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Integrated STEM Instructional Systems (ISIS)
STEM Integration Award Selections
Middle and High School STEM Teams Shine in Florida
Havana, FL, March 18, 2013: The 2013 Florida Technology Student Association (FL-TSA) State Conference held in Orlando this past weekend featured the awarding of the inaugural ISIS STEM Integration Award to two shining models of what can be accomplished when students are inspired by dedicated and inspired teachers. This honor is awarded based on projects submitted for the middle school Inventions & Innovations and the high school Engineering Design events that illustrate a high level of integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the design of their solutions. "Though this is the first year for the ISIS STEM Integration Awards," said ISIS Senior Partner, Duane Hume, "the outlook is very promising for the coming years to bring highly competitive and creative design work from our Florida youth."
The eighth-grade team from Nolan Middle School in Bradenton (Manatee County) took the ISIS award for their project entitled "Baby Bells Safety System," an innovative design for alerting a driver that a child has been left in a child seat. Using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in combination with a pressure switch mounted in the child seat, their design can be tied into the vehicle's ignition and alert system so that the driver has only a short period to retrieve the child before the alarm sounds. The goal of their design is to prevent the tragic death of an infant accidently left unattended in a vehicle. Under the watchful eye of their TSA Chapter Advisor, Justin Devine, the Nolan team was made up of Tim Ackaway, Travis Earp, Alex Long, and Rachel Towe.
The high school honors for Engineering Design went to the team from Braden River High School, also from Manatee County. Their winning design was entitled "Control Flex," a biomedical exercise apparatus for assisting people suffering from neuromuscular disorders to maintain muscular tone, flexibility, and range. This original device is lightweight and uses a number of small pulleys to take advantage of the person's own weight to provide the resistance. Their teacher and TSA Chapter Advisor, Gil Burlew, provided oversight of the team members Paul Wagner, Blake Humbert, Mario Palmer, Justin Proshka, and Abigail Holmes.
The ISIS STEM Integration Award is unique in that while student efforts are the primary focus, the award also acknowledges the teacher's effort in inspiring their students to excellence. "In spite of their generally humble nature," Hume said, "there is no mistaking the impact of a dedicated and inspiring teacher."
The Florida Technology Student Association is a Career and Technical Student Association (CTSO) approved by the Florida Department of Education and fosters problem-solving, decision-making, critical thinking and leadership skills in member students as they study design, communications, power, energy, transportation, engineering, manufacturing, construction, and biotechnology technologies.
Glamour, Fashion, and Flair!
Lake Technical Center's Cosmetology Program Holds Inaugural Red Carpet Fundraising Event
Lake Technical Center's Cosmetology program's held the first annual Red Carpet and 80's Inspiration Fundraising Events. The excitement began at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Lake Tech. Tammi Powell, Cosmetology student and future wedding planner, coordinated the decorations of the fountain lobby. Mr. Ed Rizzo, Marketing Director of the Daily Commercial, served as emcee. Five teams of students created a red carpet look for their selected model. Models experienced the thrill of walking the red carpet with an escort and then returned with the other members of their team.
The models were judged on their hair, makeup, and nails. The judges were: Ms. DeAnna Thomas, Adult Education Program Coordinator/Cosmetologist; Mr. Robert Tolvo, Owner of Robert Tolvo Hair Design; Ms. Toni Hawes, Cosmetologist; and Ms. Cheryl Gamble, Owner/Cosmetologist at Hair Strand. The winning team was the "Dixie Darlings" with students Ashley Baker, model, Hannah Maule, Yesenia Suarez, Haley Smith, Lourdes Morales, and Kelsey White.
The fun continued as the evening Cosmetology students held the first annual 80's Inspiration Event. Four teams of students styled the hair, nails, and make-up with the themes of Richy Rich, Workout, Rapper, and Rocker. The program instructors were the models, and Mr. Ed Rizzo emceed the event. Lake Tech Administrators Dr. Diane Culpepper, Director, Mrs. Melissa Stephan, Assistant Director, and Mr. Jack Miller, Assistant Director, and Ms. Deanna Thomas, Adult Education Program Coordinator/ Cosmetologist, served as judges. The winning team was the Rockers with Ms. Tonia Whalen, Instructor/ Model, Holly Morgan, Jennifer Atkinson, Wendi Conrad, Samantha Jo Pickett, Ashley Martin, and Jessica Folgore.
According to Ms. Tonyia Dawson, Cosmetology Department Chairperson, "These projects have brought the new and advanced students together. Students mingled and worked as an awesome, creative team."
The events were held as fundraisers for the SkillsUSA Florida State Championships, which will be held in Pensacola, Florida, April 28-30. Lake Tech will be sending 10 dual enrolled high school and adult students who will be competing in cosmetology; nails specialty; culinary - baking and hot foods; and advertising design. Donations to help fund the students' trip to the SkillsUSA Florida State Championships are welcome.
Lake Technical Center is a public postsecondary institution that offers high quality affordable training. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify and doesn't have to be repaid. Eligible veterans may be certified for VA benefits through the Financial Aid Office. The main campus is located at 2001 Kurt St., Eustis; the south campus address is 513 Albrook St., Mascotte; and the Institute of Public Safety's address is 1565 Lane Park Cutoff, Tavares, (352) 742-6463. Questions may be answered by visiting www.laketech.org. or calling (352) 589-2250. Like us at www.facebook.com/laketech. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/LakeTechCenter
Industry Certifications Get You Hired!
Web Design, Digital Design and IIT students at Zephyrhills High School (ZHS) are getting certified in Adobe and Microsoft Office. One student, James Kelly, used his industry certifications to obtain a job as a certified technician at Staples.
Last year, in the website design classes at ZHS, James acquired certifications in Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash Professional, and Photoshop earning him the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) credential. He also became a certified Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) by passing the exams for various software components through the Introduction to Information Technology course at ZHS. His managers at Staples were impressed when he told them about his certifications and were a main factor in their hiring decision.
James's certifications and his experiences in the business program at ZHS influenced his decision on the selection of a career path. He will be attending the University of South Florida in the fall and will be majoring in Management Information Systems at the College of Business.
High School Students Get Hands-on Training With Police and Fire Rescue
By Carlos E. Medina
Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.
Andrew Tran, a senior at Pinellas Park High School, remembers seeing helicopters plucking people off their roofs as a child living in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
That's what drew him to explore a career as a first responder and brought him to Ocala this week for the 23rd annual Florida Public Service Association State Conference, a competition that includes simulated tasks related to criminal justice and firefighting.
More than 350 high school students from across the state are descending on the Ocala Hilton this week. The hotel grounds will serve as home base for the competition, which includes task such as writing police reports and responding to mock 911 calls for assistance.
Sunlake High School Seahawks Compete in Financial Football Challenge-Win First Place!
:On Saturday, February 23, four students from the Academy of Finance at Sunlake High School in Pasco County, competed in the 2nd Annual Financial Football Challenge sponsored by the Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union. The area-wide competition among thirteen schools took place at the Tampa location on Hillsborough Avenue in a double elimination format.
The Seahawks performed flawlessly in each game without missing a single question. The final two teams, Sunlake and Southeast, ended the competition in a playoff match of twenty-eight rounds of overtime play.
Each Sunlake team member received a cash prize of $500 and a Dell computer. Team members were: Senior and Team Captain Jeremy Devlin, Juniors Gabriella Rivera, Justin Chang, and Walter Ingram.
The students spent many hours of intense study with their Finance instructor, Sherry Beth Virgadamo, to prepare for the event. When the Sunlake team received a very difficult question, supporters drew their breath, not knowing the answer themselves. Ms. Virgadamo, however, remained calm as her team captain told her before each round, "Ms. V, we've got this"- and, they did.
All students in the Financial Operations class studied and discussed over 600 questions hoping to be selected for the team. The Academy of Finance students and Ms. Virgadamo are very grateful for all the support they receive from their Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union sponsors and their credit union coaches, Jenny Torres and Marylou Bartlett.
Career Academies @ WorkCar Preparing students for college, career and life
Student Internships Paying OffTwo River Ridge High School students were recently selected for a coveted internship/scholarship program (II -VI Scholarship) at VLOC. VLOC is a leading supplier of optical components for the industrial, medical, scientific, instrumentation, military, and telecommunication markets.
Out of 167 applicants, Andrew Saparito and Amar Patel were selected to fill the only two positions available. The students worked fulltime as interns for VLOC this past summer and are working part-time currently. The scholarship provides each student with $10,000 per year to be applied toward college expenses. If they continue to work at VLOC during their summers they will be guaranteed $40,000 for their college education.
More good news from the Academy of Engineering
- 197 students enrolled in the Academy and 22 are on school choice
- 13 students earned college credit last year from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
- 12 Students received a paid internship with engineering companies over the summer
- 4 students are continuing to work for the engineering companies after school
- 5 students have completed portions of the MSSC (Manufacturing Skills Standards Council) certification
- 22 students inducted into National Technical Honor Society
Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology Earn NCAC HonorsThe National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) process in earning the top honor of "Model" academy, as well as the honor of "Certified" academy is truly a lengthy process. The lead teacher spends countless hours ensuring proper data reporting, securing effective internships for their students by maintaining a strong advisory board, and preparing their students for industry certification exams. In addition, they must also prepare and teach their curriculum.
For one Duval County high school, all of this hard work paid off. The academy teachers and students at Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology earned "Model" status for their Cosmetology Academy and Early Childhood Academy and earned the status of "Certified" for their Culinary Academy.
These teachers and students display a strong work ethic and passion for Career and Technical Education. Students completing these programs are able to take their industry certifications into the workforce immediately after high school.
The NCAC provides the only national certification for career academies and is the recognized leader for support, sustainability and credentialing of career academies.
Home at Last: New MTI Campus Opens to Students
The Manatee County Adult, Career and Technical Education Department announces that Manatee Technical Institute just opened its brand new main campus in East Manatee, entering an exciting new season of equipping the local workforce with the finest in career and technical education in the nation. After ten years of preparation, this new $44 million investment and its 210,000 square foot facility replaces much of the original West Bradenton campus built in 1962. With open spaces, accessible classrooms, efficient space planning, and beautiful interior design, the campus is a trophy in the heart of Manatee County.
