2014 Preliminary Program Titles and Descriptions

  • A plus symbol (+) after a presentation title indicates a double-session workshop and spans two consecutive 45-minute sessions (approximately 2 hours in length).
  • Times and room numbers are anticipated to be available some time the week of October 13th.
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Apple Remote Desktop — An IT Admin’s Dream Come True+
This session will cover everything about Apple Remote Desktop, from how teachers can use it to control lab computers during lectures, to IT admins using it to remotely install software and simple maintenance tasks. Having been working at SUNY Oswego since 2003, and have been using Apple Remote Desktop with our campus Mac computer labs since it came out, it is the tool that I could not work without.
Presenters: David Kahn

Becoming a Technology Teacher: Today’s Reality
Becoming a Technology Teacher is still an exciting and viable career option. Our current teacher preparation program enrollments are down and yet there are districts that cannot fill positions. Learn about the current job opportunities, certification requirements, and potential impacts on our field if we fail to produce the technology teachers required for our future. Most important, learn what you can do to help keep technology education alive in New York schools.
Presenters: Mark Hardy, Clark Greene

Behind the Scenes Tour of the New Shineman Hall
The Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation stands as an environmentally friendly tribute to its own name, brimming with sustainable innovations that educate as they conserve — from the highly visible twin LED touch screens monitoring the building’s energy pulse in the main entry way to the nearly invisible largest geothermal-well installation in the state. Join this tour for an in-depth look at this state-of-the-art complex, which is built to achieve LEED Gold certification. NOTE: The tour is limited to 24 participants and starts outside the Shineman Hall entrance within the Wilber — Shineman Hall connector.
Presenters: FDC Staff

CNYTEEA: Past, Present & Future
What is the Central New York Technology & Engineering Educators’ Association (CNYTEEA)? While we are all under the same roof at the Fall Conference, let’s take some time to discuss what has made CNYTEEA such a great organization and what we can do to make it better in the future. CNYTEEA plans to collectively formulate an agenda for the year based on everyone’s input.
Presenters: Matt Starke

Connecting, Collaborating, Critical Thinking, Creating, and Curating: Creating a STEM Community+
New York State technology teachers Kelsey and Matt recently connected and collaborated as Institute Fellows at the Siemens STEM Academy this past August — a program run in conjunction with the Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. The presenters were afforded the opportunity to meet and discuss the importance of STEM education with professionals at the forefront of the STEM disciplines, tour and network at leading science and research institutions, and develop STEM education implementation plans for their classrooms, districts, and communities. This presentation will share their experiences from the Siemens STEM Institute, as well as examine project-based learning and its interconnection to the T&E in STEM education. It will also discuss local and national efforts that focus on STEM culture as a primary concentration for schools.
Presenters: Kelsey Roman, Matt Sheehan

Content Creation — iBooks Author and Today’s ePub+
iBooksAuthor is an amazing app that allows anyone to create beautiful Multi-Touch, electronic textbooks for iPad and Mac computers. With galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, mathematical expressions, and more, these books bring content to life in ways the printed page never could. The first 45 minutes will be demonstrating creating an iBook which can be used in the classroom, distributed to friends/colleagues or published on the Apple iBookStore. If you would like to create your own iBook, plan to stay for the entire two hours. Download iBooksAuthor for free, if you bring your own Mac. Please bring your own digital content!
Presenters: Rick Bettencourt

CTE TAC — Supporting CTE Programs and Teachers in NY
In its fourth year of operation, the Career and Technical Education Technical Assistance Center of NY assists the NYSED in carrying out its mission of improving the quality, access, and delivery of CTE across the state. This presentation will share the program approval support, instructional resources, and professional development opportunities and services offered by CTE TAC with a focus on how it can assist Technology Education administrators, teachers and programs.
Presenters: Constance Spohn

Engineering in Technology Education: A Look at Two New Courses
Join us for a look inside two new courses that address engineering and its delivery through a technology education classroom. The first, Engineering Concepts in Technology and Engineering Education, provides a look into the engineering concepts, curriculum, and activities that can be delivered in a technology education program. The second, Computer Aided Design Engineering and Analysis, allows students the opportunity to further their engineering knowledge and skills while they work both independently and within teams to address engineering problems and propose justifiable solutions based upon engineering standards and analysis.
Presenters: Edward Zak, Donna Matteson

EV Kart Design, Analysis and Construction by HS POE Students
Using a freely available ‘Instructable’ on the Internet, high school students redesigned, analyzed and constructed a rapidly prototyped Electronic Vehicle (EV) kart based on an MIT grad student’s original design. Students modified key components (steering, frame and drive motors) and conducted FEA analysis using SolidWorks prior to fabrication. Parts were then waterjetted and teams built the karts. Upon completion, students were able to drive the kart around the interior loop of the school. The EV kart has been a great interest builder for the technology program and represents a unique capstone project for a POE, transportation, alternative energy or manufacturing class. Additional design projects that could utilize the karts will also be discussed.
Presenters: Mike White

