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The Application to Present at ITEA’s 71st Annual Conference and Exposition March 26-28, 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky is available online at http://www.iteea.org/Conference/apptopresent.htm. The theme of the 2009 conference is “Delivering the T & E in STEM.” Presentations must address one or more of the following strands: Technology, Innovation, Design, Engineering, or STEM Integration. STEM is one of the hottest topics in education in America right now. Technology education can and does play a critical role in helping school districts deliver all aspects of STEM education to students, with particular emphasis on the T and the E. The discussions are sure to be of crucial importance to those interested in the field of technology and engineering education. Don’t miss this chance—apply now! The application deadline is June 15, 2008.
The association for technology, innovation, design, and engineering education!
Last chance to join ITEA or renew membership at current rates!
Join ITEA now or renew ahead at the current rates through June 30, 2008.
Attention Affiliate Presidents and ITEA Representatives
To expand our reach in the governmental relations area, ITEA is attempting to create a nationwide network of concerned TIDE educators willing to respond to elected representatives on issues of importance to the profession. This effort is being led by Dave Janosz (NJ) who also leads TIDEWatcher, the learning community designed to keep members informed about legislative issues.
Give some thought as to who are our most politically astute association members. We will provide the leadership and guidance for each issue, but need voices coming from state leadership to your elected leaders. Please send your contact names and addresses to Lari Price (email@example.com) at ITEA Headquarters. Dave Janosz will be communicating with volunteers during this network-building process as more information becomes available.
We thank you, in advance, for assisting us as we build this important network. As a network, we can and will make a difference.
Len S. Litowitz, DTE
National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning Website Includes I3
The National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning of the U.S. Department of Education has launched a new website, Technology Curriculum Resources Database. http://www.sedl.org/afterschool/guide/technology/ Included in the database are ITEA’s I3 Units for Grades 5-6, part of the Engineering byDesign™ program series. http://www.sedl.org/cgi-bin/mysql/afterschool/technology.cgi?resource=9. An announcement issued in the e-newsletter from the National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning is available at http://www.sedl.org/afterschool/afterwords/apr2008/index.html.
Trash to Treasure Competition
The Design Squad Trash to Treasure Competition challenges kids of all ages to take everyday discarded or recycled material and re-engineer it into functional products. The product can move things or people (Mobility), protect the environment (Environmental), or be something kids can play with inside or out (Play). The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize provided by the Intel Foundation and a trip to the development lab at Continuum, an award-winning international design and innovation consultancy, to build a prototype of his or her Trash to Treasure design. The contest is for kids in Grades K-12 and is a really exciting way to get them interested in engineering and inventing. For more information, go to: http://pbskids.org/designsquad/contest. Submit your design online before June 30, 2008.
Green and Environmental Grants...
Grants for High School Teachers for the Environment
Live Green Teacher Grants
Captain Planet Foundation Grants
More Green Topics
Green Schools Website
A 2006 study sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, the American Institute of Architects, the American Lung Association, the Federation of American Scientists, and USGBC found that building green would save an average school $100,000 each year in energy costs alone—enough to hire two new additional full-time teachers, purchase 5,000 new textbooks, or buy 500 new computers.
From the Hybrid Owners of America (hybridownersofamerica.org)
An MIT study found that if we have the same mix of vehicles on the road in 2035 that we had in 2005, our fuel use will rise 35 percent. However, "aggressive adoption of hybrids would make carbon dioxide emissions 20 percent lower than if no changes were made in the next 27 years. That would require 55 percent of new cars on the road to be hybrids or plug-in hybrids, leaving 44 percent to run on gasoline." The researchers also called for immediate government support through fuel-efficiency tax credits—view the article at http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-9937326-54.html?tag=newsmap.
Safety Scholars Video Contest for Teens
It’s time to fire up the video cameras and get the creative juices flowing. The 2008 Safety Scholars Video Contest, presented by Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC, is now accepting student-made, safety-themed videos.
The company is again turning to America’s teens for solutions presented in a creative format to help make roads safer for everyone. The Safety Scholars Video Contest now includes a chance for young video producers to have their auto safety videos broadcast as a public service commercial. The contest will award three $5,000 college scholarships for the most compelling and effective videos that drive home life-saving messages on auto and tire safety. The top 10 filmmakers will also receive a new set of Bridgestone tires. Three unique stars of last year’s winning Safety Scholars videos included robots with road rage, text-messaging nutcracker dolls, and seatbelt-savvy Lego® figurines. In addition to scholarships, the top four 2008 winners will showcase their videos to top automotive journalists at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. The top 10 videos will also appear on SafetyScholars.com and YouTube.com, in addition to MySpace.com and Facebook.com on July 7. Viewers will then select the winners through online voting at SafetyScholars.com.The Safety Scholars Video Contest is offered by Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC to promote driver safety and education among America’s youth. Participants must be 16 to 21 years old, and a legal resident of the 50 U.S. states or District of Columbia. Contestants must also possess a valid driver’s license and be currently enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited secondary, college level, or trade school. Official Rules with complete entry, eligibility, and prize details are available at www.SafetyScholars.com.
