The Deadline for ITEA Professional Awards is December 1st!
Don’t miss this opportunity to gain recognition for your program, your colleagues, or your own teaching accomplishments. Here is information about just a few of the award opportunities available to ITEA members.
Program Excellence Award – one of the highest honors given to technology education classroom teachers on the elementary, middle, or high school levels, the Program Excellence Award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and provides public recognition at local through international levels. Application information for the three levels of awards may be obtained from your affiliate association or by clicking one of the following links:
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Teacher Excellence Award – one of the highest honors given to technology education classroom teachers, the Teacher Excellence Award is presented in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the profession and their students and provides public recognition at the local through international levels. Application information for the three levels of awards may be obtained from your affiliate association or by clicking one of the following links:
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Distinguished Technology Educator Award – ITEA's Distinguished Technology Educator (DTE) designation is a coveted mark of distinction in technology education, recognizing technology educators who have demonstrated a high level of competence and conscientiousness in the field of technology education.
Consideration for the award is based upon documented evidence of leadership/management skills, continuing participation in association education programs, and demonstration of leadership in association, community, and personal activities.
For additional criteria or to apply, go to www.iteea.org/Awards/awarddte.htm
Special Recognition Awards – The application for all Special Recognition Awards can be accessed at www.iteea.org/Awards/awardspecialrecognition.htm. Below are descriptions of two of these awards.
- Award of Distinction – presented to an individual within technology education who has advanced the profession through a sustained and recognized record of exemplary professional activity.
- Special Recognition Award – presented to an individual who has established a sustained record of outstanding service to the field of technology education.
EbDLabs™ Back by Popular Demand
EbDLabs™ at the ITEA Conference in Charlotte
The Engineering byDesign Labs™ (EbDLabs™), having been sell-out successes in Louisville last year, are being continued this year in Charlotte. These labs are an excellent opportunity for teachers and other educators to experience one of the EbD™ courses in a workshop environment. Foundational professional development is provided for each course or instructional component. A small fee ($25) is requested to cover supplies and can be paid using the conference registration form. Whether you are in a Consortium state or not, whether you are currently teaching an EbD™ course or just want to find out more—these workshops are not to be missed. These hands-on and minds-on sessions are for teachers and administrators, with the fundamentals necessary to implement the units or courses.
Thursday, March 18 – 1:00pm–4:50pm
- Engineering byDesign™ – Invention, Innovation, and Inquiry (I3) Lab (Grades 3–5)
- Engineering byDesign™ – Technological Systems Lab (Grade 8)
- Engineering byDesign™ – Foundations of Technology Lab (Grade 9)
- Engineering byDesign™ – Advanced Technological Applications Lab (Grades 11–12)
Friday, March 19 – 2:00pm–4:50pm
- Engineering byDesign™ – Exploring Technology Lab (Grade 6)
- Engineering byDesign™ – Technological Design Lab (Grades 10–12)
- Engineering byDesign™ – Advanced Design Applications Lab (Grades 10–12)
Saturday, March 20 - 9:00am–11:50am
- Engineering byDesign™ – Technology Starters Lab (Elementary)
- Engineering byDesign™ – Engineering Design Lab (Grades 11–12)
Don't delay! These labs fill up fast. Registration is open now at
Revving Up for Charlotte 2010
This is the ONE educational event in 2010 that you don't want to miss. An important professional development and networking opportunity awaits you next spring in downtown Charlotte. Make plans NOW to attend.
Save the Planet! Make the world a better place! Become aware of how we can sustain our environment through smart decision-making, consumerism, designing, creating, and using human ingenuity.
ITEA's 72nd Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC on March 18-20, 2010 will address "Green Technology: STEM Solutions for 21st Century Citizens." STEM is one of the hottest topics in education in America right now. Technology education plays a critical role in helping school districts deliver all aspects of STEM education to students who are interested in the fields of technology and engineering education.
