STEM Education in the United States continues to grow and evolve. The following news from MIT, Iowa, South Carolina, Leon, California, and Nixa, Missouri, have appeared recently. Links to original source and article are included.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT’s Teaching and Learning Laboratory (TLL) has created 47 STEM Concept Videos to help students connect the concepts they learn in introductory STEM courses to concrete, real-world problems. Students can watch the videos to prepare for class or review a concept for an exam. Instructors can use them to supplement classroom instruction, using snippets or the entire video, most of which are under 15 minutes. Throughout the videos, viewers are prompted to pause to actively engage with the material — to predict the result of demonstrations, engage in a discussion of concepts, or perform activities tied to the video’s intended learning outcomes. https://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/mit-takes-new-approach-stem-concept-videos-1201
Nixa Missouri Teacher Receives STEM Educator Award - The Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition, a program of the Missouri Chamber Education Foundation and the Monsanto Fund, has selected Garrett Lowder, a John Thomas School of Discovery teacher, as one of the 2014 STEM Educator Award winners. The award recognizes those who develop and deliver innovative educational practices to inspire and engage students in STEM education- http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/education/2014/11/25/nixa-teacher-receives-stem-educator-award/70113176/
ShopBot Tools, a respected leader in digital design and fabrication tools, has launched "Digital Fab Tools for Schools," a special promotion supporting the wider availability of digital fabrication technology and curricula in high schools and middle schools in collaboration with Autodesk, Inc. Using digital fabrication tools helps teachers incorporate hands-on "making" to successfully teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and other subjects.
With the generous support of Autodesk, a leader in cloud-based design and engineering software, this ShopBot promotion will provide interested teachers and educators with a voucher worth $2,500 toward the purchase of a limited number of ShopBot Desktop CNC tools, together with ShopBot’s training and support, and a free* copy of Autodesk123D Design software. The Autodesk 123D Design software is a 3D modeling tool that allows users to create a digital model and then 3D print or fabricate their idea.
Technology in Action
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.
How often we wish for another chance
To make a fresh beginning,
A chance to blot our mistakes
And change failure into winning--
And it does not take a new year
To make a brand-new start,
It only takes the deep desire
To try with all our heart
To live a little better
And to always be forgiving
And to add a little laughter
To the world in which we're living--
So never give up in despair
And think that you are through,
For there's always a tomorrow
And a chance to start anew.
Article for Review
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.”
Follow The Money
The SME Education Foundation (www.smeef.org) has announced funding to nine model schools in eight states through its PRIME -Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education -Program, for the academic school year, 2012-2013. PRIME, a community-based approach to manufacturing education, is part of a commitment by the SME Education Foundation to address the shortage of manufacturing and technical talent in the
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in professional, scientific, and technical services is expected to grow by 29 percent, adding 2.1 million new jobs between 2010 and 2020.
The White House, along with Microsoft and Apple, among other companies and individuals, are supporting "The Hour of Code." Using the Code.org learning platform, President Obama wrote his first line of code. Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi commented, “We’re thrilled that the President accepted our invitation to try the Hour of Code. In the past year, we have led an ambitious campaign fueled by millions of parents, students and educators, who support a simple idea, that every student, in every school, should have the opportunity to learn this foundational field.” The Hour of Code is a grassroots movement organized by Code.org and nearly 200 partner organizations to introduce computer programming to all students worldwide, to remove the veil of mystery and show that anybody can learn the basics.
The Art of the Future
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?
Eric Lee has been teaching Design Manufacturing Technology to his students at Corona High School for over twenty years. With a background in plastics and metalworking, he incorporated his passion for creativity into the curriculum and developed a program that has encouraged and delighted students from inquisitive freshmen to career-bent seniors. When he began at Corona, the technology course was only a few years old and depended on one CNC lathe and one CNC mill running off antiquated DOS software to bring students’ projects from design to manufacture.
Javier Tamayo works at Bridgestone right out of high school, after learning many of his skills at Wheeling High School's innovative manufacturing program, Tamayo, 19, landed the $12-an-hour job last year, and is on his way to a career that pays upwards of $80,000 a year. Wheeling (IL) has been turning out hire-ready manufacturing workers like Tamayo for six years. It's one of a growing number of U.S. high schools that have launched or revived manufacturing programs in recent years to guide students toward good-paying jobs and help fill a critical shortage of skilled machinists, welders and maintenance technicians.