Experimenting with Rapid Prototyping and Something Called Custom Intersections
Sure, 3D printers and laser cutters can make product prototypes, but they can also help students engage in original experimentation. See how students and teachers take an experimental approach and push the limits of the hardware. A special project called custom intersections will also be demonstrated, with free models given to the first 60 attendees.
Presenters: Jim Flowers

Find Your Voice, Advocate for Tech Ed (CTE)
“If you are not at the table, you’re on the table.” Advocating for your programs will be very important as the push for multiple career pathways — CTE, ELA, Humanities and STEM — reaches our schools. How can you ensure Technology Education is at the table? This workshop will focus on ways to advocate, effective types of communication, advocacy tips and sharing your story.
Presenters: Constance Spohn

Getting Started with Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that can be used in electronics projects of all kinds, to teach computer programming, and much more. Come learn how to get started with this device in your own classroom and see how fun and interesting it can be in almost any STEM classroom! Project ideas and examples as well as resources for getting started will be shared.
Presenters: Mike Amante

Helpful Data Obtained from NYSTEEA’s MS and HS Surveys
The best spokespersons for our technology and engineering programs have always been our students. Since 2004, the NYSTEEA MS and HS student surveys have provided significant data that strongly supports our subject area with decision makers. In fact, several times the survey data has helped to keep the middle school mandate in place. Come, see and hear what important findings have been made through this ongoing survey activity.
Presenters: Chuck Goodwin, DTE

High School Robotics for College Credit
Sustainability of high school Tech Ed electives and programs is a constant issue with budget cuts and the tax cap. East Rockaway High School recently was approved to offer SUNY college credit for Robotics. Two full-year sections are running at the smallest high school in Nassau County. The instructors will tell you about the program and what was involved in order to have the course approved for college credit.
Presenters: Hugh Howard, Nick Cimorelli

How Motorcycles Help Build a Technology Education Program
This presentation will reflect the unique program at Eden Jr/Sr High in Eden, NY. Both presenters will discuss how a Technology club evolved into a club that builds award-winning motorcycles. The presenters will also discuss how this club brought in non-typical Technology Education students and how it has led to the creation of exciting new courses.
Presenters: Matthew Saramak, Steve Jones

How to Start a VEX Robotics Team
Have you considered starting a VEX robotics team? Find out how we got started, competed regionally, became Northern New York State Champions, and traveled to Anaheim, CA to compete in the VEX World Championship! We will describe the lessons we learned in our first year.
Presenters: Dan Tryon, Mark Humphrey, Justin Montois, Nicholas Oetinger

Incorporation Common Core Math, Science, and Engineering into Bridge Building
The presentation will provide ideas of how to incorporate concepts from the common core mathematics standards, New York State science standards, and New York State technology standards into middle school or high school curriculum that includes instruction on bridge design. The presentation demonstrates how to take a popular activity and increase its potential power to improve students understanding, resulting in data that can be used to meet the states requirement for APPR.
Presenters: Michael Nehring

Inexpensive Vinyl Cutter Projects that Engage Middle Schoolers
The focus of this presentation will be on an affordable, easy-to-use vinyl cutter to engage middle school students in grades 5-8. The vinyl cutter is currently used to teach a sandblast glass etching unit, screen printing, foam name cutting, and vinyl sign making. The simple-to-use, free software is a must-have item. Learn how to turn a black and white bmp image into a file that the cutter can use for all four projects.
Presenters: Gregory Bailey

Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical engineers use STEM to develop materials, devices, and processes that help to prevent injuries and diseases or to rehabilitate patients. During this presentation, you will learn more about biomedical engineering as well as see and experience examples of student solutions to the biomedical design challenge. Participants will receive materials for the classroom, including bulletin board display materials and the design folio that guides students through the informed design process.
Presenters: AJ Longware

iTunes U: Course Distribution for Rich and Immersive Learning Experiences
With the explosion of iPads on campuses, iTunesU is the best way to deliver content for today’s teaching strategies. Anyone can publish course material free of charge. You get to share your ideas and material in a powerful new way, while your students get a rich, immersive learning experience. iTunesU is available no matter where you teach. Use iTunesU to make content available to anyone with an Apple ID. Public and private distribution is available. Distribute immersive material delivered as stream or download, and you can also post assignments, class information, and adhoc discussions.
Presenters: Rick Bettencourt

