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Industry Executives, Policy Advisors, and Educators, Discuss the Need for STEM Education in Michigan

Technical Education Publishing was fortunate to witness the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, in Northern Michigan, and repeatedly heard from speakers on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education, and the dire need to engage and nurture the interest of the next generation, so they can fill the talent pipeline and compete in the 21st century economy. Following are quotes from leaders that are of special interest to our audience. Technical Education Publishing will continue to follow these executives and their mission to enhance STEM Education. Our goal is to help them reach the classroom. Watch our pages during the coming months as this develops.

Why Does the Problem Exist in the First Place? It is our inability to change our school system to get kids ready. The public school system serves so many political and private interests they don't operate to the benefit of the kids. Joel Klein, former Chancellor of the New York Department of Education and News Corporation Executive, CEO of Amplify.

DDS Sweep Function Generators for Basic Applications

B&K Precision today announced two new DDS (direct digital synthesis) sweep function generators, models 4007B and 4013B, which improve upon the former models 4007DDS and 4013DDS with an enhanced user interface as well as lower prices. Models 4007B and 4013B can generate sine and square waveforms from 0.1 Hz to 7 MHz and 0.1 Hz to 12 MHz respectively. Both models also output triangle/ramp waveforms from 0.1 Hz to 1 MHz and provide variable output voltages from 0 to 10 Vpp into 50 ohms or 20 Vpp into open circuit.

Technology in Action

Technology Phobia

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.

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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Follow The Money

$21 Million for STEM Grants


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.

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Technology for Every Student in the Classroom, Protected by Worth Ave. Group

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.

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The Art of the Future

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The Art of the Future

These are stories of high school students and teachers (and public and private partners acting through networks) to do “real world” scientific research and development (R&D) and engineering design. This is the new face of advanced technological education in America’s high schools and community colleges. Job profiles are provided by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education initiative.


Modern Data Aquisition Techniques Improve STEM Education

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 [1]. Engineering education is becoming an expectation for secondary school students in the U.S. [2] and becoming increasingly student-centered [3]. 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 [4] 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 [5].

Automotive Industry Future will Require Innovation, Advanced STEM Education

David Cole, chairman emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, in remarks to the Lansing Chamber of Commerce Economic Luncheon and interview with the Lansing Journal, said "the automotive workforce is aging and doesn’t have enough younger talent with skilled trades or expertise in technical fields to replace retiring employees".

"That will be problematic in an industry that has had to adapt to be leaner, more globally competitive and more technologically advanced after surviving what essentially was an economic depression," said Cole, who has spent decades studying the industry as an engineering professor and researcher.

The auto industry is in the midst of a “revolution” that will require increased innovation and more employees with science, technology and engineering backgrounds,

Case Western Reserve Engineering Students - Testing New Method for Remotely Controlling Research Grade Laboratory Equipment via the Internet

With the recent advancements in the internet and data acquisition systems, what would not have been possible to accomplish a few years ago, now is possible.

Recently, the Mechanical Engineering students at Case Western Reserve began using a new and innovative teaching method by operating a wind tunnel remotely via the internet. They operate a wind tunnel under the guidance of Professors Dr. Joseph Prahl and Dr. Paul Barnhart in their Mechanical Engineering Class at Case Western. The wind tunnel is located in Mentor, Ohio at the headquarters of Mech-Net Inc. The students are part of a Beta Testing program of MechNet’s new method for remotely controlling research grade laboratory equipment via the internet. They will operate the wind tunnel and receive a video of an airfoil in the test section just the same as the wind tunnel they have in their lab. This method of remotely controlling the equipment will allow College and even High School students access to expensive equipment on an hourly Basis to Conduct STEM math and science experiments hands on.

The Future of Technology in Education

Predicting what future technology could do in the domain of education is certainly a difficult task. Mainly because the student community is looking at education from different angles, and technology itself is undergoing a massive change. One must realize that the future is clouded, and must be filtered through the ability of teachers — in the past and present — to think about the impact of technologies on student learning and capacity of the teaching community to undergird research in technology. We must remember that technologies are not the content of education; rather they provide a cornucopia of tools for learning.

The technologies we know will now undergo enormous change at an increasingly rapid pace. In 1965, founder of Intel Gordon Moore had predicted the exponential growth of technology. Moore’s law postulates that the processing power and speed of any electronic calculating device will double every 18 months. At the same time, the price for that technology will decline approximately 35 per cent a year relative to the power. If this continues to be true, researchers will have an abundance of exciting new tools to use as they study the curriculum and children of the future. Those instruments will not only be more powerful than those we have now, but will cost less, making them affordable for research, schools and families.

Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus

U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Rob Portman announced the formation of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus. The bipartisan Caucus, co-chaired by Kaine and Portman, will focus on improving and strengthening access to career and technical education to ensure that students of all ages are prepared with the skills they need for the jobs of the 21st century.
“From growing up working in my Dad's small ironworking shop to creating Governor’s Career and Technical academies, career and technical education has always been a passion of mine,” said Kaine. “Through career and technical programs we can strengthen the links between the classroom and the workplace, helping students acquire the education and skills that will help them find employment and enjoy productive, successful lives after graduation. President Obama’s inclusion of workforce training as a priority in his State of the Union Address is a heartening sign for what we can accomplish this year. I am proud to launch the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus with Senator Portman and I look forward to working together to improve CTE.”

Career and Technical Education Month

February is National Career and Technical Education month, and there is much to be celebrated when examining the remarkable contributions that Delaware’s career and technical education students, teachers and alumni have made to communities throughout the state.

Investing in career and technical education can yield big returns for state economies. There is strong evidence, for example, that high school students involved in these programs are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates. In addition, CTE programs at the postsecondary level have realized an increase in completion rates as they prepare students and adults for in-demand careers. There is no doubt that career and technical education also addresses the needs of high-growth industries and helps to close the skills gap.

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Robofest is an annual robotics festival and competition designed to promote and support STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) and Computer Science for students in grades 5 - 12 and college students. Robofest challenges teams of students to design, build, and program autonomous robots to compete in the following categories in two age divisions:

  • Game Competition - A team of students competes to accomplish robotics missions using fully autonomous robots. Especially Robofest game puts math skills to the test.
  • Exhibition - Each team has complete freedom to show off any creative computer programmed robotics R&D project.
  • Vision Centric Robot Challenge (Sr. high school and college students - Associate Event)
  • Bottle RoboSumo (aka RoboShove) (Jr and Sr - Associate Event)

Any robotics kits are allowed in the construction of robots. Robofest has multiple venues in the US and several other countries.

Planting with Precision

Grade Level: 
High School
Engineering design, agriculture
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Lesson Synopsis 
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 Focus
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.
Lesson Objectives 
- 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 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