The Charlotte preliminary program is now online and ready for you to download. Explore the ITEA conference website to find all you need to know and more about attending the conference, including:
- Leading-edge keynote presentations from speakers like John Warner, President of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Technology
- Specialized preconference workshops, focusing on renewable energy, video production, the green industrial revolution, multimedia products, and design and automation
- Engineering by Design™ Learning Labs - 9 to choose from
- Educational tours, from the Charlotte Motor Speedway to the green retrofitted home!
- Professional development Learning Sessions - over 120 offering hands-on information you can use in your daily classroom activities
- "Tool Time" session is back by popular demand
- Social functions where you not only learn but socialize with your colleagues, including the Opening Networking Gathering, International Lunch, and the FTE and EPT breakfasts
- Exhibits, exhibits, and more exhibits for you to explore, and enjoy a free lunch in the exhibit hall on Friday
- Action labs, where you'll learn specifics from vendor presentations about tools to help you in the classroom
This is the ONE educational, professional development, and networking-opportunity event you won't want to miss.
Register now to join ITEA in Charlotte, North Carolina, March 18-20, 2010 for the 72nd Annual ITEA Conference and Exhibition. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity!
Register prior to February 1 and save nearly 20% on conference registration fees. You will also be entered in a drawing to win a $100 VISA gift card.
Housing rates are the lowest in the entire city so don't delay in making your reservation within the ITEA room block. This will qualify you for special prize drawings for free breakfasts and dinners!
ITEA Membership must be current through the end of March 2010 in order to qualify for discounted member rates.
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NAEP Technological Literacy Framework
Public review of the NAEP Technological Literacy Framework for the 2012 test is open for public comment through January 15, 2010.
Please visit this site: www.edgateway.net/cs/naepsci/view/naep_nav/9 and scroll down to the bottom of the page to download a copy of the November 4, 2009 discussion draft.
Make sure that your understanding of what "technological literacy" should be is reflected properly in the draft framework.
New on ITEA's Press Room Page
The following presentations have recently been added to ITEA’s Press Room Page:
A 2009 Report on Technology Education in the United States (Power Point)
Presented at ICTE (International Conference on Technology Education in the Asia Pacific Region); Taipei, Taiwan; November, 2009.
(Dr. William E. Dugger, DTE)
A 2009 Report on Technology Education in the Unites States (Paper)
Delivered at ICTE (International Conference on Technology Education in the Asia Pacific Region); Taipei, Taiwan; November, 2009
(Dr. William E. Dugger, DTE with Kendall N. Starkweather, DTE)
ITEA President-Elect Attends Ares Launch
ITEA’s President-Elect, Gary L. Wynn, DTE, was recently invited to attend the launch of the Ares I-X space vehicle at The Kennedy Space Center. This launch was the first test of the vehicle that will be used after the space shuttle is retired. NASA’s future space program will entail going back to the Moon and then beyond. President-Elect Wynn was also a part of the educational program that took place prior to the launch that included other educators from throughout the country. He also briefed the NASA Assistant Administrator, Dr. Joyce Winterton, on the many activities and techniques used by technology and
engineering teachers in sharing the space initiatives with students.
TECC Member Heading to NASA's Johnson Space Center
TECC Member Heading to NASA’s Johnson Space Center
Cindy Jones, 2009 winner of the R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence, infuses children’s engineering into her physical education classes at Clover Hill Elementary in Midlothian, VA. She incorporates simple machines, such as gears and pulleys, and other activities related to children’s engineering into her P.E. classes. Cindy will use her $10,300 grant to train at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, learn about computer-assisted design and rapid protocol systems at Langley Research Center, and attend the INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION conference.
Cindy took the JMU ISAT 501 Workshop in Technology: Children's Engineering in 2006. She continues to be involved with children’s engineering as President of the Virginia Children’s Engineering Council. You’ll be hearing her name a lot in the future.
