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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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"Be the change you wish to see in the world."
in This Issue
Make plans now to join your colleagues in March, 2010. And don't forget to apply early for funding assistance. See the article at www.iteea.org/Conference/funding.htm. For full conference information, visit www.iteea.org/Conference/conferenceguide.htm.
Inside TIDE Becomes STEM Connections
ITEA’s regularly distributed electronic newsletter, Inside TIDE, will undergo a name change beginning in September. The new name, STEM Connections, was selected in an attempt to highlight the importance of all aspects of a STEM Education for all students. ITEA believes that schools must include technology and engineering education in order to fully prepare today’s students for the 21st Century workplace. Look for STEM Connections in September.
More Opportunities for Social/Professional Networking!
ITEA has established a presence in the world of social and professional networking in order to help its members to build online communities of people who share their interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. These network services are web-based and provide a variety of ways for users to interact, such as email and instant messaging services. Social networking has encouraged new ways to communicate and share information. Social networking websites are being used regularly by millions of people.
For more information about each of these opportunities, visit ITEA’s newly redesigned Networking page at:
K–12 Engineering Stardards
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is conducting a project designed to determine if there should be K-12 Engineering Standards. ITEA Member, Greg Pearson of NAE, is the Project Director of this initiative and has been conducting research. One step in his research has been a two-day meeting to gather input from outside sources to be used as background information for the report.
Kendall N. Starkweather, ITEA Executive Director/CEO, made a presentation on “Issues of Standards for K-12 Engineering Education” to the assembled group. Starkweather’s presentation centered on the following five questions:
Starkweather’s PowerPoint presentation is available from ITEA upon request.
The NAE project final report will be available towards the end of the year. For more information about the NAE project, please go to NAE’s website at www.nae.edu/.
ITEA Contributes to National Technological Literacy Assessment
During the summer months ITEA members have been a part of a select panel that has been working on the framework to build a national assessment for technological literacy. The project is being conducted through the National Assessment of Educational Progress work and with the National Assessment Governing Board that are part of the U.S. Department of Education.
The framework is being built by the Steering and Planning Committees that contain members from the technology and engineering communities. ITEA members who are a part of the Planning Committee include: William Dugger, DTE, Maurice Frasier, and Marlene Scott. ITEA members of the Steering Committee include: Phillilp Scott Bevins, Rodger Bybee, Johnny Moye, Williard Nott, Greg Pearson, Andrea Prejean, Yvonne Spicer, and Kendall N. Starkweather, DTE.
This framework will be the basis for a national assessment probe that will start in the year 2012 and will continue until 2022. Technological literacy has been divided into three major areas for purposes of this work. Those areas include information and communication technology, design and systems, and technology and society. The framework portion is scheduled to be completed in the fall. More information can be found on the NAEP website at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/.
ITEA Fellow to Speak at ICTE
The International Conference on Technology Education in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICTE) is a biennial international conference promoting the communication and academic exchange on Technology Education. ICTE 2009 will be held November 11-13, 2009 at the National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan (www.ite.ntnu.edu.tw./~icte2009/). The first conference was held in Otsu, Japan in 1995. Successive conferences were held in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China in 1997; Canberra, Australia in 2000; Daejeon, Korea in 2001; Hamilton, New Zealand in 2003; Hong Kong in 2006, and San Antonio, USA in 2007 respectively. Over the past 13 years, the conference has provided opportunities for academicians and technology education professionals to interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines.
ICTE 2009 encompasses a three-day program with participants mainly from Japan, New Zealand, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Hong Kong, and the USA. During the main conference, scholarly exchange will take a variety of forms, including keynote speech and invited speaker addresses, paper presentations, and panel discussions. William E. Dugger, DTE, ITEA Senior Fellow, will be ITEA's Representative at the ICTE conference. He will deliver the address on the State of Technology Education in the United States.
TECC Expands Web OfferingsThe TECC website has been updated and now contains 19 Books to Briefs articles/activities available free to TECC members when they use the SIGN IN feature of the site. (www.tecchome.org/index.html) Interested? Join TECC today at www.iteea.org/Membership/elementaryteacher.htm.
