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Youth Want Jobs, Not Antiquated Expensive Degrees

Educators of Technical, Technology and STEM education continue with us, to advocate for hands-on skilled training. Thought leaders from around the country have discussed ways to accomplish this through education reform. C. M. Rubin published a discussion with Charles Fadel.

Contemporary education is failing our students because we are stuck in a curriculum designed for a different century, We need to re-examine college entrance requirements (and their tests). They hold change hostage to antiquated and incomplete requirements. Massive adaptation must be demanded by parents and educators alike. Without these changes, we will be unable to adapt curricula to reflect modern needs. It starts with creating a framework for WHAT we need to teach, which must be comprehensive yet concise and actionable


National Certifications for Robotics and Advanced Automation

The industry-education certifications are the result of an 18-month collaboration of more than 150 subject matter experts from FANUC America, industry, automation system integrators, and leading advisors and instructors from high schools, community colleges, and universities. Participants focused on the need to prepare a talent pipeline of workers who possess the core competencies and automation technology skills to work in high-tech manufacturing.

Since 2010, FANUC has lead the effort to address the critical challenge caused by a shortage of skilled workers, and helped change the perceptions of careers in manufacturing. The new industry-leading certifications provide students and companies with measurable skill sets aligned with today’s advanced automation technologies, increasing workforce readiness at all levels.


Technology in Action

Manufacturing in the Future

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.  
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Steve Krar

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”


Ioannis Miaoulis- NCTL STEM

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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Follow The Money

De-Mystifying Grant Writing

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. 

 

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Scott Brown

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Training our Next Workforce Through University, Community College and Career Center Collaboration

The Institute of Agricultural Technology, at Michigan State University, Lansing Community College’s Technical Careers Division and Ingham Intermediate School District’s Wilson Talent Center are preparing the region's next workforce.

The Institute offers nine certificate programs, ranging from landscape and nursery management to livestock industries to turf grass management.

“Students are taking the same courses as bachelor degree students are, even though they’re in the certificate program,” said Erin Bosch, agricultural industries coordinator at the institute. “They’re taking the 100- and 200-level courses to gain knowledge in the industry, to then go, and either immediately get into the workforce, or a percentage of students transfer into the bachelor degree program.”


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The Art of the Future

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The Future of Ed Tech Markets

FIRST ALLIANCE represents a system of learning connecting experience, simulation, play, design, art, culture, philosophy, inventiveness, and experimentation. The Atlanta GENIUS and other FIRST ALLIANCE competitors are reflecting the future to us today.


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Measuring CTE Outcomes - Trained, Credentialed, Placed

Without outcomes, CTE is just another elective,” said Dr. Sally Downey, superintendent of the East Valley Institute of Technology, which provides over 40 CTE programs for high school students and adults.

“CTE outcomes shouldn’t be difficult to measure,” Downey said. “Did the student complete their program and earn an industry credential or license? Did they get a job related to their CTE program? Did they go to college or join the military? All of those things are measureable. But the devil is always in the details, especially when those details involve taxpayer dollars and politics.”

In 2013, the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University published what many considered to be the first comprehensive look at CTE in the Grand Canyon state.


Secretary Devos at U.S. Space Center - "Rethink School" Tour

For more than 50 years, the George Marshall Space Flight Center has helped design and build the engines, vehicles, and space instruments that make possible what was thought impossible. And Alabama’s own U.S. Space & Rocket Center inspires young campers to embark on missions of science and discovery.

For students across America, the summer break is well over. Classes and homework have resumed. Learning has resumed.

But have you ever stopped to wonder why America's schools close for three months? Do hospitals close? Or grocery stores? Your favorite restaurant? Why does "the system" gear learning to "the school year"? Within artificial boundaries? Within parameters? Within limits?


Perkins Act - Changes and Opportunities - Including STEM

While the measure was signed into law on July 31, 2018, Perkins V will go into effect on July 1, 2019.

Over the next few months, states will be writing transition plans, which will cover the first year of the law’s implementation (July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020). Full four-year state and local plans, covering all the requirements of the act, will be submitted in spring 2020 (encompassing program years July 1, 2020-June 30, 2024).

The law would authorize $1.229 billion for FY 2019 and gradually increase this authorization level to $1.318 billion in FY 2024, which represents a 10.57 percent increase over the course of the act compared to the amount Congress allocated to the Perkins Basic State Grant program in FY 2018.