With advanced equipment and ultra-modern facilities, students can now learn in an environment that matches their 21st century skills. Advanced career education programs include-among others-digital animation, television production, information technology, web design, business administration, hospitality, culinary arts, drafting, manufacturing technology, welding, electrical, HVAC, carpentry, cosmetology, automotive technology, marine technology, and much more. MTI also serves up skills in adult education, while serving the community through personal enrichment classes.
Visitors can experience a tour and sample culinary students' expertise at the Café Mirabilis and the facility's new fine dining establishment.
John Ziemnicki, Chairman of the MTI Board of Governors and the board's drafting advisory committee representative for 30 years, has been keenly involved with this project from the beginning. "These are exciting times," he said recently. "It's been 15 years since we first started thinking about this, working through the funding and acquiring the property. Along with a new, state-of-the-art building, these students now have access to the most current technology. We're looking forward to the best of times in this new building."
The new MTI campus is located on State Road 70 adjacent to the campus of Braden River High School, and opened to students for the first time on January 8, 2013.
New Middle School Career Academy: Science Meets Culinary
The Manatee County Adult, Career and Technical Education Department announces that Sugg Middle School will become the first middle school in Florida with a culinary academy when it opens to students during the 2013-2014 school year. Sugg's Culinary Academy of Kitchen Epicure Systems (CAKES), under the direction of Family and Consumer Science (FACS) culinary teacher Valerie Montgomery and Principal Sharon Scarbrough, will provide students with the opportunity to survey food through taste, research, demonstrations, science-based experimentation, and cooperative cooking teams. This academy integrates academic-based learning with real life skills as students attain industry certifications that transition them to existing CAPE Academies at the high schools.
Culinary students will learn nutrition by cooking through the food plate and traveling the world through international recipes. Visiting chefs will teach knife skills and offer practical knowledge about culinary careers and restaurant management. At the end of this school year, eighth graders will test to receive industry certification in safety and food handling. Next year they will also have the opportunity to enroll in a high school course, Culinary I, for high school credit. Greenhouse management will be added to help students understand the importance of bringing the garden to the table. As Sugg Middle School plans for an academy program, the future looks bright.
Academy Students Top Selected as Sunshine State Scholars
Three of the five finalists for the Florida Sunshine State Scholars Recognition Program are Career Academy students!
Congratulations to Marissa Rice for being selected as the 2012-13 St. Johns County School District's Sunshine State Scholar. Marissa is a junior in the Academy of Biotechnology and Medical Research at Ponte Vedra High School. Congratulations to Maxwell Kline, a junior in the St. Johns County Aerospace Academy at St. Augustine High School for being the alternate selected for this program.
The Florida Sunshine State Scholars Recognition Program was established in 1997 to recognize high school students who excel in math and science and to expose them to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) career and college opportunities in our state. In addition to participating in the February 21-22, 2013 program in Orlando with her parents and academy teacher, Dr. Kathryn Kehoe, Marissa received the Elaine Crutchfield Math and Science Scholarship for $100 from our school district. Maxwell received a $75 scholarship. Congratulations as well to Nicholas Pinelli, a junior in the Academy of Emerging Technology at Creekside High School who received a $50 scholarship.
Miami Central Senior Receives $100,000 Federal Grant
Miami Central Senior High School was awarded a one-year $100,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration under the Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program. The primary goal of this project, "Building Leadership Across Science and Technology (BLAST)" is to improve the preparation of students, particularly women and minorities, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by introducing the development of mobile applications technology related to the transportation industry. The grant is named after Garrett A. Morgan, an African-American inventor and entrepreneur.
Students will be provided with opportunities from career readiness and hands-on experience to college preparatory-level classes, labs, and creative exercises. The project is a partnership between the Miami Dade College School of Engineering and Technology, the Miami NAF STEM Advisory Board, the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
The coursework includes specific technology skills related to the FDOT Roadway Design Project planned to improve safety and operational conditions in order to reduce the number of crashes occurring at these un-signalized intersections in NW Miami. Students will participate in extended classroom experiences and meet and observe project engineers throughout the roadway design process throughout the year and be exposed to the FDOT and Miami-Dade Expressway Authority's community awareness campaign.
The Academies of Engineering and Information Technology are magnet programs at Miami Central. Interested students who reside outside the school's attendance boundary can still apply by contacting each respective lead teacher at 305-696-4161.
For additional information regarding the project, please contact the School Choice & Parental Options Office at 305-995-1922.
Baker County FFA Team Takes 2012 State Food Science & Technology Champion Title
The 2012-13 Florida FFA State Food Science and Technology Career Development Event (CDE) was recently held at the University of Florida. Twenty-seven high schools competed for the state championship title to be awarded at the annual Florida FFA State Convention in June 2013. Represented by four freshman FFA members, Hunter Burnsed, Jesse Lambright, Bethany Richardson and Garrett Stavely, along with FFA Advisor and Agriscience teacher, Cacee Ford, the Baker County High School Senior FFA Chapter earned the prestigious first place award and the 2013 State Champion title.
A goal of the Food Science and Technology CDE is to test the skills of students in the areas of new food product development and marketing, food sensory, and food safety and quality. To prepare for the contest, the BCHS team held practices twice a week to the necessary master skills. In partnership with Ms. Ford, Richard Yaracs, Biology teacher at Baker County High School, assisted the team in preparing for the exam, a major component of this year's Food Science and Technology competition.
BCHS Food Science students agree that the Product Development part of the competition is what they enjoyed most. In this round, students were challenged to invent a food product, create a management plan for facilitating the product's ingredient processes, analyze and label the nutritional values, design product packaging, and develop a marketing plan. When asked what impact Food Science has on everyday living, State Champion and High Points Individual, Bethany Richardson notably replied, "The entire agricultural industry and all consumers rely on it. Without Food Science individuals would have a difficult time developing and sustaining their own safe and wholesome food supply."
This year's event had a record number of competitors making the state win an extra special event for the Baker County Senior FFA Chapter. The State winning team will represent the Florida FFA Association at the National FFA contest in the fall of 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Baker County High School Agriscience program is designated by the Florida Department of Education as a STEM program---one that integrates Science and Math and uses Technology and Engineering processes to solve real world problems.
Baker County FFA Team photo (PDF, 235KB)
Manatee County's International EngineersManatee County engineering technology students Mario Palmer (Braden River High School junior), Jeremy Petty (Braden River High School alumni), and Aly Cote (Lakewood Ranch High School freshman) have just returned from the F1 in Schools World Finals racing competition in Abu Dhabi, UAE. F1 in Schools is a multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of students deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyze, manufacture, test, and then race miniature gas powered balsa wood F1 cars. The challenge inspires students to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills, and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way.
The students were part of Velox F1, a collaboration team of six students-three from Manatee County and three from Canada-who spent five months and approximately 500 hours virtually preparing for the event using Skype, social media networking, and WebEx. The six did not meet in person until they arrived in the UAE for the competition.
The team finished 13th after fierce competition. A total of 33 teams from 22 countries competed in the event with more than 350 students competing for top awards. The competition was held inside the world's largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World on Yas Island overlooking the prestigious Yas Marina Formula One Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
"This was a truly amazing learning experience," said Mario, the team's graphic designer. "We have met students from all over the world and witnessed how each team interpreted the engineering rules to compete in this global competition."
Among others, chaperons included Janet Kerley, Haile Middle School Principal, and Margi Nanney, Manatee County School District Supervisor of Communications and Public Information.
VELOX F1 in School Team photo (PDF, 209KB)
Atlantic Technical Center and Technical High School, Coconut Creek, FloridaRuben Montes, a Cisco Networking student at Atlantic Technical Center and Technical High School qualified for Round 2 of the Academy Netriders competition where participants get hands-on experience in a competitive environment. Uniting students from around the world, the competitions are interactive. They provide career opportunities and internships through increased visibility. Ruben is one of only 6 students in Florida who qualified to advance to the next round, which was given the 3rd week of November and we are awaiting the results. If successful during Round 2, he will be able to advance to the final round held November 30th. Congratulations go to Ruben, and to his instructor, Ellen Williams, for this wonderful accomplishment.
Photo (PDF, 101KB)
The winners of the National FFA Organization's Agricultural Proficiency Awards were announced October 26, 2012, on-stage during the Sixth General Session of the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Each winner was one of four national finalists in each proficiency award category and competed for the national honors during judging earlier in the week.
The National FFA Organization's Agricultural Proficiency Awards program recognizes outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company, performing agriscience research or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience. It serves as the award structure for an FFA member's supervised agricultural experience (mandatory for all FFA members) and is designed to develop specialized skills in 49 categories that they can apply toward their future careers. Awards are available at the local, state and national levels and a description of each 2012 award category can be found on http://www.FFA.org/proficiency.
The national winners and finalists for each of the award areas became eligible for national consideration after taking top honors in their home states. Each winner takes home a total of $1,000 for their efforts, and each finalist earned a $500 award thanks to sponsorship provided by a long list of corporate FFA supporters. More information can be found online about the Agricultural Proficiency Awards (ffa.org/proficiency), the Supervised Agricultural Experience and the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo on the National FFA Organization's web site.
Indianapolis (Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012/National FFA Organization) - From an early age, Florida student Clay Sapp knew he was a good communicator and teacher.
But it wasn't until he took some agricultural education classes and joined FFA that he discovered how he wanted to channel those two skills. He learned about the country's need for great teachers who could teach agriculture. He determined that his passion lies in school administration.
"I want to teach high school agricultural education and then obtain a master's degree in educational leadership," he said. "My goal is to become a school administrator so I can encourage classroom innovation and motivate students to become better scholars and young people."
Today, to conclude the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Sapp was elected National FFA president for 2012-13.
Joining him on the 2012-13 National FFA Officer team are Kalie Hall of Georgia as national secretary, Joenelle Futrell of Kentucky as Eastern Region vice president, Lindsey Anderson of California as Western Region vice president, Brennan Costello of Nebraska as Central Region vice president and Wiley Bailey as Southern Region vice president.