Junior Solar Sprint Makes STEM Fun: Part One
Find out why you should teach this alternative energy unit and see how to teach a Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) unit. Learn how to make the science and math of STEM jump off the page. Learn tips and tricks to making JSS vehicles. Get a start at making a vehicle for this new TSA event.
Presenters: Bob Walters, David Buchner

Junior Solar Sprint Makes STEM Fun: Part Two
View and/or run/race Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) vehicles. The vehicles that participants made in the previous workshop will be tested out. Learn why you should teach this fun STEM activity. Find out how this JSS event is run at the national TSA conference. Tips and tricks will be shared on how to teach this in your class. Participate and be informed about resources for the JSS activity.
Presenters: David Buchner, Bob Walters

LEGO Mindstorms
This session will demonstrate how LEGO Mindstorms can be used in the class or an after school program. Classroom use will include Math Common Core activities using a class set of robots or just one robot. If you can’t fit robotics in the classroom then consider an after school program. We will discuss FIRST LEGO League as well as other options for after school robotics.
Presenters: Melissa Hirt

Lego Robotics Projects that Enhance Learning
With LEGO MINDSTORMS, students experience a fun, exciting, and practical application of math, science, and technology. Solving the robotic challenges involves mechanical engineering, computer programming, problem solving, cooperative learning, and communication skills. Benefits of LEGO MINDSTORMS in middle school curricula include encouraging students to go into robotics-related fields, encouraging girls to consider engineering as a career option, and increasing enrollment in pre-engineering high school courses. Key projects that will be presented are Rube Goldberg, sumo wrestling robotics, maze-bot, and robotic bowling (featured on the TV show Bridge Street on Syracuse WSYR). LEGO Robotics enhance the classroom and make a huge impact on students. This presentation will also cover the following: New Lego EV3 Robotics, STEM Labs in Elementary School, and the Haiku Learning Management System.
Presenters: Scott Stagnitta

Media Design and Production: Best Practices
This presentation will focus on selected practices of a project-based CTE course used as an elective at a comprehensive high school. Each participant will receive seven teacher-prepared publications and access to website support materials.
Presenters: David Faux

Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems for the Classroom+
One of the major problems in providing hands on micro and nanotechnology education is the inability to replicate processing or even viewing in the classroom. This presentation will explore some of the resources available to bring hands on Micro and Nano education into your classroom putting actual Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) into your students’ hands. Participants will receive curricular materials and participate in activities utilizing Wheatstone bridge based MEMS pressure sensors.
Presenters: Zachary Carrico

Middle School Technology Projects with Blended Learning
We will be taking a look at several technology projects which include: TechEd Speedster, Three Piece Puzzle, woodworking, home maintenance, machine safety lessons, and more. We will not only look at these projects but discuss how they are managed with blended learning. Come see how blended learning in a technology class makes teaching and learning a better experience for both teacher and student. Videos are available at http://www.techedlearning.com
Presenters: Corey Szyikowski

Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion [DOCUMENTARY TEST SCREENING]+
Matthew Silva, a high school technology teacher and co-founder of the preservation group People For the Pavilion, presents a test screening of his upcoming documentary ‘Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion’. The film chronicles the story of the New York State Pavilion, beginning with the 1964/65 World’s Fair, through it’s time as a concert venue for bands such as the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin and others, it’s stint in the 70’s as a roller skating rink, to present day advocacy.
Presenters: Matthew Silva

NYSED Graduation Pathways, The CTE Program Approval Process, and Technology Education
The New York State Education Department’s Board of Regents has been discussing alternate pathways to graduation for some time now. The possibility of graduation pathways in the Arts, CTE, Humanities, and STEM is growing with every Regents meeting. This session will take a look at how the CTE Program Approval Process and the Graduation Pathways discussion may impact technology education programs.
Presenters: Phil Dettelis

NYSTSA Leadership Training+
New and current NYTSA school advisors are invited to participate in this gathering with the NY Technology Student Association State Advisor. An update on the current status of the NYSTSA will be shared as well as what is scheduled for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. Information on starting chapters and affiliating will be covered.
Presenters: Evelyn Weinstein

Photography — A Useful Tool of Technology
The usefulness of cameras and photography as tools of technology for visualization and measurement purposes will be presented and discussed in this program. High speed photography, stroboscopic photography, and other applications will be emphasized and demonstrated.
Presenters: Andrew Davidhazy

Portable Design: Chairs
Students from Professor Entner’s Art 106 3D Design Concepts class will present the results of their Chair assignment. For this assignment, students were required to design sturdy Modernist chairs made from recycled and found cardboard. Their chairs were required to break down into component parts that would fit into the volume of two airplane carry-ons.
Presenters: Benjamin Entner, Francisco Ovalle

