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Educating Tomorrow's Engineers Act of 2015

114th CONGRESS, 1st Session,  H. R. 823 - To better integrate STEM education into elementary and secondary instruction and curricula, to encourage high-quality STEM professional  development, and to expand current mathematics and science education research to include engineering education. https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/823/text

◦Ensures that engineering design skills are part of science standards in each state and authorizes the use of State Assessment Grants to integrate engineering into state science tests
◦Sets aside a portion of Title II funds for STEM professional development for STEM professional development through the Teacher and Principal Training and Recruitment Fund
◦Amends the Education Science Reform Act of 2002 to authorize the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to expand the scope of their research activities from sole math and science to include all STEM subjects with a focus on identifying best practices and promising innovations
◦Amends the Math and Science Partnership Program to include all STEM subjects encompassing engineering and computer science

Workstations For The Trades

Construction Zone workstations help students acquire construction skills right in the classroom
and excite them about high-paying jobs in the construction industry.

The Construction Zone product line consists of 33 workstations representing 25 different skilled trades. Each workstation includes a ten hour, hands on work experience and comes complete with curriculum, professional tools, equipment, and supplies.

Curriculum with full color photographs guides the students through the hands-on activities and provides information about the trade as a career.  Math, science, reading, and writing skills are integrated into the curriculum to give students real world examples of their use in daily life and on the job site.


Technology in Action

Manufacturing in the Future

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.  
Author: 
Steve Krar

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.

Anonymous


Ioannis Miaoulis- NCTL STEM

We Are the TE in STEM


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Article for Review

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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Follow The Money

De-Mystifying Grant Writing

It has been said, “The worst thing about a grant is getting awarded”. Then you have to do everything you said you were going to do. Hopefully, over the years as a grant writer and grant manager I learned a few things. For example, early on I discovered it is better to under-promise and over-deliver. That way the funding agency feels that they really got their money’s worth. Better yet is to align your performance with the client’s expectations. Frequent communication with the client confirms their satisfaction with your performance and provides the Grant Manager with the opportunity to make adjustments if necessary.

RFPs (Request for Proposals) are competitive. There are limited resources designated to accomplish specific goals. I have reviewed grants by my competitors after the release date of the grant awards and have found that grant review teams have little regard for finesse. The Funding Agency recognizes that past performance based on verifiable time-proven experience minimizes the funder’s risk. Funders are interested in having the work get done that accomplishes their mission, on time, to the outcomes, and within the approved budget. 

 

Author: 
Scott Brown

News

Bring the Millennials to Manufacturing – High Tech Careers Waiting to be Filled

The turn of the new year brought good news for many job seekers with the unemployment rate continuing to drop in every region of the country and nearly every state. The Millennial generation, however, is finding a steeper hill to climb. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, young workers in December 2014 faced an unemployment rate of 10.8 percent, more than double the rate for the 35- to 44-year-old age set. They also face a greater burden of student debt than generations before. A recent Pew Research Center report found that 37 percent of young households had outstanding student debt, and the U.S. student loan debt total has hit the $1.2 trillion (with a “t”) mark.

Dan Campbell, Hire Dynamics

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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.


News

Northrup Grumman Foundation Launches Middle School Contest to Promote STEM Innovation

Northrop Grumman Foundation announced it is launching an online contest to encourage today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators by creating classrooms and science labs that inspire. The Fab School Labs contest is open to public middle schools and will make five grants of up to $100,000 available to five winning schools to fund a school lab makeover. Beginning May 4 and continuing through June 12, 2015, teachers, principals and school administrators can enter their eligible school by visiting www.FabSchoolLabs.com, where they can learn about the contest and submit their application, along with photos and video to help tell their story. Semi-finalist schools will be chosen and their videos will receive online votes of support to assist with the final selection process. The winning schools will team up with Fab School Labs contest partner Flinn Scientific Inc. to design a state-of-the-art lab complete with all of the tools, resources and furnishings needed.


U.S. Cyber Defense Workforce and Training - A Rand Report

Cyber warfare remains a growing threat to the computer networks of the U.S. military, as well as to government infrastructure and businesses. Accordingly, cyber defense spending is projected to grow to $4.7 billion under the 2014 federal budget. To make sure the U.S. Department of Defense has sufficient numbers of skilled cyber workers, the department may need to develop additional training approaches at the same time it plans for broader recruiting and workforce management.


