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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

Green Collar Zone

Green Collar Zone products are manufactured to transfer skills in the growing green economy. Green collar careers will be the engine of new job growth, with the added benefit that these careers cannot be outsourced. Green Collar Zone’s hands-on trainers in solar panels and wind turbine systems come complete with state of the art curriculum, tools and equipment.

Solar Energy Technologies

  • Learn the history of the solar power

  • Discover career opportunities in the alternative energy industry

  • Mount a solar panel anchor system to a roof

  • Wire solar panels to a solar controller

  • Connect storage batteries in a series circuit

  • Connect batteries to a power inverter

  • Wire power inverter to an electrical service panel

  • Calculate voltage of all devices in the circuit

  • Compare a grid tie and stand alone power system

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Economic Facts Everyone Should Know

The following set of facts are called the Ten Pillars of Economic Wisdom. These basic laws of economics were developed by The Economic Foundation of New York. It might be called a guide for human's economic life. These ten rules show how simply the economic truth can be told.

Are You a Winner ?

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”

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We Are the TE in STEM

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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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National Education Foundation Offers Matching STEM Grants

National Education Foundation (NEF), the national non-profit leader in STEM education as well as assisting schools to find Federal funds, will offer the mandated matching grant to enable any disadvantaged school district anywhere in the nation to receive  $1million to $50 million Federal funds for energy efficiency, renovation, technology, curriculum and teacher training. Any school district with at least 35% of students on free or reduced cost lunch is eligible to apply. Applications are available at www.qzab.org. Grants are awarded on a first-come first-served basis in most states.The little-known Federal Funding program has $700 million available.  NEF has set aside $70 million to provide the required 10% matching grant. NEF would also set up the mandated STEM+ (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, English, Social Studies, SAT/ACT, IT, Business) academy at no cost to the school district. 

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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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The Art of the Future

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Accelerate STEM Innovation with FREE Ed Tech Tools

It is generally accepted that one can not design education today to prepare young people and adults for the future because we do not know what the future will be. Today, technology has zoomed past schools, industry, government, consumers and civil society. The modern world needs a new way, or more accurately, an old way of seeing technology. 

The question is not whether we can design for the future; rather, the question is: Can we update antiquated practice more closely aligned to what is emerging today in our own backyards?



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.

Meghan Summers West to Focus on Manufacturing Education in HTEC 2015 Keynote Address

CNC Software's newly appointed president, Meghan Summers West, will be heading to California Polytechnic State University July 27-30, to deliver a keynote address focused on manufacturing. During her presentation at the 2015 National HTEC Conference, West will focus on the need to "Acquaint, Convince and Excite (ACE) the Next Generation of Manufacturing."

"The need for manufacturing jobs over the next few years will be high," West said, "but formal programs that combine on-the-job learning with classroom education is dropping. This creates an obvious skills gap that needs to be addressed."


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"Getting Teachers in the Pipeline is Our Number One Issue," said Richard Katt, State Director Career Education

The Nebraska Department of Education recently looked at career education in the state, and the teacher shortage was a primary area of concern. State and local officials say it’s a perfect storm of sorts: A resurgence of interest nationally in career and technical education driven by a need for skilled workers in health, technology, agricultural and manufacturing fields; years of shrinking industrial education programs in high schools and in the number of college programs training those teachers; and large numbers of veteran teachers nearing retirement.

“Getting teachers in the pipeline is our number one issue,” said Richard Katt, the state's Director of Career Education.
State and local officials say the shortage is critical not just in rural areas -- where programs are at risk of shutting down -- but also in Lincoln and Omaha.This year there were 18 openings for career and technical education teachers across the state. To date, just four have been filled, said Eric Knoll, who was hired last fall to restart a skilled and technical education program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln cut in 2009 as a money-saving measure.

Rockwell CEO - Manufacturing Needs to Reach and Teach Younger Students

Manufacturers and educators need to focus on students in elementary schools to develop the pool of innovators who will carry U.S. businesses through an era of disruptive change, the chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation Inc. told business leaders.

