On July 22, The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)was signed into law. The signing ceremony was a showcase for the importance of national workforce education and development to economic recovery. It included the release of Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity, a federal-wide effort to ensure “that federally funded training programs are singularly focused on getting more Americans ready to work with marketable skills.”
GLOBAL WARMING Experiments–
Conduct experiments with a model atmosphere to learn about Earth’s climate system, weather, and atmosphere. Explore the hydrological cycle. Conduct experiments to model wind and ocean currents. Learn how human activity influences the climate with experiments involving carbon dioxide and the greenhouse effect. Investigate the potential consequences of global warming on humans, ecosystems, and the world’s economies, and learn what we can do to protect the climate.
Technology in Action
All of us suffer from some sort of phobia, be it high places, closed areas, water, etc., and for most of these there is a cure. The phobia affecting many people over the past 40 to 50 years is Technology Phobia, or the uncertainty of how technology would affect their lives and their work.
Let us be honest with ourselves; all of us suffer from technology phobia to some degree or another.
How often we wish for another chance
To make a fresh beginning,
A chance to blot our mistakes
And change failure into winning--
And it does not take a new year
To make a brand-new start,
It only takes the deep desire
To try with all our heart
To live a little better
And to always be forgiving
And to add a little laughter
To the world in which we're living--
So never give up in despair
And think that you are through,
For there's always a tomorrow
And a chance to start anew.
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 improve the critical STEM education in the nation’s K-12 schools, National Education Foundation (NEF), the national non-profit leader in bridging the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) divides, has launched a multimillion dollar grant program in partnership with TEKSystems and Pearson.
Any school district/school with 35% or more students on Free/Reduced cost lunch is eligible. Apply at http://www.cyberlearning.org/adoptgrant. NEF will award 100 grants in 2013-14 school year, with at least one in each state.
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.
The Art of the Future
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.
STEM Education Source and Technical Education Publishing will provide information about Technical, Technology and STEM related sources of information and curriculum that can be helpful in the classroom. The following are some great resources for preK-12 STEM Education.
NASA — Educators
eGFI: Dream Up the Future
Veteran Technology Educator Jacqui Murray discussed her view of what the classroom of the future might look like. The following are some of her published opinions and visions. Many are already happening today.
What’s your vision of the future?
Students will each have a digital device. It may be a tablet PC, laptop, Chromebook, Surface–that won’t matter. What’s important is that it is portable, sturdy, fits in a backpack, and is digitally secure. All student work will be done on these.
Students will actively participate via a backchannel device (i.e., Today’s Meet, Socrative, Padlet, Twitter, a Google Apps adaptation). The stream of student comments, thoughts, questions, ideas will appear on the class Smartscreen for the benefit of all. Students will access it on their digital devices, while class goes on. The teacher will address comments so she can address concerns.
Homework and projects will be submitted online, via Dropbox, GAFE, or a school-specific program like Schoology. No printing, no depositing to the class inbox, no lost in the dark recesses of the student backpack. Work will be completed and immediately shared with stakeholders.
Workers with STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—skills are essential in promoting innovation and economic growth, but there is a relative (and perhaps an absolute) shortage of U.S. workers with the STEM skills our economy requires, according to Jonathan Rockwell of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. His recent report, Still Searching: Job Vacancies and STEM Skills, used new data to “analyze the skill requirements and the advertisement duration time for millions of job openings.” It contains a wealth of information for those preparing the STEM workforce of the future. http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/2014/job-vacancies-and-stem-skills#/M10420
Festo Didactic, the education division of the Festo Group has acquired Lab-Volt Systems. This is a major Corporate Merger in the Technical Education Sector. For the customers of both companies, this acquisition opens up the availability of a much broader range of products and services worldwide. Lab-Volt’s and Festo Didactic’s product portfolios will be integrated according to a joint portfolio and branding strategy. Festo Didactic, a global education company, is the market leader in technical education with focus on both, learning systems and training services. Lab-Volt is the leading specialist for equipment and solutions in the technical training and continuing education sectors, focusing on electronics, electrical and mechanical engineering, and telecommunications
The time that every student will have a computer for their schoolwork is here today. Technical Education Publishing has discussed the transition with several Technology Directors around the country and will share the top stories. If your school does not have a 1-to-1 deployment of Lap Top or IPAD for each student, you soon will. The key issue for providing this technology has been how to protect technical devices from accidental damage, vandalism and more. We have discovered an organization with the courage and imagination to offer this protection. This is the first in a series of discussions we are having with Technology Educators and Worth Ave. Group.
STEM education is rapidly changing. The redesign of the Advanced Placement science exams puts new emphasis on evidence-based reasoning, data analysis and experimental design . Engineering education is becoming an expectation for secondary school students in the U.S.  and becoming increasingly student-centered . These changes require students to participate in new roles in the classroom and require teachers to devote more instructional time to the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data. Since the publication of the National Science Education Standards  school systems have been pressured to invest in science labs. However, the quality of lab experiences for most U.S. students remains poor and it is often the case that the continuous investment required to maintain and supply lab work does not support initial investments .
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.
Engineering design, agriculture
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The "Planting with Precision" lesson explores how engineers work to solve the challenges of a society, such as efficient planting and harvesting. Students work in teams to devise a system using every day materials that can drop a sunflower or pumpkin seed every 15 cm over a 60 cm distance. Teams sketch their plans, build their system, test it, reflect on the challenge, and present their experiences to their class.
Lesson explores agricultural and engineering and challenges students to engineer a system out of everyday materials that can drop a seed every 15 cm over a 60 cm distance. Students learn about seed drills and planters and consider the impact these inventions have had on farming and agriculture over the years. Students build and test their planters, evaluate their designs and those of classmates, and share observations with their class.
- Learn about engineering design and redesign.
- Learn about machinery and systems for planting crops.
- Learn how engineering can help solve society's challenges.
- Learn about teamwork and problem solving.
The Gene Haas Foundation made a gift of $1 million for scholarships in advanced manufacturing, as well as machining training and education to benefit as many as 1,000 students. The presentation ceremony took place next to the Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) on the Glendale Community College campus. Gene Haas presented a check to Kathy Burnham of the SME Education Foundation, which will administer the scholarship fund.