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ITEEA 75th Anniversary Celebration
Attendees experienced not only educational opportunities but also fun and excitement at ITEEA’s 75th Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio last week. Celebration Central, a special area on the exhibit floor, was teeming with attendees as they spun the Wheel of Fortune, watched Boomerang Man, listened to Exhibitor Spotlight presentations, and perused the special 75th Anniversary Heritage display area. Thursday evening, a special 75th Anniversary reception was well attended, and the next day attendees were greeted by the ITEEA Board and treated to a lasagna lunch buffet, compliments of ITEEA, as we celebrated our 75th Anniversary.
Each day was full of special interest sessions on literally dozens of topics, exhibitor showcases, workshops, and educational tours, including a very popular tour to Honda's manufacturing faciliity. Both general sessions experienced packed houses, as attendees were inspired and educated by Stephen Hicks, and then experienced past, present, and future with keynote speakers in the field of technology and engineering education. Program and Teacher Excellence Awards were given at the general sessions, and special recognition was given to our 10, 20, and 30+ year exhibitor/vendor partners.
Saturday morning’s Poster Sessions and Teaching Technology and Engineering Showcase were well attended and provided an excellent venue for teachers and teacher educators to share their ideas with one another. At the same time, a number of others were attending the very educational all-day EbDLab? on Robotics, Engineering, and Automation.
Other opportunities for the attendees to learn and network were the food functions, including the very popular TEECA Awards Banquet (the largest ever), the International Luncheon, addressed by Marc de Vries, and the FTEE Breakfast, at which Chris Merrill, DTE of Illinois State University spoke on the topic of “Excellence.” At the closing event, the Awards Luncheon, several in the field received the highest honors offered by their peers in the field of technology and engineering education. To close the conference, newly installed ITEEA President, Steve Price, DTE gave an impassioned and motivating speech, calling for teachers to put themselves in the "STEM Driver's Seat."
ITEEA would like to extend a warm thanks to the attendees, our sponsors, and all vendors on the exhibit floor who made this conference a successful event. Special thanks go to the Columbus Team for hosting this year's conference.
Columbus Photos Now Available for Download
Photos from the 75th Anniversary ITEEA Conference in Columbus are now available for FREE download. Links for each day are provided below. To download a photo, click on the thumbnail and when the full photo appears in the window, “mouse over” the right side of the photo for download options. Photos courtesy of Katie de la Paz and Bill Van Loo. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
IdeaGarden Scavenger Hunt
Also available for viewing are videos of ITEEA Executive Director, Steven Barbato’s remarks to Columbus Conference attendees and of the special Exhibitor Recognition during the 25th Anniversary Conference: www.youtube.com/user/ITEEASTEM?feature=mhee.
Presentations will be archived in the ITEEA Online Library, which is located in Members Only at www.iteea.org.
Be sure to mark your calendars for March 27-29, 2014 when we meet in sunny Orlando, Florida. Plan now to arrive early and/or stay late; bring your colleagues and your family for this very special conference next year.
ITEEA Senior Fellow Interviewed on National Public Radio
On March 1, ITEEA Senior Fellow, William Dugger, Jr., DTE was interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR) in its ongoing series titled "With Good Reason." The central topics of the interview were technology, the study of technology, and how technology relates to science and other STEM areas. ITEEA will release additional information about national broadcasts of the interview as they become available.
Did You Know?
Did you know that one of the many benefits of association membership in ITEEA is insurance protection through our partner, Forrest T. Jones & Company? Here are some of the programs available to ITEEA members.
MEMBER PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY PROTECTION
Even the best school professionals can end up in court. As a member of ITEEA, professional liability protection is available at economical group rates. The Educators Professional Liability Plan pays for your defense and provides up to $2 million for settlements or penalties. The plan also provides legal support if you’re subject to a job action such as reassignment, transfer, or dismissal. Enroll online at www.ftj.com/EducatorLiability or call 800-821-7303 ext. 1667.
ITEEA NEW MEMBER BENEFIT
As a new member, you are eligible to receive $40,000 of group term life insurance (subject to underwriting approval) for two years at NO COST TO YOU!
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NEWS IN THE
Star of the Month for March – Mohamad Barbarji
ITEEA Affiliate Representative from Virginia
Mohamad is an awesome ITEEA Affiliate Representative who is on time with his reports, conscientious about what he needs to do to help further ITEEA and its mission, and proactively reaches out to others in order to make the events in his state successful.
