Posts Tagged ‘high school’

Talking Directly to Advanced Manufacturing Employees Inspires Students

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Del Oro High School Students Tour Progressive Technology

Del Oro High School Students Tour Progressive Technology

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.


Math Teachers invited to teach creativity with math

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Math teachers are invited to a professional development program offered by the Sierra STEM Collaborative: Teach creativity while reinforcing essential math skills. It will be held March 14, 2013 3:30-5 PM at Colfax High School. The instructor is Jonathan Schwartz, Math & Engineering, Colfax High School.

Who: Math Teachers in grades 4-12 looking for innovative ways to reinforce Math & Critical Thinking skills.

Why come: Gain a new tool to use in your classroom, experience using it in this hands-on workshop and benefit from hearing what your peers are doing to enhance math education. You will get one set of Core-Cards to use.

What are Core-Cards? They are an incredibly flexible set of cards can be used to teach needed fraction, decimal and percentage skills. The cards are designed to visually prompt students so teachers can use the cards to help learners of all levels. Cards are 1/8, 2/8, 3/8, 4/8, 5/8, 6/8, 7/8 and 8/8 and the equivalent reduced fraction, decimal and percentage. A diagram also appears on the cards. To play Go Fish, students collect cards that sum up to one in the same suit. Slap Jack is an anticipatory game; they slap when the last two cards add up to one. In 21, students add cards to get close to two.

How does it teach creativity? Students use their creativity to invent their own games. Through the experience, they use critical thinking skills and experience deeper levels of understanding. Students take a test to determine what skills they need to improve. Then they develop their own games to practice the needed skills. Students can write papers and/or give presentations about their hypothesis, the game developed, how the pilot of the game went, the results of the post-game test and how well the game improved their skills. This engages students and empowers them to take a more active role in their own education. They also benefit from going through an invention design process to create their game. Once developed, the games can be played by other students in your classroom. At this workshop, learn how to coach your students effectively through this process.

Learn More: http://core-cards.com/


SMUD offers teacher workshops in February

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

STEM Teachers can learn about new class projects by attending these SMUD workshops in February in Sacramento.

How to Build a Solar Car - High School and Middle School Teacher Workshop, Thursday, February 7, 2013, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Physics teacher, Eric Wright will show you how to bring engineering and solar technology into your curriculum by having your students design and build solar cars. Teachers will get one solar car kits.

(High School students will be encouraged to design and build race cars to compete in the SMUD sponsored Solar Car Race to be held later at American River College on May 3, 2013. ) This is optional. If you plan on racing this year, please  contact Suzette Bienvenue at 916-732-5175 | suzette.bienvenue@smud.org so that she can order kits for you.

Education and the Environment – Grades K-12 Teacher Workshop, Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The California Education and Environment Initiative curriculum is an on-line resource for teachers and is designed to work in coordination with existing textbooks that teachers are already familiar with. The standards-based curriculum teaches History/Social Science standards to mastery, while supporting English Language Arts. This workshop will review all of the classroom support resources and materials available and the unique connection to relevant California topics.


Teachers make trivets and candy bars

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

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Steve Dicus of Oakmont High School and Dan Frank of Rocklin High School worked together to train other teachers in making two projects – a trivet and a candy bar. Participants in the November 11 Lab Tour worked with MasterCam and SolidWorks, used CNC router, produced model candy bars as rapid prototypes, made molds with a vacuum former and used other tools to compelete the projects.

Evaluations included these comments:

  • “Learning SolidWorks and asking questions about CAD programs was very valuable.”
  • “Great getting together with other CTE teachers.”
  • “It is always great meeting with other CTE programs. We get to see who has equipment and how they use it.”
  • “This was really fun and informed my practice.”