An independent evaluation shows Engineer Your Life (http://engineeryourlife.org/) is sparking girls' interest in engineering.
Key findings include:
- 95.3% of the girls who explored the website indicated that the site helped them learn about engineering
- Nearly 88% said the site made them more interested in engineering as a career
- Over 75% indicated the site inspired them to take an engineering course in college
- 78.5% of girls, after exploring the EYL site, listed engineering as their number one career choice
- 79% of girls had a better understanding of how to pursue an engineering degree after visiting the site
The independent study was conducted by Veridian Insight, LLC and American Institutes for Research. To read the executive summary and full report, click here: http://engineeryourlife.org/cms/engineers.aspx?subpage=8775
Spread the word to fellow teachers and counselors that EYL is an effective tool to show girls that engineering is a creative, lucrative, team-oriented profession that allows people to make a difference.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ITEA Design Squad Webinar
This free webinar highlights Design Squad's latest resource, the Design Squad Teacher's Guide. Get a sneak peek at the guide's seven new challenges, which focus on three core topics: force, sound, and electricity. We’ll also review Design Squad's complete collection of free educational resources and hear from ITEA members about how they're using Design Squad in their classrooms.
Join us on December 15, 2009 from 4:00 – 5:15 PM EST at the url below. (Registration is not available. Please go to url 15 minutes prior to start time.)
Start Time: 12/15/2009 4:00 PM EST
From NSTA Express
NASA Invites Schools to Apply for Free Space Shuttle Artifacts
NASA invites eligible educational institutions, museums, and other organizations to register, screen, and request potential space shuttle artifacts. Included are small items such as astronaut helmets, gloves, and boots, and large items such as shuttle Motion Based Simulators and Crew Compartment Trainers.
NASA will retire the Space Shuttle Program at the end of 2010 and is eager to share the wonders of space exploration through donations to museum and library exhibitions. This is your opportunity to own and display Space Shuttle artifacts.
In order to receive an ID and password to access the website, schools and universities must register using their IPED or NCES number. Information on registering and links to find the IPED and NCES numbers are available on the U.S. General Services Administration website. The artifacts are free, but recipients must cover shipping and special handling fees.
For the latest information about NASA shuttle transition and artifacts, visit www.nasa.gov/transition. For more about NASA and agency programs, visit www.nasa.gov.
Source: NSTA Express, Week of November 16, 2009
Time is Running Out to Apply for a Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award
Do you have a student who has an amazing idea, one that could be patented and possibly be taken to the commercial marketplace? The Spirit of Innovation Awards is looking for great ideas, amazing innovations, and entrepreneurial projects that solve real-world challenges. Win a trip to California and an opportunity to meet industry leaders and venture capitalists who are also looking for great ideas. To learn more, check out the Spirit of Innovation Award website at www.conradawards.org. Don’t delay, apply now! Applications must be submitted no later than December 15, 2009 to be considered. Also, be sure to check out our upcoming webinars.
Source: NSTA Express, Week of November 9, 2009
Only 1 Week Left to Register for TARC!
Enter now at www.rocketcontest.org. Download the application at www.rocketcontest.org/pdf/2010_application.pdf.
This year's challenge is for teams to design, build, and fly a rocket that reaches and altitude of 825 feet, stays aloft for between 40 and 45 seconds, and returns a raw egg unbroken. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, November 30, 2009. Be a part of the excitement and register now! Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
Have you ever considered a career in the energy industry? There are many reasons why you should. With the right education and training, you can make great money and do something that benefits millions of people every day.
The University of Cincinnati hosted the first Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math summit Wednesday, September 30 to showcase new methods of instruction for local educators. The STEM program is a progressive education plan in which teachers are targeted and introduced to ways of integrating technology into their curriculum, such as allowing students more access to computers while in school. All educators were able to attend the summit, as STEM is attempting to target teachers of all grades and levels. "We need businesses on board,” said ITEA Member Brian Lien, a Princeton High School technology education teacher. “If you're not close to a university, utilize a two-year college.”
