Honeywell, NASA and The Department of Defense Education Activity Join Forces to Provide STEM Focused Educational Assistance

"It is critically important to get middle school-aged students aware of and excited about STEM topics—especially physics. We've seen FMA Live! make the introduction easier," said Donald James, NASA's associate administrator for Education. "Thanks to our collaboration with Honeywell, we're inspiring students to set their sights on future careers in the critical STEM field."

Each performance focuses on Newton's Universal Law of Gravity and Three Laws of Motion. Named after Newton's Second Law of Motion [Force equals Mass times Acceleration], FMA Live! uses music videos and interactive scientific demonstrations to teach and inspire students to pursue STEM careers.

Forces In Motion

Samsung's "SOLVE FOR TOMORROW" STEM Education Contest Awards $40,000 to Fifteen Finalists. Grand Prize Winners to Receive $120,000

When their teacher asked them to take a hard look at issues affecting people in their community, one group of students in Missouri noticed that some of their peers with disabilities had trouble staying upright in their wheelchairs. And so, the students got to work with compressed cardboard, cutting and shaping various components to find which ones would create classroom furniture that would make their friends most comfortable. This is the essence of Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow contest, which challenges students to tap into their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills to create innovative solutions to problems they observe in their communities. The students in Missouri were recently named one of the 15 national finalists by Samsung Electronics America (SEA).

Maker Space, Tinkering: The Hands-On Approach to STEM Education

Taking things apart and putting them together — skills children used to absorb in Dad’s or Mom’s workshop — has an important role to play in learning, according to Karen Cator, the chief executive of Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization created by Congress that focuses on the use of technology to improve education. “You’re exploring creativity, you’re exploring design thinking, you’re developing a sense of persistence,” she said, in an interview with John Schwartz of The New York Times. Building something new requires planning, trying and, yes, failing, and then trying again.

Automotive Technicians in High Demand at General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Toyota

100% Job Placement, $16.50/hr Starting Pay in Community College Auto Tech Programs

Parents, guidance counselors and other influencers need to understand how great the opportunity is for students with an interest in technology. In all 50 states, the demand for trained, professional automotive technicians has never been higher. “With the cost of college the way it is, the idea of enrolling in college is daunting,” says FCA’s John Fox, in an interview with Craig Fitzgerald of,  “The value equation relative to a career in automotive technical training combined with the earning potential is hard to beat.”

Manufacturer supported programs include:

BMW STEP Program: 

GM ASEP Program:  

Ford ASSET Program:  

MOPAR CAP Program:  

Toyota T-TEN Program: 

Mercedes-Benz’s Automotive Systems Technical Program:  

Mercedes-Benz Mechatronics Program: 

Auto Tech Jobs in Demand

Massachusetts Adopts Next Generation of Science, Technology, and Engineering Standards for K-12

The 2016 STE standards are intended to drive coherent, rigorous instruction that emphasizes student mastery of both disciplinary core ideas and application of science and engineering practices.

When a child is challenged to think critically, developing and using content in their classroom, as scientists and engineers, they are developing creative, evaluative, and analytical thinking skills that are useful for any career which justifies and legitimizes science and engineering as a K-12 subject for all students.

We don't need 100% of our students to become PhD scientists and engineers. But we do need 100% of our students to be equipped to think critically, demonstrating the skills to create, evaluate, and analyze, because mastering these skills puts all students in charge of their future, breaks cycles of generational poverty, increases participation in our democracy, and would give Massachusetts the most trainable and productive workforce it has ever seen. Using the NGSS as a basis for the 2016 STE standards is meant to allow Massachusetts' educators access to any curriculum and instruction resources developed nationally.

South Korea Economy Built Around Technical Education

South Korea had a strong technical education system—so powerful it rebuilt its shattered economy. As we work to improve our CTE system in the United States, it behooves us to look at South Korea and examine the innovative solutions that are being implemented to improve education, training, and career options there.

From High Demand to Low Demand
After the Korean War, the economy of the newly divided Korean peninsula was devastated. However, you would never know it when you look at South Korea today. Gleaming skyscrapers dominate the Seoul skyline, internationally famous songs invoke the high life, and high-tech industry proliferates throughout the country.
It was no easy path to get this far in such a short period of time. It took comprehensive reforms that were anchored in education, and more specifically, vocational education and training. There is a renewed effort by the government to re-establish VET programs and bring back the prestige they once enjoyed.


Bryan Setser, a highly acclaimed educator and leader in the design of next generation learning models, has been named Chief Design Officer of Matchbook Learning, a national non-profit organization committed to the transformation of public schools in America.

               The Matchbook model, currently being used in Matchbook operated charter schools in Detroit and Newark, is based on an innovative personalized learning methodology supported with extensive teacher training and a powerful learning technology platform called Spark.

Dr. Setser will lead the effort to design and build Matchbook’s unique platform and experience into a “Matchbook Accelerator,” a program that enables schools and districts around the country to utilize Matchbook’s tools, technology and expertise and train their own teams to transform schools using the Matchbook method.

He will also design tools and processes to further refine Matchbook’s process and further enhance the learning experience at the schools Matchbook operates.

Sajan George, Matchbook’s CEO, said: “Bryan has been nationally recognized as one of the leading innovators in designing new learning models that help schools succeed and help children gain the tools they need to compete in the 21st Century economy.” 

Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High-Quality Career and Technical Education

Rapid economic, technological, and social changes are creating a world that is ever more interconnected. One in ten Americans is foreign born, and local communities—urban, suburban, and rural—are growing more diverse.

To take advantage of global market opportunities, companies must hire workers with global competence—that is, the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance. U.S. educators face a critical new imperative: to prepare all students for work and civic roles in an environment where success increasingly requires the ability to compete, connect, and cooperate on an international scale.

Students can learn about and apply global competencies through Career and Technical Education (CTE). With an anchor in preparing students for the careers of their choice and a focus on the critical academic, technical, and employability skills needed for success, CTE offers a natural platform on which to build global competencies. Globally minded CTE programs can provide the rigorous and authentic setting necessary to prepare students for the competitive world economy, while offering a more engaging, motivating, and relevant education experience.

Solving the Two Most Common Struggles of Filling Skills Gap Positions

Do you recall the first time you heard someone refer to the “job skills gap” – you know, the former buzzword turned industry-wide problem? By now, undoubtedly, most of us are tuned into the discussion around the skills gap. When we talk about filling a gap, it usually means that something needs fixing or correcting. Or for business, it requires an analysis to determine how to get from where you are to where you want to be. But what does it mean for employment and finding talent?

Thirteen million people are looking for work while three million jobs go unfilled. In other words, this gap we are referring to is the space between the skill set of prospective workers and the skill set a company requires to not only perform the job, but excel in the role. When the dialogue around this disconnect first began, it left business leaders caught between agreeing with the concept, knowing this is a reality, and also wondering to what degree it is affecting their own companies. What we have come to find is that it is prevalent among the skilled trades such as manufacturing and construction. And what’s worse, the gap seems to be widening.
Dan Campbell, Hire Dynamics

Drones as a Learning Tool

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are frequently used as a part of military, governmental and civil operations. Now, the devices also are being used as learning tools in a classroom at Woodland Elementary School. In the fourth- and fifth-grade gifted learning class overseen by Bobbi Starling, students are learning a number of subjects with the help of more than 50 spider, parrot, sumo and large-scale drones.

"Any lesson or skill can be taught with these drones," Starling said. "And they are definitely engaged."
After reading and studying about the various applications of drones, Starling's students rotated among drone learning stations, programming the devices with the use of the Tickle app on their iPads.
Drones for Learning

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