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STEM Education, Meet The New Manufacturing
Posted 22 hours ago by Dana C. Hackley
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STEM education and the maker movement have flooded our nation’s schools, making project-based learning much easier to mark off of the instructional “must do” checklist toward meetingnew criterion and readying students for a career. Our school districts are feeling the pressure to be innovative and find new ways to engage students with technology while adhering to the newly implemented Common Core Standards and ensure students are prepared for what happens following graduation. The buzz phrase these days is “21st century skills” — and students must have them.
But, I am forced to ask, what about the traditional career paths that have evolved with the changing face of technology, but whose general perception has lagged behind? Industries such as manufacturing continue to be misunderstood and believed to be dirty, grungy jobs for the under-educated, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Why are we not exposing students to these careers, which are not only available, but also are incorporating the latest technology?
The manufacturing of today includes advanced manufacturing design, automation and innovation of both hardware and software. It requires a high level of expertise and critical thinking. In addition, manufacturers are willing to pay for their employees to receive a highereducation.
And you better believe there will be a job readily available for those interested. Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled, but the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled. The greatest shortage currently is in employees with technology and computer skills.
I previously worked for a school district in a public relations role highlighting all the worthwhile projects our teachers were implementing in the classroom. If you had mentioned to me that we should be introducing our students to a career in manufacturing, I would have balked or judged, believing those jobs were only for “certain” students.
After working for the past month with SWPA BotsIQ, a regional high school robotics competition through the National Robotics League whose mission is to get students involved in manufacturing careers, I am embarrassed of my preconceived notions of this career path and the people who work in the industry.
I have taken tours of facilities like Hammill Manufacturing and I have had the opportunity to speak with manufacturing industry leaders, as well as high school educators and students looking toward a future in the field. I have read news articles and the latest research, as well as become aware of recent advances in manufacturing, and my eyes have been opened.
Not everyone looking to work in a technology career will be employed by Google, Apple or Microsoft.
Manufacturing not only matters, it’s critical to the success of our economy. According to the National Association of Manufacturers and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, every dollar spent inmanufacturing adds $1.37 to the U.S. economy, and every 100 jobs in a manufacturing facility creates an additional 250 jobs in other sectors. Americans see this and believe it to be true, yet a new Manufacturing Institute study found only one in three would encourage their children to pursue manufacturingcareers.
Americans have clung to an outdated belief that manufacturing is low-skilled, menial work. According to the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA), 61 percent of teenagers say they’d prefer to pursue a “professional” career, not seeing manufacturing as a chance for career development or advancement.
Let me tell you, manufacturing has changed. Factories are now modern, state of the art foundations of innovation and technology. Factory workers now specialize in engineering, electronics, information technology, robotics, mechatronics, design and research and development. Manufacturing jobs are challenging, high-tech and require creativity and problem-solving capabilities. And it’s precisely that reason that manufacturers pay well; the average manufacturing worker earned more than $77,000 in 2013.
Let’s be real. Not everyone looking to work in a technology career will be employed by Google, Apple or Microsoft. So why not consider Caterpillar, Alcoa or Haas Automation instead?
It’s simple, really, but the change in mindset has to begin with you.
http://www.nist.gov/pml/nist-diy-watt-balance.cfm Give this one a little time to load, as there is video embedded.
Nov 17, 2015
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/ng-live/151013-poole-gorongosa-lions-lecture-nglive source=relatedvideo Use this with other resources about Gorongosa, such as HHMI
http://video.nationalgeographic.com...-elephants-lecture-nglive?source=relatedvideo Another Gorongosa resource to use
By: Patrick J. Kiger
10 SCI-FI MOVIES THAT BENT THE HUMAN MIND AND BODY
If you’re into sci-fi flicks or gadget-laden espionage thrillers, you’ve already seen numerous speculative glimpses of how technological breakthroughs might change humanity in the future.
From powered exoskeletons to electronically augmented senses and memory manipulation, movies are full of amazing ways to enhance heroes’ and villains’ abilities as well as provide plot twists. But many of these screenwriting inventions bear at least some resemblance either to advances that are being developed, or ones that prognosticators expect that we, or generations to come, will have at our disposal. Here is a list of movies that contain some intriguing possibilities.
Dr. No (1962): James Bond flicks often contain a sci-fi element, and here it’s the villain identified in the title, who sports a pair of crushingly powerful mechanical hands that he keeps hidden inside black gloves. Today, researchers have developed far more sophisticated prosthetic hand that can perform precise movements.
Charly (1968): In this film, based upon a novel by Daniel Keyes, a mentally-disabled man, portrayed by Cliff Robertson, undergoes a brain operation that artificially enhances his IQ. Nearly 50 years later, futurists still contemplate ways to amplify human intelligence.
The Terminal Man (1974): A man, played by (actor George Segal) undergoes surgery in which tiny computers are implanted into his brain to control his violent impulses—but instead, he only becomes more brutal, due to his belief that machines are taking over the world. Today, government-funded research actually is trying to find a way to use implants to control the emotions of mentally ill people.
Altered States (1980): In this thriller, a scientist, portrayed by (William Hurt), probes his own brain with hallucinogenic substances and sensory deprivation, and ends up bizarrely altering himself physiologically as well as mentally. The film was in part inspired by the real-life inventor of the sensory deprivation tank, neuroscientist John C. Lilly, though he never turned himself into an ape-like creature, as Hurt’s character does.
