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February 8, 2013
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  • Middle-schoolers explore engineering through reservoir project
    Students in the science, technology, engineering and math -- or STEM -- club at Evergreen Middle School in Hillsboro, Ore., are learning about engineering by observing the construction of a $26 million drinking water reservoir project and conducting interactive water projects with their teacher. The students take regular field trips to the construction site and ask questions of engineers overseeing the project. "Some of the questions they ask are so advanced that it catches me off guard," said Brad Phelps, an engineer on the project. The Oregonian (Portland) (2/7)
  • Educators: Use real-world situations to boost student engagement
    Schoolwork must be presented in a way that is understandable, relevant and interesting to engage students, educators said at a recent conference for more than 200 administrators and teachers from Aiken County School District in South Carolina. Such an approach will mean a change in culture and assessments, which primarily measure knowledge. "What we need to be teaching and assessing is how knowledge can be applied to the real world," said King Laurence, an administrator. Aiken Standard (S.C.) (2/7)
  • Goodbye, Kitty! Calif. girl sends doll up, up and away
    Lauren Rojas, a 12-year-old from Antioch, Calif., launched her Hello Kitty doll nearly 18 miles into the sky with a weather balloon for her school science fair. The rocket-shaped balloon "basket" carried the doll on a journey recorded with a video camera, and instruments recorded the air pressure and temperature. Rojas created a YouTube video of the project, which will be judged Tuesday. ABC News/Technology blog (2/5) Email this Story
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  • Vocational students write about career-tech training
    In honor of National Career and Technical Education Month, vocational students at Henderson County High School in Illinois are sharing their thoughts about job training. The essays are part of the "CTE Young Voices" project. Student Jessica Reinitz wrote, "I’ve had the chance to shadow different employees throughout the hospital, particularly from the wound clinic and the laboratory. Being able to see and experience things firsthand has allowed me to learn more about myself." The Gleaner (Henderson, Ky.) (2/7) Email this Story
  • TTCI advances rail engineering with new educational offering
    The Transportation Technology Center Inc. is partnering with Colorado State University in Pueblo to provide a special master's degree for aspiring engineers who aim to join the railroad industry. "It's a very well-rounded program that gives students knowledge that they can't get in any other program," said Robert Florom, TTCI vice president of engineering. The Pueblo Chieftain (Colo.) (2/5) Email this Story
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  • Climb the Hill and Tell Congress: CTE WORKS!
    Our community faces a mountain of federal policy challenges ahead. Don't let Congress forget the steps we have climbed to increase awareness about the value of career and technical education! Help new policymakers understand CTE and develop supportive CTE policies at the 2013 ACTE National Policy Seminar. Registration is now open!
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