Press Release: Sikorsky Announces 5th Year of Helicopter 2050 Challenge

Sikorsky Announces 5th Year of Helicopter 2050 Challenge

Kids to Create the Helicopter of the Future in Scholarship Competition

STRATFORD, Connecticut, June 1, 2015 – Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), has launched the 5th annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge, which asks children, ages 9-16, to create an eco-friendly helicopter of the future that addresses potential challenges of 2050.

The national competition kicked off June 1 and will run until October 15, 2015. The winner of the 2015 competition will receive the Igor Sikorsky Youth Innovator Award and a $1,000 scholarship. In addition, the young innovator will be flown to Sikorsky’s headquarters in Stratford, Connecticut, to tour the assembly lines of the iconic BLACK HAWK and SEAHAWK® military helicopters and meet with Sikorsky rotorcraft engineers.

“Our goal is to challenge kids to think about the future and how they can use their science and math skills to make a positive change in the world,” said Judith Bankowski, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Sikorsky Aircraft. “We understand how important it is to develop students’ skills and confidence in these subjects and to give kids of all backgrounds an opportunity to see themselves as future engineers, technologists and scientists.”

The Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge is a part of Sikorsky’s commitment to encouraging students’ hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program also gives the corporation an opportunity to develop long-term relationships with tomorrow’s engineers. 

Last year’s winner, Hana Bidon, 17, of West Haven, Connecticut, designed the Skylift Rescue 968 by mimicking the bone structure of birds to develop a lighter and more aerodynamic helicopter. The main body of the aircraft is made out of recycled fiber-composite materials, which use 3D vascular networks to self-heal. As a result, this helicopter repairs cracks with the aid of a technician.

Sikorsky co-sponsors this annual Challenge with By Kids For Kids, a Connecticut-based organization, whose educational content inspires kids to become successful inventors. The Challenge honors Sikorsky Aircraft founder Igor Sikorsky who, in 1939, led an engineering team that developed a vertical lift machine with a core design that is still used in a majority of helicopters flying today.

Schools, museums and camps throughout the country can use the fun, hands-on activities to help students imagine the environmental future and challenges of helicopters. Teachers, program facilitators, parents and museum staff can sign up at to download FREE program materials.

For more information about the competition and program, visit

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit the website at or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.

By Kids For Kids® (BKFK®) is a platform that empowers youth invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. BKFK promotes youth social innovation and partners with leading corporations to inspire product development, crucial technology skills, invention, and innovation in young people. BKFK provides a unique platform for young people to develop, showcase, and commercialize their products, inventions and entrepreneurship. BKFK’s “cycle of innovation” develops critical 21st Century skills in our nation’s youth. The company provides educational resources, curriculum and challenges that promote social change, product development and entrepreneurial endeavors. For more about BKFK visit

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The Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge is void where prohibited. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation reserves the right to change the terms and conditions of the Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge in its sole discretion at any time for any reason without further notice or publication.

Family Time Hours

I'm kind of a workaholic. This is something that I've known about for years, but never really thought it was that big of a deal. Yes, I was that manager that took work home. I was that college student that worked on my term papers while "relaxing" and watching a movie. I'm one of those people that always needs to be doing something productive.

In my 30s though, I've noticed that that way of life doesn't work as well for me anymore. I no longer thrive on stress. I also have an almost 2 year old and almost 5 year old that need their mom to be present. I never saw myself as not present until recently during an episode while the kids were playing outside and I was answering emails. I missed a really sweet exchange between my kids, to be told about it later. I made a decision then. I was going to make some changes.
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No more answering emails and working during our family time in the evenings. I already work from "son up until sun down" as a stay at home mom. There is already not enough down time during the day. All that is changing. My baby is getting older and I do not want to miss it. So, from now on, I will not be answering emails or working during the hours of 5 and 9. These are the hours that it is cool enough to be outside and the kids play, get baths, eat dinner, and get ready for bed. Any thing needed during these hours will be handled before bed. Phone calls on the business line will not be answered - basically I will not be available to anyone outside my family. If you see me online, it will be posting adorable pictures of the kids on Instagram.

This will last through the summer, and may even be a permanent thing. These hours will now be spent playing with the kids, flirting with my husband, making plans for the family, swimming in the pool, eating watermelon, and whatever other adventures we come up with.

I have also made a change at bedtime to save my sanity. I no longer take work in the bedroom (I told you I'm a workaholic), but read at night beside my husband- and not business books, good novels and wattpad!

Don't worry though, I will handle all requests from clients before I go to bed (This announcement incluces The Palmetto Queen, Cari On Media, and Paranormal/ Bigfoot clients). 

Press Release: Cubic Vice President of Human Resources to Discuss Importance of STEM at Annual STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference

Cubic Vice President of Human Resources to Discuss Importance of STEM at Annual STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference

Darryl Albertson, Ph.D. to join industry thought leaders in communicating value of STEM in the job landscape

SAN DIEGO, June 25, 2015 – Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today announced that Darryl Albertson, Ph.D., vice president of human resources will be participating in the upcoming Fourth Annual STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference, hosted by U.S. News & World Report, in San Diego from June 29 to July 1. Dr. Albertson will be discussing in a panel about the current and future job landscapes in San Diego related to skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The annual STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference brings together education, industry and policy leaders to highlight solutions, best practices and model programs that are making an impact across the nation.

