White House FY 2015 Budget calls for Increased Investment in STEM Education - Government Wide Reorganization of STEM Education
The White House fiscal 2015 budget proposes a number of changes to improving and strengthening the quality and quantity of workers in science, technology, education and mathematics (STEM) fields. One proposed change is a government wide reorganization of STEM education programs that have traditionally been fragmented across various agencies. The proposal also seeks to focus federal STEM education efforts on five areas identified in the government’s five-year strategic plan: P-12 instruction, undergraduate education, graduate education, broadening participation in STEM to women and minorities, and STEM education activities that take place outside the traditional classroom. The budget also proposes $170 million for the Education Department to launch a cohesive initiative to transform STEM teaching and learning, in part to establish the President’s goal of recruiting, preparing and retaining 100,000 STEM teachers over the next decade.
The president's budget also would provide $333 million to support top graduate student researchers who show promise in becoming future leaders in STEM fields, and would provide $7 million for a new program to boost innovation in graduate education by providing awards to universities that come up with innovative ideas for improving student training.
American Technical Publishers announces the availability of new welding training materials specifically designed for welders and students working with all types of welding processes and systems. Welding Skills, Fourth Edition, is an effective instructional tool that addresses all aspects of the welding trade and the latest welding technology. In addition, competencies recommended in the American Welding Society (AWS) Schools Excelling through National Skills Standards Education (SENSE) guidelines are included throughout the textbook.
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.
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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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
National Education Foundation (NEF), the national non-profit leader in STEM education as well as assisting schools to find Federal funds, will offer the mandated matching grant to enable any disadvantaged school district anywhere in the nation to receive $1million to $50 million Federal funds for energy efficiency, renovation, technology, curriculum and teacher training. Any school district with at least 35% of students on free or reduced cost lunch is eligible to apply. Applications are available at www.qzab.org. Grants are awarded on a first-come first-served basis in most states.The little-known Federal Funding program has $700 million available. NEF has set aside $70 million to provide the required 10% matching grant. NEF would also set up the mandated STEM+ (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, English, Social Studies, SAT/ACT, IT, Business) academy at no cost to the school district.
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.
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.
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.
The following are some education-related highlights from Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address. The excerpts are from a full text version of the president’s prepared remarks, as distributed by the Associated Press.
The First Four Paragraph's are Directed to Technical, Technology and STEM Education.
1) I’ve asked Vice President Biden to lead an across-the-board reform of America’s training programs to make sure they have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now. That means more on-the-job training, and more apprenticeships that set a young worker on an upward trajectory for life. It means connecting companies to community colleges that can help design training to fill their specific needs.
2) We’re working to redesign high schools and partner them with colleges and employers that offer the real-world education and hands-on training that can lead directly to a job and career. We’re shaking up our system of higher education to give parents more information, and colleges more incentives to offer better value, so that no middle-class kid is priced out of a college education.
Four years after the end of the Great Recession, 23 million Americans remain unemployed, underemployed, or have left the workforce discouraged. Even worse, Washington policymakers seem out of ideas.
Where the Jobs Are: Entrepreneurship and the Soul of the American Economy shows how America can restore its great job-creation machine. Recent research has demonstrated that virtually all net new job creation in the United States over the past thirty years has come from businesses less than a year old—true "start-ups." Start-up businesses create an average of three million new jobs each year, while existing businesses of any size or age shed a net average of about one million jobs annually.
Unfortunately, the vital signs of America's job-creating entrepreneurial economy are flashing red alert. After remaining remarkably consistent for decades, the rate of new business formation has declined significant in recent years, and the number of new jobs created by new firms is also falling.
MechNet Inc. has developed a very unique educational opportunity for STEM education. One of the programs main goals is to pique the interest of the student, by studying engineering, math and physics concepts on a real world platform. The program also helps students who may have previously had issues in Math and Science, by better relating concepts to topics that can be understood with a real world application. This program brings math and engineering to life. Students will be required to use math and science as a tool to solve a problem. All of the letters in the equation will relate to something real. The course uses the approach of, " for today’s lesson we want to solve for X, and this in the formula we are going to use," along with the data to come up with the answer. The program is based around the popular 1/10th scale remote control racing vehicle and uses sophisticated research quality testing equipment to conduct experiments. It will require the use of mathematical formulas and science principles
The Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center is in search of a new model to prepare students for the workforce, and Grant Tate is on a mission to find it. Tate, a tech executive turned consultant who heads the Charlottesville-based firm the Bridge Ltd, is leading CATEC through a strategic planning process that he believes can transform the current state of vocational training in the region. “All the forces are coming together on this issue,” Tate said, citing the Orange Dot Project—a local 2011 family self-sufficiency study—and recent state and national conversations about the wage gap between high- and low-income earners. “The thing that was brought out [of those conversations] was that we need vocational training to help start to bridge this gap so people can get real jobs,” Tate added. “So the national pressure is coming, the state pressure is coming, and the local pressure is coming.”
Youth CareerConnect Grants, Building America's Next Generation Workforce.To compete in today’s global economy, America’s students need deep knowledge and skills that will prepare them for college and the jobs of the future. Yet far too many of America’s students are not meaningfully engaged or motivated in their academic experience while in high school. Many high school graduates lack exposure to learning that links their work in school to college and careers—especially in the critically important fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Moreover, many of America’s international competitors offer students a more rigorous and relevant education in their middle and high school years.
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.”
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The "Radio Reception & Transmission" lesson explores how radio has impacted society, and impacted communications globally. Students work in teams to construct a working radio receiver that can receive FM broadcasts. An extension is to also build a FM transmitter, or to have an older student team build a transmitter, and partner with younger students who build the radio receiver. Very young students can build a snap kit. Older students will be more challenged to build the radio receiver or transmitter using kits of resistors, capacitors, coils, semiconductors, a PC board, and other parts. Teams build their radio and transmitter, test it, reflect on the challenge, and present their experiences to their class.
Lesson explores the electronics behind radio, and its impact on society. Students work in teams to build and test a radio receiver and optional transmitter from either a snap or soldering kit (depending on level and age). They review challenges encountered in the building and testing process, evaluate their results, and share observations with their class.
- Learn about engineering design and redesign.
- Learn about circuits and computers.
- Learn about radio receivers and transmitters.
- Learn about teamwork and problem solving.
Trainees are first in the US to receive German Vocational Training Certificate
Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations, LLC (Volkswagen Chattanooga) celebrated the inaugural graduation class of the Volkswagen Academy Automation Mechatronics Program (AMP) in a ceremony that highlighted the German ‘dual education’ system and featured the first Americans to ever earn certification from the German Chambers of Commerce program, which certifies the graduates to work in Germany and around the world.
“For our team to build top quality cars, our electrical and mechanical systems must function perfectly,” said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chairman of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “These students are now trained with a passion for detail that is crucial to our success and we are eager for them to join our skilled team of experts,” Fischer said.