STEM Education in the United States continues to grow and evolve. The following news from MIT, Iowa, South Carolina, Leon, California, and Nixa, Missouri, have appeared recently. Links to original source and article are included.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT’s Teaching and Learning Laboratory (TLL) has created 47 STEM Concept Videos to help students connect the concepts they learn in introductory STEM courses to concrete, real-world problems. Students can watch the videos to prepare for class or review a concept for an exam. Instructors can use them to supplement classroom instruction, using snippets or the entire video, most of which are under 15 minutes. Throughout the videos, viewers are prompted to pause to actively engage with the material — to predict the result of demonstrations, engage in a discussion of concepts, or perform activities tied to the video’s intended learning outcomes. https://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/mit-takes-new-approach-stem-concept-videos-1201
Nixa Missouri Teacher Receives STEM Educator Award - The Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition, a program of the Missouri Chamber Education Foundation and the Monsanto Fund, has selected Garrett Lowder, a John Thomas School of Discovery teacher, as one of the 2014 STEM Educator Award winners. The award recognizes those who develop and deliver innovative educational practices to inspire and engage students in STEM education- http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/education/2014/11/25/nixa-teacher-receives-stem-educator-award/70113176/
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
Manufacturing is one of the most important factors to the economy of a country because it affects the wealth of a country and the standard of living its people enjoy. You only have to look at any number of countries and if they have a strong manufacturing base, they in turn also have a high standard of living. If it were possible to gaze into a crystal ball and look into the future of manufacturing, many amazing things are happening now and will happen in the near future. The use of the Internet will continue to play a major role in how manufacturing is conducted throughout the world. Some of the Web-based technologies such as machine tool control, machine diagnostics online, e-Procurement, e-Manufacturing, Virtual Reality and Simulation, etc., are available now. Investments being made now in new technology will pay huge dividends in product quality, increased productivity, decreased time to market, reduced manufacturing costs in the future.
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”
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
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.
The White House, along with Microsoft and Apple, among other companies and individuals, are supporting "The Hour of Code." Using the Code.org learning platform, President Obama wrote his first line of code. Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi commented, “We’re thrilled that the President accepted our invitation to try the Hour of Code. In the past year, we have led an ambitious campaign fueled by millions of parents, students and educators, who support a simple idea, that every student, in every school, should have the opportunity to learn this foundational field.” The Hour of Code is a grassroots movement organized by Code.org and nearly 200 partner organizations to introduce computer programming to all students worldwide, to remove the veil of mystery and show that anybody can learn the basics.
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
Eric Lee has been teaching Design Manufacturing Technology to his students at Corona High School for over twenty years. With a background in plastics and metalworking, he incorporated his passion for creativity into the curriculum and developed a program that has encouraged and delighted students from inquisitive freshmen to career-bent seniors. When he began at Corona, the technology course was only a few years old and depended on one CNC lathe and one CNC mill running off antiquated DOS software to bring students’ projects from design to manufacture.
Javier Tamayo works at Bridgestone right out of high school, after learning many of his skills at Wheeling High School's innovative manufacturing program, Tamayo, 19, landed the $12-an-hour job last year, and is on his way to a career that pays upwards of $80,000 a year. Wheeling (IL) has been turning out hire-ready manufacturing workers like Tamayo for six years. It's one of a growing number of U.S. high schools that have launched or revived manufacturing programs in recent years to guide students toward good-paying jobs and help fill a critical shortage of skilled machinists, welders and maintenance technicians.
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).
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.
“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 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.
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.
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The Series and Parallel Circuits activity encourages students to test two different circuit designs through the use of low voltage light bulbs. Students work in teams to predict the difference between the two circuit designs, and then build examples of the two different circuits using wires, bulbs, and batteries. After testing several predictions about each circuit type, the groups will compare results and discuss findings.
Demonstrate and discuss simple circuits and the differences between parallel and serial circuit design and functions. Note: This lesson plan is designed for classroom use only, with supervision by a teacher familiar with electrical and electronic concepts.
- Learn that different circuit designs result in different electrical behaviors.
- Learn about current flow and the operational differences between series and parallel circuits.
- Learn to predict outcomes and draw conclusions.
- Learn about teamwork and working in groups.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. The Association for Career and Technical Education was founded in 1926.