For the next year, the group will travel more than 100,000 miles across the country to engage top leaders in business, government and education. The national officers will lead personal growth and leadership training seminars for FFA members. The team will help set policies that will guide the future of FFA and promote agricultural literacy.
A seven-year member of the Madison County High School FFA chapter in Madison, Fla., Sapp served as a Florida national FFA delegate from 2008-2010 and won his state's prepared public speaking competition in 2010. He was student body president his senior year in high school, salutatorian of his graduating class and a varsity baseball and tennis player.
"As a national FFA officer, it will be my mission to activate change and growth in the National FFA Organization," he said. "I plan to develop strong relationships, be a champion of FFA and agricultural education and seek new ways to strengthen student experiences within FFA."
Dual enrollment hours he accomplished in high school enabled Sapp to graduate from North Florida Community College with an associate of arts degree in just one full college semester after high school. Today, he is a University of Florida at Gainesville student pursuing a major in agricultural education and communication.
"I intend to serve and give of myself as a leader and role model," he said. "I realize that not all of my hopes and dreams for our organization may be feasible but in a year from now I want to know that I planted seeds to advance the National FFA Organization's mission for the future of agriculture."
Sapp is the son of Ed and Gina Sapp; his father was his FFA advisor in high school.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
South Florida to Compete at the 2012 NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge
Two South Florida High School Students to compete for cash to jump-start their businesses, further their education on October 6 in New York City
South Miami, FL- October 5, 2012 -Jhasir Bermudez (Miami Southridge Senior High School and Mariem Marquetti (John A. Ferguson Senior High School) are among the finalists competing in the NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, presented by MasterCard Worldwide, in association with Kathryn W. Davis, in New York City on Thursday, October 11th. This event will kick off NFTE's 25th Anniversary program year.
The finalists represent 34 businesses, all of whom participated in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)'s program that engages and inspires young people to pursue educational opportunities and start their own businesses, were first and second place winners of their Regional Business Plan Competitions, and have moved on to the finals to compete for seed capital and prizes.
"This year's competitors are an impressive group of young people with an array of interesting business ideas," said Steve Mariotti, NFTE Founder. "They exemplify outstanding drive, dedication and commitment as they work to get their plans in shape and even to bring products and services to market in preparation for the competition. And thanks to the support of sponsors like MasterCard Worldwide, Kathryn W. Davis, and E*TRADE, we are excited to have the opportunity to recognize so many amazing young entrepreneurs from around the country."
Finalists were required to develop and present original business plans as part of their entrepreneurial studies at school. As part of their coursework, NFTE students receive hands-on training in launching a business and learn the real-world relevance of math, reading and writing to their businesses. The NFTE curriculum reinforces students' critical thinking skills and provides them with tools to help them take control of their futures and think entrepreneurially.
The 2012 NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge grand-prize winner will take home a total of $25,000 in venture capital and prizes, including a $2,500 technology suite from Microsoft, $2,500 of business travel, and a $5,000 Coleman Entrepreneurial Scholarship, sponsored by GlobalHue. Two runners-up will each win $5,000 and two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines.
Finalists will also film an elevator pitch video as part of the NFTE Online Elevator Pitch Challenge, presented by E*TRADE Bank. The winner of the pitch challenge will receive $2,500 on the evening of the National Challenge with two runners-up receiving $500 each.
Additionally, in honor of NFTE's 25th Anniversary, the event will also feature the inaugural Mariotti Venture Award Pitch Challenge, at which up to ten NFTE graduates with fully operating businesses will compete for an additional $25,000 in venture capital. The winner of this new challenge will be chosen by a panel of judges in combination with a live action vote by the audience.
South Florida's first place winner, a senior at Miami's Southridge Senior High School, Jhasir Bermudez, responding to the market for chemical-free children's clothing, developed Princesa by Jhasir, a business manufacturing organic cotton dresses for young girls. Jhasir works 30 hours a week to help support his family while staying in the top 1% of his class. Jhasir has always been inspired by his mother, who is an expert seamstress and taught Jhasir how to sew. When Jhasir enrolled in the NFTE class, he immediately saw an opportunity to develop his talent for sewing and design into a full-fledged business.
Mariem Marquetti is a sophomore at Ferguson Senior High School. She won second place with her business Purely Natural Crochet, a collection of hand-crocheted scarves. Since then, her business has evolved to include one-of-a-kind crocheted purses. Mariem is a dynamic presenter and excited about her upcoming trip to New York.
Both students will go on to represent South Florida at the national competition in New York City. "We seek to address the needs of under-served segments of our young students, offering support and opportunity where there would otherwise be none," said NFTE Executive Director, Alice Horn.
Contact: Alice Horn, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, 5901 SW 74th Street, Suite 210, Miami, FL 33143, 888-896-7776 x 5000 for more information.
Erwin Technical Center Shares Medical Assisting Program's Good NewsOn September 20, 2012, 10 students graduated from the Medical Assisting Program at Erwin Technical Center in Hillsborough County. Of the 15 students in the program, 13 applied for and received permission to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) certification, and 60% of those students have taken and passed the exam (prior to graduation). The remaining students are scheduled to take the exam in the next few months.
Instructor Tandy Fritcher is very proud of her students and states that "each student has grown personally and professionally this year and it gives me great pleasure to now be able to call them my colleagues, people that I would be honored to work side by side with".
Ms. Fritcher may have the chance very soon, as 40% of this class was offered employment opportunities during their clinical externships, and the rest are looking for and applying for medical assisting positions in the area.
The Beacon Council Speaks at Public Schools Summer Workshop for TeachersJaap Donath, Ph.D., Vice President of Research & Strategic Planning, and Will Corbin, Manager of Research & Strategic Planning, both of The Beacon Council, spoke Tuesday, August 7th, at Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) School of Choice/National Academy Foundation summer workshop. Donath and Corbin delivered a presentation to 60 teachers from MDCPS Career Academies on The Beacon Council, the state of the local economy, and One Community One Goal as it relates to education and workforce development.
MDCPS and its Career Academies partner with the National Academy Foundation (NAF) to help prepare students for college and career success. The NAF educational model includes industry-focused curricula, work-based learning experiences, and business partner expertise within four areas: Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, and Engineering. Employees of various local companies volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships, and serve on local Advisory Boards.
Florida Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Wins 80 Awards at the National Leadership ConferenceFlorida is ONCE AGAIN the state that led the nation with national awards at the 2012 National Leadership Conference! With 80 awards in total, Florida was the state to look at with the best competitors and also the best dressed members. The state is very proud of the 183 members that attended the conference. As district conferences and the State Fall Leadership Conference is coming up soon we are excited to see you all in just a couple of months! Let's keep this momentum going as it will lead us to 81+ awards in Anaheim, California!
Middleton Students Take 1st Place in Bridge DesignCongratulations to Middleton High School Engineering Magnet students: Marcelino Mederos, Junior, and Taeyun Hwang, Sophomore, who took 1st place in the 2012 Hillsborough County West Point Bridge Design Contest, sponsored by the local American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE ) West Coast Branch.
Their winning team, 'Team Genius', won a $500 cash award; the team is now headed to Orlando in July where they will compete at the annual Florida West Point Bridge Competition, competing against teams from all over Florida! The 1st Place cash award for this competition is $1,000.
Photo of winners (PDF).
Chancellor Rod Duckworth Delivered Keynote Address to Graduates at Lake Technical CenterLake Technical Center honored the 2011-12 recipients of program certificates on Thursday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m. The cap and gown graduation ceremony for graduates was held at Lake Receptions, 4425 N Hwy. 19A, Mount Dora. Approximately 611 graduates were recognized for their accomplishments. Rod Duckworth, Florida Department of Education Chancellor of Career and Adult Education delivered the keynote address. The Lake County Board of County Commissioners was announced as Lake Tech's Career and Technical Education Business and Community Partner.
Another highlight of the event was the introduction of Student of the Year nominees and the announcement of the 2011-2012 Student of the Year. The following were nominated by their program instructor for consideration as Student of the Year: Mr. Gabriel Acevedo, Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts; Mr. Timothy Bielfelt, Fire Fighter; Ms. Lynda Colaveccio, Practical Nursing; Ms. Kassie Cozart, Digital Design; Mr. Douglas Draper, Paramedic; Ms. Arlene Gonzalez, Administrative Assistant; Ms. Sierra McVeigh, Emergency Medical Technician; Ms. Paula Quintanilla, Accounting Operations; Ms. Delaney Robinson, Automotive Service Technician; Ms. Quantesia Smith, Cosmetology; and Mr. Cory Sommer, Law Enforcement Officer.
Mr. Cory Sommer, Law Enforcement Officer, was named 2011-2012 Student of the Year. According to Dr. Lindamood, Program Specialist, "Mr. Sommer's first experience at Lake Tech occurred when he was very young; he was part of the Tiny Tech child care program. In 2006, he came back to Lake Tech and entered the Law Enforcement program; he excelled academically and physically; in fact, he still holds the record for the fastest completion time on the Physical Abilities Test. But a challenge beyond his control made him ineligible to become a law enforcement officer at that time. He did other things; he worked overseas for some time, but he never gave up his dream of becoming a law enforcement officer. His focus and perseverance brought him back to Lake Tech in 2011 to the Academy again, and this time he overcame all barriers and met all challenges. He graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy, and he was recently hired as a Certified Deputy with the Lake County Sheriff's Office. This is an impressive story, but the thing that impressed us most about this candidate is his level of willingness to examine his actions and even his own character and to use his education as a vehicle for personal transformation. He described himself before his education as someone with a powerful ego, but serving the public has humbled him and opened his eyes to the realities and challenges of life that many citizens face. It was clear to the selection committee that this experience has definitely changed him. He told us that his power now comes not so much from ego but from maturity and a deep desire to serve, assist, and protect - the very essence of what a law enforcement officer should be."
The 2011-12 recipients of the State of Florida High School Diploma were honored in a separate ceremony held Tuesday, June 19th at 7:00 p.m. The cap and gown graduation ceremony was held at Lake Receptions, 4425 N Hwy. 19A, Mount Dora. Lt. Chris DeLibro, Deputy Sheriff and Lake Tech Law Enforcement Program Director, delivered the keynote address.
