Pathways Teacher TrainingReference ID: P2030
MAKING technical employees requires providing students with opportunities to MAKE
connections with workforce skills, math concepts, science concepts and a
MAKER'S mentality. Join us for a hands-on look into the Pathways to a Technical Future learning style designed to prepare all students for a technical future!
Through the Pathways to a Technical Future program, students will gain knowledge while acquiring practical skills and expertise that will enable them to be successful in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) workforce. Students will learn through experiences directly tied to academic requirements and Public Power practices.
Rules of Engagement
To be successful integrating Pathways to a Technical Future learning styles you need to adopt the following rules of engagement!
The Foundation of Knowledge: a platform upon which all future success is built.
Challenge #1: Name 10 parts of a substation
Challenge #2: Define electrical resistance in your own words or with a drawing
Analog / Physical Domain: A continuously variable physical quantity.
Challenge #1: Experience "load" with a hand generator circuit
The Digital World - through a binary nature.
Challenge #1: Read this statement -
"There are 10 types of teachers in this world . . . those who know binary and those who don't"
Challenge #2: Tweet a photo or a video of a teacher solving the PWM challenge
The Logic Universe: The science of reasoning
Challenge #1: CargoBot
The Data Matrix: Something from which another generates
Challenge #1: Observing the world around you
Innovation: The IMPLEMENTATION of new IDEAS!
Challenge #1: STEM Lab Exploration & Discovery
So how do we develop this monumental process? Easy, identify who can help and provide them with the resources necessary to make this happen in their own backyards. Teachers are our best allies to influence students. We needed a way to show teachers how public power is the answer to that dreaded question “When will I ever use this?”
The world is abuzz with this concept of Makerspaces. Gather some tools and let people make stuff seemed to be a great practice to replicate. Unfortunately not everyone can afford the time, space, or money necessary for a full blown makerspace. The Pathways program developed a six stage pyramid of implementation as a model for implementing these ideas on any budget.
Nuclear Refueling Challenge
Rules and layout for the Nuclear Refueling Challenge
MAKE It: Resources
Web links etc.
STEM Lab Shopping Guide
Here are the links to the resources included in NPPD's STEM Connections Lab
|STEM Connection Lab|
|Item Name||URL||Unit Cost||Number of Units||Total Estimated Cost||Actual Cost||Questions/Comments|
|Afinia H800 3d Printer||$1899.00||2||$3,798.00||$3,843.00||Received|
|Sparkfun Inventors Kit Lab Pack||https://www.sparkfun.com/products/13109||$1,100.00||1||$1,100.00||$0.00||Previously Purchased|
|Carvey CNC mill||$1999.00||1||$1,999.00||$2,267.98||Ordered 10/30/15|
|SEEK Thermal XR for iOS||$299.00||4||$1,196.00||$1,196.00||Received|
|Smart Home Kit||http://www.scientificsonline.com/product/smart-home-kit||$249.00||4||$996.00||$1,025.95||Received / added an additional Photon kit from sparkfun|
|Bare Conductive Classroom Pack||https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12628||$104.95||2||$209.90||>>||received / Not worth the money|
|Lilly Pad lab Pack||https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11762||$600.00||1||$600.00||>>||received|
|Sparkfun Sensor Kit||https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12797||$139.95||2||$279.90||>>||Received|
|Raspberry Pi Starter Kit||$129.99||4||$519.96||$524.96||Received|
|Roland GX-24 Vinyl Cutter||$1295.00||1||$1,295.00||$1,750.73||Received / would just get a smaller version for a new lab|
|Windows Laptops||— Defer to IT Department for Purchasing —||$800.00||8||$6,400.00||$4,400.00||Received|
|CeenBot||$339.00||4||$1,356.00||$848.68||Received / after a few months replaced with mBots|
|Double Mobility Robot||$3000.00||1||$3,000.00||$3,650.11||Received|
|iPad Air 2||$499.00||4||$1,996.00||$1,996.00||Received|
|6x8’ Cargo Trailer||— Defer to Fleet for Purchasing —||$4000.00||1||$4,000.00||$3,199.00||Received|
|Additional equipment||— power strips, aligator clips, containers etc.||$2500.00||1||$2,500.00||$2,987.00||Received|
|Voxel8 3d printer with conductivity||$9000.00||1||$9,000.00||CANCELED||Cancled|
MAKE It: Procedures
Engineering Design Process & the use of engineering notebooks
Engineering Design Process
Ask. Imagine. Plan. Create. Test. Improve.
Engineering Notebook Example
Engineering notebooks are essential in many technical careers.
MAKE It: Examples
6 ways schools are making Makers
The shoebox makerspace provides opportunities for
multi-disciplinary making. Each activity can have focused content such as
learning the metric system or in the case of the newest challenge – Make
anything that tells the story of the conflict in your current novel from the
reading groups. This activity demonstrates the importance of making
connections, applying skills in different areas, and that the engineering
design process can bring fiction to life!
-- Technical Math Course Syllabus
Here is the York Technical Math Syllabus
Maker Fair - Cozad
Over the course of two days, all staff and multiple community members teach 45+ different courses. The courses range in length from a half day, to full day, and even some two-day courses. Fun activities are also offered over the lunch periods. Students are given the opportunity to select the classes that spark an interest. They are then placed in these classes based on availability.
-- Maker Fair Schedule
Here is the entire schedule for the Cozad Maker Fair
Engineering Week - Anselmo/Merna
Culturing and growing connections between students, schools and area businesses is the ultimate vision of CAPABLE. By developing youth involvement in local economy, they will begin to experience the diversity of career pathways that exist in Custer County. This exposure will develop future-focused youth who, through their relationships with area industry can cultivate job skills that can create a lasting impact in retaining our talented youth to become our future leaders. Growth can only be continued by nurturing what we already have, and today’s youth are tomorrow’s future.
Wind Lab - Beatrice
Throughout the course of this unit, I watched student engagement increase dramatically! Many students did not know or care about wind energy when we started this unit. By the end of this unit, most students were passionately invested in one of the two sides of this debate. I believe student engagement increased as they were able to connect the broad idea of wind energy directly to their own lives and experiences by using a potential wind farm site so close to our community as a reference point.
STEM Lab - Bruning/Davenport
It was very exciting to see the "wheels turning" in the heads of those that would just dig in. It was a great surprise with the two students I had that did just dig in. These two students are not normally your top students, nor very outgoing students. They usually have to have a big "push" in order to get things done. One of the students sat down at the Raspberry Pi station and had it programmed in a half hour, without any help or direction. This was absolutely amazing to me. I didn't know this student was capable of that. We finally found something that "lit a fire under his behind".