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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


Green Collar Zone

Green Collar Zone products are manufactured to transfer skills in the growing green economy. Green collar careers will be the engine of new job growth, with the added benefit that these careers cannot be outsourced. Green Collar Zone’s hands-on trainers in solar panels and wind turbine systems come complete with state of the art curriculum, tools and equipment.

Solar Energy Technologies

  • Learn the history of the solar power

  • Discover career opportunities in the alternative energy industry

  • Mount a solar panel anchor system to a roof

  • Wire solar panels to a solar controller

  • Connect storage batteries in a series circuit

  • Connect batteries to a power inverter

  • Wire power inverter to an electrical service panel

  • Calculate voltage of all devices in the circuit

  • Compare a grid tie and stand alone power system

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”


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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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$500 Million in Community College Grants for Training Programs. Click (READ MORE) for State allocations.

$500 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs. The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative, which promotes skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math careers through partnerships between training providers and local employers. The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.

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Scott Brown

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Colleges Filling Skills Gap by Including Hands-On Training as Part of Curriculum

Change in Education must start at the University level. The following Institutions of Higher Education are leading the way. The NY Times is covering the story. “The economy and employers have changed,” said Louis Soares, vice president of the American Council on Education. “They want you to come in with a hot skill set, ready to go. Colleges are paying attention at different levels to what that means and trying to develop programs.” 

Some are doing that better than others. “Some institutions are very good,” said Gary Burtless, an economist with the Brookings Institution. “They have their ear to the ground, they’re listening to local employers and paying attention to what they need.”

 

Case Western Reserve University

 

Creating 15- or 18-credit minors may be one of the more effective strategies for preparing students to enter high-demand fields. Because a minor requires fewer credits than a major and few, if any, prerequisites, these allow colleges to be more flexible and responsive to changing industries and emerging technologies.


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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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U.S. Armed Forces, STEM Education and the Skills Gap

The U.S. Armed Forces, including the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP), have responded to the gap by leveraging their civilian scientists, engineers and laboratories. The branches host learning sessions and competitions and promote mentorships between students and employees with jobs pertaining to STEM throughout the country.

The AEOP has been supporting STEM education for more than 50 years, according to Louie Lopez, the chief of human capital and STEM outreach at U.S. Army Research, Development Engineering Command. He said the programs leverage the Army’s research laboratories and staff in the hope of instilling STEM literacy in students, and they also hope to introduce students to potential STEM tracks inside and outside of the Army.

FIU Teaches Manufacturing Disciplines to Engineering Students

Among the more than 30,000 students attending renowned Florida International University (FIU) in Miami are some 4,000 young men and women pursuing degrees in various disciplines of engineering.  A required course for the mechanical engineering majors is Manufacturing Processes, located in the University’s Engineering Manufacturing Center, a focal point for Civil, Mechanical, Biomedical, Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as Engineering Management majors.   It is here that they roll up their sleeves and get into the practical side of advanced manufacturing under the guidance of the Center’s coordinator and instructor Richard Zicarelli.

 

FIU Manufacturing

What are States Doing to Recruit and Retain Employees with Cybersecurity Expertise

The threats and challenges continue to mount. Without an umbrella federal framework, government cyber experts work as best they can and with what they already have to address talent shortages and keep current with new methods of attack. Partnerships are critical in keeping abreast of the latest threats, and a future-looking mindset is necessary to create a pipeline of talent at the state and local level.

Cyberattacks have become more concrete to many of us in recent years. More citizens have received communications from governmental entities or companies about possible illicit access of our personal information—and then there are the allegations of the presidential election being influenced through sharing of hacked information.


America Must Transform Education to Serve the Needs of Individual Students

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered keynote remarks to the American Federation for Children's National Policy Summit. The Secretary introduced the school choice plan, urging state leaders to invest in individual students and empower parents, while outlining the intent to support state-based solutions.

"If you hear nothing else I say tonight, please hear this – education should not be a partisan issue. Sure, various approaches to education policy should be hotly debated, and they certainly are. "But, making sure that all of our kids get a great education – how could it be a partisan issue? Everyone – in both parties – should support equal opportunity in education, regardless of a child's income, zip code or family circumstances.

"The time has expired for 'reform'. We need a transformation – a transformation that will open up America's closed and antiquated education system.


Next Generation Cybersecurity Training Platform Addresses Critical Skills Shortfall

Fully immersive, artificial intelligence (AI) powered, next generation cybersecurity training platform.

 

Project Ares™ provides cybersecurity professionals and students the means to practice skills and hone tactics through a real-time online training platform. Designed for commercial, government, and academic customers, Project Ares deploys realistic, skill-specific virtual environments with real-world tools, network activity, and a library of mission scenarios. Game-based learning provides immediate feedback in an engaging, safe atmosphere where trainees can solve relevant problems without consequence.


ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS INDUSTRY WORKFORCE UPDATE

Electronic systems could include just about anything that plugs in or has batteries. There are electronic systems in automobiles and aircraft, and even spacecraft. But in general the term is applied to low voltage systems and subsystems installed in buildings. Not to be confused with the work done by electricians, this includes low-voltage technologies such as audio, video, control systems, security and surveillance, and the infrastructure that supports these systems – copper, fiber optic, and wireless. Much of the same technology is applied to both residential and commercial projects, but used differently depending on the application. The companies who design and install these complex systems are essentially integrating several subsystems into one, so you will often see them referred to as systems integrators. The personnel who install, service, and upgrade these systems in the field are known as Electronic Systems Technicians (ESTs).

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MTConnect Student Challenge Sponsored by Association for Manufacturing Technology and Office of the Secretary of Defense

College students with an interest in bringing together software and hardware solutions to improve manufacturing operations now have an opportunity to leverage their creativity and innovative know-how through the MTConnect Student Challenge, a competition that invites submissions for both ideas and applications utilizing the MTConnect standard. The MTConnect Student Challenge is offering a total of $33,000 in cash prizes for winning submissions. MTConnect is an open-source, XML-based communications standard that fosters connectivity between manufacturing equipment and devices. This Challenge builds on the success of previous competitions that sought submissions from industry professionals related to the use of MTConnect. The MTConnect Student Challenge is open to community college and university students at the undergraduate and graduate level and may be of particular interest to students who are studying manufacturing-related fields; electrical, mechanical or industrial engineering; as well as software engineering and IT-related studies. http://www.challenge.gov/challenge/mtconnectstudentideas/


Radio Reception and Transmission

Grade Level: 
High School
Subject: 
STEM, Science
 
Lesson Synopsis 
The "Radio Reception & Transmission" lesson explores how radio has impacted society, and impacted communications globally. Students work in teams to construct a working radio receiver that can receive FM broadcasts. An extension is to also build a FM transmitter, or to have an older student team build a transmitter, and partner with younger students who build the radio receiver. Very young students can build a snap kit. Older students will be more challenged to build the radio receiver or transmitter using kits of resistors, capacitors, coils, semiconductors, a PC board, and other parts. Teams build their radio and transmitter, test it, reflect on the challenge, and present their experiences to their class.  

Lesson Focus
Lesson explores the electronics behind radio, and its impact on society. Students work in teams to build and test a radio receiver and optional transmitter from either a snap or soldering kit (depending on level and age). They review challenges encountered in the building and testing process, evaluate their results, and share observations with their class.
 
Objectives 
- Learn about engineering design and redesign.
 
- Learn about circuits and computers.
 
- Learn about radio receivers and transmitters.
 
- Learn about teamwork and problem solving.
 

Foundations

Volkswagen Chattanooga Celebrates Inaugural Graduation of Automation Mechatronic Apprentices

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.


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