Children’s Engineering Goes GreenPresentation applications are currently being accepted for Virginia’s 14th Annual Children’s Engineering Convention, to be held February 25-26, 2010 in Richmond, VA. The Virginia Children’s Engineering Council is supporting the ITEA Mission Green Technology initiative with the theme “Going Green with Children’s Engineering.” Additional information can be downloaded at www.childrensengineering.org/convention/.
ITEA Members on the Go!
ITEA congratulates the following members for their recent achievements!
HI-TEC 2009 Industry Recognition Award Presented to ITEA Member
Bart Aslin, director of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation (http://www.smeef.org/), is this year’s recipient of the HI-TEC Industry Recognition Award, presented July 21, 2009 at the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) in Scottsdale, Arizona. The HI-TEC Industry Recognition Award recognizes key industry personnel for outstanding contributions to promote technology education and career awareness. Nominees for the award must have demonstrated impact on technology education on both a local and national level.
This award represents HI-TEC’s commitment to recognize industry colleagues who make significant contributions to the education and training of today’s technology workforce. The High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (www.highimpact-tec.org) is produced by a consortium of National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education centers and projects and is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and contributions from corporate and industry partners such as Intel.
About the SME Education Foundation:
The department at North Carolina State University (NCSU) has changed its name to Technology, Engineering & Design Education. http://ncsu.edu/
Design Squad Online Training
NASA and DESIGN SQUAD have developed an online workshop for educators and after-school leaders. Experience the design process in action through this free, self-guided tool! Watch an activity session from start to finish. Learn questions you can ask to guide kids through the design process and to strengthen their critical-thinking skills. Check out the online workshop at: www.pbs.org/designsquad/parentseducators/workshop.
Green Events on the Mall
The EPA’s National Design Expo and P3 Sustainable Design Challenge will celebrate its 6th year in April 2010 in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and the 40th anniversary celebration of the founding of the EPA. The celebration will last for three days on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and local school groups are invited to attend, visit the student design challenge tent, and meet with engineers, scientists, and business leaders who are working to develop innovations designed to advance economic growth while reducing environmental impact. The Beyond Benign Foundation will also be hosting a “Classroom on the Mall” at which you can schedule hands-on activities designed specifically for your students in order to turn this experience into a standards-based field trip that you can take back to the classroom. Save the date now and reserve a school bus for April 19, 2010. You won’t want your students to miss this opportunity. Find out more about the National Sustainable Design Expo and the P3 Sustainable Design Challenge at www.epa.gov/P3/. For more information about the Classroom on the Mall and to make a reservation for your class trip, please visit www.p3expo.com/index.html.
Engineers Week 2010
ITEA will again partner with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for Engineers Week – February 14-20, 2010. National Engineers Week, founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, is a formal coalition of more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. Dedicated to raising public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to quality of life, Engineers Week promotes recognition among parents, teachers, and students of the importance of a technical education and high level of math, science, and technological literacy, and motivates youth to pursue engineering careers in order to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce.
Engineers Week headquarters prepares and distributes a variety of support materials for local Engineers Week programs. Products include student guidance materials, “how-to” instructions, promotional materials such as buttons and caps, a variety of DVDs and video products, and each year, a new graphic/poster to inspire excitement and pride in the engineering profession. Free kits and other products are available at www.eweek.org.
The Educational Testing Service recently held a news conference pertaining to working with other key groups to develop national education standards. In conjunction with the news conference, they released a publication titled National Education Standards: Getting Beneath the Surface. This publication gives a stated need for national standards, creating a standards system, and getting more out of the current national efforts. This movement is being adopted in part by the current Department of Education. No strict timelines have been established. However, it is known that language and mathematics will be the first two sets of standards developed. It is anticipated that it will take a few years to get these standards in practice. The standards are to be more streamlined than those that currently in existence.
More information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for Resources to Make Your Classroom “The Place to Be”?
