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Be Part of the Plan and Part of the Celebration!
ITEEA’s 2013 conference, scheduled for March 7-9, will focus on creating a Plan of Action for improving technology and engineering education for all students. With a host of special interest sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, tours, and the latest offerings from vendors, this is a conference that is sure to provide tremendous value to every technology and engineering educator.
Come for the professional development ? and stay for the celebration! ITEEA will be kicking off its 75th anniversary in grand style, including recognition of past leaders and other long-time supporters and displays of memorabilia from 75 years of teaching excellence.
And while attendees will learn about cutting-edge technologies and approaches to teaching, there will also be the return of traditional events. In addition to the 75th anniversary celebration, ITEEA will again be presenting Teacher and Program Excellence Awards to deserving teachers and programs from around the nation. Also, attendees can look forward to the popular Teaching Technology and Engineering Showcase, PATT sessions, and the return of the Robotics, Engineering, and Automation post-conference workshop.
Preregistration opens next month, and early registration not only reserves your spot in sessions with limited numbers, it also delivers a big cost savings AND enters you in a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card! Look for emails, coming soon, when registration officially opens in October.
Make it a Plan – be in Columbus in March of 2013 to advance your career and celebrate your accomplishments!
ITEEA Board of Directors Election Coming in October
The 2012-2013 ITEEA Board of Directors election ballot, including candidate biographies, will be emailed to Professional and active Life Members in late September. Exercise your right to vote by completing your ballot promptly! Ballots must be completed on or before October 30, 2012. Be sure that ITEEA has your correct email address?log on to your member profile by clicking on the red arrow on the ITEEA website at www.iteea.org to update it.
This year’s candidates are:
President-Elect (Teacher Educator)
James Boe, DTE, Chair, Department of Technology, Valley City State University, Valley City, ND
William (Bill) L. Havice, DTE, Professor and Associate Dean, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Region I Director (Classroom Teacher)
Henry L. (Hal) Harrison, III, Florence Chapel Middle School, Duncan, SC
Jan F. Stark, Port Jervis High School, Port Jervis, NY
Greg Joseph Strimel, Marriotts Ridge High School, Career & Technology, Marriottsville, MD
Region III Director (Supervisor)
Don Fischer, Technology and Engineering Education State Supervisor, ND Department of Career and Technical Education, Bismarck, ND
CNC Software/Mastercam to Sponsor Student ITEEA Memberships Through September 30
NEWS IN THE
Distinguished Technology Educator Invitation
Like the 2012 DTE recipients pictured here, you, too, can become a Distinguished Technology Educator! Mike Fitzgerald, DTE, Chair of the ITEEA DTE Committee, would like to invite any ITEEA member with 10 or more years of continuous membership to consider receiving recognition as an ITEEA Distinguished Technology Educator (DTE). The DTE is a coveted mark of distinction in technology and engineering education. It recognizes technology, innovation, design, and engineering educators who have demonstrated a high level of competence and professional activity in the field of technology and engineering education. The recipients who earn the Distinguished Technology Educator designation are some of the most highly respected people in our field. This honor is not just for the elite?it is all about those people who have earned the honor through their professionalism, service, and dedication. Recipients include classroom teachers, administrators, and university professionals. You too can earn this honor. Please see the application in the Members Only area of the ITEEA website. Feel free to contact Mike Fitzgerald, DTE Chair, at 302-857-3334 or email@example.com for questions or help.
Star of the Month for September – Ginger Whiting
Congratulations to Ginger Whiting, ITEEA member from Virginia, September's Star of the Month!
From Ginger’s Facebook posting: "It’s exciting to know that all of the elementary schools in Roanoke County, Virginia will be implementing children’s engineering when they return to school in August. We had a successful workshop yesterday [June 26] and we’ll be conducting a second workshop there in early August, so I get to share in more of the fun."
Ginger is active in promoting children’s engineering and should be recognized for this terrific opportunity to introduce engineering to children in the primary grades in Roanoke County, Virginia. She has also created some wonderful children’s technology and engineering teaching/learning materials through her company, Children’s Engineering Educators, LLC. The materials are available through Pitsco.
Ginger can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitted by: Terrie Rust, DTE,
ITEEA member – email@example.com
You, too, can nominate a STAR!
