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Technology in Action
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.
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
It has been said, “The worst thing about a grant is getting awarded”. Then you have to do everything you said you were going to do. Hopefully, over the years as a grant writer and grant manager I learned a few things. For example, early on I discovered it is better to under-promise and over-deliver. That way the funding agency feels that they really got their money’s worth. Better yet is to align your performance with the client’s expectations. Frequent communication with the client confirms their satisfaction with your performance and provides the Grant Manager with the opportunity to make adjustments if necessary.
RFPs (Request for Proposals) are competitive. There are limited resources designated to accomplish specific goals. I have reviewed grants by my competitors after the release date of the grant awards and have found that grant review teams have little regard for finesse. The Funding Agency recognizes that past performance based on verifiable time-proven experience minimizes the funder’s risk. Funders are interested in having the work get done that accomplishes their mission, on time, to the outcomes, and within the approved budget.
As part of the government’s goal of preparing students for a STEM-based economy, the Obama administration has committed $3.1 billion to improve STEM education nationwide. Roughly $450 million will be directed toward boosting the number of trained educators and developing new programs aimed at getting students interested in career fields in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
In his State of The Union address, President Obama stressed the need to focus American education on STEM fields in order to make the nation globally competitive.
“Let’s also make sure that a high school diploma puts our kids on a path to a good job. Right now, countries like Germany focus on graduating their high school students with the equivalent of a technical degree from one of our community colleges, so that they’re ready for a job. At schools like P-Tech in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York Public Schools, the City University of New York, and IBM, students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in computers or engineering,” he said.
The Art of the Future
"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
There are 29 million jobs that pay middle-class wages (between $35,000 and $75,000 annually). Nearly 40 percent pay more than $50,000 a year, according to the new study released jointly by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and Civic Enterprises.
There are five pathways that provide career and technical training that lead to these jobs.The study examines each of these five CTE pathways in major detail:
The Obama Administration continued to prioritize education in the 2014 budget released today by proposing key investments in education that would strengthen the middle class, grow the economy and provide opportunities for success to all Americans – especially our nation's most vulnerable children. Without adding to the deficit, the President’s FY 2014 budget invests $71 billion in discretionary funding for the Department, an increase of 4.5 percent over the FY 2013 pre-sequester level.
"We must continue to build on the reforms already transforming classrooms across the country," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Strategic investments in our educational system will not only provide more opportunities for millions of Americans, but they will strengthen our nation's workforce as well.”
Gov. Mike Pence signed two pieces of legislation Monday he hopes will strengthen Indiana’s career and technical education programs.
“The bills I sign today will ensure that our schools work just as well for our kids who want to get a job after high school as they do for our kids who want to get a college degree,” said Pence, who often spoke about improving job training in schools on the campaign trail.
The first bill creates regional Works Councils that will work with the private sector and educational organizations to identify needs in the area’s Workforce, create partnerships between schools and businesses for internships and apprenticeships and boost career and Vocational Ed in high schools.
The other creates a state career council to bring all of the state’s job creation and education efforts together at one table.
From corporate donations to workplace restrictions, what’s taught in the classroom has always been influenced by American industry
If you ask American leaders about the overall goal of the nation’s education system, you’d likely get a broad set of answers: to prepare young people for the workforce; to close racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps; to create informed citizens ready to participate in popular democracy.
During the recent recession, many observers wrote American manufacturing's obituary, claiming that it could no longer be a world leader because of intense competition from low-cost competitors.
As ESPN College Gameday host Lee Corso is apt to say, "Not so fast, my friend." The
In 2011, US manufacturing companies as a group had their best year ever in terms of after-tax profits, with almost $600 billion in after-tax earnings according to the Department of Commerce. Drawing from IndustryWeek's annual ranking of the 500 largest publicly held US. manufacturing companies in 2012 based on sales revenue, AEI's Mark Perry had some fun comparing
Recently, 11 school districts in five states—Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Tennessee—agreed to expand and redesign their school calendars in an effort to improve learning and close the achievement gap for tens of thousands of students. The initiative, called the “TIME (Time for Innovation Matters in Education) Collaborative,” is scheduled to begin in September 2013 when schools in the districts will each add 300 hours annually of high-quality instruction and enrichment to their school years. The initiative is expected to sustain itself beyond the initial competitive funding period of three years.
The TIME Collaborative is a cooperative effort among the districts, their states, the Ford Foundation, and the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL). The states will receive technical assistance for the redesign of the school day from NCTL as well as capacity-building grants of $3 million a year over three years from the Ford Foundation.
Gravity Racing Challenge
With Soap Box Derby cars being used in over 300 schools in 13 states and in classrooms in
Promoting the S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiative in education through gravity racing, the Gravity Racing Challenge (GRC) program is designed to provide K-12 educators and students with meaningful, project and standards based, intercurricular learning opportunities. Educators are successfully implementing the GRC program in classrooms, after-school, summer or enrichment programs and clubs worldwide.
STEM, Technology Education
Students will demonstrate knowledge of fluid mechanics, recognizing how fluid systems are used in the operation of engineering devices, mechanisms, and processes. To do this teams of two students will design and construct a fluid power system using surgical tube and syringes to raise the largest load.
- Fluid power system must be used
- Models will be constructed using a maximum of ten syringes and 10’ of surgical tubing.
- The system must be contained within a 1’x1’ area.
- The weight will be distributed on 5” platform.
- The weight must be raised 2” for the trial to count
· Understand the definitions of technological terms.
· Differentiate between pneumatic and hydraulic fluid actuated systems.
· Design and construct a fluid power system that will lift the most weight and formulate conclusions of the performance of a fluid system.
· Document design in notebook and present conclusions in a classroom display.
Projected Timeline: 2 Weeks (based on block 90-min every other day)
The GM Foundation recognizes the importance of vibrant early education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
The GM Foundation
The General Motors Foundation invests in educational programs and institutions to help nurture tomorrow’s innovators and leaders. The investments are geared primarily towards programs and organizations that help small children enter school with the skills they need to succeed, that contribute to increasing high school graduation rates or that provide much needed financial assistance for college.
Chevrolet Green Educator Award
The General Motors Foundation is proud to support the Chevrolet GREEN Educator award, given to 10 inspirational educators who engage youth in innovative and interactive environmental learning. Last year, the award recognized educators go above and beyond standard educational practices in the classroom, their school, and their community.