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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, H.R. 803, Signed Into Law

 

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.” 

Learn How Electricity and Magnetism Work With This Educational Toy

Elenco Electronics, Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of Snaptricity to its Snap Circuit educational toy product line.  This kit teaches about magnetism and how electricity is used in an everyday home environment.

The Snaptricity kit provides over 40 parts including a meter, electromagnet, motor, lamps, switches, a fan and a compass.  It provides knowledge about magnetic fields, how switches control the lights in homes and how series and parallel circuits affect electricity.  A color-coded manual uses over 75 projects to demonstrate these principles of electricity.


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.

A Brighter Tomorrow

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.

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Ioannis Miaoulis- NCTL STEM

We Are the TE in 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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$500 Million in Community College Grants for Training Programs. Click (READ MORE) for State allocations.

$500 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs. The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative, which promotes skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math careers through partnerships between training providers and local employers. The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.

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Energy Industry 3 Million Jobs by 2020

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).


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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.


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Digging Deeper in STEM Education

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.


Carnegie Science Center announces results of STEM Education Study

“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 Creating Quality Technical Educators Act of 2014

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.

Industry Solutions for Attracting Future U.S. Manufacturing Employees

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.

$3 Billion Market - Technical Education

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.

 


How to Land a STEM Grant

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.

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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.


Potential and Kinetic energy in an interactive gumball machine

Grade Level: 
High School
Subject: 
STEM, physics, engineering
 
Lesson Synopsis 
Students learn about the history of gumball machines and explore potential and kinetic energy while working in teams to build a gumball slide. Teams then design and build their own interactive gumball machine. 
 
Lesson Focus
Students explore potential and kinetic energy while working in teams to design and build an interactive gumball machine.  
 
Objectives 
- Explore potential and kinetic energy. 
- Design & build an interactive gumball machine.
- Implement the engineering design process to solve the design challenge.
 

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The Buick Achievers Scholarship

 

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.

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