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NEWS FROM ITEEA
ITEEA 76th Annual Conference in Orlando, FL – March 27-29, 2014 - Apply Now to Present
Plan now to attend ITEEA's 76th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida on March 27-29, 2014. Talk to your colleagues and put Orlando on your schedule. Submit your request for time off and funding early. Look forward to this exciting professional development experience all winter long. Just when you can't take another cold day - it will be time to leave for sunny Orlando. Thaw out and recharge your batteries. Come home with a tan and valuable resources for the next school year. Better yet, apply to present in Orlando. The deadline is June 15, 2013. It's online, and it's easy. The Application to Present can be accessed at www.iteea.org/Conference/apptopresent. Potential conference presenters are challenged to assess, examine, and define according to the conference theme and strands below:
TECHNOLOGICAL AND ENGINEERING LITERACY CORE CONNECTIONS
The subject areas of technology and engineering education have seen a decade's worth of implementation experience, relevant findings from the cognitive sciences, and workshops such as the National Academy of Engineering Workshop on core concepts in K-12 engineering education. Various standards have been used during the implementation process such as Standards for Technological Literacy and the newer common core standards. Now is the time to assess the various progressions with these standards, examine linkages to the STEM curriculum, and further define what is really important in technology and engineering education. The Orlando Conference theme and strands are provided to address the important work that has been achieved and to showcase the progress.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications to present should emphasize instructional, educational, and classroom resources that K-12 technology and engineering teachers can use in their practices when they return to their schools. Applicants should take care to show how their presentation links to one or more of the strands and what materials the classroom teacher will take home.
- STRAND 1 - TECHNOLOGY FOR ALL
What revisions should be made to the original technological literacy standards to narrow the content base toward a structure similar to the 21st century skills and core standards? What models and materials for teachers (preservice and in-service) are being developed? How can we integrate this content to motivate and engage learners in deep and meaningful investigations within a coherent curriculum? What assessments and gauges of progress are available as measures of success?
- STRAND 2 - ENGINEERING FOR ALL
What are the core ideas in K-12 engineering education? How can we identify and link engineering content to the STEM community? What key elements of the published K-12 mathematics and English language arts "Common Core" standards should be linked to engineering content in the process of having a common core likeness? What conceptual frameworks should be used to guide the revision of any standards toward the implementation of engineering education? What models and materials for teachers (preservice and in-service) are being developed, and where are they? What assessments and gauges of progress are available as measures of success?
- STRAND 3 - LINKAGES TO THE STEM COMMUNITY
How can we identify and link technology and engineering content to the STEM community? What "cross disciplinary" content can we emphasize to strengthen the role of technology and engineering? How do we better demonstrate the use of mathematics in technology and engineering? What elementary science principles can we integrate that will best influence a technology and engineering perspective?
- STRAND 4 - LINKAGES TO THE LIBERAL ARTS
What are the core ideas in a K-12 liberal arts education? What work has been accomplished to identify conceptually sound and practical (i.e., teachable and learnable) connections between selected technology/engineering content with standards available in the liberal arts community? Is there a template for best instructional practices? Just how do the technology/engineering and the liberal arts communities connect? Are there models and assessments showing progress to date? What are practical, implementable ideas that can be followed by the classroom teacher in making linkages from the technology/engineering content to a liberal arts education?
Excellence Awards Presented at ITEEA Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio
A number of ITEEA members were recently honored by ITEEA during its 2013 annual conference in Columbus, Ohio.
Twenty-six technology and engineering programs from across the U.S. were awarded the “Program Excellence Award” during the First General Session. This award is one of the highest honors given to technology and engineering classroom teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. It is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession.
Thirty technology and engineering teachers received the “Teacher Excellence Award” during the Second General Session. The award is one of the highest honors given to technology education classroom teachers and is presented in recognition of each recipient’s outstanding contribution to the profession and to his or her students.
Special recognition was also given to Sharon Brusic of Millersville University of Pennsylvania, with her induction into the Academy of Fellows. Additionally, Thomas L. Erekson was presented with the Award of Distinction, James Boe of Valley City State University received the Special Recognition Award, Thomas D’Apolito was presented with the Lockette/Monroe Humanitarian Award, and Jack W. Wescott received the Wilkinson Meritorious Service Award.