In the fall, Mohamad ensured that he had full representation at his state conference in Virginia and worked diligently to promote ITEEA. His efforts really paid off.
Out of 150 conference attendees, Mohamad and his team managed to sign up 20 new and renewing members!
Thank you, Mohamad, for all you do for ITEEA!
Children's Engineering Convention
The annual Children?s Engineering Convention was held in Richmond, Virginia, February 28?March 1, 2013. The Convention had three major components: (1) staff development for K-5 teachers focusing on ways to help children create, use, and control technology, (2) teacher demonstrations of ways to infuse technology activities into the Virginia Standards of Learning, and (3) a showcase of technology-based educational resources.
In addition to the special interest sessions/workshops and over 50 breakout sessions for elementary educators, other opportunities included education vendor exhibits and an international keynote speaker during each general session. The Convention Dinner Speaker was James Henry Hines, Ph.D., while
Celeste Baine spoke at the Convention Luncheon (Awards Luncheon). ITEEA Executive Director, Steve Barbato, was the Breakfast Speaker. The goal of the Convention was for participants to experience technology-based activities that contribute to the development of technological awareness.
For membership, visit www.iteea.org/Membership/membership.htm
OTHER STEM NEWS
There is Still Time: Apply for the DiscoverE Educator Awards
Applications are available for the DiscoverE Educator award, a unique program that is shining a spotlight on teachers who are inspiring the next generation of engineers.
Due to a technical issue with the application, the deadline has been extended to March 29, 2013. Download an application at: www.eweek.org/NewsStory.aspx?ContentID=300
Winners will be announced in early May. Up to three winners will receive:
- A trip to Washington, DC for recognition in June 2013
- A $2,000 cash prize
- 3M digital projector
- 3M gift pack of classroom supplies
Eight runners-up will receive $500, a 3M Shoot & Share digital camera, and a 3M class pack. Teacher nominees must be full-time U.S. or international school-based educators teaching in Grades 6-12, and they must be nominated by an engineer or engineering student (college or graduate level).
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 email@example.com 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.
2013 Across America
Solar Impulse is an innovative project leveraging technological prowess and the spirit of adventure by means of an airplane. The project’s raison d’Ítre is to spread a message by flying in the skies powered solely by solar energy. Having completed its first 26-hour flight through the night in 2010 and the world’s first intercontinental flight connecting Europe to Africa in 2012, Solar Impulse’s HB-SIA prototype is eager to participate in a new challenge: the celebrated coast-to-coast crossing of the United States, San Francisco to Washington, DC and New York City. Originally unplanned, the perfect opportunity for this new adventure emerged after the decision to rebuild Solar Impulse’s second generation aircraft’s wing spar.
This year’s Across America mission is scheduled to kick off starting May 1st, flying from San Francisco to the nation’s Capital and the Big Apple, with 2-3 stopovers on the way. The project’s ultimate goal is to fly around the world in 2015 with the second prototype aircraft, HB-SIB. Eleven percent larger, HB-SIB is designed to cross oceans and more humid climates from east to west in the northern hemisphere.
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Opportunities From the Virginia Space Grant Consortium
• Virginia Space Grant Consortium Awards
The VSGC Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $8,500 to rising juniors and seniors who are enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance.
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) Graduate Research STEM Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $5,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research support. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance.
For more information, visit www.vsgc.odu.edu/.
• 2013-14 STEM Bridge Scholarship Program
A major goal of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is to help produce the engineers and scientists of the future. While opportunities for careers in aerospace have expanded, the number of talented students pursuing degrees in mathematics, engineering, and the sciences has declined. To encourage talented individuals to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM-related fields) and research, the VSGC established the STEM Bridge Scholarship Program.
The STEM Bridge Scholarship Program is a great entryway into the NASA pipeline and can lead to future VSGC scholarships and fellowships and NASA internship programs. This is a competitive scholarship program, funded by NASA and the Commonwealth of Virginia contributions, with the goals of:
- Increasing participation in STEM-related research and careers by students from any federally recognized minority who demonstrate high academic achievement and promise.
- Promoting undergraduate STEM-related research by assisting students with establishing relationships with student and faculty mentors early in their academic careers.
- Increasing the diversity of applicants to VSGC’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program by creating a bridge program that supports federally recognized minority students in their early undergraduate years.
- Implementing the goals of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
For more information, go to: https://spacegrant.net/apps/?pk=vas4.
