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Youth Want Jobs, Not Antiquated Expensive Degrees

Educators of Technical, Technology and STEM education continue with us, to advocate for hands-on skilled training. Thought leaders from around the country have discussed ways to accomplish this through education reform. C. M. Rubin published a discussion with Charles Fadel.

Contemporary education is failing our students because we are stuck in a curriculum designed for a different century, We need to re-examine college entrance requirements (and their tests). They hold change hostage to antiquated and incomplete requirements. Massive adaptation must be demanded by parents and educators alike. Without these changes, we will be unable to adapt curricula to reflect modern needs. It starts with creating a framework for WHAT we need to teach, which must be comprehensive yet concise and actionable


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Economic Facts Everyone Should Know

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.


Evaluate Cost

Standard practice has been to:

 

EVALUATE THE COST OF
IMPLEMENTING NEW TECHNOLOGY


Survival as a manufacturing nation demands that we also:


EVALUATE THE COST OF NOT
IMPLEMENTING NEW TECHNOLOGY


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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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$ 5.2 Million Investment in STEM-based Manufacturing Education Workforce Development Programs

The SME Education Foundation (www.smeef.org) has announced funding to nine model schools in eight states through its PRIME -Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education -Program, for the academic school year, 2012-2013. PRIME, a community-based approach to manufacturing education, is part of a commitment by the SME Education Foundation to address the shortage of manufacturing and technical talent in the United States. Model schools funded by PRIME offer STEM-based curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to prepare young people for highly skilled jobs with lucrative potential. One of the richest sources of employment and economic growth will be jobs requiring a solid STEM education.

 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in professional, scientific, and technical services is expected to grow by 29 percent, adding 2.1 million new jobs between 2010 and 2020.

 

Author: 
Scott Brown

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Defense Industry Calls for STEM Talent

The gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers will only grow, defense leaders warn.

In the information age, military operations are becoming more and more dependent on network-based capabilities. Meeting the rising communication technology challenges of the future means having a workforce versed in science, technology, engineering and math, leaders suggest.

Barbara Borgonovi, vice president, Integrated Communication Systems, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, shared that talented workers are needed to fill employment gaps at defense companies as well as in the military. She refers to the challenge as the talent imperative.

To fill positions, industry and the government need to change how they identify, hire and retain talent, Borgonovi said.


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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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Amazon Future Engineer Program to Fund Computer Programming and Coding Classes

There is a shortage of Computer Engineers, and teaching students to code will ensure a pipeline of future talent to hire.

Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program to inspire, educate, and train children and young adults from under-served and low-income communities to pursue careers in computer science. Amazon aims to inspire more than 10 million kids each year to explore computer science, fund CS courses for over 100,000 underprivileged young people in 2,000 low-income high schools across the U.S., and award 100 students from under-served communities pursuing degrees in computer science with four-year $10,000 annual scholarships, as well as internships at Amazon to gain work experience.

Amazon said it will pay for summer camps, teacher training and other initiatives to benefit kids and young adults from low-income families who might not have learned to code otherwise. It hopes the programs spur more black, Hispanic and female students to study computer science. Amazon declined to put a price tag on the program, called Amazon Future Engineer, but said it will take up a big chunk of the $50 million that it committed to spend on computer science education last year.


Eighty Percent of Contractors Report Difficulty Finding Qualified Craft Workers to Hire as Association Calls for Measures to Rebuild Workforce

Associated General Contractors of America and its partner Autodesk surveyed over 2,500 construction firms during the summer of 2018 to evaluate the extent and impacts of workforce shortages in the industry. The survey found that an overwhelming majority of construction firms are having a hard time finding qualified workers. These shortages are prompting many firms to raise wages, improve benefits and expand bonuses and other incentives. Labor shortages are also leading many firms to change the way they operate to become more efficient and less reliant on labor. Labor shortages are also apparent in the monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS reports that construction industry job openings in recent months have been at the highest levels since the series began


Training our Next Workforce Through University, Community College and Career Center Collaboration

The Institute of Agricultural Technology, at Michigan State University, Lansing Community College’s Technical Careers Division and Ingham Intermediate School District’s Wilson Talent Center are preparing the region's next workforce.

The Institute offers nine certificate programs, ranging from landscape and nursery management to livestock industries to turf grass management.

“Students are taking the same courses as bachelor degree students are, even though they’re in the certificate program,” said Erin Bosch, agricultural industries coordinator at the institute. “They’re taking the 100- and 200-level courses to gain knowledge in the industry, to then go, and either immediately get into the workforce, or a percentage of students transfer into the bachelor degree program.”


Measuring CTE Outcomes - Trained, Credentialed, Placed

Without outcomes, CTE is just another elective,” said Dr. Sally Downey, superintendent of the East Valley Institute of Technology, which provides over 40 CTE programs for high school students and adults.

“CTE outcomes shouldn’t be difficult to measure,” Downey said. “Did the student complete their program and earn an industry credential or license? Did they get a job related to their CTE program? Did they go to college or join the military? All of those things are measureable. But the devil is always in the details, especially when those details involve taxpayer dollars and politics.”

In 2013, the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University published what many considered to be the first comprehensive look at CTE in the Grand Canyon state.


Secretary Devos at U.S. Space Center - "Rethink School" Tour

For more than 50 years, the George Marshall Space Flight Center has helped design and build the engines, vehicles, and space instruments that make possible what was thought impossible. And Alabama’s own U.S. Space & Rocket Center inspires young campers to embark on missions of science and discovery.

For students across America, the summer break is well over. Classes and homework have resumed. Learning has resumed.

But have you ever stopped to wonder why America's schools close for three months? Do hospitals close? Or grocery stores? Your favorite restaurant? Why does "the system" gear learning to "the school year"? Within artificial boundaries? Within parameters? Within limits?


Perkins Act - Changes and Opportunities - Including STEM

While the measure was signed into law on July 31, 2018, Perkins V will go into effect on July 1, 2019.

Over the next few months, states will be writing transition plans, which will cover the first year of the law’s implementation (July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020). Full four-year state and local plans, covering all the requirements of the act, will be submitted in spring 2020 (encompassing program years July 1, 2020-June 30, 2024).

The law would authorize $1.229 billion for FY 2019 and gradually increase this authorization level to $1.318 billion in FY 2024, which represents a 10.57 percent increase over the course of the act compared to the amount Congress allocated to the Perkins Basic State Grant program in FY 2018.

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ROBOFEST

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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.


Garage Truss - 8-11 tech ed

Grade Level: 
High School
Subject: 
Technology Education, STEM
Lesson Overview:
To develop skills with framing and roof/truss design, teams of two students will design and construct a single stall garage model with a single gable roof from precut and scaled pine boards and ¾” wire brads.
 
Garage Constraints:
  • Only use 1 base-12”X12”X3/4” plywood.
  • Must have one two-car garage door framed opening.
  • Must also include two windows and one entry door.
  • Gable must be a minimum 5/12 pitch with truss rafters.
  • Every item must be scaled down from actual products use 1’=1”. 
Goals/Objectives:
  1. Identify the main components of a wall frame and roof rafter/truss.
  2. Identify common materials used for wall and ceiling framing.
  3. Describe various techniques and tools utilized in wall framing and construction roof trusses.
  4. Demonstrate the proper layout and construction of wall sections containing various common elements, i.e.. windows, doors, etc.
  5.  List and describe the various types of roofs.
  6. Utilizing appropriate tools, demonstrate the proper layout of common rafters.
  7. Demonstrate proper techniques in construction of a roof.
 

Foundations

The Gene Haas Foundation

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.


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