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Technology in Action
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.
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”
Article for Review
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.”
Follow The Money
In order to bolster the fast-growing fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the U.S. Department of Education will provide more than $21 million in grants to fund 478 fellowships at colleges across the country.
The awards are part of the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) initiative, which provides graduate fellowship programs to students who can demonstrate exceptional academic skill and financial need. These new grants will assist 163 students who major in STEM subjects, including chemistry, physics, biological sciences and computer science.
The number of jobs in the Energy Sector will double in the next five years, according to a recent report by Manpower, the worldwide staffing company. More than half of energy employers say they are having great difficulties finding “the talent it needs.” 74 percent say the problem will get worse by 2020. The report summarizes, 'This skills gap could adversely affect our nation’s competitiveness and hurt the record-setting growth seen in the energy and manufacturing sectors unless immediate steps are taken to better educate young Americans in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The Art of the Future
It is generally accepted that one can not design education today to prepare young people and adults for the future because we do not know what the future will be. Today, technology has zoomed past schools, industry, government, consumers and civil society. The modern world needs a new way, or more accurately, an old way of seeing technology.
The question is not whether we can design for the future; rather, the question is: Can we update antiquated practice more closely aligned to what is emerging today in our own backyards?
In the context of competitiveness and immigration policy, STEM jobs and education are big issues. But what do we actually mean when we’re talking about STEM? Obviously, science, technology, engineering and math. "The approach to STEM education needs to be more targeted," suggests Patrick Gusman, At a panel discussion hosted by the Internet Innovation Alliance and Pew Research Center. "Instead of investing in STEM education because it’s a “great buzzword,” there needs to be an examination of what the currently relevant skills are and “re-tooling” school, after-school and community programs accordingly.
“In our work at the Science Center, we consistently hear concerns from corporate leaders about having a qualified workforce for the future. Corporations need collaborative problem-solvers with excellent skills in science, technology, engineering, and math – or STEM,” said Ron Baillie, the Henry Buhl, Jr., Co-Director of Carnegie Science Center. “We launched our Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development three years ago to address this issue, embracing our role as convener of all stakeholders in the quest for top-quality STEM education – corporations, parents, educators, students, legislators, foundations -- as we inspire and prepare young people to meet the needs of our region and our nation. ”
The Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, introduced the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act that would create a CTE teacher-training grant partnership to recruit and train high-quality CTE teachers. The Creating Quality Technical Educators Act grant would foster partnerships between high-needs secondary schools and post-secondary institutions to create one-year teacher residencies for CTE teachers. Through grants in the Higher Education and Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), many teacher residency partnerships already exist between post-secondary institutions and local schools to train prospective educators, but none are CTE focused.
CTE teacher residencies created through the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act would target mid-career professionals in related technical fields, as well as recent college graduates, veterans or currently licensed teachers with a desire to transition to a CTE focus.
The reality is manufacturing continues to evolve with other industries. Many of today’s workers have tech-savvy jobs that ask them to use software in ways involving modeling products with 3D visualization tools, mining big data with analytics, and automating assembly with robotics. From procurement to design, building, delivery, and service, there’s considerable opportunity–not to mention massive room for growth–at some of the world’s largest companies.
Something has to be done, Resurging interest in manufacturing as a career will require a systemic effort, both publicly and privately. It’s going to have to be approached from the ground up, and we’ve come up with a list that will help attract the younger workforce to manufacturing. Adam Robinson of Cerasis is our industry expert recommending the following solutions.
The Wall Street Journal published an article by Chase Gummer, WSJ German Tech and Corporate Coverage Editor, discussing the Technical Education Market, from an industry perspective. Excerpts include mention of many of the companies that serve our field, and Industry Leaders opinions about Technical Education. Gummer reports, German company Festo AG wants to make American factory workers more tech savvy. As robotics take an ever more prominent role on factory floors, training workers and keeping their skills up to date has grown in importance. Festo see’s in the U.S. a "mismatch in the labor market between what businesses need and the kind of education young people are getting," said Nader Imani, chief executive of Festo Didactic, the company's stand-alone education division.
The most important thing to note about STEM funding is that it’s driven by several different motives, and understanding where a funder is coming from will be crucial to finding the right fit. For some, typically Silicon Valley tech philanthropists, it’s about nurturing innovation. For others, it’s about global market dominance and getting ahead of China. Corporate funders are interested in keeping their industries strong, and in many cases, directly training and recruiting future employees. Then there are funders who consider it a justice issue, ensuring that disadvantaged students graduate with access to future jobs and competitive pay.
Generally, there are a handful of program categories that win grants in this field: Professional development for K-12 teachers, Informal education such as camps and afterschool programs, Competitions, awards and science fairs, STEM equipment and curriculum, Implementing STEM standards and reform.
Gravity Racing Challenge
With Soap Box Derby cars being used in over 300 schools in 13 states and in classrooms in
Promoting the S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiative in education through gravity racing, the Gravity Racing Challenge (GRC) program is designed to provide K-12 educators and students with meaningful, project and standards based, intercurricular learning opportunities. Educators are successfully implementing the GRC program in classrooms, after-school, summer or enrichment programs and clubs worldwide.
STEM, Pre-Engineering, Design
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The "Folding Matters" lesson explores how engineers have to incorporate folding and unfolding into many mechanical devices including shunts, telescopes, and deployable solar panels for spacecraft. Students work in teams to develop a "foldable" solar panel out of everyday items that can fit into a foil or plastic wrap box, yet be able to expand to 1 foot or about 30 cm, by 3 feet or about 90 cm with at least 80% of the surface comprised of solar panel (aluminum foil). Teams develop their designs on paper, determine what materials they need, build their design, present it to the class, compare their team's design with those of other student teams, reflect on the experience, and share observations with the class.
Lesson focuses on how the process of folding has impacts on engineering and is evident in nature. Students consider many applications of folding such as parachutes, wings in a cocoon, heart stents, and solar panels in space. They work in teams to create a model out of everyday items of a solar panel that can be folded (for transport) and expanded (in space). Students design their solar panel on paper, build it for transport, and open or test it. All teams evaluate their results, reflect on their design, and present to the class.
Students explore how the folding of materials is sometimes critical to the functionality or shipment of a product. Students work in teams to develop a solar panel that can be folded into a small box and then deployed to its original size. The unfolded "panel" will be constructed out of everyday items including aluminum foil and must be at least 1 foot or about 30 cm, by 3 feet or about 90 cm in size when unfolded. Students work in teams to select materials, design the solar panel and engineer the folding process. They build and pack their solar panel into a small box and unfold it to determine damage or functionality. They compare their designs to those of other student teams, reflect on the experience, and share observations with the class.
General Motors Foundation grants STEM scholarships for fourth consecutive year. The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, funded by the General Motors Foundation, will accept applications for 2014 scholarships through 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 28. This is the fourth year the Buick Achiever Scholarships will be awarded to students who excel in the classroom and give back to the community. To be eligible for the program, high school seniors or current undergraduate students must be looking to obtain a college degree in science, technology, engineering, math, also known as STEM, or other eligible fields related to the auto industry.