Opportunities From the U.S. Department of Transportation
• DOT Seeks Student Proposals for Innovations in Aviation and Aerospace
As part of a comprehensive effort by the Obama administration to involve more of the country's youth in science, technology, engineering, and math studies, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently requested proposals from college and high school students for unique scientific and engineering innovations in aviation and aerospace.
The "Recognizing Aviation and Aerospace Innovation in Science and Engineering" Award, called RAISE, was created as the result of a recommendation made in 2010 by DOT's Future of Aviation Advisory Committee. Its intent is to generate incentives for high school, college, and university students to develop creative solutions to aviation and aerospace issues and to share their results with the broader community.†
A team of high school students from Middletown, CT won the first RAISE competition last year for their innovative design for a winglet—the angled end of an aircraft wing—that can change its angle during ascent and descent to reduce drag and save fuel. The competition recognizes innovative scientific and engineering achievements that will have a significant impact on the future of aviation or aerospace. Students may submit research papers, science experiments, inventions, or invention ideas.
The Secretary's RAISE Award is open to students at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Both individuals and groups may submit entries. Submissions will be judged on their originality, impact, practicality, measurability, applicability, and technical merit.
All entries will be reviewed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Centers of Excellence program office to ensure that they meet eligibility requirements. The qualified submissions will be judged by advisory panels that include officials from DOT, FAA, and NASA, as well as academic experts. These panels will select the most highly qualified submissions and present them to the Secretary of Transportation, who will select the winning entrant.
All submissions must be received by July 1, 2013.†Rules for the competition and specific information about what applicants should include in their submission packages are available at www.challenge.gov, the official website for all government awards and competitions.†The winner will be announced in October.
• Students and Faculty Understand the Transportation Enterprise Through FASTFORWARD Newsletter
The USDOT Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Engineers Program is committed to workforce development and efforts to prepare the next generation of transportation workers. There are several K-12 initiatives underway, including a monthly electronic transportation magazine titled “FAST FORWARD” that will be directed to middle, high school, and community college students and faculty. The intent of FAST FORWARD is to provide information that will help students and faculty better understand the transportation enterprise, including career-related information.
With the electronic format, FAST FORWARD will be able to provide videos and screen shots that will be more appealing to the readers than traditional print media. There will be a mix of material that will relate to transportation programs, projects, and occupations. As the chief steward of the Nation’s highway program, FHWA depends on public and private sector transportation workforce to develop and deliver the highway program. It is important to effective transportation workforce development that middle and high school and community college students are aware of and prepared to pursue transportation careers. While FHWA is sponsoring FAST FORWARD, the material will include information relating to all modes and key disciplines to give students and faculty a good understanding of transportation.
The FHWA Office of Technical Services Technology Partnership Programs has contracted with the University of Nebraska to develop and distribute FAST FORWARD. Each month, the magazine will focus on a theme. The first issue was released in connection with National Engineers Week, February, 18-23, 2013, and emphasized “engineering.” The March issue will focus on safety, and April, the environment.
FAST FORWARD will be a great assist to teachers and students to better understand transportation. Other K-12 initiatives underway include transportation-related lesson plans to be integrated into existing math, science, and social studies courses, and a 135-hour “Introduction to Transportation” course for 9th and 10th grades (in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Education).
You can subscribe to FAST FORWARD by entering your email address on the line at the top right of the following web page: http://fastforward.unl.edu/index.html
Check out: www.definingstem.com, a new social networking site for educators, administrators, and industry reps that is concentrated on improving and growing STEM education. Content will continue to be added as new members join, making this a potentially valuable asset.
America's Top Urban Public Charter School System…Sends All Students to College
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation recently released a report detailing the practices behind the 2012 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools winner's success in eliminating achievement gaps and reaching 100 percent college admission for all its students. The report details how YES Prep Public Schools, a network of 11 middle and high schools in Houston, has achieved unprecedented success with a high-poverty, high-minority student population. Since YES Prep's inception in 1998, all of its seniors have graduated from high school and been accepted to four-year colleges and universities, and more than 90 percent of its students attend college without the need for remediation. Among the strategies researchers found likely to be contributing to YES Prep's outstanding results with low-income and minority students:
- Challenging curriculum back-mapped from objectives measured by Advanced Placement exams
- Longer school days and a longer school year
- Talented teachers and administrators carefully selected based on qualities exhibited by YES Prep's most successful teachers and administrators
- Regular teacher professional development, coaching, and individualized support
- Character building and community service integrated into the academic curriculum
- Preparation for students to thrive in a "college culture," including travel opportunities to colleges and other trips, as well as assistance with college and financial aid applications, so students can envision themselves as successful college students
- Critical academic and social-emotional support for students even after high school on their college campuses
- Continuous improvement loops built into strategies
The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools is an annual award honoring urban public charter school systems that have demonstrated the most outstanding overall student performance and improvement in the nation in recent years while reducing achievement gaps for poor and minority students. For more information, visit: www.broadeducation.org.
