The Technical Education field has stood the challenges of all education and industry during these past years, and proven its worth. Technical Education programs are changing, evolving and innovating to better serve the country’s needs. Preparing students of all ages to help drive America’s success and vitality, it is creating an educational environment that integrates core academics with real-world relevance.
Every day we hear politicians and business leaders advocating an emphasis on STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math). What is STEM? A STEM education is not just teaching math or science; it is a way of teaching. Rather than basing instruction on a test, a STEM class focuses on hands-on learning. Students participate in an activity while learning science, math, and other skills.
Technical Education is the TE in STEM, We deliver Project-based learning that includes science and math in every subject. STEM EDUCATION is coming to your school. Technical Educators need to take the lead, and reach out to Science and Math Departments and Administration. Let them know you have the projects that will deliver STEM Education. Every day we hear the question, “What can schools do to connect more directly to jobs?" Technical Educators are Leading the Way.
B&K Precision today announced two new DDS (direct digital synthesis) sweep function generators, models 4007B and 4013B, which improve upon the former models 4007DDS and 4013DDS with an enhanced user interface as well as lower prices. Models 4007B and 4013B can generate sine and square waveforms from 0.1 Hz to 7 MHz and 0.1 Hz to 12 MHz respectively. Both models also output triangle/ramp waveforms from 0.1 Hz to 1 MHz and provide variable output voltages from 0 to 10 Vpp into 50 ohms or 20 Vpp into open circuit.
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.
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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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
In order to bolster the fast-growing fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the U.S. Department of Education will provide more than $21 million in grants to fund 478 fellowships at colleges across the country.
The awards are part of the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) initiative, which provides graduate fellowship programs to students who can demonstrate exceptional academic skill and financial need. These new grants will assist 163 students who major in STEM subjects, including chemistry, physics, biological sciences and computer science.
Youth CareerConnect Grants, Building America's Next Generation Workforce.To compete in today’s global economy, America’s students need deep knowledge and skills that will prepare them for college and the jobs of the future. Yet far too many of America’s students are not meaningfully engaged or motivated in their academic experience while in high school. Many high school graduates lack exposure to learning that links their work in school to college and careers—especially in the critically important fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Moreover, many of America’s international competitors offer students a more rigorous and relevant education in their middle and high school years.
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?
Time for the United States to Reskill? The Survey of Adult Skills, shows that our highest-skilled adults remain on par with those in other leading nations, but that, on average, American students are behind other nations in every other measure. The international rankings show that in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in a technology-rich environment, the U.S. average performance is significantly lower than the international average. The data also show that the skill levels of U.S. adults have remained stable over two decades, and that our youngest learners are not improving their skill levels. In some other countries, young adults score well above older ones and also outpace their American peers. This shows that the disadvantages children face often persist into adulthood and learning gaps, fueled by opportunity gaps, exist among American adults.
The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 112 national education organizations and institutions from PreK through graduate education, today once again called on Congress to replace the harmful sequester cuts to children and education.To dramatize the impact of the cuts, CEF member organizations delivered a fact sheet along with plush turkeys to members of the conference committee on the Fiscal Year 2014 budget resolution as well as other key House and Senate offices, with a message of “Carve Turkeys, Not Education!” http://cef.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/stop-the-cuts-11-19.pdf
The Purdue University, College of Education is poised to transform itself with a new Integrated STEM Teacher Education Program. Purdue is one of the first universities to develop a program that seeks to infuse science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a new initiative geared toward future educators. It will consist of a specialization program in which anyone in the College of Education can choose to enroll and will also bring in six new professors to develop a research program.
Colorado, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Oregon— have been chosen through a competitive application process to participate in Advancing Career and Technical Education (CTE) in State and Local Career Pathways Systems, a two-year project managed by Jobs for the Future through a contract with OVAE. Technical assistance will be provided to assist these states in building their capacity to integrate CTE Programs of Study (POS) into their broader career pathways system development efforts. Participating states will be assigned a coach and will have subject matter experts available to help them develop and implement their action plan and achieve their goals.
Employers and workers continue to endure the effects of the recession—job growth is slow and concentrated in lower-wage jobs. Furthermore, many youths and adults continue to see fewer opportunities for postsecondary education and training, a lack of financial support, and relatively high tuition rates. To address these issues, the experts were asked “How can the innovations that prove successful be scaled and replicated when funding for workforce development is being cut?” Their answers focused on three key areas: “1) collaborative efforts that better connect employers with workforce programs and services; 2) approaches that help build the education and work experience of under-skilled and unemployed workers to get them on viable career paths; and, 3) advances in business practices and technology to better serve workforce system customers.”
Jason came to Symbol hungry for a career change. He had been unemployed for several years, barely making ends meet working at a carwash and living in a shelter. Jason met with a career counselor who suggested he look into the manufacturing field since it is a career that would continue to provide opportunities for growth and personal development. Jason liked the idea of working in a production occupation with high tech machines.
Impressed that the demand for CNC operators would continue to increase for the foreseeable future, Jason enrolled in Symbol's CNC 303 course, studying CNC Programming, Setup and Operations with an additional 80 hours of machine shop internship.
Robofest is an annual robotics festival and competition designed to promote and support STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) and Computer Science for students in grades 5 - 12 and college students. Robofest challenges teams of students to design, build, and program autonomous robots to compete in the following categories in two age divisions:
- Game Competition - A team of students competes to accomplish robotics missions using fully autonomous robots. Especially Robofest game puts math skills to the test.
- Exhibition - Each team has complete freedom to show off any creative computer programmed robotics R&D project.
- Vision Centric Robot Challenge (Sr. high school and college students - Associate Event)
- Bottle RoboSumo (aka RoboShove) (Jr and Sr - Associate Event)
Any robotics kits are allowed in the construction of robots. Robofest has multiple venues in the US and several other countries.
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The "Temperature Tactics" activity explores the devices used over time to measure changes in temperature. Students work in teams of "engineers" to design and build their own temperature gauge out of everyday items. They explore how various materials change when temperatures decrease, evaluate their results, and present reflections to the class.
- Learn about sensors that measure temperature.
- Learn about engineering design.
- Learn about properties of materials.
- Learn about teamwork and problem solving.
The Gene Haas Foundation made a gift of $1 million for scholarships in advanced manufacturing, as well as machining training and education to benefit as many as 1,000 students. The presentation ceremony took place next to the Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) on the Glendale Community College campus. Gene Haas presented a check to Kathy Burnham of the SME Education Foundation, which will administer the scholarship fund.