Go to www.iteea.org and click on the “Star of the Month” link next to the graphic of the current "star." Follow the instructions at the bottom of the Star of the Month page. Please submit the name and email address of the person you are nominating and the reason for your nomination. Please also submit YOUR full name, email address, and whether or not you are a current member of ITEEA. If you have a photograph or image, please attach it.
Daugherty Receives Arkansas State Technology Award
Michael K. Daugherty, professor of technology and engineering at the University of Arkansas, was recently named Outstanding Arkansas Technology and Engineering Education Professional. The award is given to recognize technology and engineering educators, other than full-time classroom teachers, who provide significant contributions to professional associations and education programs for youth or adults in their field, communities, and states. Daugherty also serves as head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions. He joined the faculty in the fall of 2005 to establish and lead a technology education program.
"Hybrid Training Opportunity at the ITEEA Annual Conference
As part of this National Science Foundation-sponsored project, Stevens Institute of Technology is offering ITEEA members the opportunity to participate in a hybrid training course for WaterBotics during 2013. The course will commence with a full-day preconference workshop at the 2013 ITEEA Conference in Columbus, OH, followed by four online modules, 2-3 hours each, offered in the spring and again in the summer, 2013. Key details are as follows:
- Stevens will conduct a full-day, preconference workshop on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 for 20 ITEEA members.
- This session will be followed by 4 online modules, 2-3 hours each, to be completed either in the spring or summer, 2013. Modules will consist of written materials, videos, screencasts, simulations, and web conferences, with the goal of maximizing flexibility for the participants.
- Participants will be selected through an application process, with preference given to 2-member teams of teachers from the same school or district.
- Each participant will receive reimbursement for their conference registration and a $500 stipend pending completion of classroom implementation and evaluation requirements.
- Each participant will receive a WaterBotics site license valued at $200.
- Participants will be asked to complete pre- and post-surveys and assessments, and to have their students complete assessments that are embedded within the WaterBotics curriculum.
- Participants must have or obtain the necessary equipment needed to implement WaterBotics with a class of students during the 2013-14 school year. Participants must also have access to this equipment for the online training component. Please review the equipment and material requirements below before applying for the program.
If you are a middle or high school teacher and ITEEA member, we encourage you and a partner teacher from your school or district to apply. Please note that each partner must complete an application form.
The deadline for submitting applications is November 30, 2012. Applicants will be notified by January 4, 2013. Go to www.waterbotics.org/iteea/ to apply.
For advertising, sponsorship, and exhibiting opportunities, visit www.iteea.org/Marketplace/marketplace.htm
For membership, visit www.iteea.org/Membership/membership.htm
OTHER STEM NEWS
TSA Honors Steven Vanderloo
Preparing young people for the technological world of tomorrow is an important step toward their success. The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). TSA offers its student members the opportunity to develop and expand their STEM skills through technology activities, leadership programs, and fun and exciting competitions. TSA also offers its chapter advisors (teachers) an avenue for meeting the criteria for STEM education goals.
Every year TSA recognizes a student member who has achieved prominence and distinction within the organization by awarding the Dr. Bob Hanson Distinguished Student Award. This year’s recipient, Steven Vanderloo, was recognized at the 2012 national TSA conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Through his involvement with TSA, Steven not only strengthened his technology skills, he developed leadership qualities that he can use throughout his college and professional careers. Click here to read more about Steven and TSA.
Einstein Fellowship Applications Opening Soon!
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program offers current—public or private, elementary and secondary—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching an opportunity to serve in the national public policy arena. Fellows provide practical insight in establishing and operating education programs. Fellowships increase understanding, communication, and cooperation between legislative and executive branches and the science, mathematics, and technology education community. The application process begins each year in October. Go to www.einsteinfellows.org for more information.
DESIGN SQUAD NATION News
Cast your vote for the best Penny Bridge design! DESIGN SQUAD NATION's Penny Bridge competition is officially closed, but it's not too late to have your voice heard. Log on to the DESIGN SQUAD NATION website, check out the five finalists' designs and help us pick the winner! Cast your vote here: http://pbskids.org/designsquad/contest/1/
Find instructions for building your own Penny Bridge, or other exciting DSN hands-on activities in the build section of the Design Squad website: http://pbskids.org/designsquad/build/. And keep your eyes on the DESIGN SQUAD NATION website this month for new challenges, videos and more!
