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Where California Schools Needs To Put Their Money - Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, at Hollywood STEM Academy

On the Westside of Los Angeles, there's a school where eighth-graders code and build websites, develop entrepreneurial ventures and use gaming software to design solutions for saving local endangered species. At the Incubator School, teachers leverage technology to individually tailor student learning and track progress toward challenging academic standards. And students regularly participate in a design laboratory in which they study sciences and complete projects based on their personal interests and passions..

High-quality instruction in science, technology, engineering and math — subjects collectively known as STEM — can provide students with a lens to approach and view the world. When students — like those at the Incubator School — engage in hands-on STEM learning, they aren't just gaining subject matter knowledge. They're developing a mind-set that affirms they can use inquiry and their own logic to reach new conclusions and tackle tough problems.

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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.  
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Evaluate Cost

Standard practice has been to:



Survival as a manufacturing nation demands that we also:


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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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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?
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Post- It Brand Unveils New Study Emphasizing the Importance of STEM Education

The academic pillars of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which are referred to as STEM, infiltrate every aspect of our lives and reflect a whole new way of living — from TVs to GPS systems and smartphones. Today, Post-it Brand from 3M revealed results from a survey commissioned by the brand that sheds light on the value of STEM education in the United States, thus furthering the conversation around the need for student proficiency in these subjects. According to the study, parents of students ages 13 – 18 believe math and science are the subjects that will prepare students the most for the job market. However, nearly 70 percent of those parents surveyed admit they are not as prepared as they could be and state they frequently struggle to help their students with STEM-related homework.

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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.


Integrating Employability Skills: A Framework for All Educators

The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS Center), in partnership with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) and RTI International, recently released a professional learning module entitled “Integrating Employability Skills: A Framework for All Educators.” The framework was developed as part of the Support for States Employability Standards in Career and Technical Education and Adult Education project, an OCTAE initiative. The framework development was guided by a group of career and technical education (CTE), adult education, workforce development, and business organizations.

These skills, which may be taught through the education and workforce development systems, fall into three broad categories: applied knowledge, effective relationships, and workplace skills.
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Companies Struggling to Recruit, Train Skilled Workers in New England

After being laid off from a sheet metal factory, Rob Pedrosa at age 32 returned to the classroom.Pedrosa lost his job in July of last year and couldn’t find another one. So the Beverly man signed up for training at the North Shore Career Center, where he hoped to pick up skills demanded by high-tech manufacturers who are struggling to find workers.

“The skills I had just weren’t transferable to electronics,” he said. “So I had to reinvent myself.” After seven months of electrical engineering classes at North Shore Community College, he landed a job with Krohne Inc. in Peabody, where he assembles components for water and sewer meters. With the economy rebounding, the job market is improving and employers across the state are hunting for new blood. But their jobs outmatch the skills of many prospective candidates — a gap that the state and businesses hope to fill with training and vocational programs.

KUKA Promotes Robotics in STEM Education

By creating an environment of hands-on learning, students are more likely to continue their education in a STEM field. There are five million job openings in the U.S. labor market, making it the best availability since 2001 – The Bureau of Labor Statistics Of these five million jobs, 15% were classified as tech related. Today, the United States is faced with a growing number of jobs that require STEM education background and a limited number of candidates to fill these positions.

In 2015, $100 million in federal grants were made available through White House initiative, TechHire. This supports a potential workforce by providing training and certification for those looking to enter a technical field or career. More and more high schools and universities across the country are implementing STEM education training, courses, and certification programs.
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Early Love Of Math Led Her To The Role Of CEO

NPR interview: Lisa Dyson, CEO of Kiverdi, a sustainable oil and chemical company, discusses an early role model, her work and the need to boost technology education.

Share your personal story. How did you get into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)?
My cousin is a space engineer. She was my role model. I always loved math. She loved math too and applied it to building satellites as an electrical engineer, initially at Hughes Aircraft Co. So, early in my life, I decided I wanted to follow in her footsteps. I ended up becoming a physicist.
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NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering kicks off its Summer of STEM . Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are the focus, with both teachers and students gaining new opportunities for learning and development. Many of the projects are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Susan Singer, NSF's director of the Division of Undergraduate Education, joined NYU School of Engineering President  Katepalli Sreenivasan and other officials to announce a number of efforts that make up the Summer of STEM.

"It is a priority for NSF to invest in research that will engage students in STEM and give their teachers new tools for deepening their knowledge and integrating STEM topics into their students' learning," said Singer. "We at NSF are excited about the new and ongoing work at NYU Polytechnic."
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IUPUI Internship Program Inspires Future STEM Educators

Solving some of the world’s greatest fairy-tale mysteries may be the next breakthrough for young forensic investigators in Indianapolis. Did the big bad wolf actually blow down the three little pigs’ houses? Is Cinderella really the owner of the glass slipper? Hannah Caito, a senior forensics and biology student at the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, uses forensic science to make mysteries like these come to life for visitors of all ages at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

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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.

Designing Domes

Grade Level: 
Post Secondary
STEM, Pre-Engineering, Construction
Lesson Focus
Lesson focuses on the engineering behind building framing for structures, and explores examples of geodesic domes and other buildings. Students work in teams to design and build a small dome frame out of everyday items that can hold a weight on top without collapsing.
Lesson Synopsis 
The "Design a Dome" activity explores construction and engineering design. Students work in teams to design a domed structure out of everyday materials that is strong enough to support 120 grams of coins or candy on top. They will design the frame for
their dome on paper, select and gather materials, construct their dome, and test it. They present their domes to the class and complete reflections on the lessons learned. 
Time Needed
One to two 45-minute sessions.
Lesson Objectives 
- Learn about engineering design and redesign.
- Learn about construction techniques
- Learn about teamwork and problem solving.


Development and Inspiration of the Next Generation of Innovators -SAE

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

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One of the most pressing issues facing industry today is the decline of students enrolling in science and technology programs. This decline and its impact threaten the ability to meet future workforce demands with repercussions to be felt for generations to come.
SAE is actively addressing this issue with programs that bring math and science to life and sow the seeds of endless possibilities for today's students. From the acclaimed A World In Motion® and F1 in Schools™ programs for students in grades K-12, to the challenging, highly-competitive SAE Collegiate Design Series™, along with scholarships and awards, the SAE Foundation helps to inspire the next generation of innovators.