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Manufacturing Skills Gap Report from Newark Element14 - ToolingU SME Recognize Model Education Programs

3.5 Million Manufacturing Jobs will need to be filled in the next decade. http://www.newark.com/ Newark element14 took a closer look at the social and economic implications of this skills gap, as well as the role employers, government entities and educational institutions must play in closing this gap once an for all. http://www.imanengineer.com/ Over the past several years $1 Billion have gone to community colleges to support the creation or expansion of manufacturing education programs. Another $100 Million is available to establish apprenticeship programs. Join Technical Education Publishing to encourage and grow Technical Education Programs in your districts. http://www.techedmagazine.com/enewsletter

Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) award is given to institutions considered to be outstanding academic models for the advancement of the manufacturing industry. The schools enhance the professional development of students by creatively using online and hands-on training in a blended learning format to help develop a skilled and qualified future manufacturing workforce.  


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.

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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.

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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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U.S. Department of Education - Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant Competition

The U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the $134 million 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition on March 14th, 2014 with the release of the program's invitation for pre-applications for the i3 "Development" grants (up to $3,000,000 each). In its fifth round of competition, the i3 program continues to develop and expand practices that accelerate student achievement and prepare every student to succeed in college and in their careers. The i3 program includes three grant categories: Development, Validation and Scale-up. The Department plans to announce applications for the Validation and Scale-up categories this spring.

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DOE, DOT, DOL Report CTE Needs for Transportation Industry Through 2022

U.S. departments of Education, Transportation, and Labor jointly released the report Strengthening Skills Training and Career Pathways Across the Transportation Industry. It examines six transportation subsectors as they will manifest themselves up to 2022: trucking transportation, highway construction and maintenance, transit and ground passenger transportation, rail transportation, air transportation, and maritime transportation. Projections from the data available and anticipated developments suggest the following workforce trends:

•The transportation industry faces major demographic challenges in filling its workforce needs from a combination of factors, including job growth and separations (retirements, transfers to other occupations, and other turnovers).
•The transportation industry will need to hire about 4.6 million workers through 2022.

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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?



The Future of STEM is Synonymous with the Future of Work

As advancements to how we approach STEM education and initiatives are on the rise around science, engineering and mathematics, we’re seeing a greater impact on how we recognize children’s development and understanding of now-vital tech skills, robotics will continue to play an important role.

According to the MIT Media Lab, coding has become the new literacy, meaning that, in this context, children must learn to design and create digital technology via honed skills such as programming. This said, currently, only one in 10 schools across the United States actively teach children to code. This suggests that the majority of students nationwide – despite the critical need to hone STEM skills – is not receiving institutional support, and must therefore rely on their own initiative, or their family’s.

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Educating Kids in the Jobs that will Keep U.S. Competitive - An Interview with Norm Augustine

1) Let's talk a bit about STEM in general. Why is it important, specifically as it relates to the kinds of jobs that are growing in Colorado and beyond? All the evidence I've collected convinces me that the future of this country pivots to a considerable degree on our prowess in STEM. Most the major problems are going to have to find the solutions to their problems through STEM...health care, defense...

My second conclusion is we're losing ground to other countries, ... and we're going to be in trouble for it. Nationally, while a lot has been done, when it comes to standardized international tests, we're doing more poorly than we did years ago. The percentage of young people going into STEM — other countries are way past us...it's not that we are getting worse; it's that everyone else is getting better. We are somewhere between stagnant and moving forward a small amount.
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How To Recruit Your Next Generation Workforce - The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute developed a strategy to empower manufacturers to reach and inspire the next generation of leaders to pursue manufacturing and increase the talent pool of younger workers. It’s called the Ambassador program.

The Dream It. Do It. Ambassadors’ Kit, called VOICE: The Guide to Developing Manufacturing Ambassadors, provides manufacturers with everything they need to launch an Ambassador program and begin engaging students – this includes, launch support, how-to guides, marketing materials, sample communications and a glossary. Ambassador programs give manufacturers a low-cost, high impact engagement strategy to improve the talent supply within their community.
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Careers in Construction Month in Oklahoma Connects CareerTech Schools with National Center for Construction Education and Research

Gov. Mary Fallin proclaimed October as Careers in Construction Month in Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education is highlighting both its training programs and opportunities in construction. Through 2022, the need for workers in all areas of construction is expected to grow: carpenters by 24 percent, bricklayers and masons by 36 percent, electricians by 20 percent, plumbers and pipefitters by 21 percent and heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers by 21 percent. In addition, forecasters predict that Oklahoma will need almost 3,000 more construction laborers by 2022.

"Opportunities in construction aren’t just on the way, however; they are here now. More than 50 construction companies in Oklahoma say they are hiring workers in construction trades," said Allen Stolhand, trade and industrial education program specialist at ODCTE.

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. 

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?

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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.”

Rescue devices

Grade Level: 
High School
STEM, Engineering
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Lesson Synopsis 
The "Rescue Rover" lesson explores how rescue devices are designed to aid professionals during emergency situations. Students work in teams of "engineers" to design and build their own rescue device out of everyday items. They test their rescue device, evaluate their results, and present to the class.
Lesson Focus
This lesson focuses on the tools and equipment used during technical rescue operations. Teams of students construct rescue devices from everyday materials. They then test their devices to determine whether they can rescue a puppy from a sewer.   
Anticipated Learner Outcomes
As a result of this lesson students will have: 
Designed and built a rescue device
- Tested and refined their designs
- Communicated their design process and results


New Collaboration Between Leading STEM Education Organizations Provides Students and Teachers Leading Edge Opportunities and Resources

Nancy Conrad and Dr. Chuck Cadle announced a significant collaboration between their respective organizations at the 2014 Conrad Innovation Summit.  The two leading non-profits, the Conrad Foundation (Conrad) and Destination Imagination (DI) have joined forces to capitalize on the success of the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge (Conrad Challenge). The ninth Conrad Challenge, a multi-phase business and technical plan competition,will be launched to high school aged students in August.