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The Value of Your ITEA Membership
Professional members receive benefits for only $.22 cents per day! That’s about half the cost of a postage stamp!
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It’s Here – The Capstone Course You’ve Been Waiting For!
ITEA is pleased to announce the availability of Engineering Design, Second Edition, the high school capstone course of the Engineering byDesign™ Standards-Based National Model Program. Engineering Design, Second Edition offers students the opportunity to understand and apply knowledge and skills required to create and transform ideas and concepts into a product that satisfies specific customer requirements. Students will experience design engineering in the creation, synthesis, iteration, and presentation of design solutions. Students will coordinate and interact in authentic ways to produce the form, fit, and function documentation, with appropriate models to completely define a product. Engineering Design, Second Edition is an interactive electronic publication. The special introductory price is just $69.00 ($62.00 for ITEA members). To order or for additional information, contact ITEA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-860-2100 (order code P222CD).
CTTE Announces Publication of 2008 Yearbook, Engineering and Technology Education
If you would like to order copies of the 2008 CTTE yearbook, edited by Rod Custer, DTE and Tom Erekson, DTE, contact Glencoe Direct Marketing at these toll-free telephone numbers:
Previous CTTE yearbooks are also available. Please specify when ordering.
Design Squad Competition Extends Deadline
The DESIGN SQUAD Trash to Treasure Competition will continue throughout the summer months. The deadline has been extended from June 30th to August 31st, giving kids more time to submit their ideas for a chance to win $10,000!
The Trash to Treasure Competition challenges kids to take everyday discarded or recycled materials and re-engineer them into functional products. The grand prize winner receives a $10,000 cash prize provided by the Intel Foundation and a trip to the development lab at Continuum to build a prototype of his or her design. Go to www.pbs.org/designsquad/contest for more information.
NCTL Offers Engineering Professional Development Workshops
The Engineering the Future (EtF) team at the National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL) is happy to offer support to advance engineering education for all students in Massachusetts and beyond. Below are the dates for our upcoming summer professional development workshops being held at the Museum of Science, Boston and in Pittsfield, MA, plus a convenient four-week moderated ONLINE COURSE for teachers anywhere in the world. We will also be traveling to several states this summer, so if your school, district, or state could support a custom PD session, please call or email. Complete information is available at the websites listed below.
For additional information, contact Lee Pulis, Curriculum Developer, Engineering the Future National Center for Technological Literacy, Museum of Science, Boston at email@example.com.
New Laboratory Course
As states revise their science standards for all students, many have explicitly included technology and engineering so that all students can learn about the designed world, develop practical problem-solving skills, and expand their career horizons. Engineering the Future (EtF): Science, Technology, and the Design Process is a new laboratory course for the first year of high school science, created to help a broad spectrum of students meet these standards. EtF is a full-year lab course organized around four projects, each of which is divided into several tasks. In the first project, students design solutions to problems that they find interesting. In the second, they design energy-efficient buildings to counter the problems associated with urban sprawl. In the third unit, they learn about thermal-fluid engines as they design and build toy putt-putt boats and write patent applications for their innovations. The fourth project challenges the students to design electric circuits. Units two, three, and four illustrate how the same fundamental concepts of energy flow apply to thermal, fluid, and electrical systems. Kits are available for projects 3 and 4, and the entire course can be implemented on a modest budget. After four years of development, including two years of field-testing by more than 160 teachers, EtF has been published by Key Curriculum Press. Interested teachers can request a free review copy at the following website: http://www.keypress.com/etf
Enhance your Knowledge of Physical Science this Summer
Register to Attend the NSTA Online Short Course: Force and Motion
For the third consecutive summer, Katherine Weber will direct a STEM-focused, four-day residential camp for high school girls. TECH (Technology and Engineering Coalition to Heighten) Awareness will engage girls in hands-on STEM learning activities such as environmental science, digital and screen printing, robotics, chemistry, nanotech, manufacturing, and appropriate technology.
Several California University of Pennsylvania female students in technology education will serve as near-peer mentors, role models, and assistant camp instructors. The campers will explore STEM to nurture their education and career interests. The camp seeks to create a supportive learning community for women in STEM at Cal U to improve future recruitment efforts. Also, the university students will develop leadership experience to strengthen their retention in the technology education program. The camp is free for qualified students with funding at Cal U from Provost Madden, Dean Jones, and Dean Colelli, and from the NSF Advanced Technological Education project. For more information, contact Katherine Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: TEAP Journal, Spring 2008.