Check out the dozens listed in the summer issue of the Indiana Tech Flash: http://www.doe.in.gov/octe/technologyed/pdf/IndianaTechFlash-2009-summer.pdf
Children Design Wind Power Units for Their Schools' Gardens
Motorola Foundation recently awarded a $50,000 grant to REAL School Gardens (www.realschoolgardens.org/en/), a nonprofit organization that works with urban schools across North Texas to design and install learning gardens. The grant will fund a yearlong initiative for children focused on hands-on exploration and the use of alternative energy sources, specifically wind power, in school gardens.
Announcing JASON's New Energy Curriculum
JASON's new energy curriculum unit for Grades 5-8, Operation: Infinite Potential, is now launched!
Working alongside leading scientists, students explore the challenges of energy generation, storage, and consumption. Through research articles, inquiry-based activities, videos, games, and other multimedia, they investigate and analyze emerging technologies designed to meet the needs of an energy-hungry planet.
Learn more about Operation: Infinite Potential: www.jason.org/public/feature/FeatureDetail.aspx?pos=1&fid=144
Lutron's Bright Green Dream Contest Extended
Lutron Electronics has extended the deadline for its 2009 Bright Green Dream School Sustainability Challenge until October 12, 2009. The Grand Prize winner will be announced at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in November 2009.
Schools are asked to challenge students to dream of a sustainable classroom of the future. Hosted by Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., the world leader in the design and manufacture of energy-efficient lighting control products, the challenge asks students to:
The winning idea will receive a $15,000 sustainable classroom upgrade to make their Bright Green Dream come true. Learn more about it at www.greenovationnation.com/dream.
Preservation as Provocation: Rethinking Kahn’s Salk Institute
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has announced the winners of the “Preservation as Provocation: Re-Thinking Kahn’s Salk Institute” International Student Design Competition. Administered by ACSA and sponsored by The American Institute of Architects, Historic Resources Committee (AIA HRC – www.aia.org/practicing/groups/kc/AIAS075441), the program challenged students to envision the preservation of Louis H. Kahn’s Salk Institute while rethinking current conventions about composition, construction, and building performance. The goal was to envision a new type of facility that would be unimaginable without the existing structures.
The jurors were impressed by the overall quality of the submissions and agreed that the challenge of designing and building in the context of an iconic building of the 20th century represents a worthy endeavor. The winning projects will be on display in March 2010 at the ACSA Annual Meeting in New Orleans (www.acsa-arch.org/conferences/Annual2010.aspx), and in June 2010 at the American Institute of Architects National Convention in Miami (www.aiaconvention.com/live/61/). In addition, the projects will be published in an online Competition Summary Website in fall 2009. Read all about it at http://acsa-arch.org/competitions/hrc2008-09.html.
NASA Education Updates
National Education Accountability Requires Overhaul
Test scores in reading and math alone cannot describe a school’s contributions to the full range of desired student outcomes. Instead, a new accountability system that combines testing with qualitative evaluation is needed to replace the discredited No Child Left Behind Act.
This recommendation is the centerpiece of a new report from the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education (BBA) Campaign. The full report is available at www.boldapproach.org/.
From NSTA Express: Week of July 13, 2009
Fewer Jobs Available for Scientists and Engineers
To address this problem, many educators and policymakers have been pushing for more funding for STEM education in an effort to increase the number of graduates with STEM degrees and therefore expand the job market. However, some believe that increased funding will only yield limited growth in scientific positions. Nevertheless, top officials, including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, believe that the U.S. needs more, not fewer, scientists and engineers to meet the challenges that the nation faces.
Read the full article at www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2009-07-08-science-engineer-jobs_N.htm.
Raytheon Unveils New STEM Education Model
Light Source of the Future?
There is no fee to participate in Speak Up and no limit on the number of respondents per institution. All information is 100% confidential, and the surveys take less than 20 minutes to complete. Participating institutions will receive a free online report in early February 2010 aggregating all local data with national data to use for comparative benchmarking. Plans are already in place for many districts to use their Speak Up data to inform their ARRA investments. National data findings will be released in a Congressional Briefing in spring 2010.
For additional information, visit www.tomorrow.org.
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End of Inside TIDE, Tuesday, August 11, 2009