Lake Technical Center's Institute of Public Safety held individual ceremonies for program graduates of Law Enforcement, Corrections, Fire Fighter and Crossover from Law Enforcement to Correctional Officer.
Lake Technical Center is a public postsecondary institution that offers high quality affordable training. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Eligible veterans may be certified for VA benefits through the Financial Aid Office.The main campus is located at 2001 Kurt St., Eustis and the Institute of Public Safety is located at 1565 Lane Park Cutoff, Tavares, (352) 742-6463. Questions may be answered by visiting www.laketech.org, emailing or calling (352) 589-2250. Like us at www.facebook.com/laketech. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/LakeTechCenter
Trax Is Probably The Hairiest and Most Spoiled Learning Tool AroundTrax Photo Page
The five month-old German Shepherd is being trained as a K-9 officer by students in the Newberry High School Academy of Criminal Justice. Under the watchful eye of academy director, Patrick Treese, and with the help of local law enforcement agencies, the students will eventually be teaching him to track people and search for narcotics. Ultimately Trax will be going out on actual calls.
"He comes from a long line of police and rescue dogs," said Treese. "With the training he gets here, he will be a real police dog in every sense."
In the meantime, Treese and his students have their hands full teaching the fifty-plus pound puppy basic commands and keeping him from dragging away students' belongings during class. They also have to keep other students and adults at the school from spoiling him, including the front office staffer who keeps a cookie jar of doggie treats on her desk.
"She is limited to two a day," said Treese. "Otherwise she would feed him treats all day long and make him fat."
"He is a good, goofy dog," said junior Alex Grochowski, one of two students chosen as the dog's primary trainers. "He definitely acts like a puppy, but he has a great personality, and I think he will be a really good dog when he gets older."
Trax is already helping earn his keep for the Newberry High program, a magnet career academy that draws students from throughout the district. Treese and his students have taken him to area middle schools to help recruit students into the program, and he's been a big hit.
"More importantly, is what Trax is providing the students already in the program" says Treese.
"I'm always looking for ways to give the students real-life experiences, to make this program as real as I can get it," he said. "This is another facet of law enforcement that they will be getting that they would not normally get to see."
Such an experience would not have been possible without the support of the community. Trax was actually donated by the Von Adelhof Kennel in Hawthorne. His veterinary care is provided free of charge by the Newberry Animal Hospital. And to make sure Trax has an appropriate 'ride,' the program's squad car is getting new 'K-9 on board' signage courtesy of Sign-A-Rama, window tinting from Sound Depot and Performance and a K-9 travel system from Setina Manufacturing.
Treese is currently seeking a sponsor for his food bill and is also looking for help to build an agility course on campus when school starts up again in the fall.
When he's not in school, Trax spends his off hours at home with Treese, Grochowski or junior Nicole Keys, who is his other primary trainer. She says she is looking forward to the day when Trax officially goes 'on duty.'
"If he got the chance to help save somebody's life or do anything that would help someone, that would be wonderful," she said. "That's something we could really take pride in."
DeSoto Middle School Set to Unveil High School Credit OpportunitiesDeSoto Photo Page
DeSoto Middle School was recently named a recipient of the Middle School Informational Technology Career Academy Technical Assistance Project. This project is sponsored by The Whetstone Group and CCI Learning Solutions Inc., in cooperation with Workforce Florida, Inc. It will provide 15 middle schools in the State of Florida with free Microsoft Office 2010 Suite software. In addition, professional assistance will be provided regarding setting-up and maintaining a successful Informational Technology Academy. DeSoto Middle School will receive courseware and free industry certification exams totaling over $6000 to support students as they demonstrate their knowledge and abilities in becoming globally recognized as an expert in a multitude of Microsoft Office products.
DeSoto Middle School will offer all eighth graders the chance to enroll in the Informational Technology Academy for the 2012-2013 school year. The course could earn them high school credit as well as the prospect of becoming industry certified in Microsoft Office products. The opportunity to build an educational background in technology will carry on into high school as DeSoto County High School currently has an Informational Technology Academy and likewise offers courses leading to industry certification in Adobe.
Wanting to expand the offerings for the next school year, DeSoto Middle School additionally established two more courses for those interested in Agriculture and Culinary Arts. These classes will also earn high school credit, possible industry certification, and lead into programs offered at DeSoto County High School. The Agriculture class will be the beginning course for a brand new Biotechnology honors program set to open at DeSoto County High School in 2012-2013.
Jacksonville Apprenticeship Day
Jacksonville Mayor, Alvin Brown signed a Proclamation on June 1st, 2012 to have that day recognized as "Jacksonville Apprenticeship Day". The proclamation was read at the 63rd Annual Jacksonville General Apprenticeship Association Graduation, held Friday night, June 1st at the Prime F. Osborn, III Convention Center.
The proclamation urged all citizens to acknowledge the critically important role apprenticeship training plays in the economic vitality of Jacksonville.
This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Federal Registered Apprenticeship System since the Federal Apprenticeship Act (more commonly known as the Fitzgerald Act), was approved on August 16, 1937. This year also marks the 65th Anniversary of The Florida Apprenticeship Council, which was created by an Act of the Florida State Legislature in the year 1947.
There were 103 apprentice graduates recognized for their successful completion of local Construction Apprenticeship programs sponsored by outstanding corporate citizen employers. The registered apprentices graduated from programs consisting of Electricians, Telecommunications Technicians, Plumbers, Pipe Fitters, Heating-Ventilating and Air Conditioning Installer-Servicers, Sheet Metal Workers, Boilermakers, Ironworkers, Sprinkler Fitters, Operating Engineers, Carpenters, Millwrights and Heat and Frost Insulators.
Each apprentice is awarded a State Apprenticeship Completion Certificate under the hand of the State of Florida and the Registered Program Committee and is the recognized credential for successful completion of registered apprenticeships and the attainment of journeyman status in their chosen trade. These apprentices' accomplishments include having completed 4,800 to 10,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of qualified journeymen and three to five years of classroom instruction in local employer-owned, state-of-the-art facilities.
Successful completion of these programs certifies that these graduates represent the most highly skilled and qualified craftsmen for building the future of Florida's First Coast, and beyond and Apprenticeship - is "The Tried and True Method of Training", which was the theme of this 63rd annual graduation.
Frank H. Peterson's Early Childhood Academy Awarded "Model" Status by NCACJacksonville, FL -For the second time in two weeks, a career academy at Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology's has been awarded the status of "Model" by the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC). This time it is the Early Childhood Academy.
NCAC is the recognized leader for collaborative support and sustainability of career academies, and provides the only national certification for career academies across the country. An academy requesting a review goes through a written self-assessment process and a site visit and is ranked as "Model," "Certified" or "In Progress."
Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology is now home to two model academies with their Cosmetology Academy and the Early Childhood Academy. This addition brings the district's total number of "Model" academies to three as these two join Robert E. Lee High School's Engineering Academy in achieving "Model" status as determined by NCAC. There are less than 20 "Model" academies across the country, as of August 2009.
"I applaud Frank H. Peterson's commitment and determination to establish not just one, but two, "Model" academies for our students," said Duval County Public Schools' Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals. "Our students deserve the absolute best in academic instruction as they prepare for their future careers, and that is exactly what they get from these "Model" academies."
Frank H. Peterson has also been invited to attend the 16th annual NCAC Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, November 8-11, 2012. During the conference NCAC will honor those career academies that were reviewed between July 2011 and June 2012 who attained "Model" status based on the National Standards of Practice. Staff from Peterson will make a presentation at the conference on their two "Model" academies, Cosmetology and Early Childhood.
The NCAC career academy review process is based on the 10 National Standards of Practice (NSOP) introduced in 2004. The 10 NSOP for career academies were developed by an informal consortium of national career academy organizations. Drawn from many years of research and experience, they are framed around 10 key elements for successful, sustained implementation of academies. These standards are a way to ensure that academies are adhering to rigor on multiple levels, including academics.
Practitioners and evaluators have found that academies that adhere to all the major components defining academies are far more likely to show positive results for student success.
Model academies are able to use their status to garner additional funds and resources. As academies significantly multiply across the country and school districts and business partners want to learn how to design and implement academies, looking to Model academies becomes an answer.
About Career AcademiesCareer academies differ from traditional academic or career and technical education because they prepare high school students for both college and careers. Academies provide broad information about a field such as healthcare, finance, engineering, media or natural resources. They weave the themes into academic curricula that qualify students for admission to four-year colleges or universities.
Studies have found that students in career academies perform better in high school and are more likely to continue into post secondary education, compared to similar students in the same schools. Several leading organizations of career academies have agreed on a common standard for academies, and use the following parameters when describing a career academy: a small learning community comprised of a group of students within the larger high school who take classes together for at least two years, and are taught by a team of teachers from different disciplines; a college preparatory curriculum with a career theme, enabling students to see relationships among academic subjects, and their application to a broad field of work; and partnerships with employers, the community and local colleges to bring resources from outside the high school to improve student motivation and achievement.
Duval County Public Schools operates 191 schools and serves approximately 125,000 students. The school district is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities that will inspire all students to acquire and use the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a global economy and culturally diverse world.
Duval County Public Schools Students Excel at SkillsUSA State CompetitionJacksonville, FL - Several students from A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology and Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology experienced success at the SkillsUSA State Skills and Leadership Conference held on April 30 - May 2 in Pensacola, Florida.
Click the following link to see a list of all students who participated in the SkillsUSA State Competition (PDF), including those students that will move on to the national competition.
All first-place winners will compete at the National SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Competition in Kansas City, MO on June 22-28.
A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology is a career and college preparatory magnet focused on providing a rigorous academic curriculum for students interested in IT, Energy - Manufacturing & Construction, Health Science, Public Safety/Criminal Justice, Cosmetology and Fire & Rescue.
Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology's offers seven career academy choices to their students, and is home to two "Model" Academies as determined by the National Career Academy Coalition. Their Cosmetology and Early Childhood Academies were recently announced as "Model" academies.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
For more information on SkillsUSA, visit www.skillsusa.org.
Duval County Public Schools operates 190 schools and serves approximately 125,000 students. The school district is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities that will inspire all students to acquire and use the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a global economy and culturally diverse world.