An addition, ITEEA’s Council for Supervision and Leadership named Steve Parrott of the Illinois Department of Education “Supervisor/Leader of the Year.” The Council on Technology and Engineering Teacher Education presented its Silvius Wolansky Award to Allison McCullough and Jeremy Ernst of Virginia Tech and its Technology Teacher Educator of the Year Award to Phillip Reed of Old Dominion University. Also, CTETE recognized Indiana State University for completing a program review under the NCATE/ITEEA/CTETE guidelines. The Children’s Council of ITEEA presented George Willcox of the Virginia Department of Education with the Mary Margaret Scobey Award, and the Technology and Engineering Collegiate Association bestowed the TEECA Award of Distinction on Andrew Marra of California University of Pennsylvania and Julianna Ryan of The College of New Jersey.
For a complete list of winners, including Foundation for Technology and Engineering Education Awards, Scholarships, and Grants as well as Distinguished Technology Educators, Outstanding Affiliate Representatives, and more, go to www.iteea.org/Awards/awardprofessionalrecognition.htm.
For more information on ITEEA’s Annual Conference or its awards programs, contact ITEEA by phone: 703-860-2100, fax: 703-860-0353, email: email@example.com, or visit the website at www.iteea.org.
NEWS IN THE
Star of the Month for March – Paul Clinton
ITEEA member from Colorado
Nominated by: Christine Archer
Cherokee Trail High School
I’d like to recommend Paul Clinton to be the ITEEA Star of the Month. Paul currently teaches Technical Drawing, IB Design Tech, and Engineering Design at Cherokee Trail High School (CTHS) in Aurora, Colorado. He is a fabulous teacher and a vital part of CTHS. Dedicated to excellence, patient, thorough, detailed, fun...these are just a few of the adjectives that describe Mr. Clinton.
Paul began his career at Cherokee Trail High School helping to establish a solid applied tech and drawing program. He started with nothing but a vision for what things could be. Through lots of hard work, he has grown the program so it now includes another teacher in the department and an enthusiastic group of young students. Paul’s passion is technical drawing and computer-aided drafting. Students do amazing things in his classroom and are more than ready as they seek to advance their skills in architectural or engineering design. His students often email him after they have entered college stating how well prepared they were.
EbD™ Summer Professional Development Registration Now Open
Registration for summer EbD™ professional development is now open.
Click on this link for complete information: www.iteea.org/EbD/PD/
ITEEA Council Updates
ITEEA?s Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA) presented the following awards at the recent 75th Anniversary Conference in Columbus, OH.
The TEECA Award of Distinction was awarded to Andrew Marra of California University of Pennsylvania and Julianna Ryan of The College of New Jersey. The TEECA Distinguished Advisor is John Karsnitz of The College of New Jersey. TEECA Chapter of the Year is The College of New Jersey, and the TEECA Outstanding Chapter Service Award went to Cody Buterbaugh of California University of Pennsylvania.
The 2013-2014 TEECA Officers are:
- President ? Blake Hoover, Brigham Young University
- Vice President ? Hillary Bowlin, Appalachian State
- Secretary ? Ellie Barkin, The College of New Jersey
- Reporter ? Frank Guyer, California University of PA
- President-Elect ? Frank Caccavale, The College of New Jersey
- Advisor ? Geoff Wright, BYU
- Competitive Events Coordinator ? Mark Springston,
State University of New York Oswego
- Director ? Jerianne Taylor, DTE, Appalachian State
ITEEA's Council on Technology and Engineering Teacher Education (CTETE) officers and members enjoyed a productive Columbus 2013 Annual Conference. Notable recipients from the 75th anniversary conference:
- Silvius Wolansky Award: Allison McCulloch and Jeremy Ernst, Virginia Tech
- Outstanding Research Award: Gene Martin, Texas State University and John Ritz, DTE, Old Dominion University
- CTETE International Travel Award: Roger Hill, University of Georgia
- Successful completion of an NCATE / ITEEA / CTETE program review: Indiana State University
- Technology Teacher Educator Of The Year: Phil Reed, Old Dominion University
Congratulations to these Council award recipients!