Robocop (1987): A seriously wounded policeman(played by Peter Weller) is saved by doctors who implant what’s left of him into a robotic body, creating a cyborg lawman, who is guided by a blend of computerized logic and human intuition. Real researchers already have discovered how to control prosthetic limbs with thoughts.
Total Recall (1990): An ordinary man (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) dreams of escaping his dull job by having artificial memories of a trip to Mars encoded into his brain. He soon has difficulty telling the difference between whether what seems to be happening to him actually is real or implanted fiction. Scientists already have demonstrated the ability to alter memories in a mouse’s brain.
The Matrix (1999): This thriller, the first in a trilogy, tells the story of a 22nd Century uprising against a computer network that has imprisoned humans in a virtual reality illusion. In our real world, Wired magazine predicts that virtual reality technology is poised to transform the world even more radically than the Web did.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004): This is another movie that contemplates the effects of altering memories, as a former couple, played by (Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet,) have their painful memories of one another erased. While that premise may seem far-fetched, some neuroscientists already are exploring the possibility of using drugs to wipe out bad memories. Johns Hopkins University researchers, for example, have looked at using protein-blocking drugs to weaken neural connections that are forged by traumas. Dutch neuroscientist Marijn Kroes and colleagues have used electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to target and disrupt experimental subjects’ memories of upsetting events as they tried to recall them.
Iron Man (2008): Robert Downey, Jr. portrays a billionaire industrialist and inventor who develops a high-tech suit of armor with fantastic powers. Real inventors are working on powered exoskeletons, and also on using holograms to project information in a person’s field of vision, just like Iron Man’s helmet does.
Inception (2010): In this suspenseful film, a future brain-hacker for hire portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the task of surreptitiously implanting an idea for a business deal into a sleeping person’s brain. Real scientists haven’t yet been able to pull off that trick, but they are figuring how the brain forms new connections between neurons.
Below you will find multiple links to Gorongosa teacher/student resource that are NOT from HHMI or PBS. I think this is a wonderful unit of study for bio, environmental science, history and social studies at middle school and above. Some will be good for varied levels, others more appropriate for more scholarly units. I hope these will help; I have previously poste the HHMI and PBS links on this subject matter.
https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1860/Mozambique Revised CDCS - April -2015.pdf
http://www.eisourcebook.org/cms/Feb 2013/Pungwe River Basin, IWRM & ASM.pdf
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Nov 19, 2015
Appropriate on The Great American Smoke-Out
Nov 20, 2015
All science teacher resources:
Using technology resources:
http://sd25tech.pbworks.com/w/page/36555214/Technology Integration in Understanding by Design
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Just for the math teachers
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/crash-course/?topic_id=1852 I really liked this site, and it has a wide range of subject matter. Check it out.
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My school has been practicing mindfulness, with mixed results. I am trying to have an open mind, since, as a science nerd, I am not sure my mind works like most of my colleagues to start with. We were encouraged to have these "zen" coloring pages available. My personal experience with them is that they drive me bonkers, creating tons of stress as I try to stay within the lines. This is NOT where my creativity lives. I will say that some students, however, live to do these, so I am including some of the sites with free templates, to keep you from having to buy the books with these in them. I have managed to work a few of the nature ones into the lessons, but otherwise they help some students stay in the moment, I am told.
I don't have a recommendation, but if coloring pages are what you need, start here.
http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/ - For students of many ages and ability levels
Some more about mindfulness for anyone not already practicing this at school/home.
Nov 29, 2015
http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/wildcam-gorongosa This is a nice tie in to the other biodiversity and ecosystem links from HHMI.org. This citizen science site is a new feature, and I can't wait to spend some time with it when my current grad class is completed.
I would like to thank my sister for sharing this with me - she knows a science geek when she sees one! Thanks Sis!
http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/63293.htm I have to find time to go over this in great detail.
https://www.youtube.com/user/ThoughtBubbler - many subjects, all interesting
https://www.youtube.com/user/Kurzgesagt - I love this site!!!!
https://www.youtube.com/user/schooloflifechannel - very interesting and cool - lots of subjects
https://www.youtube.com/user/thebrainscoop - you guessed it - I love it!
Nov 30, 2015
Today is earth science:
Dec 1, 2015
Another access point to citizen science - https://www.sciencenews.org/article/search-fossils-comfort-home?tgt=nr
https://www.collinstreet.com/online...hristmas2015&gclid=CNfV_rS3u8kCFQErHwod5zQFUg - BEST fruitcake ever. Try the blonde fruitcake for a little change, and the pineapple/pecan cake just because you can. Nothing wrong with the traditional fruitcake, either. I do love presliced.
http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/...edirect=1&field_biointeractive_types=26698 - They have added so much more for educators on the site, and it always bears repeating that they will send you all of their material at no charge, as an educator.
Dec 2, 2015
Especially watch "Popped Secret" about the ancestry of modern corn. The pay off comes close to the end of the DVD, where it shows that the ancestor ALSO pops, even tasting like modern popped corn. It is a great example of something that probably happened by accident that set off the genetic modifications that turned the ancestor into the corn we know today. I think this is very interesting, the beneficial accident that changed history. Enjoy it! Remember, the greatest form of genetically modified food is what humans have accomplished through selective breeding over the centuries.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/planets/id305793334?mt=8 - This is listed as a freebie, and I think I would like it, but I haven't tried to install to check for the "free" criteria, personally. Just a disclaimer.
http://www.nsta.org/search.aspx?cx=...ID:11&q=3 d printers in the science classroom