Subject: New Episode—Ask Mr Z Show
View the latest episode 005 of SchoolTube's Ask Mr Z Show right now! Hear just how easy Visual Communicator is for kids of ANY age level and ability. See the episode at http://www.SchoolTVmadeEasy.com.
NASA Assigns Crew for Final Solar Array Delivery to Station
NASA has assigned the space shuttle crew for Discovery's STS-119 mission, targeted for launch in the fall of 2008. The flight will deliver the final pair of power-generating solar array wings and truss element to the International Space Station.
Statewide Summit on Technology Education Held in New York
The New York State Technology Education Association (NYSTEA) in partnership with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently conducted a summit focused on the discipline of technology education. The title and thrust of the summit was Educating and Enabling 21st Century Students, with a primary focus on Pre-K through 16 education issues. Participants, working in groups, addressed the instructional areas of assessment, curriculum, and professional development as they pertain to technology education, the 28 N.Y.S. Learning Standards, literacy across the curriculum, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives. The summit groups jointly formulated NYSTEA and NYSED short-term goals to be accomplished within 12–18 months, and long-term recommendations culminating in the technology education standards review in 2011. Within the next two weeks, these recommendations will undergo a review to ascertain the mutually agreed upon action steps that are realistic and can be accomplished by NYSTEA and NYSED. A full report of these proceedings will be published by June 1, 2008. Contact Charles Goodwin, Advisory Council Chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
New York State Technology Education Association
Dr. Joseph Oakey, former Vermont Commissioner of Education and President of the Autodesk Foundation, passed away on May 3, 2008. Dr. Oakey was known throughout education as an innovator who was always looking for ways to showcase outstanding teachers and programs. As President of the Autodesk Foundation, he was responsible for over $60,000 worth of grants going directly to teachers and programs implementing Technology Project-Based Activities. He was a member of the Technology Education Advisory Council and received ITEA's Prakken Professional Cooperation Award.
Bill Will Improve Federal Agency Education Programs in the STEM Fields
On May 21, 2008, Rep. Mike Honda and Sen. Barack Obama introduced a bipartisan bill in their respective chambers that will make America’s students and future labor force more competitive in science-related fields. The bill was introduced at a time when other countries are gaining ground on America in science and technology fields. Obama (D-IL) and Honda (D-CA) said this bill will help develop a coordinated strategy in the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and math education, the fields collectively known as STEM. The “Enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Act of 2008” (H.R. 6104) will create mechanisms for federal agencies and the states to coordinate STEM education strategies. Among the bill’s original cosponsors are Rep. George Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Labor and Education; Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI); and Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ).
In 2006, the federal government sponsored 105 STEM education programs through 15 different federal agencies at a cost of $3.12 billion. Yet the following year, American students did poorly in a test offered worldwide that measures student proficiency in understanding and applying science. Honda’s and Obama’s bill would:
For educators, this bill promises to create tools and make available resources that are now scattered and isolated among federal agencies and the states.
New NASA International Year of Astronomy 2009 Website
NASA/NSTA Web Seminar
Send Your Name to the Moon Aboard LRO
Greenfield Central High School is a Winner!
Congratulations to Greenfield Central High School, 2008 IMSTEA SuperMileage Champions! Greenfield Central was recently highlighted on How Cool is Your School?, a feature of Fox 59 TV. Watch the video at http://weblogs.fox59.com/news/education/coolschools/.
We’ll bet ITEA member, Gary Wynn, is extremely proud of his school!
Check out the Indiana Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education website at http://www.doe.state.in.us/octe/technologyed/goodnews.html. And there’s more in the Indiana Tech Flash Newsletter here at http://www.doe.state.in.us/octe/technologyed/techflash.html.
Museum of Science, Boston
Valley City State University, ND present:
For details and registration information, please visit: http://teched.vcsu.edu/home/vp.htm?p=1220
Engineering is Elementary
Locations to date include:
Visit the EiE website to register and to learn more about the Engineering is Elementary project http://www.mos.org/eie/workshops_programs.php
Southeastern Technology Education Conference
Call for Presentation Proposals
Submissions to Inside TIDE
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