“Cubic believes in the great value of STEM education, especially for the transportation and defense industries, as they represent fundamental industries that affect any and all countries around the world,” said Darryl Albertson, Ph.D., vice president of human resources. “Cubic is strongly committed to developing and supporting STEM-based education in early developmental grades, help eliminate the skillset gap we see today and inspire STEM leaders of tomorrow.”

Cubic supports various STEM related programs that offer a foundation of individual or collective experience and development such a Cubic Intern Workshop Series, which offers high school students career training and mentoring; recruits interns as a part of the Young Entrepreneur and Scholar (YES) program; and donates to STEM innovative robotics and engineering programs for elementary and high school students through the company’s charitable giving program. In addition, Cubic was recently named as a ‘2015 STEM JobsSM Approved Employer,’ by Victory Media and received acknowledgment for its dedication in creating and filling high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations.

Dr. Albertson will be speaking at the following panel during the event:
The Job Landscape Today – And Tomorrow: The San Diego View
Wednesday, July 1, 9:45 am - 10:45 am in room Seaport B at Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego
Panelists: Darryl Albertson, Ph.D., Cubic Corporation; Ed Hidalgo, Senior Director of Staffing, Qualcomm; Brian Edward Alvara, Sr., Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy and President of 3R Robotics, LLC; Peter Callstrom, President and CEO, San Diego Workforce Partnership
Moderated by: Jonathan Horn, Reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune

Follow Cubic @CubicCorp or #STEMsolve to join the conversation on social media.


About Cubic Corporation

Cubic Corporation is the parent company of two major businesses, Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) and Cubic Global Defense (CGD). CTS is a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services for intelligent travel solutions around the world. CGD is a trusted provider of realistic training systems, C4ISR solutions, and highly specialized support services for the U.S. and allied nations. For more information about Cubic, please visit the company's web site at

Dangerous Product: Neutab 7 Inch Tablet

Disclaimer: I did not receive this product for free and I have not been asked to write this post.

Last year for his birthday, Tbomb received a tablet from my inlaws. We were all ecstatic, especially my geeky little boy. He could play games, I could get work done, and I could add educational apps for him, plus use it for specifics in school.

It wasn't the best tablet, in fact, my MIL had tried to return it when she received it, but because of poor customer service, she figured it would be good enough for a 4-year-old. I was happy- I didn't want him connected to the WiFi anyway. After adding some parental control capabilities, games, educational apps, and setting up a reward system (earning new apps and earning new tablet time), we were good to go.

It worked perfect (besides the WiFi issues) for several months. He even played Minecraft on it (the paid for version). After this though, the problems started. It started shutting off on its own randomly, even with a full charge. Eventually, he had to use it plugged in (which is not really practical). Then, it started shutting off even then. I was determined to find the problem, my heart was broken for him.

A couple of weeks ago, we went to the mountains for a few days and, of course, Tbomb wanted to take his tablet. I decided that we would take it and I would work on it when I could- I knew he would have plenty of other things to entertain him. One evening, while the kids were watching a movie, I decided to work on his tablet once again. Well, looking back, I'm glad I did because I couldn't believe what I found.

I took his tablet out of his backpack and out of the case. It looked strange, so I took it out of the shockproof case it was in and t fell apart in my hands. The battery had expanded to the point of breaking the casing apart. Now at this point, my husband and father-in-law ran out of the hotel room with it, but wasn't sure what to do with it. That was a whole different fiasco- we didn't want anyone to get hurt because these things are extremely volotaile. We did get that part settled, but I just got angrier and angrier. What if my child had been playing with it when it did that. Luckily, it was turned off and in his backpack. This company, NeuTab, has absolutely no customer service- only an email address that no one responds to.

Now, it is very important to understand that this is not user error. We are very careful with electronics with the kids. Tbomb did nothing to cause this. This kid can use a tablet better than most adults. This is a faulty product that should not be on the market and I'm sure they knew about this problem. Unfortunately, they just do not care. I want this product off of the market and for people to know about this problem. If you have one of these, please dispose of it before someone gets hurt. I'm not looking for anything except for the company to acknowledge that this product should not be available. Luckily, it is no longer available on Amazon. You can see my Amazon review here.

Cow Appreciation Day Ideas #ChicfilaMoms

I have written before about how much I love ChicFilA (their food and what they stand for) and how much I love being a ChicFilA mom. Well, guess what?! One of my favorite days is coming up! I just love Cow Appreciation Day. I used to make sure I went (even if I didn't dress up) just to see the adorable families in their little costumes. Well, now that I'm a mom, I love it even more. I mean- seriously- how often are you going to feed your whole family for free? One time- at Cow Appreciation Day. Just dress as a cow and get free food!

Unfortunately, we'll be skipping this year and I'm so sad! Don't worry though, I've gathered my favorite ideas from Instagram into one place, just for you!

Hip Hip Hooray Woombie-a-Day Giveaway

June is Hip Dysplasia/Healthy Hips Awareness Month and using the right swaddle is crucial for healthy hip development in babies. With the Woombie, babies are securely swaddled without being totally restricted. The patented 4-way stretch fabric allows for baby to move naturally just like in the womb to prevent against hip dysplasia.   There is still a need to educate parents on what hip dysplasia is, what causes it and how to prevent, so to raise awareness, we are sponsoring a Hip Hip Hooray Woombie-a-Day Giveaway starting on June 11th and 20 winners will each receive a Woombie baby swaddle!

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