Technical, Technology, STEM Education, September 28, 2018

 
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  • Perkins Act - Changes and Opportunities - Including STEM
  • Work-Based Learning Champions in New Hampshire
  • Amazon Discusses Warehouse Automation and Machine Learning
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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 of 2020 (encompassing program years July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2024).

The law would authorize $1.229 billion for FY 2019 and gradually increase the 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.

Perkins V largely maintained the structure and key tenants of current law, focusing on CTE program improvement, flexibility and data, and accountability.

 

 

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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 this year. 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.

Gov. Chris Sununu, New Hampshire Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut, Jeremy Hitchcock of the Community College System of New Hampshire's Board of Trustees, and Peter McNamara, the president of the New Hampshire Automotive Dealers Association, all spoke about the importance of work-based learning, and congratulated the winners.

 

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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 of itself, is a challenge for us. We also have to 

 

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