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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will fix No Child Left Behind Act and Support STEM Education

It is now up to the states and local school districts to maintain a focus on STEM and computer science education, and leverage the funds and flexibility from the new block grants to expand educator and student access to high-quality engineering and computer science curricula and professional development.

The new Legislation includes these STEM Education priorities:

•The consistent application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including computer science, throughout the legislation;
•A funding provision allowing states to refine their science assessments by integrating engineering design skills and practices;
•Flexible funding grants, in lieu of a smaller separate program dedicated to math and science education, allowing states and school districts to use their federal funds for STEM teacher professional development and high quality instruction;
•The consideration of STEM-related education activities as part of a well-rounded education that can be funded in both classroom and informal educational settings.

How 3D Printing in Education Improves Learning

With the advent of affordable 3d printers like the DaVinci 1.0 (costs less than $500 in the USA), we wanted to see how this technology can best benefit education. Studica is always looking for ways to help education customers marry new technologies with their teaching goals, to help create a stronger learning experience for students.

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Economic Facts Everyone Should Know

The following set of facts are called the Ten Pillars of Economic Wisdom. These basic laws of economics were developed by The Economic Foundation of New York. It might be called a guide for human's economic life. These ten rules show how simply the economic truth can be told.

Are You a Winner ?

a Winner says, “Let’s find out”
a loser says, “nobody knows”

when a Winner makes a mistake he says,

“I was wrong”
when a loser makes a mistake he says,

“it wasn't my fault”

a Winner goes through a problem.
a loser goes around it, and never gets past it.

a Winner makes commitments.
a loser makes promises.

a Winner says “ I’m good,
but not as good as I ought to be”

a loser says

“I'm not as bad as a lot of other people”

a Winner tries to learn from those who are superior.
a loser tries to tear down those who are superior.

a Winner says “There ought to be a better way”
a loser says “That’s the way its always been done here”

Ioannis Miaoulis- NCTL STEM

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Communication Simulation, Understanding and Implementation

Visualization and model building are skills that technology instructors have been providing their students for some time. Using visualization and the ability to replicate a model are skills that can be enhanced when students are introduced to communication simulation and the process of developing simulated representations of reality. In this article, the authors explain how to develop and design a communication simulation using a physical security analysis of a computer laboratory as the theme of the activity. Communication simulation from the authors’ viewpoint is the use of technology and visualization to allow the student to communicate by using a model

Computer developed simulations are new teaching tools that faculty are starting to use in their classrooms. In this paper, the authors look at one type of simulation, communication, which can be implemented into the classroom using a physical security analysis from a technology/visualization perspective. However, to disseminate this article to a broader audience and to be consistent with the understanding of the terminology used throughout the narrative several terms will be defined using Wikipedia as the resource. As Clark Aldrich states (2009, p. xxxii), “The lack of common terms is a huge problem, and it has substantially hindered the development of the simulation space. Sponsors, developers, and students have not been able to communicate intelligently.”
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$ 5.2 Million Investment in STEM-based Manufacturing Education Workforce Development Programs

The SME Education Foundation (www.smeef.org) has announced funding to nine model schools in eight states through its PRIME -Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education -Program, for the academic school year, 2012-2013. PRIME, a community-based approach to manufacturing education, is part of a commitment by the SME Education Foundation to address the shortage of manufacturing and technical talent in the United States. Model schools funded by PRIME offer STEM-based curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to prepare young people for highly skilled jobs with lucrative potential. One of the richest sources of employment and economic growth will be jobs requiring a solid STEM education.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in professional, scientific, and technical services is expected to grow by 29 percent, adding 2.1 million new jobs between 2010 and 2020.


Scott Brown


South Korea Economy Built Around Technical Education

South Korea had a strong vocational education system—so powerful it rebuilt its shattered economy. As we work to improve our CTE system in the United States, it behooves us to look at South Korea and examine the innovative solutions that are being implemented to improve education, training, and career options there.

From High Demand to Low Demand
After the Korean War, the economy of the newly divided Korean peninsula was devastated. However, you would never know it when you look at South Korea today. Gleaming skyscrapers dominate the Seoul skyline, internationally famous songs invoke the high life, and high-tech industry proliferates throughout the country.
It was no easy path to get this far in such a short period of time. It took comprehensive reforms that were anchored in education, and more specifically, vocational education and training. There is a renewed effort by the government to re-establish VET programs and bring back the prestige they once enjoyed.

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The Art of the Future

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It Takes a Village to Educate a Child

The economy is the single most important issue for a sizable majority of voters in the 2012 presidential race according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News Poll. Similarly, U.S. competitiveness, entrepreneurship, and innovation are the hot topics in politics and business. On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, Harvard released a survey of approximately 10,000 alumni, from the  Harvard Competitiveness project, indicating American competitiveness will decline over the next three years, according to 71% of those surveyed.



Bryan Setser, a highly acclaimed educator and leader in the design of next generation learning models, has been named Chief Design Officer of Matchbook Learning, a national non-profit organization committed to the transformation of public schools in America.

               The Matchbook model, currently being used in Matchbook operated charter schools in Detroit and Newark, is based on an innovative personalized learning methodology supported with extensive teacher training and a powerful learning technology platform called Spark.

Dr. Setser will lead the effort to design and build Matchbook’s unique platform and experience into a “Matchbook Accelerator,” a program that enables schools and districts around the country to utilize Matchbook’s tools, technology and expertise and train their own teams to transform schools using the Matchbook method.

He will also design tools and processes to further refine Matchbook’s process and further enhance the learning experience at the schools Matchbook operates.

Sajan George, Matchbook’s CEO, said: “Bryan has been nationally recognized as one of the leading innovators in designing new learning models that help schools succeed and help children gain the tools they need to compete in the 21st Century economy.” 

Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High-Quality Career and Technical Education

Rapid economic, technological, and social changes are creating a world that is ever more interconnected. One in ten Americans is foreign born, and local communities—urban, suburban, and rural—are growing more diverse.

To take advantage of global market opportunities, companies must hire workers with global competence—that is, the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance. U.S. educators face a critical new imperative: to prepare all students for work and civic roles in an environment where success increasingly requires the ability to compete, connect, and cooperate on an international scale.

Students can learn about and apply global competencies through Career and Technical Education (CTE). With an anchor in preparing students for the careers of their choice and a focus on the critical academic, technical, and employability skills needed for success, CTE offers a natural platform on which to build global competencies. Globally minded CTE programs can provide the rigorous and authentic setting necessary to prepare students for the competitive world economy, while offering a more engaging, motivating, and relevant education experience.

Solving the Two Most Common Struggles of Filling Skills Gap Positions

Do you recall the first time you heard someone refer to the “job skills gap” – you know, the former buzzword turned industry-wide problem? By now, undoubtedly, most of us are tuned into the discussion around the skills gap. When we talk about filling a gap, it usually means that something needs fixing or correcting. Or for business, it requires an analysis to determine how to get from where you are to where you want to be. But what does it mean for employment and finding talent?

Thirteen million people are looking for work while three million jobs go unfilled. In other words, this gap we are referring to is the space between the skill set of prospective workers and the skill set a company requires to not only perform the job, but excel in the role. When the dialogue around this disconnect first began, it left business leaders caught between agreeing with the concept, knowing this is a reality, and also wondering to what degree it is affecting their own companies. What we have come to find is that it is prevalent among the skilled trades such as manufacturing and construction. And what’s worse, the gap seems to be widening.
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Drones as a Learning Tool

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are frequently used as a part of military, governmental and civil operations. Now, the devices also are being used as learning tools in a classroom at Woodland Elementary School. In the fourth- and fifth-grade gifted learning class overseen by Bobbi Starling, students are learning a number of subjects with the help of more than 50 spider, parrot, sumo and large-scale drones.

"Any lesson or skill can be taught with these drones," Starling said. "And they are definitely engaged."
After reading and studying about the various applications of drones, Starling's students rotated among drone learning stations, programming the devices with the use of the Tickle app on their iPads.
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$100 Million for TechHire Partnership Grants

America has about 5.4 million open jobs today, substantially more than in any year since 2001.The new openings in information technology (IT) fields including software development, network administration, and cybersecurity are projected to grow at a rate that is two-thirds higher than the average for all jobs. The average salary in a job that requires IT skills – whether in manufacturing, advertising, retail or banking – is more than 50 percent higher than the average private-sector American job. Helping more Americans train and connect to these jobs is an important opportunity to get more people into the middle class, but it is also an economic imperative for America’s continued leadership in global innovation. Today our IT training pipeline is dramatically under-producing workers to fill these good jobs, which is costing employers, workers, and the U.S. economy. As this is the case, communities across the country are in need of more cost-effective, timely, agile, and market-responsive training pipelines for these jobs.

Applications are due March 11, 2016

Career and Technical Education Should Be the Rule, Not the Exception

It's hard to argue with the success of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, which teach transferable workplace skills and academic content in a hands-on context. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently characterized CTE programs as providing "instruction that is hands-on and engaging, as well as rigorous and relevant." He went on to say that CTE programs "are helping to connect students with the high-demand science, technology, engineering and math fields -- where so many good jobs are waiting." Furthermore, in recognizing CTE month on the House floor, Rep. James Langevin recently stated, "CTE is an investment in the future of our economy, our workforce and our country."

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Sikorsky Challenges Students to Envision a Helicopter Responsive to 2050 Global Issues

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. has launched the 2013 Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge, a national competition that invites youths ages 9-16 to envision a helicopter capable of addressing global issues likely to be encountered by mid century. Winner of the grand prize — the Igor Sikorsky Youth Innovator Award — will receive a $1,000 scholarship check, meet with Sikorsky rotorcraft engineers, and receive an expenses-paid tour of the BLACK HAWK and SEAHAWK® helicopter assembly lines at Sikorsky’s Stratford, Conn., headquarters.
“We’re challenging kids across the U.S. to think globally about their future and how they can make a difference,” said Judy Bankowski, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Sikorsky. “This year’s objective is to design a helicopter that can have far-reaching positive impact for our planet and its inhabitants.”

Fluid Mechanics

Grade Level: 
High School
STEM, Technology Education
Lesson Overview:
Students will demonstrate knowledge of fluid mechanics, recognizing how fluid systems are used in the operation of engineering devices, mechanisms, and processes. To do this teams of two students will design and construct a fluid power system using surgical tube and syringes to raise the largest load.
Design constraints:
  • Fluid power system must be used
  • Models will be constructed using a maximum of ten syringes and 10’ of surgical tubing.
  • The system must be contained within a 1’x1’ area.
  • The weight will be distributed on 5” platform.
  • The weight must be raised 2” for the trial to count
·      Understand the definitions of technological terms.
·      Differentiate between pneumatic and hydraulic fluid actuated systems.
·      Design and construct a fluid power system that will lift the most weight and formulate conclusions of the performance of a fluid system.
·      Document design in notebook and present conclusions in a classroom display.
Time Required:

Projected Timeline: 2 Weeks (based on block 90-min every other day)



The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA, formerly ITEA)

The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) is the professional organization for technology, innovation, design, and engineering educators.  Our mission is to promote technological literacy for all by supporting the teaching of technology and engineering and promoting the professionalism of th