Portable Trainers for Solar and Wind — Get the DATA!
Enjoy an overview of a unique Renewable Energy system developed at Alfred State College. This portable trainer named REVTOS is a live working example of solar electric (PV) and wind turbine connected to a battery-based system to convert AC power for use in the classroom. BEST OF ALL… we have outfitted a computer to record and present the data for use in the classroom with lesson plans. Come and see how high schools are working with Alfred State to utilize this system in their technology classrooms.
Presenters: Jeffrey Stevens

Prepping & Finishing a Surface+
If you are struggling with the prepping and finishing process, this presentation is a must for you. Gain a good understanding of abrasives and oil finishes that are not complicated. Learn to identify areas that will need to be addressed prior to applying a finish. Understand the reason for choosing oil and top coats.
Presenters: William Bush

Promoting Your Technology Education Program Locally
This session will present ideas about promoting and preserving TE programs at the local level. Different strategies that can be used to promote your program will be shared. The presentation will include time for participants to ask questions and share on strategies that work at their school and/or district.
Presenters: Samuel Medema, Clark Green

RealCareer Welding Solutions: Tools Designed to Improve Your Program
Give your students hands-on experience to learn proper welding techniques with in-helmet live welding guidance! Realityworks welding solutions help students gain quality welds quicker. Preview the NEW guideWELD LIVE real welding guidance system to see how this solution combination can benefit your program.
Presenters: Merri Johnson

Robotics as a Platform for Scaffolded K-16 Project-based STEM Learning+
This hands-on workshop will allow participants to experience elements of the programs offered by the Northern NY Robotics Academy at Clarkson’s robotics-based K-16 STEM programs which have been adopted by various school districts throughout Northern NYS. Participants will work in small groups to experience these programs first-hand and will come away with a better understanding of how to work with the NNYRA and its regional partners to offer the programs within their institutions.
Presenters: James Carroll, Ajay Sonar, Amanda Clapper

STEM in a Box
The pressure for schools to prepare students for STEM careers is growing stronger each school year. The time is ripe for Technology Education programs in secondary schools to take the lead and provide the leadership and capacity to deliver a solution for this need. This presentation will provide information and insight on how to meet this challenge.
Presenters: Tom Kubicki

STEM/STEAM: A Cosmic Connection+
A paper model of The James Webb Space Telescope will be assembled by each participant and discussed as a project using several learning styles emphasizing the cosmic connections across the disciplines of STEM/STEAM. There will be discussion of how the project can be used across the Depth of Knowledge levels from Level One through Level Four. Each participant  will receive a CD ROM with subject reference web sties, a set of model assembly instructions, and laser cutting files for the model parts.
Presenters: Joseph Clinton

Technology Education — Keeping the Momentum Going: Changing, Growing and Prospering
The landscape of technology education has consistently evolved, driven societal needs, economic development, and accountability of student achievement. In the 21st century the stakes are high and educators are challenged to raise the bar for all students. This presentation will focus on STEM awareness with an emphasis on the “T” and “E”, standards, implications, challenges, and opportunities to inspire our students in the 21st century. Participants will be introduced to a few best practices to improve the pipeline of STEM literate students, specifically technology and engineering and how it connects with science and mathematics education.
Presenters: Yvonne Spicer

The Google Classroom
Google Classroom is a new suite of software developed by Google and available to all Google Apps for Education accounts for free. It is an online learning platform that seamlessly integrates with Google Drive to create an online classroom environment. Handing out assignments, grading, and communication is a breeze with Google Classroom. It can be used for any class whether it is a traditional face-to-face, hybrid, or online-only class. This is taking Google Apps to the next level.
Presenters: Joe Corleto

The Next Wave of 3D Printing & Advanced Manufacturing
The buzz about 3D printers has been heard around the world. So what is the next step for these game changers? This presentation will discuss how 3D printers have already moved way beyond making trinkets and how they are directly impacting and changing today’s manufacturing and advanced manufacturing practices worldwide and even in our own communities. Every attendee will receive a grant form to apply for a chance to receive a FREE 3D printer for your school!
Presenters: Jeff Hapgood, Mark Leonard

Wind Turbines Meet the Grid+
The participants will construct weight lifting turbines out of everyday materials, as well as learn how they can introduce wind technology into their classes. They will then be introduced to a recently developed online virtual grid model and related activities and the newly created hands on model. This is a STEM workshop.
Presenters: Raymond Pitcher, Glenn Van Knowe, Sandi Van Knowe

  • A plus symbol (+) after a presentation title indicates a double-session workshop and spans two consecutive 45-minute sessions (approximately 2 hours in length).
  • Times and room numbers are anticipated to be available some time the week of October 13th.
  • Please use the share button at the bottom of this page to let colleagues know of this professional development opportunity.