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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.

Global Warming Kit


Conduct experiments with a model atmosphere to learn about Earth’s climate system, weather, and atmosphere. Explore the hydrological cycle. Conduct experiments to model wind and ocean currents. Learn how human activity influences the climate with experiments involving carbon dioxide and the greenhouse effect. Investigate the potential consequences of global warming on humans, ecosystems, and the world’s economies, and learn what we can do to protect the climate.

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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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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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$500 Million in Community College Grants for Training Programs. Click (READ MORE) for State allocations.

$500 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs. The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative, which promotes skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math careers through partnerships between training providers and local employers. The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.

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Chicago Public Schools Building Engineering Curriculum and Resources Through Corporate Sponsorships Aimed at Bolstering STEM Education

This year seven public high schools across Chicago are building up engineering curriculum and resources through corporate sponsorships aimed at bolstering the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) pipeline. Partner companies, which include Paschen, James Dyson Foundation, Thornton Tomasetti, and HNTB, will work with schools to develop training, courses, and opportunities unique to each school's STEM needs. The hope is that by investing in students now, those kids will be able to build up the skills they will need for careers they will start in the future. 

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The Art of the Future

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"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


Blending Learning Model Answers Challenging Questions in Rhode Island

How can we inspire students and engage them in assignments that tap their creativity? How can we allow students to move through lessons at their own pace and ensure that all students are being challenged? How can we offer students more choice and ownership of their learning? And how can we manage more frequent data collection to ensure that we are meeting student needs?

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.

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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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.”

Potential and kinetic energy in roller coasters

Grade Level: 
Middle School

Group/Team Size: 4-5 (4 is optimal)

Time Required: 30-45 minutes  

Mest-Up Factor: 1 (Setup and Mess Factor:  1 to 10 scale – 10 being the most intense) 

Expendable Cost Per Group: 1 US Dollars, initial cost; all materials reusable 

Summary:  Students use plastic tubing and and small spherical objects like ball bearings, marbles, and air beads to first create a successful roller coaster then experiment with various design challenges.

Engineering Connection:

Mechanical engineers frequently work at amusement parks and design rides of all types.  At 

the conclusion of the activity are some roller coaster milestones that might be of interest to students.  Forces and motion 

are an important part of most types of engineering, mechanical engineering most specifically.   




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Most recently, the Foundation has created more than $1.6 million in education scholarships with schools around the country, including Midwest Technical Institute and Tulsa Welding School.