American Technical Training Fund - $200 Million for CTE - Linked to Employers in High Demand Fields

Juan Rodriguez is a 33-year-old father of three school-aged children. He recently earned an associate’s degree in welding technology from Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT). Before enrolling in the training program, Juan had been laid off from his job and was relying on unemployment benefits and federal food assistance to support his family. After graduating, Rodriguez was hired as a quality manager at Skyline Steel’s manufacturing mill.


Michigan's Governor Snyder to Increase Spending on Technical Education by $36 Million

Car production is booming, Michigan's skilled tradesmen are getting older and there aren't enough qualified people to replace them in a labor pool that has started to shift away from industrial jobs. So in a change of course, the state is going back to its roots and putting renewed emphasis on training welders, machinists, electricians and other blue-collar workers. Gov. Rick Snyder says the pendulum has swung too far toward encouraging students to get a four-year degree when they should also consider an apprenticeship or a community college program. "Big mistake," he said.


Bureau of Labor Statistics - Employment Projections from 2012-2022, Require Less Than a Four-Year Degree

Between 2012 and 2022, total employment is projected to increase by 10.8 percent, or an additional 15.6 million jobs.  The bulk of this growth is projected to be in service-providing industries.  Leading the way is the health care and social assistance sector, with an annual projected growth rate of 2.6 percent.  This is an addition of 5 million jobs, or nearly one-third of the total projected jobs increase. Employment in the construction sector is projected to grow 2.6 percent annually. This equates to 1.6 million new jobs over the 2012-22 decade, the most among goods-producing sectors. Apprenticeships are growing faster than any other on-the-job training, and are forecasted to grow by 22.2 percent during the decade.


University of Chicago Identifies Common Elements of Leading STEM Schools

STEM Schools (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics schools) vary in many ways, but they share eight major common elements. This provided by a study of 23 STEM schools conducted by the University of Chicago's Outlier Research & Evaluation group. The eight elements identified in UChicago's STEM School Study (S3) and some of their associated components are:

•Rigorous learning, (real-world content, staff-created curriculum);
•School community and belonging (students who treat each other with trust and respect);
•Career, technology, and life skills (early college activities, technology use);
•Personalization of learning (teacher-customized instruction);
•Connection to the broader and external community (from neighborhood to state level);
•Staff foundations (collaborative staff, school leaders who facilitate staff growth and development);
•Essential factors (family involvement, open physical space).

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Competitions

F1 in Schools

F1 in Schools is a multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test, and then race miniature gas powered balsa wood F1 cars.

  • F1 in Schools is the only global multi-disciplinary STEM challenge for students aged 9 to 19.
  • It is a unique global platform for the promotion of Formula One and partners to a youth market.
  • Teams must raise sponsorship and manage budgets to fund  research, travel and accommodation.
  • The challenge inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way.
  • The founding constitution of F1 in Schools stipulates that it is, and shall remain, a not-for-profit organisation.  Funds raised through sponsorship are invested in administering, developing and expanding the challenge. All income is deployed in accordance with guidelines laid down by Formula One Management.

Ohm's Law

Grade Level: 
High School
Subject: 
STEM, Electronics, Pre-Engineering
Provided by TryEngineering - http://www.tryengineering.org/lesson_detail.php?lesson=18


Lesson Synopsis

Fun hands-on activities are presented that demonstrate Ohm's Law (E = I x R).  Teachers use digital multi-meters to collect data that are plotted to show that voltage and current are related by linear functions for ordinary resistors and by power functions for light bulbs.  

 

Lesson Focus

Demonstrate Ohm's Law using digital multi-meters. Fun hands-on activities are presented that demonstrate Ohm's Law. Teachers use digital multi-meters to collect data that are plotted to show that voltage and current are related by linear functions for ordinary resistors and by power functions for light bulbs.  

 

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

As a result of the activities, students should develop an understanding of: 

- Ohm's Law 

- Relationship between Voltage, Current, and Resistance in an electrical circuit

- Measurement, plotting data, and graphing

- Basic wiring and construction of a digital multi-meter for data collection

 


Foundations

The Buick Achievers Scholarship

 

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.
Created in 2011, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program has awarded $16.5 million to students across the U.S. This year, the program will award 100 scholarships of up to $25,000 per year, renewable for up to four years, or up to five years for qualified engineering programs.
“The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is helping students across the U.S. pay for and obtain a quality secondary education focused on STEM,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “Through the program, we are helping to shape the next generation of leaders and innovators for the automotive industry and for other sectors important to the future success of our country.”

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