This video segment from Teachers' Domain, adapted from Thinking Big, Building Small, demonstrates each part of the engineering design process, which is fundamental to any successful project.
Two New Websites from NASA
NASA Exploration Launches “MyExploration” Website
On October 27, 2009, NASA launched the first flight of a new era with the flight test of the Ares I-X rocket. In preparation for the flight test, NASA has launched a new website to involve the public in this exciting and historic event. The “MyExploration” website encourages visitors to learn, explore, and participate in the mission. NASA is asking the public to upload 60-second videos that finish the statement “Space exploration is important because …” These videos will be posted on the site for others to see. The “MyExploration” website also has links to Ares information on the Web, including links to the latest news and information on Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. To learn more, upload your video, view videos submitted by others, and take the “MyExploration” quiz, visit www.nasa.gov/myexploration.
NASA’s New Education Robotics Website
Innovation, creativity, problem solving—the world of robotics at NASA is all of these things. Bookmark this new one-stop shop on NASA.gov for news about robotics for educators and students. Check out the things to do on the site to see if robotics might be in your future.
Things you can do on this site:
- Answer the question: What Is Robotics?
- Practice your programming skills with the interactive robotic activity.
- Watch and download video and multimedia features about robotics.
- Follow a timeline tracing the history of robotics.
- Check out lesson plans for your classroom.
- Stay up-to-date with information about NASA-supported robotics competitions.
- Visit the Robotics Image Gallery.
- Explore other worlds with NASA through robotic spacecraft discoveries.
- Read about scientists and engineers who design and test robots.
- Browse NASA websites for information about robotics.
2009-2010 Life and Work on the Moon Art and Design Contest
NASA invites high school and college students from all areas of study, including the arts, industrial design, architecture, and computer design, to submit their work on the theme "Life and Work on the Moon." Artists are encouraged to collaborate with science and engineering students. Such collaboration is not required but would help to ensure that the work’s subject is valid for the moon’s harsh environment.
Entries will be accepted in three categories: two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and digital, including video. For the first time, entries in literature (poetry and short stories) will also be accepted. Judges will evaluate entries not only on their artistic qualities, but also on whether they depict a valid scenario.
Prizes include awards and exhibit opportunities. International students are encouraged to participate, but they are not eligible for cash prizes or student internships.
Entries are due no later than April 15, 2010.
For more information about the contest and to register online, visit http://artcontest.larc.nasa.gov/. Questions about the contest should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Ward at Elizabeth.B.Ward@nasa.gov.
2010 CanSat Competition for University Students
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2010 CanSat Competition. This annual competition is open to university and college students from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Teams of three to ten students must design and build a space-type system called a CanSat. Each CanSat is the size of a soda can and must be built according to the specifications released by the competition organizing committee. Participants are involved in the end-to-end life cycle of a complex engineering project, from conceptual design, through integration and test, actual operation of the system, and the conclusion with a post-mission summary and debriefing. All teams entering the CanSat competition are required to have a faculty adviser. The faculty adviser will oversee and be responsible for the conduct of the team at all times during the competition and is strongly encouraged to accompany the team to the competition.
Applications are due November 30, 2009. For more information about the competition and to download the application, visit www.cansatcompetition.com/. Questions about this competition should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NASA Announces the Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge
NASA is inviting students in Grades 5-8 to participate in the Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge. The challenge uses real-world scenarios that meet science and mathematics content standards. Students can participate in a formal, informal, or home-school setting.
Teams of up to six students will design a water recycling system for the unique environment of the moon. Teams will then test their system on a simulated wastewater stream. Proposals and results are due February 1, 2010. For more information and contest rules, please visit http://wlmr.nasa.gov/.