"Energy Kids" Welcomes Kids Back to School
“Energy Kids” (www.eia.gov/kids), hosted by Energy Ant, is a free and fact-filled website that explores the changing world of energy. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s “Energy Kids” features more than 100 pages of fun and interactive energy education content including lesson plans, activities, games, resources, tools, and projects for kids, parents, and teachers.
An “Energy Kids” Teacher Guide offers a broad range of activities to help make learning about energy a fun experience for students with energy quizzes, an energy scavenger hunt, energy crossword puzzles and so much more. Energy is becoming an increasingly important factor in our world. With “Energy Kids” you can start children on a path to understanding and appreciating the world of energy.
To learn more about “Energy Kids,” please visit www.eia.gov/kids.
World Space Week Features Full Lineup of Space Foundation Activities
Send the Space Foundation Your Plans to Celebrate
World Space Week is an annual global celebration of space, and is always held October 4-10. Teachers around the world will make the most of this opportunity to promote space themes in their classrooms. The Space Foundation invites educators to send us your ideas for the week. Activities might include a special presentation, classroom project, or guest speaker. We'll publicize the activity on our website and also post it on the international World Space Week events listing. Send a short description of your planned activities to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Space Foundation will celebrate World Space Week with a full week of activities, including the opening of its new Northrop Grumman Science Center, which includes a Science On a Sphere®, and the El Pomar Space Gallery, to be located at the Space Foundation World Headquarters, 4425 Arrowswest Drive in Colorado Springs, CO. The first day the Visitors Center will be open to the public will be Tuesday, October 9, and former NASA astronaut and Space Foundation Special Advisor-Human Spaceflight Dr. Leroy Chiao will be at the Visitors Center signing photos from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. See more about the Visitors Center opening and admission fees here. Another highlight of World Space Week will be the Space Foundation's popular Audience with an Astronaut program that gives invited students the opportunity to learn firsthand what it takes to become a space explorer. Additional information is available at www.spacefoundation.org/media/space-watch/world-space-week-features-full-line-space-foundation-activities.
Source: Space Watch, September 2012: Vol. 11, No. 9
Broadcom Foundation Announces Semifinalists…
…in Broadcom MASTERS® National Science Fair Competition
Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (SSP) recently announced the selection of 300 middle school students as semifinalists in the Broadcom MASTERS® – a leading science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competition for middle school students. Semifinalists’ names and a state-by-state breakdown can be found at www.broadcomfoundation.org/masters or www.societyforscience.org/masters.
Opportunities for High School Students
The Spirit of Innovation Challenge is Where Students Become Rock Stars!
The Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Challenge invites high school students and their coaches (teachers, parents) to Get Their Genius On during its annual competition. Using science, technology, engineering, and math skills, teams develop innovative products to help solve global and local problems while supporting global sustainability. As part of the program, the Conrad Challenge matches participants with world-renowned scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs as mentors to assist with advanced academic and business principles. Student teams compete for awards and recognition, including a chance to attend the annual Innovation Summit where they will present their products and vie for seed grants, patent support, and commercial opportunities.
For more information, go to: www.conradawards.org/
Zero Robotics High School Tournament
NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Space Systems Laboratory are proud to announce that this year's Zero Robotics High School Tournament is under way, offering high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.
Zero Robotics challenges high school student teams to write their own algorithms to fly the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. The competition starts online where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Students can create, edit, share, save, simulate, and submit code, all from a web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the International Space Station!
Teams may register now:
1) Go to http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/
2) Log In or Create an Account –s Note: you can start programming in the online IDE at this point!
3) Click "Tournaments" and register for the High School Tournament
4) Create a team and invite other users
5) Visit Resources for tutorials
Questions can be addressed to email@example.com.
NASA's Glenn Research Center's High School Shadowing Project
NASA's Glenn Research Center, or GRC, in Cleveland, OH, is accepting applications for its High School Shadowing Project sessions for the 2012-2013 school year. This opportunity provides students with a one- to five-day career exploration experience at Glenn Research Center.