Programs like the FIRST Lego League and the FIRST Robotics Competition, both supported by Rockwell, are the pathways to attract youths to manufacturing and overcome the biggest challenges facing industry, Keith Nosbusch said at a monthly meeting of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. “Today, first and foremost, it’s about talent and talent management around the world,” Nosbusch said, in identifying the strategic priorities for today’s CEOs. “Having the best and brightest is the way to be competitive in an intellectual capital business.”

Uniting the HVACR Industry Around Education

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the HVACR industry will grow by nearly 34% over the next decade while 31% of our workforce retires. 

As the HVACR industry tries to figure out how to recruit and replace two thirds of its workforce, the problem worsens. There are 78 million baby boomers set to retire and only 40 million Millennials to replace them.
If the HVACR industry can recruit the same proportional share of the workforce as it has in the past, there will be roughly half as many people to employ in the future as there were in the past.
The role of recruiting and training all of these technicians will fall upon our industry’s educators. Regardless of your role in the HVACR industry, your success is tied to theirs.
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New Pathways to Career and College - MDRC Report

The debate about high school reform is increasingly focused on the role of career-technical education (CTE) in helping to prepare ALL students in BOTH postsecondary education and the workforce. The stand-alone vocational courses into which high school students with lower academic achievement were often channeled are becoming a thing of the past. Instead, programs that merge CTE, rigorous academic coursework, and career exploration opportunities, while creating clear pathways through high school, college, and beyond, are gaining momentum. This report describes some of the most prominent of these "pathway" models, identifies localities where the approach has gained the most traction, discusses the underlying principles that characterize the most promising programs, and briefly presents the evidence of their potential to make a difference. The report concludes with a set of recommendations for future investment to strengthen and scale such programs.

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MTConnect Student Challenge Sponsored by Association for Manufacturing Technology and Office of the Secretary of Defense

College students with an interest in bringing together software and hardware solutions to improve manufacturing operations now have an opportunity to leverage their creativity and innovative know-how through the MTConnect Student Challenge, a competition that invites submissions for both ideas and applications utilizing the MTConnect standard. The MTConnect Student Challenge is offering a total of $33,000 in cash prizes for winning submissions. MTConnect is an open-source, XML-based communications standard that fosters connectivity between manufacturing equipment and devices. This Challenge builds on the success of previous competitions that sought submissions from industry professionals related to the use of MTConnect. The MTConnect Student Challenge is open to community college and university students at the undergraduate and graduate level and may be of particular interest to students who are studying manufacturing-related fields; electrical, mechanical or industrial engineering; as well as software engineering and IT-related studies. http://www.challenge.gov/challenge/mtconnectstudentideas/

Pre-Stressed and Post-Tentioned Concrete Bridges

Grade Level: 
High School
Technology Education, STEM
Lesson Overview:
To develop skills with bridges, modern bridge design, pre-stressed and post-tensioned concrete beam bridges, teams of two students will design and construct a reinforced concrete bridge model from cement, sand, and copper wire to withstand the largest load while minimizing the bridge costs.
Design constraints:
  • Bridge must use a reinforced concrete design.
  • Models will be constructed using a mixture of cement, sand, and 28 Gage copper wire.
  • Length of span is 12”.
  • Height will be less than 1 ½”.
  • Distance between sides will be greater that 5” and less than 6”.
  • The road deck will be continuous without holes or gaps.
  • A load plate 2” X 2” will be used to load the structure at the mid span point.
  • There must be a 3/8” hole through the roadway deck at the mid span point to allow for the load piston to enter and connect to the load plate.
  1. Analyze different bridge designs and uses.
  2. Analyze modern highway bridges strengths/weaknesses.
  3. Analyze material properties of cement, sand, and wire. Calculate proper material usage and ratios for best outcome.
  4. Define and label parts of modern bridges.
  5. Understand, draw, and calculate bridge load paths using free body diagrams.
  6. Define and apply concepts of reinforced concrete construction, including pre-stressed and post-tensioned in the building of bridge model.
  7. Complete bridge model and design book (which includes bridge drawing, daily journal, pictures, calculations, definitions, etc.).


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.