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TEE Calendar

May 2019
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Technology and Engineering Education

 

MHI Student Days at ProMat 2019  April 10 - 11, 2019  Chicago, IL  IT WAS GREAT!!!

The College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE), Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) and the Material Handling Education Foundation (MHEFI) conducted Student Days at ProMat 2019. About 250 students from several high schools and colleges in Illinois and university students from several states attended. We had a guided tour of the exhibit hall floor, stopping at several booths for a detailed explanation. In fact, there were 3 exhibit halls: one full of shelving, storage, and handling equipment, another full of robots, and a third filled with "innovative technology." We were then treated to lunch with Marcus Lemonis. He interviewed about 12 graduating seniors and hired several of them on the spot. The seond day included several field trips. 

A couple of things I learned from this event:  1. material handling, supply chain management, storage, shipping, etc is a growing field, full of computer controlled systems including robotics and autonomous vehicles, and 2. they are really in need of new employees. It seemed that everybody was looking for people. 

Please contact me if you are interested in introducing your students to this exciting career field. Also, be sure to check out the website at http://www.mhi.org/cicmhe  Hopefully we will be able to participate again next year.

Brad Christensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

AMPED on Algebra and Geometry in Construction Workshops

Currently there are two workshops planned for AMPED Algebra and Geometry in Construction curriculum. Both are scheduled for June 17-20, 2019 and are hosted by NSERVE (north Chicago Suburbs). Total cost is $1695.00 per person, but the Innovative Curriculum Resources project can offer a $500 scholarship for up to 2 teachers per school building for Illinois teachers attending a workshop in Illinois. Contact www.NSERVE.info for more information on the workshops. Contact www.contextuallc.com to register. Go to Scholarship Link to request the $500 scholarship. Space is limited and registration closes May 10, 2019. Contact Dr. Brad Christensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on the scholarships. 

 

Summer 2019 Workshops

Legendary Projects: Model Boats for STEM  June 3-6, 2019  Normal, IL

In this 4-day workshop, we will be designing and building radio controlled model race boats powered by weed trimmer motors. Through this process, we will learn how specific math and science concepts can be addressed. The total cost of the workshop will be covered by the Innovative CTE Curriculum Project but a $120 registration fee is required to cover expenses not allowed by the grant funding. Each participant will be builidng their own boat, complete with engine and radio system. You will also receive a textbook on boat design that contains the mathematical formulas necessary for proper engineering. The workshop is scheduled for 8:00 to 3:00 each day in the Ropp Agriculture Building at Illinois State University. 26 CPDUs are offered. Snacks and lunch are provided. Space is limited. Go to Legendary Projects Race Boat Registration to register for the workshop. Contact Brad Christensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

 

DIY Automation June 24-25, 2019  Normal, IL

This 2-day workshop will address how to control a motor precisely with an inexpensive computer. Each participant will work with a set of motors, power supply, and computer to connect and program various functions. Ideas will be shared on how to design and build devices such as CNC machines and robots that utilize these motors. The only cost to the participant will be a $60 registration fee. Lunch and snacks will be provided. 13 CPDUs are offered. Go to DIY Automation Registration Link to register for the workshop. Contact Brad Christensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

Mathematics in CTE   June 26-27, 2019 Normal, IL

This is a 2-day workshop to help you strengthen instruction in your discipline by incorporating appropriate mathematics. Mathematics is a tool, just like another other in our labs. The only difference is that most students can-not use these tools and we seldom teach them how. After all, students have already had 10+ years of math instruction before coming in our door, we are not math teachers and don’t want to become one, and there is no time in our schedule for it anyway. Consider the following facts: All teachers have had to adjust instruction because the students cannot “do the math." Nearly 75% of all teens dropping out of high school cite Algebra as the reason. and 60-80% of community college students nationwide test into remedial math and most don’t pass it. Remedial classes greatly reduce the chances of graduation. In this workshop, we will experience several lessons that address specific CTE content and the related mathematics. You will also find ways to enhance instruction and understanding in your discipline by including math. We plan to meet from 8:30 to 3:00 each day, offering 12 CDPUs. There is a $60 registration fee. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Go to Math in CTE Registration Link to register for the workshop. Contact Brad Christensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

The CTE DIVISION at the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), has worked to provide resources for educators and student teachers through the Innovative Curriculum Project. All resources are deposited at the www.Ilcte.Org site for easy access. The mission of this web site resource is for enhancement and instructional program improvement in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs throughout Illinois by aligning lessons with academic learning standards, workplace skills, and occupational skills standards..

We welcome input from you as  teachers in the field in the form of comments and suggestions, as well as materials that you are willing to share.  Contact the Technology & Engineering facilitator, Dr. Brad Christensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..