The Technical Education field has stood the challenges of all education and industry during these past years, and proven its worth. Technical Education programs are changing, evolving and innovating to better serve the country’s needs. Preparing students of all ages to help drive America’s success and vitality, it is creating an educational environment that integrates core academics with real-world relevance.
Every day we hear politicians and business leaders advocating an emphasis on STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math). What is STEM? A STEM education is not just teaching math or science; it is a way of teaching. Rather than basing instruction on a test, a STEM class focuses on hands-on learning. Students participate in an activity while learning science, math, and other skills.
Technical Education is the TE in STEM, We deliver Project-based learning that includes science and math in every subject. STEM EDUCATION is coming to your school. Technical Educators need to take the lead, and reach out to Science and Math Departments and Administration. Let them know you have the projects that will deliver STEM Education. Every day we hear the question, “What can schools do to connect more directly to jobs?" Technical Educators are Leading the Way.
CHALLENGE: Small, nontraditional learning spaces lacking the right tools for storage, organization, and efficient workflow
SOLUTION: Create a space-saving, well-organized environment for hands-on and classroom learning experiences that mirror real-world shop environments
BENEFITS: Enhanced classroom learning opportunities; significant cost savings from not having to replace lost tools; tools and parts are centralized, easily located, inventoried, and secure; and increased shop/student productivity
PRODUCTS USED: Workstations, Chairs, High-Density Storage Drawer Cabinets
Used in automotive shops around the world, Stanley Vidmar storage and workspace solutions are the perfect way for the educators of tomorrow’s automotive technicians and machinists to incorporate professional-grade products into the classroom experience. At Carbon Career & Technical Institute (CCTI), a dedicated team of instructors equips high school students with the skills and knowledge needed to enter the workforce or enroll in a post-secondary educational program. Using real-world examples to teach essential concepts, their staff applies advanced technology to career and technical tasks in areas including welding, precision machine technology, HVAC, and automotive repair.
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.
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
Consider managing a grant for several hundreds of thousands of dollars over a period of 24 months whereby the grant outcomes require articulated and cohesive work to be accomplished by a collaborative party of entities. Who is held accountable? The Feds? The local fiduciary whom awarded the grant? Your boss? You? How about your front line staff? What about the local agencies and partners, cohorts and advocates? What components of the grant are clear and what is vague? Is there a contingency plan and systems in place to manage problems and stave off catastrophe?
For a time, common grant language included the phrase, “seamless and transparent services provided to the client”. Ok. But who is really responsible to make sure that happens? Maybe more importantly, who is responsible if the requirements of the grant are not met?
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.
The Art of the Future
"Why should policy makers, educators, school board members and students care about the arts and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)?" The Art of the Future is the book written by Jim Brazell in response to this question asked of him by the National School Boards Association (NSBA). Debra Amidon, the creator of the concept of knowledge innovation says in her foreword to the book: “The Art of the Future
Time for the United States to Reskill? The Survey of Adult Skills, shows that our highest-skilled adults remain on par with those in other leading nations, but that, on average, American students are behind other nations in every other measure. The international rankings show that in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in a technology-rich environment, the U.S. average performance is significantly lower than the international average. The data also show that the skill levels of U.S. adults have remained stable over two decades, and that our youngest learners are not improving their skill levels. In some other countries, young adults score well above older ones and also outpace their American peers. This shows that the disadvantages children face often persist into adulthood and learning gaps, fueled by opportunity gaps, exist among American adults.
The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 112 national education organizations and institutions from PreK through graduate education, today once again called on Congress to replace the harmful sequester cuts to children and education.To dramatize the impact of the cuts, CEF member organizations delivered a fact sheet along with plush turkeys to members of the conference committee on the Fiscal Year 2014 budget resolution as well as other key House and Senate offices, with a message of “Carve Turkeys, Not Education!” http://cef.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/stop-the-cuts-11-19.pdf
The Purdue University, College of Education is poised to transform itself with a new Integrated STEM Teacher Education Program. Purdue is one of the first universities to develop a program that seeks to infuse science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a new initiative geared toward future educators. It will consist of a specialization program in which anyone in the College of Education can choose to enroll and will also bring in six new professors to develop a research program.
Colorado, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Oregon— have been chosen through a competitive application process to participate in Advancing Career and Technical Education (CTE) in State and Local Career Pathways Systems, a two-year project managed by Jobs for the Future through a contract with OVAE. Technical assistance will be provided to assist these states in building their capacity to integrate CTE Programs of Study (POS) into their broader career pathways system development efforts. Participating states will be assigned a coach and will have subject matter experts available to help them develop and implement their action plan and achieve their goals.
Employers and workers continue to endure the effects of the recession—job growth is slow and concentrated in lower-wage jobs. Furthermore, many youths and adults continue to see fewer opportunities for postsecondary education and training, a lack of financial support, and relatively high tuition rates. To address these issues, the experts were asked “How can the innovations that prove successful be scaled and replicated when funding for workforce development is being cut?” Their answers focused on three key areas: “1) collaborative efforts that better connect employers with workforce programs and services; 2) approaches that help build the education and work experience of under-skilled and unemployed workers to get them on viable career paths; and, 3) advances in business practices and technology to better serve workforce system customers.”
Jason came to Symbol hungry for a career change. He had been unemployed for several years, barely making ends meet working at a carwash and living in a shelter. Jason met with a career counselor who suggested he look into the manufacturing field since it is a career that would continue to provide opportunities for growth and personal development. Jason liked the idea of working in a production occupation with high tech machines.
Impressed that the demand for CNC operators would continue to increase for the foreseeable future, Jason enrolled in Symbol's CNC 303 course, studying CNC Programming, Setup and Operations with an additional 80 hours of machine shop internship.
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.
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The "Temperature Tactics" activity explores the devices used over time to measure changes in temperature. Students work in teams of "engineers" to design and build their own temperature gauge out of everyday items. They explore how various materials change when temperatures decrease, evaluate their results, and present reflections to the class.
- Learn about sensors that measure temperature.
- Learn about engineering design.
- Learn about properties of materials.
- Learn about teamwork and problem solving.
The GM Foundation recognizes the importance of vibrant early education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
The GM Foundation
The General Motors Foundation invests in educational programs and institutions to help nurture tomorrow’s innovators and leaders. The investments are geared primarily towards programs and organizations that help small children enter school with the skills they need to succeed, that contribute to increasing high school graduation rates or that provide much needed financial assistance for college.
Chevrolet Green Educator Award
The General Motors Foundation is proud to support the Chevrolet GREEN Educator award, given to 10 inspirational educators who engage youth in innovative and interactive environmental learning. Last year, the award recognized educators go above and beyond standard educational practices in the classroom, their school, and their community.