The new CTETE officers for 2013-14 are:
- President ? Marie Hoepfl, Appalachian State University
- Past President ? Ed Reeve, DTE, Utah State University
- Secretary ? David Rouch, DTE, Ohio Northern University
The Council for Supervision and Leadership (CSL) had a tremendous turnout during the conference in Columbus. During the Thursday Annual Business/Awards breakfast, CSL recognized the following award recipients:
- Supervisor of the Year ? Steve Parrott, IL
- Outstanding State Supervisor ? Mike Fitzgerald, DTE, DE
- Outstanding Local Supervisor ? Douglas Handy, MD
- Distinguished Service ? John Brown, DTE, DE
- President?s Citation ? Bill Bertrand, PA
- Lifetime Achievement ? Kendall Starkweather, DTE, VA
Luke Rhine was installed as President-Elect and Barry Burke, DTE as Secretary/Treasurer. The executive/steering committee consists of RJ Dake, KS (President), Matt Strinden, ND (Past-President), Luke Rhine, MD (President-Elect), Barry Burke, DTE, MD (Secretary/Treasurer), Kevin Terronez, OK (Membership Chair), Johnny Moye, DTE, VA (Special Appointment), and Steve Parrott, IL (ITEEA/CSL Representative).
One of the highlights of the conference was the CSL/TEECA-coordinated Employability Strategy session. Over 20 TEECA students participated and were able to speak with hiring school districts. Both CSL and TEECA plan to expand this opportunity at the 2014 ITEEA conference in Orlando.
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Reinventing the Electric Car: Education Beyond
More Than Tolerance for Engineering Lessons
Assistive Technology: Fixing Humans
Touchdown Hands-on Challenge
Smart Dust - Friend or Foe?
2013 Directory of ITEEA Institutional and Museum
STEM Education Product Guide
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OTHER STEM NEWS
Elementary STEM Workshop in Ohio for P-6 Teachers
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 5:30 to 6:30 PM
Kent State University, 204 Van Deusen Hall
(repeated Wednesday May 1, 2013)
Join your colleagues for an informal, informative evening and learn how to integrate STEM into your preK-6 standards-based class. Get free standards-based lessons and resources, participate in grade-level STEM activities using inexpensive materials, and snack on pizza and pop as we show you how integrating STEM into the elementary school core curriculum is essential, exciting, and engaging for your students, as well as easy for you to implement.
Open to all elementary educators, administrators, and curriculum directors. To make your reservation or for further information, please contact Bob Claymier at 740-816-9627 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 15 at 5 PM. The maximum number of participants for each session will be 20. This event is sponsored by the Kent State University College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability & Technology.
National Robotics Week 2013: April 6-14
Are you ready for National Robotics Week 2013?
RoboWeek 2012 was a banner year. There were over 160 events in all 50 United States. Events included First Lego League teams demonstrating robots at the local library, tours of University labs, thousands of attendees at Block Parties, and the FIRST Robotics Championships.
The Purpose of National Robotics Week is to:
- Celebrate the U.S. as a leader in robotics technology development.
- Educate the public about how robotics technology impacts society, both now and in the future.
- Advocate for increased funding for robotics technology research and development.
- Inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-related fields.
For more information, visit www.nationalroboticsweek.org/
Internship Opportunity: SpaceX and FIRST
SpaceX is proud to partner with FIRST to support the development of the next generation of amazing engineers and innovators. This company is dedicated to building the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft. SpaceX is the world's fastest-growing provider of launch services. With nearly 50 launches on its manifest, representing more than $4 billion in contracts, SpaceX continues to push the boundaries of space technology through its Falcon launch vehicles and Dragon spacecraft.
In collaboration with leadership at FIRST, SpaceX will select between 10-15 high school seniors this year who will receive preliminary acceptance to the SpaceX internship program; please see FAQs via the link below for details.
Get an early start to every engineer’s dream job by demonstrating your readiness and technical excellence through FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge, and earn the opportunity of a lifetime, working side by side with the world’s most audacious engineering enterprise at SpaceX.
For full information, visit www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/2013-internship
Applications are due by Monday, April 15th at noon (EST).
Students Speak: The Power of STEM
President Obama met recently with 40 of the Nation's top scientists and engineers?discoverers of new drug candidates to treat common cancers; inventors of tools to help surgeons in the operating room; developers of complex algorithms that can help robots navigate; and more. All of these innovators were finalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search competition, and all of them are in still in high school. Click here for to watch the video.
