2015 Technology Conference Preliminary Program Schedule

  • Dates: Thursday, Oct 29 and Friday Oct, 30
  • Single session presentations are 45 minutes in length.
  • Double session presentations (extended time workshops/presentations) are approximately 2 hours in length and presentation titles are followed by ** (see time beside the session number).
  • Technology Innovation Showcase is Friday, Oct 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
  • All times are subject to change (check the online program at the conference).

3D Printing: Considerations and Applications for the Classroom
Session will include history, terminology, and technology of 3D printing followed by a discussion of classroom applications. The presenter will identify several classroom resources plus free, inexpensive software to draw or capture images of people, places, or things and convert them into 3D objects. A demonstration will show how 3D virtual objects can be viewed to clarify difficult concepts or 3D printed to use as instructional aids.
Presenters: Donna Matteson, Jonathan Russo
SESSION 1 : Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
ROOM: 101 Park

Oswegatchie Camp for Technology Students ~ Summer 2016
Oswegatchie Educational Center, owned and operated by the New York State FFA, is open for interested middle or high school students for summer camping. “Camp O” is a tremendous summer camp that opened many horizons for students seeking a supplement to their education beyond the classroom while having the time of their lives. The opportunity is open for technology education students, and similar professional development and benefits are available for teachers as well.This presentation will promote the camp program and guide interested teachers in bringing students to Oswegatchie Camp.
Presenters: Maurice (Mo) Lepine, Devin Murphy
SESSION 1 : Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
ROOM: 102 Park

Questions and Answers on edTPA
This session will present a brief overview for the edTPA scoring process from a current Pearson technology and engineering education edTPA scorer. General recommendations will be given for improving your portfolio and how cooperating teachers can help with the process. A question and answer session for general questions only will follow. This is not a Pearson-sponsored presentation.
Presenters: Ryan Schwarzott
SESSION 1 : Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
ROOM: 213 Park

RealCareer Welding Solutions: Tools Designed to Improve Your Program
Attendees will learn how Realityworks RealCareer Welding Solutions, the guideWELD VR welding simulator, and the guideWELD LIVE real welding guidance system combine individualized instruction on core welding techniques, personalized feedback, and comprehensive curriculum to help welding instructors create more effective welders more efficiently while engaging students in skill development and career exploration. Learning objectives include: methods for engaging students with 21st Century technology; ideas for incorporating career exploration into the classroom; techniques for providing hands-on job skill development opportunities; and ways to reduce classroom management and safety concerns while saving money on costly consumables.
Presenters: Merri Johnson
SESSION 1 : Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
ROOM: 191 Wilber

The Electrical Grid Meets your Classroom **
This is an introduction to a new teaching tool that was developed with a NYSERDA grant and is being marketed by Kidwind. The attendees will problem solve the grid and will develop alternative power sources to power the grid. They will be introduced to Common Core and national science and technology standards lesson plans and web links that can be used with this teaching tool.
Presenters: Raymond Pitcher, Blane Berry, Britta Berry
SESSION 1 and 2 (EXTENDED SESSION double): Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
ROOM: 193 Wilber

Understanding Spatial Structure through Drawing on the SPHERE **
Facilitate creativity through drawing on the sphere. We can understand the deep structure of spatial organization through a simple low-tech hands-on technique. A must for anyone working in the production of objects or working in computer aided modeling. Discover the relationships of the 5 Platonic and other solids to the sphere and cube through simple drawing techniques. Take away models you will use for life. Enables working in 3D environments for computer aided design and understanding technologies from nano-crystals to geodesic domes.
Presenters: Richard Esterle
SESSION 1 and 2 (EXTENDED SESSION double): Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
ROOM: 203 Park

Assessment and Evaluation Techniques for Technology Education
What makes a project an A or a C? Is there really a difference between a drawing that gets an 87 and one that gets an 88? Do your students think grades are given or earned? During this session numerous techniques and examples developed to answer these questions and make assessment more transparent and an effective part of the educational process will be shared and discussed. Explore objective and subjective techniques such as collaborative evaluation, peer assessment, criteria based analysis, scoring guides, and rubrics and how they can be applied as both formative and summative assessments.
Presenters: Karin Dykeman
SESSION 2 : Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
ROOM: 212 Park