Lee County Host Digital Lee Event
Digital Lee provides an opportunity for the community to interact with the most exemplary student-created designs in Lee County; therefore spurring career opportunities and technology involvement that will continue to make Southwest Florida thrive. Students work year-round to develop their design skills and master industry-standard software to make their concepts come to life! The very best of Career & Tech's Web Design, Graphic Design, Gaming, Animation, and Publication programs are highlighted in the event. This year, Digital Lee expanded to include: 7 middle schools, all 13 high schools, and the 2 technical centers, totaling greater than 400 competitive and non-competitive submissions!
Nearly 800 visitors were in attendance for Digital Lee's Opening Night on May 4th at Art of the Olympians. Students were rewarded for their design excellence with Olympic medals, iPods, iPads, Wacom Tablets, and a MacBook Pro laptop! Thanks to all who came to view the show and support the students. If you missed it, the submissions will be on display throughout the month. You can also view many of the submissions by clicking the links below, visiting our website Digital Lee at Shutterfly, or find us on Facebook. More information is included below, and can be found on our websites: digital-lee.com or digitallee.shutterfly.com.
National Career Academy Coalition Awards St Johns Academy of Future Teachers Model Academy StatusThe St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers at St. Augustine High School (SAHS) has earned Model Academy status, the highest designation awarded by the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC). The St. Johns County School District made a commitment to develop high-quality career academies framed by the National Standards of Practice for Career Academies. Many academies across the United States are reviewed on the 10 standards, but few reach model status, let alone exceed every standard.
"It is evident that the passion of the academy teams, coupled with the support of the school administration, and the intense focus of the advisory board and community partners, has created a stellar program for students, parents and the community," said Angie Grasberger, president of NCAC. "The rigor of the curriculum and the depth of the industry partnerships are to be commended."
Academies that adhere to all the major components defining academies are far more likely to show positive results for student success. National research has shown that Career Academy students have better attendance, better scores on standardized tests such as FCAT, higher college attendance rates, and eventually earn more than non-Career Academy students.
"I am incredibly proud of all of those associated with the Teaching Academy, creating opportunities for students to excel as future teachers is wonderful for our district and the community," said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. "We want to train and recruit great teachers so they have an added incentive to complete their education and return to teach in the St. Johns County School District, and those students who return are placed on Level 2 of the pay scale. The business partners, staff and students have simply been amazing, and we are very grateful for their support."
St. Augustine High School will be recognized at the NCAC 2012 national conference in Nashville, TN in November. The NCAC career academy review process is based on the 10 National Standards of Practice (NSOP), introduced in 2004 in Washington, D.C. by a consortium of career academy organizations and endorsed by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor.
Career Academies are smaller learning communities within a high school that create a family-type atmosphere and incorporate features such as integration of academic and career-related curriculum, team teaching and business involvement. Academies emphasize motivational and real-world activities including hands-on projects, business mentoring, internships and field trips. In partnership with St. Johns River State College (SJRSC) and the University of North Florida, the Academy of Future Teachers was started five years ago and offers college dual enrollment classes at the high school or on the SJRSC campus. Students may earn up to 60 college credits toward their AA degree - a potential savings in excess of $5,000 in college tuition costs.
A Career Education Program That Gets ResultsBy Margo Pierce
Volusia County (FL) Schools' Career and Technical Education (CTE) program has a high school graduation rate of 95 percent. That beats the districtwide rate of 78 percent.
That's not all: The 4,500 students enrolled in 33 different career programs at 10 high schools have higher grade point averages in general (2.94 compared with a districtwide average of 2.71) and do better in Advanced Placement courses (3.12 in the career ed program, 2.86 districtwide). Finally, according to the school district, more than 85 percent of them have some kind of post-secondary education plans in place when they graduate (compared with 78 percent for the rest of the district).
Numbers don't explain everything, but they do demonstrate the success the Volusia district has had coupling academic and job training goals, and scholarship and project-based learning with experts from throughout the community.
Achieving this result has taken 16 years of thoughtful cultivation around a unique focus--viewing the school district as a "member" of the community. A long-term commitment to building ties between the school district and civic and business leaders has made education as much a part of Volusia County as parks or street fairs. Educators and businesspeople alike make sure the CTE students get hands-on experience in the workplace, plenty of exposure in the community, and a solid academic underpinning.
Rick Fraser, president of the Volusia Center for Business Excellence (a regional job training and recruiting agency), is one of the original business professionals who helped begin the partnership program. He is still a member of the program's business partner group called the Career Connection Cadre.
"It's often been said about our area that our biggest export is our kids," Fraser says. "They go through the public school system here, they go off to college, most likely away, and they never come back. The residents, the parents who live here, are looking to give their kids the opportunity to stay here if they want. They're not going to unless we can train them and encourage businesses to grow."
The career academy concept at the heart of the CTE program began as an economic development tool. Public education is certainly more than job training, and Volusia County didn't create a curriculum designed simply to crank out mechanics or computer programmers. The idea was to use the local business community as a platform on which to build a program that prepares students for post-secondary education in whatever form that takes, including on-the-job training.
Depending on their overall career goals, Volusia's CTE program breaks students into focused, school year-long career academies, described on the district's website as "small learning communities that combine a college preparatory curriculum with a career focus." Housed within a high school setting, each academy focuses on a specific area of study--for instance, Law and Government, Engineering, Building Construction--that can lead either to post-secondary training in that field or employment after graduation.
Some sound fairly traditional--Culinary Arts, Agriscience, Finance--but others reflect the changing nature of the American economy--Plant Biotechnology, Simulation and Robotics, or Entertainment and Sports Marketing. Each must incorporate what Volusia officials call the "three keys" that qualify it as an academy:
An integrated curriculum: Each career academy must integrate at least one core academic subject like English, math, or science with a hands-on project related to its area of study for a minimum of nine out of the total 36 weeks of the program. Academies can choose to integrate a single, nine-week project or several shorter ones that students spend the same amount of time on.
When students in the engineering academy were learning about the science behind sound waves in their physics class, for example, their teacher asked them to research a musical instrument and then construct it.
"The kids made a trombone out of PVC pipes," explains Kelly Amy, a specialist with the program. "It showed how creative and unique these projects can really be, where teachers are excited to come up with out-of-the-box ideas to engage students and make their materials more relevant for students at all levels."
A pure schedule: For the integration of academics and hands-on training to be effective, students need to be able to work together in teams. The Volusia CTE program is organized around the concept of thematic instruction, in the form of so-called "pure schedules."
All scheduling starts with the student's specific interest. If she is studying culinary arts, then all of her classes must support and reinforce her pursuit of that course of study. At the same time, all the culinary arts students take the same classes in order to collaborate on projects.
"The students need to be in the correct courses in order for the integrated curriculum to deliver," Amy says. "They need to be in corresponding courses, so the same group of students that has physics also has to have that corresponding engineering class."
Common planning: Teachers get the time to work together as teams throughout the year too. This allows them to track the progress of students against academic objectives and specific projects. When students are struggling, for example, a particular topic can be retaught or maybe an outside speaker can be brought in. The team is able to take advantage of new opportunities as they arise and manage the process of teaching in non-traditional ways.
One career academy, Information Technology and Robotics, housed at Spruce Creek High School, started out in 2007 as an after-school project for students interested in participating in the FIRST Robotics international competition, in which teams of students build robots that will compete against other teams. That project led to a complete curriculum focused on technology--and it couldn't have happened without the help of the local business community.
Businesses help raise the $5,000 annual entry fee (none of the project fees come out of the school budget) and local professionals mentor the students through the design process.
"The Career Connections Cadre is a large group of people who are educators, economic development folks, and our business folks. They're the umbrella of all this activity," says Fraser, "but each academy has an advisory council focused around that particular academy."
Cadre and advisory council members assist students by providing internships, serving as judges for competitions, offering scholarships, and mentoring inside and outside the classroom. They also help with fundraising for special activities. But most important to the students, they offer "real world" expertise that makes the classroom work relevant.
"FIRST Robotics is the biggest robotics competition in the world. We found our kids were learning a ton of stuff," says Dru Urquhart, director of the Academy of Information Technology and Robotics, "doing the math that was involved, the electronics, the physics--everything that's involved from taking a robot from inception to the finished product.
"We have engineers from the community that show up every afternoon. They come in and work with the kids until 5, 6, 7 o'clock at night showing them how an engineer works in the real world."
Setting the National Standard
The partnerships aren't just local either. The Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies: Next Generation Learning (NGL) works with the Information Technology and Robotics academy. In 2007, Volusia County was named a Next Generation Leadership community for embodying the principles of the partnership's mission statement: to form alliances between "K-12 schools, businesspeople, postsecondary educators, and community leaders, mobilized to reform education and stimulate local economic development."
"We learned a lot from Volusia," says Cheryl Carrier, director of the Ford Motor Company Fund's NGL initiative. "Businesses engaged in meaningful ways. They felt responsible for these students and, if they wanted their community to be prosperous and wanted their students to flourish, they needed to be involved in helping to shape education."
She said that was demonstrated in large part by some of the digital resources the academy used, including a webinar series on progress monitoring and a wiki space. The latter serves as an information clearinghouse with blank forms, career academy standards, training videos, and more, making it possible for anyone interested in learning about the programs to access resources in a single location.
"Volusia really has systems in place," Carrier says. "They have a superintendent who was really engaged and excited about this. They knew that they wanted to do it with high quality."
While any program has any number of measures of success--from graduation rates to the quality of resources used in the educational process--it ultimately comes down to the students. Do they find the programs meaningful? Are they coming back to Volusia County to stay?
Current students give the program high marks, with the 2011 CTE student survey providing both statistical and anecdotal examples. Using a scale of one to five (five being excellent), 80 percent of students rated their academy experience as a four or five.
"At first I didn't want to participate in the academy because I thought it was pointless, but now that I have been in it for three years, it has been a big part of my life!" wrote an 11th grader in the Academy of Finance at Spruce Creek High School.