As a starting point for middle school students to research and answer the challenging questions of how to maintain human habitations on the moon and other planets in the solar system, the Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge Educator Guide is now online. The guide focuses specifically on the need for water recycling and includes background information on topics relating to the moon, Earth’s water cycle, and water recycling. Several basic classroom activities on water recycling are also included. The guide is available for downloading at www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/WLMR_Guide.html.
Questions about the Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge should be directed to Jay Garland at email@example.com.
New Education Materials Available at NASA.gov
The Educational Materials section of NASA's website offers classroom activities, educator guides, posters, and other types of resources that are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade level, and subject. The following items are now available for downloading.
NASA Opportunities for Educators
NASA Stardust-NExT Mission Survey
NASA's Stardust-NExT mission is offering the public a chance to win a small cube of aerogel (the lightest and lowest-density solid) or a mission cookie cutter. NASA is asking the public to visit the Stardust-NExT mission website and complete an online survey about the site. A total of 100 surveys submitted through November 30, 2009, will be selected randomly to win the cookie cutter or aerogel sample. For more information, visit http://stardustnext.jpl.nasa.gov/survey.html.
Applications Available for 2010-2011 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Applications are currently available for the 2010-2011 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. This program is open to current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Selected teachers spend a school year in a congressional office, the Department of Energy, or a federal agency such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The deadline for applications is January 13, 2010. For more information about this opportunity, visit www.trianglecoalition.org/fellows/einapp.htm. Inquiries about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program should be directed to the Program Manager Kathryn Culbertson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations Being Accepted for the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
Do you know K-12 teachers or district-level administrators who are making a difference in education through the use of technology? Recognize their achievements by nominating them for the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in partnership with NASA and the Space Foundation, will recognize the accomplishments of one outstanding individual and his or her contributions to lifelong learning through the application of technology in the classroom or professional development of teachers.
Technology personnel and K-12 classroom teachers who have demonstrated exemplary use of technology to enhance learning are eligible for this award. School principals, superintendents, or associate superintendents may nominate eligible candidates. The award will be presented in April 2010 at the 26th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. The deadline for applications is January 16, 2010.
Applications and more information are available online at
High School Students Build Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
A West Philly high school team is one of just 43 teams chosen to move to the second round of competition in the international Progressive Automotive X Prize competition in New York. The goal of the competition is to build two cars that get at last 100 miles per gallon and have significantly reduced carbon emissions. http://temple-news.com/2009/11/10/west-philly-high-school-team-builds-hybrid/
Source: Hybrid Owners of America, Thursday, November 12, 2009
New Reports and Studies Available Online
There are several new reports available for those interested in STEM educational fields. Click on the links to access the following:
Recruitment is Key to Graduating More Women Engineers – from the Urban Institute – explores the causes behind the severe underrepresentation of women in engineering. While women account for half of all bachelor’s degrees annually, they earn only about 20 percent of undergraduate engineering degrees. Read more about it at www.urban.org/publications/1001337.html.
Parents and Students Believe K-12 Schools Must Do More to Prepare Students for the 21st Century – according to a survey from Project Tomorrow® and Blackboard Inc. To view the report, Learning in the 21st Century: Parents’ Perspectives, Parents’ Priorities, please visit www.blackboard.com/k12/education21c.
The Milestones for Improving Learning and Education (MILE) Guide – from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills – is a practical, hands-on tool designed to help districts and schools evaluate their integration of 21st century skills into current and future policies and practices.
The State Implementation Guides – also from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills – offer best practices on building standards, assessments, curriculum and instruction, professional development, and learning environments – to help integrate skills (such as critical thinking, problem solving and communication) more purposefully into core academic subjects (such as mathematics, reading, science, history and others). A full set of recommendations is available at www.21stcenturyskills.org or on P21’s tools and resources page.
Taking Human Capital Seriously: Talented Teachers in Every Classroom, Talented Principals in Every School – from Strategic Management of Human Capital (SMHC) – lays out a clear blueprint for reform. To view the report, visit www.smhc-cpre.org/resources/.
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