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Calling all K-6 grade Builders!

BLOCK

KIDS

2015

 

 

Sponsored by:

National Association of Women in Construction
Pittsburgh Chapter #161

November 22, 2015

1:00 PM

United Brotherhood of Carpenters
Pittsburgh Training Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
652 Ridge Rd

Children have one hour one hour one hour to build with 25-100 micro blocks and three of the following three of the following three of the following, a rock, piece of

The contest is open to children grade 1 through 6.

Contact:
Danielle Hoffman
dhoffman@ryconinc.com
412-310-2713

FLYER

REGISTRATION FORM

The Block-Kids Building Program is a national building program competition that is sponsored on the local level by NAWIC chapters and other organizations. The award-winning program introduces children to the construction industry in an effort to create an awareness of and to promote an interest in future careers in one of the many facets of the industry. The program is open to all elementary school children in grades K-6. The competition involves the construction of various structures with interlocking blocks and three of the following additional items: A small rock, string, foil and poster board. Local winners advance to Regional Competition and one semi-finalist from each region is entered in the National Program competitions. National prizes are awarded to the top three projects.

History

Erma Lamousin, member, Gr. Mississippi Gulf Coast NAWIC Chapter initiated the first contest held in Biloxi. Erma shared the idea with president-elect Carol Ericson of the Connecticut/New York Line chapter, who enlisted Susan Levy, (Past NAWIC President), member of the Long Island NY chapter to write guidelines. Carol then recruited NAWIC President Judy Short, member, Cincinnati, Ohio chapter to assist the contest kickoff with a special presentation at the 1989 NAWIC Convention in Seattle, WA.

The rest is history. The contest was off and running. Erma’s granddaughter, Natalie Smith, designed the NAWIC Bock Kids who were then named in a special contest. “Connie Struction” and “Bill Ditt”became the official Block Kids’ names.

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SACP/SSP Faraday Lecture for Students, November 17-18, 2015

Faraday Lecture

 

Dear Middle and High School Teachers:

In the first half of the nineteenth century in London, the great English scientist, Michael Faraday, did the pioneering work that established the foundation for much of what we know today about the physics and chemistry of electricity. Faraday also loved to share his enthusiasm for doing science with others, and one way he did this was to give lecture-demonstration programs for young students.

You and your students (see the paragraph following this one for performance/grade scheduling) are cordially invited to attend the twenty-eighth annual Society of Analytical Chemists (SACP)/Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) Faraday Lecture for Students. The lecture/demonstration, which will be entertaining as well as educational, will be held on Tuesday, November 17 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm and on Wednesday, November 18 from 10:15 am to 11:45 am at Soldiers and Sailor Memorial Hall near the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland. This year’s lecture will be presented by Garon Smith, Ph.D. The lecture is titled “G. Wiz, The Wonderful Wizard of UM (not Oz).”

Field Trip Opportunity: The Wednesday Lecture is for only 9-12 grade students with a limit of 36 students per school. For the Tuesday Lecture middle schools (grades 7-8) can request up to 100 tickets and high schools (grades 9-12) can request up to 50 tickets. Additional tickets may be requested for either day and will be distributed as available. Please return your ticket reservation request postmarked by Friday, October 2, 2015 to Doris Zimmerman, 1390 Waverly Dr. NW, Warren, Ohio 44483-1718 or e-mail to zimdoris@aol.com. See attached for more details and reservation form.

Public Night: The lecture/demonstration will be repeated on Tuesday evening, November 17, 2015, at 7:30 PM for members of the two sponsoring societies, their guests, and the general public. If you and/or your students are unable to attend either of the morning Lectures, you are welcome to come to the evening one. No tickets are required for the evening presentation, but please email Doris at zimdorix@aol.com with number of attendees so they know how many individuals to expect.

Please share this announcement with other science teachers or gifted facilitators in your school district as the Faraday Lecture Committee would like to have as many students as possible participate in the Lectures for the two days.

LINK TO FLYER

 

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BC STEM and Process Technology

Affordable tuition. Check. Great Pay. Check. More days off. Check. This is all within reach with a Process Technology Associate Degree. The Beaver County STEM Coalition learned all about this wonderful new program at CCBC that is training well-rounded technicians M, 2015. This program came to fruition after a CCBC team including STEM Instructor Pradeep Kumar, Career Coach Hugh Gallagher, and Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education John Goberish planned a visit to several community colleges in Texas that run similar programs. That visit helped them with a vision and took out the guesswork. They came away knowing the CCBC program would need to be led by local industry. In fact, nine local companies helped in the review process for curriculum, deciding what equipment to purchase, and continue to provide guest speakers in class.

Where can a student work with this degree? Well, there are a variety of industries a student can enter: chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, pulp & paper, water treatment & wastewater, nuclear & power generation, composites, steel and food and beverage. Students have the ability to work in these fields at a variety of local companies, such as: Nova Chemicals, BASF, First Energy, Heinz, PPG, and Mark West Refinery to name a few.

One of the benefits to any CCBC degree is the low cost and the Process Technology program is no exception. This four semester hands-on program costs less than $13,000! When you consider that the average starting salary in this field is $40,000, what a great return on investment. Core courses in the Industrial Training Lab consist of: instrumentation & process controls, operation and troubleshooting of pumps & motors, hydraulics, and technical skills in manufacturing. Students also benefit from humanities classes, learning soft skills and analytical techniques.