The number of jobs in the Energy Sector will double in the next five years, according to a recent report by Manpower, the worldwide staffing company. More than half of energy employers say they are having great difficulties finding “the talent it needs.” 74 percent say the problem will get worse by 2020. The report summarizes, 'This skills gap could adversely affect our nation’s competitiveness and hurt the record-setting growth seen in the energy and manufacturing sectors unless immediate steps are taken to better educate young Americans in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
In the context of competitiveness and immigration policy, STEM jobs and education are big issues. But what do we actually mean when we’re talking about STEM? Obviously, science, technology, engineering and math. "The approach to STEM education needs to be more targeted," suggests Patrick Gusman, At a panel discussion hosted by the Internet Innovation Alliance and Pew Research Center. "Instead of investing in STEM education because it’s a “great buzzword,” there needs to be an examination of what the currently relevant skills are and “re-tooling” school, after-school and community programs accordingly.
“In our work at the Science Center, we consistently hear concerns from corporate leaders about having a qualified workforce for the future. Corporations need collaborative problem-solvers with excellent skills in science, technology, engineering, and math – or STEM,” said Ron Baillie, the Henry Buhl, Jr., Co-Director of Carnegie Science Center. “We launched our Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development three years ago to address this issue, embracing our role as convener of all stakeholders in the quest for top-quality STEM education – corporations, parents, educators, students, legislators, foundations -- as we inspire and prepare young people to meet the needs of our region and our nation. ”
The Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, introduced the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act that would create a CTE teacher-training grant partnership to recruit and train high-quality CTE teachers. The Creating Quality Technical Educators Act grant would foster partnerships between high-needs secondary schools and post-secondary institutions to create one-year teacher residencies for CTE teachers. Through grants in the Higher Education and Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), many teacher residency partnerships already exist between post-secondary institutions and local schools to train prospective educators, but none are CTE focused.
CTE teacher residencies created through the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act would target mid-career professionals in related technical fields, as well as recent college graduates, veterans or currently licensed teachers with a desire to transition to a CTE focus.
The12th annual eCYBERMISSION, one of several science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives offered by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP), sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is a free online learning competition designed to cultivate student interest in STEM by encouraging students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their local communities. Students can win on a state, regional, and national level, with national winning teams receiving up to $8,000 in U.S.
STEM, Pre-Engineering, Design
Design and Build a Better Bag
Developed by IEEE as part of TryEngineering http://www.tryengineering.org/lesson_detail.php?lesson=4
Demonstrate how product design differences can affect the success of a final product -- in this case a bag for holding candy. Students work in pairs to evaluate, design, and build a better candy bag.
The Design and Build a Better Candy Bag activity encourages students to work in pairs to design, build, and test a candy bag. Students will predict the volume and strength of their original design, sketch the design, create a model candy bag, and then test their bag using weight. After testing, students redesign their bag to improve it, and then retest. Student pairs make predictions, compare results, and discuss their findings.
Two Class Periods
- Learn how design impacts product performance.
- Design a better candy bag using science, mathematics, and engineering concepts and applications.
- Build a better candy bag using science, mathematics and engineering design concepts and applications.
- Use the engineering design process to solve the problem.
- Employ the use of data collection and analysis to help solve the problem.
Student teams will design a candy bag, and predict the volume and strength of their design. Students then build a model of their design, redesign it, build an improved bag, retest using weight, discuss findings, and share results.
Trainees are first in the US to receive German Vocational Training Certificate
Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations, LLC (Volkswagen Chattanooga) celebrated the inaugural graduation class of the Volkswagen Academy Automation Mechatronics Program (AMP) in a ceremony that highlighted the German ‘dual education’ system and featured the first Americans to ever earn certification from the German Chambers of Commerce program, which certifies the graduates to work in Germany and around the world.
“For our team to build top quality cars, our electrical and mechanical systems must function perfectly,” said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chairman of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “These students are now trained with a passion for detail that is crucial to our success and we are eager for them to join our skilled team of experts,” Fischer said.