Resource From the IdeaGarden
Tim Gilman of Central Dauphin Middle School in Harrisburg, PA recently shared this link on ITEEA's IdeaGarden listserv, from teachers, for teachers.
The link is to a local news program where a middle school tech ed class makes a "wheelchair" for a cat whose rear legs don't work. Read about it here.
The Techno Educational Newsletter is Expanding
Techno, Inc. Education Systems has announced that its newsletter is expanding. The Techno Educational Newsletter will now contain additional information on topics such as "How to?", "Tips and tricks?", curriculum notifications and improvements, information from teachers on new projects and curriculums, and a host of other topics.
To encourage teachers to sign up for the newsletter, Techno is giving away mechanical model kits worth up to $100 retail while supplies last. Over 500 of them will be given away. These kits come in various configurations and styles. The selection that is available can be seen at www.techno-isel.com/smpmodels.
To sign up for the Techno Educational Newsletter, just go to www.techedcnc.com and click on eNEWS SignUp. Techno will pick up the shipping costs.
World's Largest Student Science/Technology Competition Announces 2013 Regional Winners
The 21st annual Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Program recently announced its 24 Regional Winners for 2013. Underwritten by Toshiba and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision is the world’s largest K?12 science and technology competition, challenging students to work in teams and design innovative technologies that could exist in 20 years. Since its inception, more than 315,000 students have participated in ExploraVision, which this year saw an increase of more than 8 percent in the number of student participants ? 5,206 team projects representing the participation of 15,963 students from across the U.S. and Canada. Throughout its history, the ExploraVision competition has led the way in motivating and inspiring students in important STEM disciplines. Notably, this year’s program incorporates key changes that align it even more closely with the National Research Council’s (NRC) Framework for K-12 Science Education, which serves as the basis for the development of the highly-anticipated Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision is one of the first national competitions to align efforts with this initiative and continues to be a leader in providing meaningful experiences to students in STEM education.
Read about the regional winners at www.exploravision.org/winners/regional-winners-2013.php.
Student Inventor Receives Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
$30,000 Lemelson-MIT Collegiate Student Prizes Awarded to Inventive Students at Three Leading Universities
According to a recently-released report, high school student interest in science, technology, engineering. and math (STEM) plunged dramatically in 2001. While it is slowly rebounding, more needs to be done to instill a passion for invention in today’s youth, as we rely on innovation to refuel the country’s economy.
One way to do this is by rewarding and celebrating young inventors who are pushing the needle and thinking outside of the box in their own lives.
This year’s winner of the prestigious 2013 $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, Nikolai Begg, has developed a portfolio of medical devices that are making common “puncture access” medical procedures, such as laparoscopic surgeries, less risky. Nikolai’s inventions include:
- A force-sensing Puncture Access Mechanism that retracts an instrument at the moment of puncture incision, preventing any penetration impacting underlying tissue or organs
- A Laparoscopic Tissue Retractor that retracts the liver, or other tissue or organs, during laparoscopy, eliminating an extra incision that would cause risk of over-puncture, infection, and pain
Begg, a PhD candidate in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), first became interested in medical device engineering during junior high school after studying surgical robots and realizing their profound impact on human health. Today he works with doctors and nurses across medical disciplines in hospitals throughout Boston to better understand how he can have a positive influence on medicine. He is honored alongside the 2013 $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Collegiate Student Prize winners from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Summer Counselors Needed for 2013 Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars
The Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars, or WISH, project offers a one-of-a-kind experience for female high school juniors to jump-start their futures by engaging in opportunities relating to STEM. Participation starts in an online community and culminates with a summer experience at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, during the summer of 2013.
WISH is looking for counselors for its summer sessions. Applicants should be educators who have experience and are interested in the STEM fields. Counselors will work either the week of June 23-28 or July 7-12, 2013. This is the perfect opportunity for educators to inspire young minds and to spend a week at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Applications are due April 15, 2013. For more information please contact Maria Chambers at: email@example.com. To complete an application please visit the website at: https://spacegrant.net/apps/?pk=wish3.
Source: NASA Education Express Message – March 28, 2013