School TV Summer Workshops For Educators
Send Your Name Into Space on the NASA Kepler Mission
Technology Genius George Westinghouse on Screen for the First Time
Westinghouse is a feature-length documentary about the life and times of George Westinghouse, his companies, legacy, personality, partnership with Nikola Tesla, and conflict with Thomas Edison. George Westinghouse is considered America’s greatest industrialist and the only man who would go up against Thomas Edison, and win. His victory over Edison during the Battle of the Currents set the stage for the entire future of electric power. The Westinghouse air brake is considered one of the most important inventions in history. Automobile shock absorbers, railroad signaling, and the modern day weekend all owe their existence to the man whom Andrew Carnegie called “A genius who can’t be downed.”Available from Amazon.com, the film’s webpage is located at www.westinghousefilm.com.
Non-Profit Save Our Seas Foundation Announces First of Its Kind Children’s Book Series
“Green” Homebuilder Study: None of Top 13 U.S. Firms Fully Embracing Sustainable Practices
The survey of the 13 largest publicly traded U.S. homebuilders used four major “green” indicators: energy use; building-material use; water use; and land use. Titled “Greener Pastures for America’s Homebuilders? A Survey of Sustainable Practices by the Homebuilding Industry,” the Calvert report concludes: “Our survey of the 13 largest publicly traded U.S. homebuilders finds that, while every major homebuilder has incorporated some environmental and efficiency programs and products into some of their new homes, none has fully embraced the emerging market of sustainable building design and construction. Calvert’s study of the sustainable policies, programs, and performance of the nation’s largest homebuilders revealed that the industry has a long way to go before any of the companies can truly claim to be addressing the risks and opportunities inherent in the environmental and climate change dilemmas.”
Solar Method of Heating Pavement Used to Heat Buildings
The Latest in Industrial Design
Ambiguously Green Standards: While there may be no one left who would argue that sustainable design is NOT better design, there still is considerable debate going on about what qualifies as sustainable design. There also remains the notion that going green is more expensive. One architect makes that case, in part: http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2008/04/green_ambiguity_higher_costs_r.html.
Beware of Greenwashing: Maybe it is sustainable, and maybe it ain’t. All we know, is, even Tom Sawyer has trouble separating fact from fiction when it comes to product labeling. In this article, a marketing firm defines the six sins of greenwashing to make it easier for all of us to distinguish legit sustainable practices from marketing hogwash: http://www.twincities.com/ci_8982484?IADID=Search-www.twincities.com-www.twincities.com.
De Plane! De Plane! Is Green! Is Green? A manufacturer of business jets has heard enough of its customers ask for more eco-friendly aircraft and is beginning to take action to provide a greener solution for air travel. What does that mean exactly? Read for yourself: http://www.ainonline.com/news/single-news-page/article/greener-falcons-coming-from-dassault/.
A Woman’s Touch: How many female car designers do you know? Probably not many. Which is both sad and predictable. Unless, maybe it doesn’t matter. One member of GM’s design team says there is no such thing as designing a car for a gender. Perhaps not, but there certainly can be a gender ascribed to a car. Have you met BMW’s GINA yet? http://www.37signals.com/svn/posts/1075-bmws-fascinating-gina-light-visionary-model-design-study.
A Concrete Canoe?
With equal parts technical skill, creativity, and determination, the University of Nevada, Reno (pictured above) has captured its first ever national Concrete Canoe title at the American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) 21st Annual National Concrete Canoe Competition in June. Their 19.5-foot-long, 160-pound, white canoe with blue and silver stain defeated entries from top engineering schools from across the country, and ended the University of Wisconsin-Madison's five-year winning streak. The win marks the end of three days of fierce competition and more than a year's worth of blood, sweat, and tears for the team in their bid to capture the “America's Cup of Civil Engineering.”
The races, both endurance and sprint combined, counted for only 25 percent of the teams' overall score. The remaining 75 percent was based equally on a technical design paper that highlighted the planning, development, testing, and construction of the team's canoe; a formal oral presentation, in which the team had to detail its canoe's design, construction, racing ability, and other innovative features, as well as defend its choices to the judges during a question and answer session; and the end product—the final racing canoe and project display, which were scored on aesthetics and visual presentation.
For more information on the National Concrete Canoe Competition, including downloadable high-resolution photos, please visit http://www.concretecanoe.asce.org.
The Condition of Education 2008
The National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences has released "The Condition of Education 2008," a congressionally mandated report that provides an annual portrait of education in the United States. The 43 indicators included in this year's report cover all aspects of education, from early childhood through postsecondary education and from student achievement to school environment and resources. Among the report's findings:
The full text of "The Condition of Education 2008," along with related data tables and indicators from previous years, can be viewed online at http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/.
Source: Triangle Coalition Electronic Bulletin
New TEAM Website Unveiled
The Technology Education Association of Maine (TEAM) has a new website: http://web.mac.com/meteched/iWeb/TEAM/Home.html. Check it out today!
Need Some Good News?
Check out all the good news from the Indiana Office of Career and Technical Education at http://www.doe.state.in.us/octe/technologyed/goodnews.html
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