Leesa Holloway, a teacher and director of the Academy of Finance, believes her 14-year-old program benefits from the businesspeople who provide her students with the bridge between theory and practice. An affiliation with the National Academy Foundation has helped the program develop over time so that students get more than accounting classes and training in business software, Holloway says. The professional staff development offered by the organization to educators ultimately benefits the students because it expands the network of people students can reach. And in the end, her kids come back with solid feedback, proving that all the goals of educators, civic leaders, and businesspeople are being met.
"We've had a number of students come back from being in college and say that the preparation that they made in high school has helped them tremendously in the college arena," Holloway says. "They feel like it has better prepared them for degrees and coursework at the college level."
5,000 Students Experienced Florida SkillsUSA State Competition & Worlds of Possibilities Career Expo Hosted by Pensacola State CollegeThe best and the brightest of Florida SkillsUSA students faced off to showcase their technical trade talents and leadership abilities at the 2012 Florida SkillsUSA State Competition April 28 through May 2, 2012 in Pensacola, Florida. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization, dedicated to training high school and college students for their future in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations, with over 12,000 members in Florida.
Held in conjunction with the 2012 Florida SkillsUSA State Competition was the Worlds of Possibilities Career Expo, which showcased businesses and vendors in technical and vocational career fields by engaging over 3,000 seventh and eighth grade students from Escambia and Santa Rosa County Schools, and over 1,900 Florida SkillsUSA high school and college students, with exciting hands-on and interactive experiences in fourteen worlds or industry sectors, ranging from the World of Energy to the World of Finance. "Students had the opportunity to fly a jet in the World of Aviation, deliver a baby and administer CPR in the World of Health/Life Sciences, work as a line worker in the World of Energy, as well as operate a back hoe and crane in the World of Construction, just to mention a few activities in the Worlds of Possibilities," stated Jennifer Ponson, event chair and director of student and program outreach at Pensacola State College.
One of the many new events added to this year's 2012 Florida SkillsUSA State Competition was an Electrathon Car Race. High school and college competitors from throughout Florida, and the country, raced electric vehicles through an endurance course to determine how far they could travel on electric batteries.
"These events are critical to influencing the workforce of tomorrow and today, by educating students on the vast availability of career in Florida, " stated Tyler Kercher, Florida SkillsUSA state director. For more information, please visit our websites at www.worldsofpossibilities.com, or www.skillsusafl.org.
Over 1,900 SkillsUSA high school and college students from throughout the state of Florida competed in over 110 competitions during the state competition. Pensacola State College, Escambia & Santa Rosa County School Districts are headed to Kansas City, KS June 23 through June 27 to compete at the SkillsUSA National Conference.
Congratulations to our Pensacola State College SkillsUSA State Conference Medalists. A list of the winners can be found here (PDF).
Skype Unites Classrooms for STEM LearningBy Margo Pierce
When two high schools 37 miles apart wanted to team up to build robots, they turned to the cloud to facilitate communication, save time, and reduce costs. They got a whole lot more than they bargained for.
S*M*A*S*H isn't your average group of high school students, not even your average group of robot makers. The acronym stands for Super-nerds Making Advanced Solutions through Heuristics. The self-titled S*M*A*S*H students design and build a robot over the course of several months each year.
As if that weren't challenging enough, the students don't even work together in the same classroom. They're split between two schools--Spruce Creek and University high schools--at opposite ends of Volusia County, FL. What brought them together, and created the challenge of communicating across a long distance, is a robotics program offered through the Career and Technical Education academies. (For more on that, see our upcoming May print issue.)
"We competed in the F.I.R.S.T. Robotic Competition, which is an international competition," said Dru Urquhart, a computer programming teacher and director of the Spruce Creek Academy of Information Technology and Robotics. (F.I.R.S.T is an acronym of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.) "A county of our size cannot support more than one robotics team, so…we've invited other high schools to join if they have interested students."
Urquhart's husband Fred, a mechanical engineer and robotics instructor at University High--37 miles away--teaches the other participating class.
"It was not feasible for [students] to come over every afternoon and work with us," Dru Urquhart said. "That's when we instituted Skype between the two schools."
Videoconferencing tools like Skype are a staple for many businesses, so, Fred Urquhart wondered, why couldn't a couple of schools use it too?
The tasks the robot must perform are announced in January, and each team has to figure out what kind of machine to build in time for the regional competitions in March. S*M*A*S*H begins with a week of daily meetings between teachers and students at both schools shortly after the winter break to discuss the design, set priorities, and divvy up the work. Each group gathers in its respective "build lab" and a video camera projects the image of the other class gathered in its lab onto a large screen. Then the conversation begins.
Skype connects the two groups for most of the school day throughout the weeks of preparation. The Skype call begins at noon via four computers, one in each build lab and one in each of the teachers' offices. The result is a split-screen projection showing all four spaces at the same time that allows one-on-one conversations or large-group communication.
Fred Urquhart said it also allows him to be in two places at once, a benefit anyone who works with kids can appreciate.
"Even though kids are around the corner in the lab, they know that I can see them at all times," he said. As an added bonus, every student has access to two teachers, instead of just one.
To Fred Urquhart's surprise, it's also helping the students pick up some social skills.
"They can immediately see the expression on the other person's face on that computer screen if they've been too abrupt, if they've misspoken, or if they just said something that didn't make sense," Fred Urquhart said. "They can instantly see the body language and the facial expression of the receiver, which they certainly can't do on the phone or by text. It's fostering a lot of communication etiquette and it's important for them to learn that."
One challenge for the students was getting the attention of a teacher. Even though both teachers connect their desktop computers to the Skype call, there are times when both are away from a video camera.
So, the programming students did what programmers do: They wrote a program that solved the problem.
"The text messaging program is a small Visual Basic.NET program the students wrote," Dru Urquhart says. "The icon sits on the task bar at the bottom of the screen. When kids want to get our attention, they click on the icon, type in the message and hit 'send.' The program sends the message to the teacher's phone as an SMS message."
The only downside Dru Urquhart sees is the automatic "time out" after four hours. She pays the Skype Premium subscription out of her own pocket. That subscription allows the group video calling and screen sharing, making the real-time group instruction and individual guidance possible. Nobody has to drive across town or wait until the end of the school day to follow up.
"I can bring them all into my computer lab, put the big screen up there, and her whole computer lab can now be looking at my whole computer lab. They're actually raising their hand with questions and things like that. 'We need to do this with the robot. The robot needs this capability.' They'll get in classroom-to-classroom discussions online."
The first year S*M*A*S*H used Skype, in 2011, the team placed 15th overall, missing the cutoff to go to the Florida state competition. This year, S*M*A*S*H made it to state, where the No. 1 team chosen went on to a national round of competition. S*M*A*S*H didn't win that honor this year, but its chances are improving.
"This year we were amazingly prepared because we had that extra time that we didn't have to wait on problem solving," Dru Urquhart says. "We also were awarded the Imagery Award for attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration from the machine to the team appearance."
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) Students Achieve Culinary RecognitionTwo students are in the culinary history books at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind.
Jazzmin Washington, 15, of Orlando, has passed both the ProStart Level 1 exam and the ServSafe exam, and Nicolas Garcia Rodriguez, 20, Naples, passed the ProStart Level 1 exam. They are the first students to pass the tests since the program was introduced last semester at the school, explains Chef Sherry Gaynor. Gaynor, an instructor with the First Coast Technical College, implements Florida Safestaff Foodhandler's Certification into the curriculum she teaches to FSDB students.
Students may choose to use these credentials to enter the workforce or further their training at FCTC's School of Culinary Arts, Gaynor explains.
Rodriguez will graduate from FSDB this spring, says Gaynor, and the chef is unsure of what his plans are.
Washington, at age 15, will continue her education at FSDB. "She's very smart, very advanced," says Gaynor. Gaynor describes Washington's passing of both exams as "it's amazing, it's really something."
First Coast Technical College works collaboratively with Florida School for the Deaf and Blind to provide workforce and career education skill training.
During the 2011-12 academic year, Gaynor introduced the ProStart and ServSafe curricula. ProStart prepares students for success in the foodservice industry and provides scholarships, while ServSafe is valued nationwide as an industry-preferred credential.
ProStart, Gaynor continues, is "more geared toward management." It's for "those who want to go into the industry - it's more business oriented," but there is still an emphasis on food. "It's about half and half."
Gaynor, a graduate of Delgado Community College, New Orleans, has been at FSDB "almost 10 years," she says, and during that time since FCAT testing has been introduced to the school, "you can see the change" in the capability of the students. "We're so proud of them" because the skills of the students have improved so much.
"I'm just waiting to turn out a chef now," she adds.
As to Washington's future, Gaynor says the 15-year-old has suggested she'd like to become either a pastry chef or a doctor. "So who knows," says Gaynor, "but it never hurts to have two skills."
For information about FSDB high school culinary training call Gaynor at 827-2938 or email
Martin County Florida's FRC (FIRST Robotics Championship) Team 180 are the FIRST Robotics 2012 World ChampionsThe FIRST organization (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) developed the robotics program in 1989 to get students involved with science, technology, engineering, and math in a fun and educational way.
The FRC Team 180 S.P.A.M. Robotics traveled to St. Louis, MO this past weekend and won the WORLD Championship! The competition consisted of 400 teams from 12 countries.
S.P.A.M. is composed of students from Jensen Beach, Martin County, South Fork High Schools, and Clark Advance Learning Center. S.P.A.M. initially stood for South Fork, Pratt Whitney and Martin County, but they have added additional high schools since the inception and now refer to it as Speed, Power and Maneuverability.
Students on the S.P.A.M. robotics team put their minds to the test as they must design and build a fully functional robot in only six weeks! This robot must compete with and against other teams from all over the world in an athletic style game, but the rules of the game change each year. You can find more information about the FIRST organization at http://www.usfirst.org/.
For more information, or to donate to the Martin County World Champion S.P.A.M. team, please visit their website at http://www.spamrobotics.com/.
Oveido High School Student Neel Patel Wins $25,000 Award from the Intel FoundationWashington, D.C., March 13, 2012 - From medical treatments to alternative energy solutions, innovation has been top of mind in our nation's capital this week. Honoring high school seniors with exceptional promise in math and science, Intel Corporation and Society for Science & the Public (SSP) recognized the winners of the nation's most elite and demanding high school research competition, the Intel Science Talent Search.