Work-Based Learning Champions in New Hampshire

Officials have been working to promote and expand work-based learning, extended learning, and apprenticeship opportunities for students in both high school and college in New Hampshire. Educators are creating templates and rubrics that will be available to districts to develop and implement effective programs for students. 21 New Hampshire residents received Work-Based Learning Awards at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. Teachers, educators, and counselors working together, with businesses, to get students access to learning opportunities outside of the classroom. And two elected officials who have been long-time supporters of students involved in career and technical education.

New Hampshire Work-Based Learning

Amazon Discusses Warehouse Automation and Machine Learning

The Amazon Robotics Challenge was created to inspire the next generation of inventors and we were blown away by what we saw. It was so inspiring to see what these teams brought to the table that it’s hard not to be optimistic about the future of robotics. Brad Porter, V.P. of Robotics at Amazon, about the latest advances in the field and how his team is using machine learning to make its robots smarter. 

There have been so many advances in robotics and yet, we still are in the very beginning stages of innovation and we’re still learning how to best work with robotics. At Amazon, we have to consider the range of inventory items we’re dealing with and when it comes to robotic solutions, that in and of itself, is a challenge for us. We also have to consider the scale in which we deploy robots. It’s great if we test a robot in a small environment and it works perfectly, but we need it to also work in a larger environment without disrupting the entire fulfillment process. I’m so impressed with what my team has been able to achieve in the past few years and I’m excited to see how they overcome these obstacles. 

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Michigan Technological University and Bay de Noc Community College Collaborate to Prep Students for Industry

How can one educational program teach all the skill sets industry requires? Michigan Tech has designed a way.

Industry is not a monolith.  One employer needs to hire people with electrical skills. Another is looking for employees who understand fluid power systems.  A third needs someone who can read blueprints. How can one educational program meet all their needs?

Partnering with Bay de Noc Community College and funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Labor, state agencies and industry, Michigan Technological University has helped craft an educational program to meet industry’s needs. It’s an initiative in industrial automation, robotics and controls to help students earn credentials from certificates to associate degrees to bachelor’s degrees. The development of the tools and curriculum will prepare Michigan Tech students to join the workforce.  

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Virtual and Augmented Reality Learning Experience - DOE Launches $680,000 Challenge

Simulated environments, such as virtual and augmented reality, 3D simulations, and multiplayer video games, are emerging approaches to deliver educational content. Research indicates that simulation-based learning provides students with enriched experiences in information retention, engagement, skills acquisition, and learning outcomes.The EdSim Challenge seeks next-generation educational simulations that strengthen academic, technical, and employability skills. The Department is most interested in immersive and engaging simulations that include clearly defined learning goals and build diverse skill sets.The purpose of this Challenge is to stimulate the marketplace for computer-generated virtual and augmented reality educational experiences that combine existing and future technologies with skill-building content and embedded assessment. The developer community is encouraged to make aspects of simulations available through open source licenses and low-cost shareable components.


Brake Basics

Grade Level: 
High School
Subject: 
STEM, Pre-Engineering, Design, Automotive
 
Lesson Synopsis 
The Give Me a Brake activity explores the concept of how brakes can stop or slow mechanical motion. Students examine the operation of a bicycle brake and use low cost materials to devise a simple braking system, then work as a team to suggest improvements to current bicycle brake designs.    
 
Lesson Focus
Lesson focuses on brakes, force, and friction, using bicycle rim brakes to demonstrate basic braking mechanisms to stop, slow, or prevent motion.

 

Anticipated Learner Outcomes
As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of: 
 
- force and friction
- brakes
- impact of engineering and technology on society
- engineering problem solving
- teamwork
 

Foundations

Amgen Foundation - $100 Million for STEM Education

The Amgen Foundation has created a two-pronged approach to inspire the next generation of innovators: (1) investing in and supporting science teachers; and (2) creating hands-on opportunities for students. Amgen of Thousand Oaks, California, advances this work through a suite of STEM Education initiatives such as Amgen Scholars, Amgen Biotech Experience, and Amgen Teach. The Foundation’s total commitment to STEM education is now over $100 million globally. In the communities where Amgen staff lives and works, the company commits millions of dollars in charitable donations, and staff members devote thousands of hours of personal time, to programs and services that can make meaningful differences in people’s lives.


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