The winner of the 2013 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools will be announced July 2 at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools conference in Washington, DC. For a list of organizations eligible for the 2013 award: http://broadprize.org/publiccharterschools/eligible.html. Organizations cannot apply for the award nor be nominated.
Opportunities From NASA
• 2013 NASA Glenn Research Center High School Internship Project
The NASA Glenn Research Center High School Internship Project provides paid summer internship opportunities, eight weeks in duration, to students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and professional administration at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. This project offers opportunities to students in Grades 10 and 11 who will be juniors and seniors in the upcoming school year, and is sponsored by the Educational Programs Office.
To be eligible for this project, applicants must be/have:
- A U.S. citizen and 16 years old on or before the project start date (June 17, 2013).
- A permanent resident of Ohio and currently enrolled in a high school located within a 50-mile radius of Glenn Research Center.
- A current sophomore or junior at the time of application.
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Available on a full-time basis (Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week) from June 17, 2013, through August. 9, 2013.
Applications are due March 15, 2013. For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/GlennHighSchoolIntership.html.
Please email any questions about this opportunity to GRCfirstname.lastname@example.org
• NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology
The NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology, offered by the Society for the History of Technology and supported by the NASA History Division, seeks applications for a year-long predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship related to the history of space technology. The fellowship may support advanced research related to all aspects of space history, leading to publications on the history of space technology broadly considered, including cultural and intellectual history, institutional history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and history of engineering and management.
The fellowship carries a stipend of $17,000, paid quarterly. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees. The NASA Fellow will also receive complimentary membership in the Society for the History of Technology for the year of fellowship. Applicants must possess a doctorate in history of technology or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program and have completed all requirements for the Ph.D., except the dissertation, in history of technology or a related field. Eligibility is not limited to U.S. citizens or residents.
Applications are due April 1, 2013.
For detailed information on the fellowship and the application process, visit www.historyoftechnology.org/awards/nasa.html.
Questions about this opportunity should be directed to email@example.com.
From NASA Education Express Message – Feb. 28, 2013:
• Preservice Teacher Institutes at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has partnered with Oakwood University to offer a two-week Pre-Service Teacher Institute taking place July 12-24, 2013, in Huntsville, AL. This residential session is for education majors preparing to teach Grades K-8.
Participants will engage in hands-on learning experiences designed to develop their skills for teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics using NASA-developed curriculum resources. Full-time rising junior or senior undergraduate and graduate students at minority institutions are invited to apply. Housing, meals, travel assistance, and a stipend will be provided.
Applications must be postmarked by May 10, 2013.
For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/education/msfc/psti.
Please email any questions about this opportunity to Marilyn Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the NASA Education Express Message – Feb. 21, 2013:
• Heritage Family Day Events at Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum
The 2013 Heritage Family Day event series celebrates the diverse ethnic and cultural communities that have contributed to aviation and space exploration. Events will commemorate historic and current contributions through presentations and activities for the entire family. The events will take place at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA and at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The events are free and open to the public.
• Women in Aviation and Space
March 23, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation, science, and aerospace. Enjoy hands-on activities, guest speakers, a theatrical presentation, book signings, and Flights of Fancy story time for our youngest visitors.
• Explore the Universe Day: Everyone Looks Up!
June 1, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Everyone looks up! People around the world have always looked to the sky, but they don’t always see the same things. Experience how different people study the sky, and hear their stories.
• A Century of Women in Aerospace
Sept. 14, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
For over 100 years, women have contributed to technological advances in aviation and space. Hear about the historic women who have inspired today’s role models.
• Hispanic Heritage Month: Innovators in Air and Space
Sept. 24, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Oct. 5, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Celebrate Latin America’s historical contributions to aviation and space exploration. Meet current Hispanic scientists and engineers through the Smithsonian Latinos in STEM initiative. Listen to bilingual stories and participate in hands-on activities. The events are free and open to the public.
Questions about this series of events should be directed to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-1000.