These finalists join the ranks of other notable Science Talent Search alumni who over the past 70 years have gone on to win seven Nobel Prizes, two Fields Medals, four National Medals of Science, 11 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships and even an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Neel Patel of Geneva, Fla. received a $25,000 award for studying how nonspeech patterns of sounds - called sonifications - can convey information, which could lead to a computer-user interface as revolutionary as the graphical interface was 30 years ago.
In total, the Intel Foundation awarded $1.25 million for the Intel Science Talent Search 2012. When Intel assumed the title sponsorship 14 years ago, it increased the annual awards by more than $1 million to bring greater attention to math and science achievement, encourage more youth to embrace these fields, and further show the impact these subjects have on the country's future success.
This year's finalists hail from 16 states and represent 39 schools. Of the 1,839 high school seniors who entered the Intel Science Talent Search 2012, 300 were announced as semifinalists in January. Of those, 40 were chosen as finalists and invited to Washington, D.C., to compete for the top 10 awards.
Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, has owned and administered the Science Talent Search since its inception in 1942.
"The Intel Science Talent Search celebrates the accomplishments of our future top researchers and innovators," said Society President Elizabeth Marincola all of the Intel Science Talent Search 2012 finalists. Their dedication to science is inspiring, and the quality and depth of their work bodes well for our nation's continued innovation and economic prosperity."
To learn more about SSP, and its programs and publications, visit www.societyforscience.org, follow SSP on Twitter at www.twitter.com/society4science, or visit SSP's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/societyforscience.
Intel is committed to supporting math and science innovation across all levels of education. The Intel Science Talent Search is just one example of Intel's support of education at the high school level. To get the latest Intel education news, visit www.intel.com/newsroom/education, and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
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Charlotte High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Students Win State CompetitionCharlotte High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) students won the state competition in Land Judging. The team beat 26 other teams in Marion County and will now compete at the National Contest in Oklahoma during the first week in May. Cindy Webb, Agriculture instructor, trained the team of James Nolan, Cassi Moore, Daphney Churchill, Sierra Soto, and Caitlyn Parson for Land Judging and is extremely proud of the hard work and team building the students have done. Best of luck in Oklahoma!
Manatee County Teachers Awarded National ITEEA "High School Program of Excellence" AwardThe Executive Board of the Florida Technology Education and Engineering Educators Association notified three Braden River High School (BRHS) teachers in Manatee County that the BRHS engineering technology program has been awarded the "2012 International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) High School Program of Excellence." This award is the highest honor a technology education teacher can receive in the profession. Engineering technology teachers Gil Burlew, Richard Platt, and John Frank were awarded the recognition.
"Your commitment to the students and the commendable efforts you have made in creating a new and unique program are to be applauded. Florida Technology Education students need teachers like yourself and the programs you have developed," wrote Thomas Cummings, the ITEEA Florida Affiliate Representative.
The teachers, BRHS, and Manatee County were recognized nationally and presented with a walnut engraved plaque at the ITEEA 74th Annual Conference in Long Beach, California recently. State recognition will take place at the Florida Technology Education and Engineering Educators Association Annual Conference in November.
Manatee County engineering technology teachers Richard Platt, Gil Burlew, and John Frank were awarded the ITEEA "High School Program of Excellence Award" at the ITEEA annual conference in Long Beach, California.
Locklin Technical Center Students Compete in Region 1 SkillsUSA Competition(Milton, FL) - Career and Technical students from Region 1 competed in the SkillsUSA competition on February 22nd. These students are enrolled in technical programs such as Pharmacy Tech, Culinary Arts, Medical Administrative Specialist, Automotive Service Technology, Applied Welding Technology, Electricity and Heating-Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology. Competitions including hands-on and comprehension-based exams were held at Pensacola State College Main Campus and George Stone Technical Center in Pensacola. High school and adult students from Santa Rosa, Escambia, and Okaloosa Counties were able to put the knowledge and skills learned in their technical programs to the test.
Twenty-seven Locklin Tech students exhibited outstanding performances with thirteen 1st place awards, nine 2nd place awards, three 3rd place awards, and two 4th place awards in the following program areas:
Electricity (Keith Hines, Instructor):
- Job Skill Demonstration Secondary - Nathanael Burgess, 1st Place
- Job Skill Demonstration Post Secondary - Jeffrey Grimsley, 2nd Place
- Residential Wiring Secondary - Sidney Catt, 1st Place and Gage Schlegel, 2nd Place
- Residential Wiring Post Secondary - Adam Kemmler, 1st Place and Jeffrey Grimsley, 2nd Place
- Industrial Motor Controls Secondary - John Elliff, 1st Place
- Industrial Motor Controls Post Secondary - Chris Camp, 1st Place and Dale Blanck, 2nd Place
Applied Welding (Jim Sullivan, Instructor):
- Post Secondary - Koby Swenson, 1st Place, Matthew Frey, 2nd Place, and Allen Hayden, 3rd Place
- Secondary - Bronson Bond- 1st Place, Alex Rhamstine-2nd Place, and Jeffery Boughton- 3rd Place
- Welding Instructor Jim Sullivan won the inaugural Jim Sullivan Award
Pharmacy Tech (Nicole Pritchett, Instructor):
- Health Knowledge Bowl Secondary - 1st Place (Team of Four) - Stephen Leleux, Keith Lisonbee, Shelby Lutz and Schyler Potter
- Health Knowledge Bowl Post-Secondary - 1st Place (Team of Four) - Eric Ainsworth, Brittany Bailey, Rita Jones and Melissa McKinney
- Medical Math Secondary - 1st Place- Emaleth Marshall, 2nd Place- Catlin Lindsey Wills-Vertz
- Medical Math Post Secondary - Austin Ramsay - 2nd Place
HVAC (Joe Hamel, Instructor):
- Secondary - John Ragas - 1st Place, Chez Harlow - 2nd Place, and Joshua Smith - 3rd Place
Culinary Arts (Jolie Hullett, Instructor):
- Post Secondary - Ryan Flinn - 4th Place
Medical Administrative Office (Joy Vena, Instructor):
- Medical Terminology Post Secondary - Caroline Nelson -1st Place
Automotive Service Technology (Joe Peirce, Instructor):
- Post Secondary - Charles York - 1st Place
- Secondary - Adam Cox - 4th Place
Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry leaders working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. In addition, the organization provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. Skills USA advisors and CTE instructors are trained to deliver high quality technical employability and academic skills to all students. All 1st and 2nd place winners will go on to compete in the State Skills USA Competition in May at the Pensacola Civic Center. Congratulations to all the winners.
The Palm Bay Pirates Have Returned from Omaha-Bringing Home A U.S. National Competition Trophy!There were 148 teams represented at the US National VEX Robotics Competition--with one school representing the State of Florida-Palm Bay High School. Palm Bay's two PiraTech Engineering teams who qualified for this National competition competed well. Palm Bay had four robotics robots competing statewide, but with 508X ("The Extreme Team"), developing a nagging electrical stalling issue the fledgling engineers never resolved, resulting in low scoring and consequently not making the final rounds. Team 508 (PiraTechs Avengers) maintained 1st place and in the top 10 through the qualification matches until disqualified in one match for touching the robot at the wrong time-dropping them to 15th of 45 in their division-yet the team made it into the final playoffs (the top 24 teams)-but then being smacked out of the finals by the team alliance that would take 1st place from California (#404A). The winning teams all had the same type of manipulator systems-killing all other robot designs (which is a design first born this robotics season actually in New Zealand and France). PiraTech's robots and manipulator designs served them well competing against the nearly 150 registered VEX robotics teams in seven Florida competitions---winning several Engineering Design Awards, Programming-Judges Awards, 1st Place Tournament Champions and Engineering Excellence Awards, these awards won the students positions in the US (Nebraska) and World Championships (California). Now added to the teams awards from this past weeks US Nationals is the "Energy Award". This award was voted on by all 148 teams, the Palm Bay High School engineering students made themselves known through meeting other teams, competing well, throwing their pirate doubloon trinkets around, and their excitement and enthusiasm won team 508 this award, an award Palm Bay had never won before.
Palm Bay Engineering students have redesigning, rebuilding and testing to do to improve their competitiveness for their two robots before they fly out to Anaheim California on April 18th to compete against 600 top teams from over 5,000 VEX teams worldwide from 21 Countries. VEX robotics is the largest robotics and STEM competition on the planet. Palm Bay HS is one of six (four public and two private HS's) High Schools, in Florida, competing in the World Championships.
PiraTech would not be able to compete in these engineering events if it were not for its sponsors, Harris Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Motorola, AT&T , The ABLE Trust -High School/High Tech, Brevard Schools and Government Connections.
- Bogar-Hatchett, Anthany-508X
- Cain, Joe-508X
- Frederick, Zach-508X
- Peters, Nick - 508
- St. Louis, Troy - 508
- McLarnan, Sean-508X
- Guettler, Brian
- Harper, Brian
- Jones, Achi-508X
- Laprade, Rudy-508X
- Vuckovic, Katarina - 508
- Yannacone, Vincent
- Chadwick, Jacob
- Ix, Ian
- Spencer, David
SkillsUSA Region 3 ChampionshipsLake Technical Center Press Release
Everyone loves winners and winners love wearing their medals! That's exactly what the Lake Technical Center's SkillsUSA winners are doing this week; they are wearing their competition medals with pride! Lake Tech's career and technical education programs had great success at the SkillsUSA Region 3 Leadership and Skills competitions held February 29th - March 2 at Traviss Technical Center, Lakeland and Ridge Technical Center, Winter Haven. The winners will be representing Region 3 at the Florida State Championships in Pensacola, April 30- May 2. Lake Technical Center is pleased to announce the following winners:
- Adult Cosmetology - 1st place, Cynthia Malagon; Adult Cosmetology, 2nd place, Liz Peters; High School Cosmetology, 3rd place, Joshua Roach, Dual-enrolled Umatilla High School
- Adult Nail Care, 1st place, Quantesia Smith (model Amanda Lozena); Adult Nail Care, 2nd place, Tatiana Borges (model Aimee Delduca); High School Nail Care, 2nd place, Stormy Bennett , Dual-enrolled Umatilla High School (model Terisa Leclair)
- Adult Facial Specialty, 3rd place, Jeanna Bemis (model Lacey Price)
- High School Facial Specialty, 3rd place, Ciara Wohlgemuth, Dual-enrolled South Lake High School (model Nichole Pounders)
- Job Skills Demo, 1st place, Brian Larson, Cosmetology
- Extemporaneous Speech, 3rd place, Jessica Tarbox, Administrative Assistant
- Prepared Speech, 3rd place, Heather Anderson, Digital Design
- Job Interview, 3rd place and Customer Service 2nd place, Kristin Payne, Administrative Assistant
- Adult Advertising Design, 2nd place, Caleb Wayne Jensen, Digital Design
- High School Advertising Design, 1st place, Caitlyn Werner, Digital Design, Dual-enrolled Home School
- Technical Computer Applications, 3rd place, Mariah Wright, Administrative Assistant
- Adult Commercial Baking, 1st place, Travis Roy, Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts; Adult Commercial Baking, 2nd place, Gabriel Acevedo, Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts; High School Commercial Baking, 1st place, Ryan Close, Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts, Dual-enrolled Tavares High School; Adult Culinary Arts, 1st place, Natalie Sante, Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America). SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.