The project provides high school students with an opportunity to explore career possibilities in a research and development environment while under the guidance of a NASA scientist, engineer, technician, or administrative professional who serves as the student’s mentor. Students are provided information about various careers, career paths, and Glenn Research Center educational resources and programs.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 16 years old by the application deadline. Four sessions are scheduled for the 2012-2013 school year.
Session I – Application Deadline: November 2, 2012 / Session Date: December 4, 2012
Session II – Application Deadline: January 25, 2013 / Session Date: February 27, 2013
Session III – Application Deadline: February 22, 2013 / Session Date: March 26, 2013
Session IV – Application Deadline: February 22, 2013 / Session Date: April 24, 2013
For more information about this opportunity, please visit www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/ShadowingProgram_GRC.html. Questions can be directed to GRC-Intern@mail.nasa.gov
From NASA Education Express Message – August 30, 2012
Engineering Design Challenge Guidelines
The Caucus Report, “Incorporating Engineering Design Challenges into STEM Courses,” is now posted on the NCETE website: http://ncete.org/flash/pdfs/NCETECaucusReport.pdf. The National Center for Engineering and Technology Education (NCETE) invited a small group of experienced engineering educators, curriculum developers, cognitive scientists, and professional development providers to engage in the discussion of guidelines for the selection and development of engineering design challenges suitable for all students in Grades 9-12.
Applications Now Being Accepted for the STEMworks Database
Change the Equation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led initiative, has created the STEMworks database to help business leaders and other funders identify and support programs that boost STEM interest and learning. STEMworks is the latest initiative in Change the Equation’s effort to mobilize the business community to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning in the United States.
Business members of Change the Equation alone provide more than $500 million a year to support STEM education. But there are still many worthy STEM learning programs that deserve more attention. Any STEM learning program that serves PK-12 students and teachers, in or out of school, can apply. Applicants will be reviewed by WestEd, an independent, non-profit research, development, and service organization, against Change the Equation’s Design Principles for Effective Philanthropy. Every applicant program will receive detailed feedback on its application’s strengths and weaknesses. The names of programs that apply but are not admitted will remain strictly confidential.
Programs accepted into the STEMworks database can promote their inclusion as a sign of quality. STEMworks programs are noteworthy for their ability to show evidence of their impact and demonstrate their effectiveness in addressing the needs of their target audience.
How to Apply
To apply, please visit the STEMworks database.
There are three dates for the open solicitation. Programs that apply early will have more opportunity to respond to feedback and reapply, if necessary.
For inclusion by:
September 15, 2012
November 1, 2012
October 15, 2012
December 1, 2012
November 15, 2012
January 15, 2013
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or comments.
New Educational 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:
Microgravity Square Bookmark – Grades K-12
The uniquely shaped bookmark highlights the microgravity resources for K-12 educators found on the Microgravity education website. The website offers lesson plans, research information, opportunities for educators and students, and multimedia highlighting NASA's microgravity research.
Rocketry Bookmark – All Grade Levels
Blast off to the exciting world of rocketry! The downloadable bookmark has the Web address for NASA's Rocketry education site. Visit the site to explore incredible rocketry resources for educators and students.
STEM on Station Bookmark – All Grade Levels
Think beyond textbooks and use the International Space Station as a teaching resource. The bookmark has the Web address for NASA's STEM on Station education site. Visit the site to download videos, access lesson plans, and find space station opportunities for students and educators.
Bag of Bones Activity – Grades K-8
Students test bone density using plastic snack bags, corn puff cereal, and a heavy book. They apply the scientific method to determine degrees of bone loss and learn why healthy bones are important in space and on Earth.
To find more NASA educational materials, visit http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.
Source: NASA Education Express Message – Aug. 16, 2012
New American Grants and Loans Catalog
The American Grants and Loans Catalog is now available. Our new and revised 2012 edition contains more than 2800 financial programs, subsidies, scholarships, grants, and loans offered by the U.S. federal government. In addition, you will also have access to over 2400 programs funded by private corporations and foundations. That is over 5200 programs available through various sources of financial providing organizations.
NEW: You will also have access to our live Database that is updated on a daily basis. This product also provides daily email alerts as programs are announced.
CD version: $69.95
Printed version: $149.95
To order please call: 1-888-341-8645