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According to Dayton, “The value of including art and innovation as part of our national effort to encourage careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is multifaceted.” The paper explores the evidence in support of adding arts and innovation to our national effort to encourage STEM education and careers.
Read this paper to learn about the evidence that indicates adding art to STEM can better prepare students to meet industry’s needs for creativity, imagination and innovation: Exploring STEAM Science Technology Engineering Arts & Math E Dayton Sierra College STEM.
On May 22 at 4 PM, PST you can learn how to “Ignite Your CTE Students’ Math Skills.” Sierra College instructors, Bill Wenzel, Welding and Katie Lucero, Mathematics will present a free webinar on infusing welding assignments with essential math skills.
After the event, the Sierra College Ignite Welding infused with Math webinar will be posted on YouTube: http://goo.gl/41MrUO
Sierra College instructors will present eight turnkey activities and worksheets that they developed and used successfully in multiple welding classes to raise students’ math scores. The materials were created for the 2011-12 National Science Foundation (NSF) IGNITE (Infusing GeNed Into Technical Education) project, funded through a sub-grant from the University of West Virginia at Parkersburg.
Students participating in tours of Sacramento manufacturers repeatedly reported that the direct interaction with technicians, engineers and staff had the most impact of them. Many said that it solidified their education and career plans. The tours were part of the National Manufacturing Day and organized by Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) and the Sierra Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Collaborative.
An Oakmont High School student said, “It definitely made me more sure of my plans to pursue higher education for engineering and gave me a more clear idea what a future job might look like.”
Dan Frank, who teaches Engineering Support Technology at Rocklin High School, toured RobbJack in Lincoln, CA with his students. “As a result of the tour, my students seemed more committed to the program and can see themselves becoming technicians and engineers,” said Frank. “Students really connected to individual employees who talked to them about welding, organizing the shop using 7S or programming CNC machines to create prototypes.”
Teachers also say that the experiences are enriching their curriculum with applied academics and 21st Century Skills.
Learn more about the impact of high school STEM students touring local businesses as part of the National Manufacturers Day and how teachers are using the experience to help students refine their interest in Advanced Manufacturing careers as well as bringing real world applications into their classrooms by reading: STEM Teachers See Impact of Manufacturing Day Tours Organized by Sierra College.
Colfax High School students who benefited from the freshmen Tech Essentials course supported by Sierra College STEM, recently made these STEM interview movies as sophomores. Thanks to Wade Wolff who guided these students in producing this project. The interviews with teachers, counselors and the principal describe the impact that the Sierra STEM Collaborative has had at Colfax High School. Click the links below to see the four movies on the Colfax You Tube ColfaxMultimedia Channel.
Tech Essentials Team – The Colfax High School Tech Essentials teaching team talks about the positive impact the Sierra STEM Collaborative partnership. The support made it possible to create a Tech Essentials program and curriculum for freshmen. That model is now being used through the Placer Union High School District.
Principal – Principal Rick Spears talks about the Sierra College STEM Collaborative and the CTE program at Colfax High. Teachers have benefited from collaboration time, professional development and cutting edge tools. As a result, all Colfax students are being exposed to STEM Curriculum and opportunities after high school.
Career College Counselor – Career College counselor Bobbi Jo Forsyth talks about how the Career Cruising program, supplied by Sierra College STEM Collaborative, is helping her do her job at Colfax High School and attract students, especially girls, to Science, Technology, Engineering & Math.
Counselor – Counselor Rachel Dalton talks about using the Career Cruising program at Colfax High School. Students start using it as freshmen and can use it throughout high school to explore careers, discover their interests, research colleges and make career plans.
The students who made these movies gained valuable skills from the Tech Essentials course that all freshmen take at Colfax High School to learn applied academics. The course taught them to teamwork, project management and documentation as well as provided an introduction to Career Technical Education courses covering engineering, metal fabrication, woodworking, electronics, multi-media and photography. Sierra STEM provides support to the teacher team that created this Tech Essentials course and has supplied equipment to bring the design and innovation labs up to date.
Edutopia recently released an article on 6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace. Recommendations include: Find a space, start a club, get sponsors, seek grants, fund raise online and start a campaign. The article includes examples from California schools that have created Maker Spaces.
Nearly 100 new project-based units and 400 new lesson plans have been posted on CTE Online, several developed by teachers in the Sierra STEM Collaborative.
The Engineering Pathway & Project includes the STEM areas of Engineering Design I & II, Engineering Design III, Advanced CAD/CAM, and Advanced Robotics.
The Media Design Pathway & Projects spans Media Design II & III, Video Production and Editing, and Advanced Animation Design.
Our Sierra STEM Collaborative partners have contributed these new lessons:
- Jonathan Schwartz, Colfax- Core-Cards the Fractional Playing Cards
- Dan Frank, Rocklin- Household Appliance Design Analysis
- Jonathan Schwartz, Colfax- Golden Ratio Calipers
- Scott Seacrist, Lincoln- My First CNC Project
- Jonathan Schwartz, Colfax-CNC Cutting Board Design and Build
- Scott Seacrist, Lincoln- Desk Clock Design and Build
- Scott Seacrist, Lincoln- Machining 3D Surfaces
- Dan Frank, Rocklin - GD&T and SkillsUSA
- Christian Kinsey, Colfax - First Day of Class / Scavenger Hunt
Sierra College was one of only eight colleges statewide selected to focus on the Advanced Manufacturing sector by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Division of Workforce & Economic Development.
With a $300,000 grant, Sierra College will collaborate with community colleges in the Sacramento region to fill gaps in manufacturing workforce skills, provide employee training customized to manufacturers, and inspire students to pursue Advanced Manufacturing careers.
Advanced Manufacturing uses innovation, automation and highly integrated, tightly controlled processes as well as new materials and capabilities to fabricate products competitively.
Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Director, Sierra College CACT, will be the Deputy Sector Navigator for this grant project. “There are excellent opportunities for high-wage jobs in Advanced Manufacturing in our region,” said Pepper-Kittredge.
“To keep current, employees require on-going training. In addition, both high school and college students must be introduced to additive manufacturing, digital design, high-tech welding and other cutting-edge technologies so that they can bring this expertise to local businesses. Through this grant, colleges and industry can work together to enhance the local economy.”
California Community Colleges across the state offer innovative industry-based training to prepare students for excellent careers. Below is an example of the CNC Machining program at De Anza College.
The Sierra STEM Collaborative supported a week-long City of Roseville summer camp (June 24-28) called “Disassemble it! Explore it! Rebuild it!” Christian Kinsey, Career Technical Education teacher at Colfax High School, was the instructor. There were 25 children in the class. The class was held at the City of Roseville Utility Exploration Center.
The kids built an amp that could be used with their MP3 players. The AMP project was developed by Kinsey and Colfax High School teachers. Instead of using the cardboard tube for the speaker case, they spent the first day rifling through a pile of e-waste, taking things apart. Then they used the components from monitors, scanners, and computer and re-purposed them as the case for the amp . One student even brought in an old TV (with his parents’ permission) to dissemble and re-purpose. Participants were very creative, further customizing the project by adding a solar panel (purchased by parents) and creating a five-speaker amp.