SkillsUSA serves more than 313,000 students and instructors annually and answers the call of American industry by helping to produce better-prepared employees for the technical workforce. The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. More than 16,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA. Florida has 6 regions with more than 11,000 members.
Pictures from the SkillsUSA Region 3 Championship can be found at the following link: http://www.laketech.org/2012/03/friday-update-skillsusa-edition/. For more information, please contact Deanna Thomas, Cosmetology Instructor/SkillsUSA Advisor, (352) 589-2250, ext. 154.
Manatee County Teacher and Administrator Publishes Article on Elementary CTE and STEMManatee County's Cheryl McGrew, a former McNeal Elementary School engineering teacher now serving as assistant principal at Sea Breeze Elementary, recently shared insights about improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills for elementary students in an article published in the March 2012 issue of the Technology and Engineering Teacher journal. Her peer-reviewed article titled "Engineering at the Elementary Level" details Cheryl's pathway to writing and successfully implementing a technology-based curriculum for K-6th grade students.
The article begins with the intriguing question, "Can engineering technology be taught at the elementary level?" Cheryl then describes in step-by-step detail the research, writing, and fascinating hands-on implementation of a STEM-based program that powerfully supports core curriculum while integrating engineering-based problem-solving strategies. From designing a Cat-in-the-Hat style cleaning machine to building a tomato-launching trebuchet (think medieval history plus physics), the article opens wide the doors to challenging our youngest students and equipping them with 21st century skills.
To read the article in its entirety, visit www.iteea.org/Publications/TTT/mar12.pdf (PDF). Cheryl can be reached at . Visit the Manatee County Adult, Career and Technical Education Department website at www.ManateeACT.com.
Punta Gorda Middle School Teacher Wins Award for STEM ProgramBy - Staff Writer (Punta Gorda Sun Herald)
Punta Gorda - Punta Gorda Middle School teacher Sharon Bruno is more than just a teacher. She is an adviser, a technology wizard, a custodian of knowledge in array of subjects, and now an award winner.
Bruno won an award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association honoring her science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, class as a Middle School Program of Excellence - the best in the state.
It's a really important course that helps to develop a student's mind, love of learning, and helps them learn more about (themselves)" said Bruno, who also works with students to discover their career interests and begin planning their high school education.
Her classroom contains 25 modules in areas ranging from construction to Web design. Bruno finds, and sometimes creates, the modules herself. She learns how the module works, and become familiar with the concepts behind it, on her own.
Students work in teams, which Bruno noted was important because it prepares them with soft skills necessary in the workplace. They spend up to two weeks art each module, doing various assignments and taking a test to earn their grades.
Bruno's job of teaching more than 30 students, spread across modules encompassing a variety of subjects, keeps her busier than in a traditional classroom. "This is not a classroom with a blackboard and rows of desks," Bruno said. "It's a very special environment."Spending just one 45-millute class period with Bruno in action showed her dedication. The smell of melting plastic foam the materials and processing module wafted through the air while she assisted a bevy of students asking questions, dealing with technical issues and requesting supplies.
It was evident that her hard work had paid off, not only with the recognition of a prestigious award but also through the passion her students showed for learning. "It's a lot better than just sitting down at a desk Justin Vicenti said of the class as he set up a wind tunnel to do a test for drag and lift. He said Bruno was a good teacher. "She helps us, nut we try to do most of our project by ourselves.
"I want to be a doctor and you have to take anatomy to understand what patients are going through." Jade Lewis said, as she added body parts to a mannequin that she and her partner Brice Cartwright molded out of clay. Brice said the hands-on method of learning helped her to better understand where things were on the body and how it worked. "I have to be able to see it and touch it to learn what it's about," she said.
The modules are funded primarily through grants. Bruno said she hopes to add five more to better account for the number of students in her classes.
Bruno is a national boar-certified teacher in career education and has her master's in education technology. She will travel to Long beach, Calif. in March to be recognized and presented with her award at the ITEEA's annual conference.
National Center for Women & Information Technology Identifies Future Female Tech Talent:
Two Florida Students Among the 35 High School Students Recognized as Winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in ComputingBoulder, Colorado, Jan 17, 2012 (Business Wire) - The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Bank of America [NYSE: BAC] have announced 35 female high-school students as winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, a national award designed to increase the number of women pursuing careers in computing and technology.
The 35 national winners were selected from among more than 1,100 applicants representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and overseas military bases. Each Award-winner will receive $500 cash, a laptop computer, an engraved award for both her and her school, and mentoring opportunities with Bank of America employees. The young women will be honored at a Bank of America Technology Stars of the Future Showcase & Awards Ceremony on March 10, 2012, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
"This award helps make opportunity possible for the next wave of entrepreneurs and innovators," said Amy Brady, Bank of America executive and sponsor of the company's Women in Technology and Operations (WIT&O) affinity group. "These young ladies represent our industry's future, and it's exciting to be able to contribute to their professional growth."
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is part of an NCWIT talent development program that encourages young women to succeed in a field where they are underrepresented. The Aspirations in Computing program provides young women with visibility, community, leadership opportunities, support, research experiences, scholarships, and internships. Since 2007, the Award for Aspirations in Computing has recognized more than 700 young women; 93% of the award recipients currently in college report majoring or minoring in a science or technology field.
"Technology has an increasingly important impact on all our lives," said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT. "Bank of America's sponsorship of this award helps to ensure that the technology of the future is created by people as diverse as those who will consume it."
Following are the 2012 national winners from Florida of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing:
- Courtney Hee, Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs, Florida
- Kyla Kolb, Lakewood High School, St. Petersburg, Florida
Aerospace Technology Career Academy at First Coast High School in JacksonvilleContributed by Padraic E. Mulvihill, Partner, AXIOUN Strategic Planning LLC, and Co-Chair, First Coast High School Aerospace Academy Advisory Board
In May 2011, First Coast High School (FCHS) was offered the opportunity to create a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) career academy as part of the Race to the Top grant funding to the State. FCHS selected Aerospace Technology to take advantage of its proximity to multiple airports, local post-secondary programs in aviation and aerospace, and existing personnel resources at the school. Several teachers have backgrounds in aviation careers or aerospace education. Dr. Susan Archer, an advanced mathematics and statistics teacher who has a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, volunteered to spearhead the program.
The first step in the academy development process was the creation of an advisory board, including representatives from the aviation industry, aerospace education, First Coast High School faculty and staff, Duval County district personnel, students and parents. The board is co-chaired by Padraic E. Mulvihill, a former CPA practitioner with KPMG-Peat Marwick and currently a Partner and business strategist for the international aerospace and life sciences consultancy firm of AXIOUN Strategic Planning LLC; Past President of the Jacksonville University Aviation Advisory Board at its Davis College of Business; and, a local Rotary Club Director- North Jacksonville. The other co-chair is Thomas W. Baine, V, who is the Program Manager of the Aerospace Resource Center in the Aviation Center of Excellence of the Florida State College at Jacksonville; and, a Rotary Club Member- North Jacksonville. Members of the board developed the course pathway for students. Academy students take the first aerospace technology courses as freshmen. They are scheduled to continue with the third course in the sequence along with advanced aerospace technologies as sophomores. These courses meet the State career course sequence for the Bright Futures Gold Medallion scholarship.
Development of reading and mathematics skills are built into the curriculum for the four courses listed, to support students' preparation for college readiness tests. Students must achieve "college ready" scores in order to continue in the program, because the remaining courses are all dual enrollment courses via Florida State College at Jacksonville. Dr. Archer will teach courses on the First Coast High School campus that lead to an associate's degree in air operations. Students who complete all of these courses, along with additional dual enrollment academic courses offered at First Coast, will be able to complete the associate's degree within the first year after graduation. Academy students who wish to focus on pilot training, aircraft maintenance, or air traffic control will be eligible to attend more specific courses at the Cecil Field campus. Additionally, advisory board members are planning summer internship opportunities for students.
The program began in August 2011 with the first 30 students. Additional students are currently joining the program. Students have studied components, characteristics, and properties of air through multiple experiments and labs. They have also studied the basic physical principles upon which flight is based, through additional hands-on labs, and they constructed styro-foam drone aircraft to use as classroom models. Additional units that students have now completed include parts and systems of aircraft and history/development of aviation and the aerospace environment. District staff members are working to provide textbooks, equipment, materials, and software to support the instructional program. Rotarians and advisory board members are coordinating acquisition of aircraft and other equipment.
Students are currently studying flight navigation and will spend the remainder of the semester studying space and rocketry. Field trips to IMAX at World Golf Village to see documentaries on the Space Shuttle and the Hubble Telescope, Jacksonville airport facilities, the FAA Center at Hilliard, Kennedy Space Center, and the FSCJ Aerospace Studies Center at Cecil Field are planned, to enhance student understanding of the content in the first course of the program.