If you know of any students that might be interested or could benefit from hearing about this program, contact Hugh Gallagher for more information hugh.gallagher@ccbc.edu or 724-480-3567.

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BC STEM NEWS

BC STEM NEWS
APRIL 25, 2015

BC STEM Meeting  Wed. May 13 6:30 pm
You are invited to a Processing Technology (PTECH) presentation for Beaver County STEM. It will be held in the Industrial Training Lab in the Community Education Center on CCBC’s Main Campus.   Learn about careers in Advanced Manufacturing and the Process Technology Associate in Applied Science program at CCBC is designed to prepare students for high-demand careers as process technicians and to further their education towards a four-year degree in engineering or management.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EALdEvrLd1Q

Pittsburgh STEM Summit
Grab your favorite coffee and plan to spend some time with these extraordinary resources! Enjoy some news and links from some of the incredible presenters at the April 20 STEM Summit.

  • Work To Do: The Role of STEM Education in Improving the Tri-State Region’s Workforce Read the regional report about the definitive skills gap between our young people graduating and the skills they need to be employed in the area.
  • STEMJobs president Daniel Nichols has created a wonderful resource for parents and educators.
  • The Central Catholic/Research Experience for Veterans and Teachers supports veterans’ potential to pursue careers in engineering and technology fields and involves middle school and high school teachers in research in order to bring knowledge of engineering and technological innovation to the classroom.
  • Using 3D computer modeling to teach molecular bonding is a goal of an upcoming game by Schell Games Happy Atoms.
  • Elizabeth Forward’s Entertainment Technology Academy was just one example of the schools that are using game based learning to help close the gap between student’s current skills and what current employers need.
  • Imagine Careers is seeking to navigate the chaos and insanity of looking for jobs amidst the 30,000+ job boards to 20,000+ recruiting agencies to 250+ applications per job.
  • Valspar spoke about why they help sponsor Tour Your Future through the Science Center. Grow a Generation is thrilled to include Valspar on our STEM Careers Tour.
  • Students from the Pittsburgh Science and Technology spoke about their academic and project based learning that culminates in an executive experience.
  • Competitors in the Chain Reaction Contraption contest spoke of the awesome learning taking place in this project based experience. Key message… “Allowing “flex time” into student schedules would help give students time to work on STEM related projects.
  • UPMC STEM Student Opportunities included unique 11 week rotational internships.
  • InventorCloud – how fantastic! A Journey of Imagination: Using 3D Printing in Education. Watch the presentation and visit the website. So many quotables from this phenomenal presentation.
    • When fully built, the “Internet of Things” will allow the doubling of knowledge every 12 hours (IBM).
    • By 2020, more than 40% of US workforce will be independent contractors (Intuit & MBO Partners).
    • power is skill to apply knowledge in an increasingly technology driven global economy
    • Develop an insatiable appetite for life-long learning; “will it be on the test?” is totally irrelevant.
    • Rather than study from static textbooks or hard models, students will be able to learn from digital content, design their own creations and make those items. The impact of that learning will be far more meaningful than traditional methods.
  • Water Bears is another amazing EdTech game coming out of Schell Games to teach systems thinking and 21st century problem solving. https://vimeo.com/121799097  Available through the Apple App Store.

NAA Recognizes Top Innovators in STEM
This year, NAA recognizes innovators who bring STEM education to new depths and levels of creativity and enrichment. From institutes of higher learning, governmental organizations, museums, companies within the private tech industry, and even NASA, they found leaders who are making a difference in students’ learning. Each honoree was asked “Why STEM?” Their responses help illustrate why they are assets to the field.

ASSET STEM Scholarship Program
Deadline: ASAP
This program equips under resourced educators with proven instructional tools and resources, including professional development and hands-on STEM materials.

STEM Mentoring Awards
Deadline: May 25, 2015
Be one of the awardees who gets recognized at the White House complex during a ceremony with national leaders in STEM education, and more.

2015 STEM Video Competition
June 15, 2015 for school year afterschool; August 1, 2015 for summer programs
Six winning videos: will be announced and showcased at a national STEM summit in Washington D.C., September 2015 with high level leaders, and a $1,000 for the program of the winning videos.

Coalition Statement on House’s America COMPETES Act Reauthorization Act
Our Coalition is pleased with the focus on STEM education in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015, which would put in place a more robust system to coordinate and improve the extensive portfolio of STEM education programs operated by many different

Millennials Are Failing Because We Are Failing Them: The STEM Gap (Forbes)
Many of today’s Millennial students lack the skills necessary to fill the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) positions of tomorrow. Furthermore, a majority of U.S. students from low-income and minority households have an even greater gap when it comes to STEM knowledge. These shortages in STEM talent have broad implications, not only for our current and future workforce, but also for the burgeoning middle class we hope to foster.

What Can Technology Do for Tomorrow’s Children? By Arne Duncan
School looks different today than it did even a handful of years ago. Teaching and learning is changing-in exciting ways-because the world is changing.  We now live in a global economy with a knowledge-based marketplace, where the ultimate measure of our success is becoming less about what we know, but more about what we do with what we know, and learning new skills to fit a rapidly changing world.
 

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Slingshot – A film about Dean Kamen!

Come see a film about Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST robotics and extraordinary engineer https://www.tugg.com/titles/slingshot. Alpha school and GreenE Academy are offering a show on April 30th. Get your ticket Link for tickets: https://www.tugg.com/events/14805

SLINGSHOT TRAILER from White Dwarf Productions on Vimeo.

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