited creative possibilities. We believe that our assortment, convenience, service and pricing differentiate us from our competitors. Our assortment of merchandise consists of more than 60,000 stock keeping units, or SKUs, with approximately 40,000 SKUs offered at each store at any one time. We also offer custom framing in the majority of our stores. In-store events and programs for children and adults provide hands-on arts and crafts experience and encourage the creativity of our customers.

Our corporate office and distribution center is located at 130 A.C. Moore Drive, Berlin, New Jersey 08009.

BirdBrain Technologies LLC was founded in 2010 by Tom Lauwers. For the last five years, Tom had been working on a Ph.D in the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute's CREATE lab. His work there focused on the creation and design of several robots, robot kits, and other electronic devices. His Ph.D describes a design process for how to align the capabilities and interface of these devices to a specific educational context.

It is the goal of BirdBrain Technologies LLC, to take these research projects and sustain them by making them useful to the educational community. For each product released through BirdBrain Technologies, we create documentation, sample curricula, and tutorials to allow parents, teachers, and students to get up to speed with the technology quickly, so they can focus their time on using the device in creative and fun ways.

 

BuildTak is a product manufactured by Ideal Jacobs Corp. in Maplewood, NJ. Ideal Jacobs Corp. was established in 1921, originally selling office supplies, and has since broadened its ventures into industrial printing over the last ninety years. Our numerous areas of expertise include graphic overlays and custom labels and gaskets, injection molded panels and latches, machined parts, laser and die cut components, rapid prototyping and product marking.

Combining our curiosity for new technology and our love for problem solving, we created BuildTak, the ideal 3D printing surface in 2013. Our product is a thin, durable plastic sheet that adheres to the print bed of FFF 3D printers to provide an ideal surface for 3D printing. It replaces the need for blue masking tape, kapton or other alternatives and works with PLA, ABS and more. Composed of high quality, heat­resistant raw materials, BuildTak reliably allows for 3D printed objects to adhere to the build platform while printing, and then allows for clean, easy removal of completed builds.

Soldering Sunday was originally created by Paul Gentile and Lee Siegel and incubated at FUBAR Labs in Highland Park, NJ. Paul and Lee were looking for a way to find an outlet for their making endeavors as well as encouraging others in their projects. Through their travels to various events, they met Jean Consorti, a crafty maker who later joined the team. As they traveled to different events and Maker Faires, they found that the beginner makers and young makers were under represented. A lot of kits and instructions were either too simplistic or too advanced.

The other hurdle was that some kits were too expensive making it inaccessible for the beginner. As they continued to talk to novices and encourage them in their making, the gang began to think of ways to alleviate these hurdles. Soldering Sunday’s mission is to develop kits and projects that are easy and affordable yet educational. Usability for the beginner is a top priority.

Based in Central New Jersey as well as incubated at FUBAR Labs, Soldering Sunday continues to explore new ways to make, connect fellow makers and create projects.