Ivy Tech-Northeast hosting National Educators Workshop Nov. 4-7

Ivy Tech Community College−Northeast announced today it will host the National Educators Workshop (NEW) Nov. 4-7 in Fort Wayne at the College. NEW is a hands-on professional development opportunity for educators to learn the latest developments in materials science and technology, along with strategies for improving teaching techniques. This year’s theme is “Materials & Manufacturing: Empowering the Future.”

The NEW series has provided more than 7,000 participants with the latest developments in material science and technology while offering strategies for improving teaching techniques. NEW participants have seen more than 600 experiments and demonstrations presented live or on videotape and have been provided with supplemental notes for replicating the experiments. Peer review and publication of the experiments and demonstrations have provided the materials education community with current, valuable aids for teaching and research.

“NEW is dedicated to promoting materials technology education and training on a national level,” said Mel Cossette, executive director and principal investigator for the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education. “Ivy Tech Community College−Northeast’s effort to provide technicians with skills in advanced manufacturing materials and processes is a crucial element of efforts to maintain our position in the global economy.”

NEW builds upon 26 years of annual workshops aimed at promoting science, engineering and technology education. Each year the workshop has enhanced the quantity of useful information provided to the participants while maintaining quality and relevancy. Recent endeavors have provided best practices and hands-on curricular materials that strengthen young people’s understanding of STEM principles and  enhance K-20 technology education integration.

NEW offers significant benefits and impact in terms of career awareness for students, professional development for faculty and the sharing of successful practices in pedagogy. NEW also provides exceptional opportunities to the national STEM community as a whole by:

  • Promoting the 2+2+2 High School to College Education Pathway;
  • Facilitating, equipping and supporting K-20 integration around Material Science and STEM by inviting the participation of carefully selected host sites that have demonstrated local partnerships across educational levels including secondary schools, and industry;
  • Providing valuable opportunities for K-20 STEM teachers to broaden their perspectives and knowledge and expand their professional development venues; and
  • Supplying the materials education community with current, valuable aids for teaching and research, which can be used immediately in the classroom.

“The NEW 2011 workshop exceeded my expectations and gave me tremendous amounts of new information in nanotechnology and additive manufacturing,” said Robert Parker, assistant instructor in industrial technology and past NEW participant. “The workshop had excellent speakers and great hands on lab activities, which led to new ideas that I have introduced in my classes.”

The Early Bird workshop fee is $249. After September 15, it will be $295. A reduced registration fee of $99 is available for high school educators and students. For more information or to register, visit Materialseducation.org/educators/new.

About The NSF National Resource Center

The National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education (MatEd) is housed at Edmonds Community College. Funded by the National Science Foundation, MatEd is creating a national network of industry and educational professionals to increase the number and diversity of highly skilled technicians ready for employment.

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