A group of DQE Communications employees partnered with two local organizations to complete various tasks for a Volunteer Day on August 9th.
One group of volunteers visited ASSET STEM to disassemble and organize approximately 300 STEM Kits for students of the school. This organization provides access to schools and education organizations to provide proven and cost-effective tools, resources and strategies to advance teaching and learning for effective inquiry-based teaching and learning.
Another group of volunteers visited the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh to clean and organize their facility for a family-friendly carnival. This organization provides safety, shelter, support and guidance to all victims of domestic violence.
Learn more about ASSET STEM here, and the Women’s Center & Shelter, here.
DQE associates are already looking forward to the next volunteer day, tentatively scheduled for November.
Today, a group of about twenty interns from DQE Communications and Duquesne Light partnered with Friends of the Riverfront to assist them further their mission to revitalize and restore the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Interns split up on the Eliza Furnace trail, picking up litter and spreading mulch on newly planted trees. This was a great way for the interns to get out of the office and enjoy the weather, while caring for the Pittsburgh community.
Duquesne Light Company and DQE Communications have an ongoing relationship with Friends of the Riverfront and make sure to volunteer each year–showing their desire to be good stewards of the city they call home.
Duquesne Light and DQE Communications Award STEM Grant to Carnegie Science Center
$100,000 donation to support school programs
PITTSBURGH – Duquesne Light and DQE Communications recently awarded a gift of $100,000 to Carnegie Science Center to support hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming, events and competitions to shine a light on the many STEM careers available today.
“As a founding partner of the Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development, Duquesne Light and DQE Communications are proud to continue our partnership with Carnegie Science Center through this grant,” said Jessica Rock, Director of Communications, Duquesne Light Company. “We’re happy to support these unique programs that help create and foster interest among thousands of students in opportunities and potential careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.”
“We are grateful to Duquesne Light for their continued partnership,” said Ron Baillie, co-director of Carnegie Science Center. “Their support helps us to deliver meaningful STEM programming for students across our region.”
Events and programs benefitting from the grant include:
STEM programming at Carnegie Science Center:
SciTech Days: a twice-annual event that emphasizes real-world experience in the STEM fields for students and teachers through exhibits, presentations and hands-on workshops and introduces them to the many STEM career opportunities in our region.
Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair: 1,200 students in grades 6-12 from 120 plus schools present their science fair projects to judging teams of STEM professionals and compete for $1M in cash prizes and college scholarships.
Engineer the Future: students, teachers and public visitors explore the field of engineering through engaging hands-on activities, interacting with professionals and by observing presentations at more than 50 event tables throughout Carnegie Science Center.
Career Café: a fast-paced speed networking program in which high school students meet and talk with STEM professionals in a relaxed, yet dynamic atmosphere.
Student Energy Summit: middle and high school students explore the science of energy, including renewable and non-renewable energy sources, with a range of hands-on activities and interactions with local energy experts.
STEM programming in communities across the region:
Science on the Road – It’s Electric!: through stage presentations and in-depth classroom workshops, Science on the Road delivers STEM programming to more than 170,000 students and teachers annually in schools and organizations to address the need for informal science education outreach throughout the region.
Tour Your Future: throughout the school year, small groups of girls ages 11-17, have the opportunity to visit a variety of workplaces to meet with local female professionals who work in the STEM fields.
STEM Stars: in partnership with the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, this out-of-school program for economically disadvantaged girls in grades 5-8 provides STEM subject enrichment to increase academic achievement and helps build resilience to overcome barriers they face.
Carnegie Science Awards:
Carnegie Science Awards: recognizes and promotes outstanding science and technology achievements in western Pennsylvania.
“In addition to supporting on-site programs at Carnegie Science Center, this grant will also bolster our outreach programs, such as Science on the Road and STEM Stars, in which we bring science, technology, engineering, and math concepts directly to students in their own communities,” said Ann Metzger, co-director of Carnegie Science Center.
About Duquesne Light Company
Duquesne Light Company is committed to more than keeping the lights on; it powers the moments in its customers’ lives. As a next generation energy company, Duquesne Light Company’s nearly 1,500 employees are dedicated to delivering reliable and safe energy to more than a half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania.
About DQE Communications
Headquartered in Pittsburgh’s Southside Works development, DQE Communications is one of the leading providers of high-speed fiber-optic data networking for businesses throughout the western Pennsylvania region. The company’s network of fiber-optic cables spans thousands of miles throughout Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Butler, Greene, Indiana, Mercer, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties. Already in hundreds of commercial buildings in the region, DQE Communications is continually working to expand its network through 100% customized and secure metro Ethernet, wavelength, dark fiber, internet and colocation services. DQE Communications is an affiliate of Duquesne Light, an electric energy provider to Western Pennsylvania for more than100 years. DQE began as a small part of the company’s overall business, but since its founding 15 years ago, has grown to be an important part of the corporation. In 2015, DQE Communications was named to the Pittsburgh Business Times “2015 Pittsburgh 100,” a compilation of the fastest growing private companies in the region. DQE maintains a core principle of customer service and reliability, with a cultural mindset of – your network can’t just work some of the time, it has to work all of the time. For more information, visit www.dqecom.com
About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.
Naturally, the movie-makers love the variety of architecture, scenic options, and the overall welcoming warmth of our hometown.
But at the end of the day, the film producers are here to do a job; a job that is under a severe time-crunch. Highly scalable and dependent internet connections, as well as a timely installation, are paramount for the success of these projects.
Many of these films that are shot in Pittsburgh are big-budget blockbusters from major studios that use high-resolution, digital, HD recordings. These recordings are massive in file size, and they need to be uploaded and transferred back to the west coast as soon as filming is done for the day.
Typically, a film studio shoots footage at 20 Mbps but needs to increase the speed to 100 Mbps to send footage to the west coast as quickly as possible.
To accomplish this mega-transfer of data, major Hollywood studios, such as 20th Century Fox, rely on DQE Communications’ Internet Services that include DQE’s scalable “Bandwidth on Demand” feature.
With DQE’s Bandwidth on Demand, filmmakers have access to as much bandwidth and speed necessary for their filming process. Once production is complete for the day, they can easily increase their bandwidth capabilities with DQE’s easy to manage online web portal. The guaranteed transfer of large quantities of film back to the west coast at the utmost speeds, security and dependability are all unparalleled to any other local network provider.
In addition to relying on DQE’s burstable Internet Services for guaranteed adaptable and scalable Internet services, the studios have come to rely on DQE’s fast install services near the various movie set locations all around Pittsburgh. No other network services provider can beat the timely and nimble install times DQE can guarantee.
If you find that you need burstable Internet services, “Bandwidth on Demand,” and fast installs for your business, contact DQE Communications.