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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, H.R. 803, Signed Into Law


On July 22, The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)was signed into law. The signing ceremony was a showcase for the importance of national workforce education and development to economic recovery. It included the release of Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity, a federal-wide effort to ensure “that federally funded training programs are singularly focused on getting more Americans ready to work with marketable skills.” 


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

Technology Phobia

All of us suffer from some sort of phobia, be it high places, closed areas, water, etc., and for most of these there is a cure. The phobia affecting many people over the past 40 to 50 years is Technology Phobia, or the uncertainty of how technology would affect their lives and their work.
Let us be honest with ourselves; all of us suffer from technology phobia to some degree or another.

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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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JPMorgan Chase Launches $250 Million Global Economic Opportunity Initiative

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has launched an unprecedented five-year, $250 million global workforce readiness and demand-driven training initiative called New Skills at Work. The new initiative will be the largest ever private-sector effort aimed at addressing the “skills gap” that exists across many industries, such as healthcare and advanced manufacturing, where not enough trained workers have the specific skills to fill the jobs available.The announcement was made at an event in Washington, DC hosted by the Aspen Institute featuring JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes, and Aspen President and CEO Walter Isaacson.

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Still Searching: Job Vacancies and STEM Skills

Workers with STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—skills are essential in promoting innovation and economic growth, but there is a relative (and perhaps an absolute) shortage of U.S. workers with the STEM skills our economy requires, according to Jonathan Rockwell of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.  His recent report, Still Searching:  Job Vacancies and STEM Skills, used new data to “analyze the skill requirements and the advertisement duration time for millions of job openings.”  It contains a wealth of information for those preparing the STEM workforce of the future. http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/2014/job-vacancies-and-stem-skills#/M10420

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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.


Festo Didactic Acquires Lab-Volt

Festo Didactic, the education division of the Festo Group has acquired Lab-Volt Systems. This is a major Corporate Merger in the Technical Education Sector. For the customers of both companies, this acquisition opens up the availability of a much broader range of products and services worldwide. Lab-Volt’s and Festo Didactic’s product portfolios will be integrated according to a joint portfolio and branding strategy. Festo Didactic, a global education company, is the market leader in technical education with focus on both, learning systems and training services. Lab-Volt is the leading specialist for equipment and solutions in the technical training and continuing education sectors, focusing on electronics, electrical and mechanical engineering, and telecommunications


Technology for Every Student in the Classroom, Protected by Worth Ave. Group

The time that every student will have a computer for their schoolwork is here today. Technical Education Publishing has discussed the transition with several Technology Directors around the country and will share the top stories. If your school does not have a 1-to-1 deployment of Lap Top or IPAD for each student, you soon will. The key issue for providing this technology has been how to protect technical devices from accidental damage, vandalism and more. We have discovered an organization with the courage and imagination to offer this protection. This is the first in a series of discussions we are having with Technology Educators and Worth Ave. Group.

Modern Data Aquisition Techniques Improve STEM Education

STEM education is rapidly changing. The redesign of the Advanced Placement science exams puts new emphasis on evidence-based reasoning, data analysis and experimental design [1]. Engineering education is becoming an expectation for secondary school students in the U.S. [2] and becoming increasingly student-centered [3]. These changes require students to participate in new roles in the classroom and require teachers to devote more instructional time to the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data. Since the publication of the National Science Education Standards [4] school systems have been pressured to invest in science labs. However, the quality of lab experiences for most U.S. students remains poor and it is often the case that the continuous investment required to maintain and supply lab work does not support initial investments [5].

Automotive Industry Future will Require Innovation, Advanced STEM Education

David Cole, chairman emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, in remarks to the Lansing Chamber of Commerce Economic Luncheon and interview with the Lansing Journal, said "the automotive workforce is aging and doesn’t have enough younger talent with skilled trades or expertise in technical fields to replace retiring employees".

"That will be problematic in an industry that has had to adapt to be leaner, more globally competitive and more technologically advanced after surviving what essentially was an economic depression," said Cole, who has spent decades studying the industry as an engineering professor and researcher.

The auto industry is in the midst of a “revolution” that will require increased innovation and more employees with science, technology and engineering backgrounds,

Case Western Reserve Engineering Students - Testing New Method for Remotely Controlling Research Grade Laboratory Equipment via the Internet

With the recent advancements in the internet and data acquisition systems, what would not have been possible to accomplish a few years ago, now is possible.

Recently, the Mechanical Engineering students at Case Western Reserve began using a new and innovative teaching method by operating a wind tunnel remotely via the internet. They operate a wind tunnel under the guidance of Professors Dr. Joseph Prahl and Dr. Paul Barnhart in their Mechanical Engineering Class at Case Western. The wind tunnel is located in Mentor, Ohio at the headquarters of Mech-Net Inc. The students are part of a Beta Testing program of MechNet’s new method for remotely controlling research grade laboratory equipment via the internet. They will operate the wind tunnel and receive a video of an airfoil in the test section just the same as the wind tunnel they have in their lab. This method of remotely controlling the equipment will allow College and even High School students access to expensive equipment on an hourly Basis to Conduct STEM math and science experiments hands on.

The Future of Technology in Education

Predicting what future technology could do in the domain of education is certainly a difficult task. Mainly because the student community is looking at education from different angles, and technology itself is undergoing a massive change. One must realize that the future is clouded, and must be filtered through the ability of teachers — in the past and present — to think about the impact of technologies on student learning and capacity of the teaching community to undergird research in technology. We must remember that technologies are not the content of education; rather they provide a cornucopia of tools for learning.

The technologies we know will now undergo enormous change at an increasingly rapid pace. In 1965, founder of Intel Gordon Moore had predicted the exponential growth of technology. Moore’s law postulates that the processing power and speed of any electronic calculating device will double every 18 months. At the same time, the price for that technology will decline approximately 35 per cent a year relative to the power. If this continues to be true, researchers will have an abundance of exciting new tools to use as they study the curriculum and children of the future. Those instruments will not only be more powerful than those we have now, but will cost less, making them affordable for research, schools and families.

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Sikorsky Challenges Students to Envision a Helicopter Responsive to 2050 Global Issues

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. has launched the 2013 Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge, a national competition that invites youths ages 9-16 to envision a helicopter capable of addressing global issues likely to be encountered by mid century. Winner of the grand prize — the Igor Sikorsky Youth Innovator Award — will receive a $1,000 scholarship check, meet with Sikorsky rotorcraft engineers, and receive an expenses-paid tour of the BLACK HAWK and SEAHAWK® helicopter assembly lines at Sikorsky’s Stratford, Conn., headquarters.
“We’re challenging kids across the U.S. to think globally about their future and how they can make a difference,” said Judy Bankowski, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Sikorsky. “This year’s objective is to design a helicopter that can have far-reaching positive impact for our planet and its inhabitants.”

Solar heating and cooling

Grade Level: 
High School
Environmental Science, Urban planning, Engineering, STEM, Alternative Energy
Lesson Synopsis 
The "Solar Structures" lesson explores how the power of the sun can be harnessed to heat and cool a building. Students work in teams of "engineers" to design and build their own solar houses out of everyday items. They test their solar house, evaluate their results, and present to the class.
Lesson Focus
This lesson focuses on how the sun’s energy can be used to heat and cool buildings. Teams of students construct passive solar houses from everyday materials. They then test their solar houses to determine how well they regulate temperature.    
- Design and build a passive solar house
- Test and refine their designs
- Communicate their design process and results


Development and Inspiration of the Next Generation of Innovators -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.