Lego Robotics Projects That Enhance Learning
With LEGO MINDSTORMS, students experience a fun, exciting, and practical application of math, science, and technology. Solving 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. This presentation will also cover the following: Lego EV3 Robotics,incorporating 3D printing into robotics projects, STEM labs in elementary school, and the Haiku Learning Management System.
Presenters: Scott Stagnitta
SESSION 2 : Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
ROOM: 213 Park

New York State Technology Student Association
“Attractions” and “distractions” are two reasons that are often cited in professional educational journals for the disturbing student dropout rate. Students themselves say “I don’t like school” 38% of the time when asked why they leave school. If you like the idea of starting or enhancing your after-school tech classroom with “positive attractions” and “innovative distractions,” learn about the opportunities that the New York State Technology Student Association (NYSTSA) offers. NYSTSA can transform your club into a nationally recognized team by competing at the local, state, and national levels! Learn how to start/affiliate your chapter, run meetings, prepare for competitions, fundraise, and more!
Presenters: Stacy Corio, Jen Kluczynski
SESSION 2 : Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
ROOM: 191 Wilber

Water Rocket-A Great Problem Solving Activity
Water rocket projects are a fun and engaging middle school activity that can be used to teach problem solving or engineering concepts. Students are required design, build, and fly a water rocket containing an egg-stronaut into space at 90 PSI and have their egg-stronaut survive. This presentation will be an A to Z demonstration of the water rocket project including the best place to purchase zipper space suits. Jigs, fixture, fin, and parachute templates will be demonstrated as well as an egg-stronaut obstacle course. Weather permitting, test launches may take place.
Presenters: Gregory Bailey
SESSION 2 : Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
ROOM: 115 Park

Graphic Media Production Using Adobe InDesign
The presentation will focus on the production of an 8-page booklet created using InDesign. The content will provide background helpful in producing any print product or graphic presentation. Specifics to be covered will include: Getting Started with a Design Brief; Creating an Appropriate Document Format; Creating a Workspace; Establishing and Changing Measurement Systems; Setting Columns, Margins, and Bleeds; Creating Master Pages; Page Numbering; Working with Layers; Building Swatches; Selecting Pantone Colors; Text Wrap; Creating Captions; Setting Paragraph and Character Styles; Maintaining Links; Creating Packages; and Color Theory & Workflow. Each participate will receive the printed products used for the presentation.
Presenters: David Faux, Benson Faux
SESSION 3 : Thursday: 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
ROOM: 102 Park

Introducing Technology Education to Kuwaiti Schools
Kuwait is a nation thrust into wealth, turning from a desert land of pearl traders into a booming oil exporter in fewer than 80 years. While the country raced to expand its industrial technologies, the education system was made a second priority, leaving room for many opportunities. The Sabah al Ahmed Center for Giftedness and Creativity (SACGC), is working with the Ministry of Education to introduce gifted programs into public schools. This presentation will focus on how the SACGC, partnered with ITEEA, will be implementing technology education into Kuwaiti schools through these gifted programs.
Presenters: Meshari Alnouri
SESSION 3 : Thursday: 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
ROOM: 213 Park

Technology Teachers Needed!
Technology teachers are in high demand in both New York State and the nation. Technology teacher preparation program enrollments are down while districts are unable to fill positions. Learn about the current job opportunities, certification requirements, and potential impacts on our field if we fail to produce enough technology teachers to meet the demand. Learn what you can do to help keep technology education alive in New York schools.
Presenters: Mark Hardy, Clark Greene
SESSION 3 : Thursday: 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
ROOM: 191 Wilber

Utilizing Geometry In Design
Help your middle school or DDP students get their school supplies organized by having them design and construct a cardboard organizer for their locker or desk. This activity enables students to visualize the nets (patterns) of the common solid shapes and provides them with a practical application for basic geometry. The organizer design challenge follows the problem solving model, requiring students to research, brainstorm, develop sketches of alternatives, create nets of the various shapes, and construct a full size model. Students integrate computer skills and ELA to create an “instructables” style step-by-step how-to guide to share their design with others.
Presenters: Alta Jo (AJ) Longware
SESSION 3 : Thursday: 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
ROOM: 101 Park

