The Wright Way: Letting authentic passion and lifelong learning take flight

Posted by Matt McCaulley on December 17, 2018

The Wright brothers took to the sky for their “first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard” today, on December 17, 1903, in Kitty Hawk, NC (Smithsonian). This isn’t quite a national holiday or observed by the masses really, but it’s a day worth celebrating!

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Topics: Hands-on Learning, 21st Century Skills, Future Ready, Careers, Engineering, STEM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, IN THE CLASSROOM

Education and business and industry: Partners in careers

Posted by Patty Cooke on December 15, 2018

When it comes to education and business, we often think of them as two separate entities. While education, especially higher education, presumably leads to a career, there isn’t always a clear connection between what we learn in school and the skills we end up using on the job.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Hands-on Learning, 21st Century Skills, Career Expeditions, Careers, Trends, STEM, Culture, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, FUNDING, IN THE CLASSROOM

Dragster competitions: Making it to the starting gate

Posted by Preston Frazier on December 14, 2018

“The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.” – Howard Cosell

Fun. Exhilaration. Adrenaline. Victory. Defeat. These are a few words that describe competition. Whether you’re aware of it or not, competition is happening around you every day, and it’s human nature to want to compete in some form or fashion – not only in sports, music, and work, but in everyday life.

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Topics: Hands-on Learning, 21st Century Skills, Engineering, Dragsters, TSA, STEM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Competitions, IN THE CLASSROOM

Computer Science Education Week: Teaching coding one hour at a time

Posted by Tommy Ly on December 06, 2018

This winter, as you keep the seasonal cold at bay, I hope you catch the Hour of Code. This week marks what has become quite famously known as Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek). The event began as an initiative with a purpose to improve access to and quality of technology education in schools by engaging policy makers. Its time frame in the second week of December honors the late Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (December 9, 1906-January 1, 1992), a pioneer programmer who laid the groundwork for syntax-to-machine language compilers. And as computer folklore would have it, she was among the engineers in 1947 who discovered the first actual computer system “bug” – a moth to be precise (CSEdWeek).

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Topics: Workforce Development, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills, Coding, STEM, Technology, ROBOTICS, IN THE CLASSROOM

How to use coding to meet the learner profiles in your classroom

Posted by Natalie Vanderbeck on November 19, 2018

Today’s classroom is truly diverse. Teachers are expected to teach students with increasingly varying cultural, socioeconomic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, to name a few. This adds richness to the classroom environment, but it also means teachers are tasked with making material/activities relevant to all learners. Coupled with other forms of diversity are individual learner profiles. And adding another layer still, technology has become more available and necessary in classrooms. Making an educational experience accessible and meaningful for all students can be a struggle.

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Topics: Hands-on Learning, 21st Century Skills, Future Ready, Coding, ROBOTICS, Elementary School, IN THE CLASSROOM