VEX Robotics and KidWind Competitions
Join us for an overview of these two great programs. Whether added as an enrichment, after school activity or absorbed into your course curriculum they add tremendous value to any STEM program. We will also showcase our upcoming Lansingburgh High School VEX Nothing But Net Tournament in Troy NY on January 2016. All in attendance will receive a coupon for a free shirt redeemable at the tournament and $10 rebate for registering a team.
Presenters: Adam South
SESSION 3 : Thursday: 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
ROOM: 115 Park

Make the Amazing Geometry Machine with Dick Esterle the inventor **
Constructing this model with Dick Esterle, architect, toy designer and inventor of the AMAZING GEOMETRY MACHINE © will aid in understanding the dynamics of form and forces. The Dynamic Polystring Transformahedra Modeling extends the ideas of tensegrity and increases understanding structural dynamics of engineering concepts. Materials will be provided for both three and four tube models. This model is a take home teaching aid for STEAM and engineering related curricula.
Presenters: Richard Esterle
SESSION 3 and 4 (EXTENDED SESSION double): Thursday: 1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
ROOM: 203 Park

Making and Using a Stroboscope **
You will be building a mechanical stroboscope and use it to track movement such as people in motion, falling objects, and bouncing balls. We will explore technical and creative applications. You will be provided with most materials but are asked to bring your camera to the workshop so the stroboscope you build can be fitted to it. This workshop is limited to 10 participants.
Presenters: Andrew Davidhazy
SESSION 3 and 4 (EXTENDED SESSION double): Thursday: 1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
ROOM: 163 Wilber

Color Laser Printing: The Digital Front End
Knowledge of the brain of a digital press is necessary to clearly understand digital workflow. The processing required to prepare a job for the print engine and carried out within the Raster Image Processor (RIP), EFI’s (Electronics For Imaging) RIP, and Productivity Software will be discussed. We will also discuss the digital front end of a production system that will include prepress, makeready, and output concerns. If time permits, each participant will have the opportunity to use the Mac’s Command Work Station (CWS) to print to a digital press.
Presenters: Benson Faux, David Faux
SESSION 4 : Thursday: 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
ROOM: 102 Park

Liverpool Middle’s High Altitude Balloon Project
The High Altitude Balloon Project began in 2013 when our math teacher and her students won a Space Kit. Together with a highly skilled team of teachers and students, we assembled, launched, and recovered the first LMS HAB in 2014. In 2015, with a new design, new cameras, and new flight computer we tried again with even greater success. Our HAB launch has become an annual STEM activity centered in the tech lab at LMS.This presentation will share all the parts, explain our process, share our data, successes, failures and a short video of our last flight to over 99,000′. Come and learn about the activity and how you can craft your own HAB project.
Presenters: Ray Finney
SESSION 4 : Thursday: 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
ROOM: 115 Park

Project-Based Design, Analysis, & Simulation STEM Applications
WHITEBOX LEARNING is a standards-based, project-based, turn-key STEM Learning System. Students can research, design, analyze, and SIMULATE their designs, and compete virtually all around the world from any browser. How cool is that?! Engage your students in the complete engineering design process! STEM Applications include: Gliders2.0 (Aeronautics), Dragster2.0 (Newtonian Physics), Structures2.0 (Statics), GreenCar2.0 (Renewable Engineering), Rockets2.0 (Rocketry and Ballistics), MousetrapCar2.0 (Simple Machines), Prosthetics2.0 (Bio-Physics, Medical Devices), Rover2.0 (Mechatronics), SurvivalShelter2.0 (Conductive Heat Flow), and KidWind2.0 (Wind Turbines).
Presenters: Graham Baughman, Joe Zahra
SESSION 4 : Thursday: 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
ROOM: 191 Wilber

VEX IQ: New Updates for New or Seasoned VEX IQ programs
Whether you want to start a Vex IQ program or are a seasoned VEX IQ competitor, we will discuss new curriculum, the new game (Bank Shot), and new competitions being held this school year.
Presenters: Scott Read
SESSION 4 : Thursday: 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
ROOM: 101 Park

What can the T in STEM/STEAM do for your curriculum?
The NYS Common Core encourages problem solving and hands-on, real world applications, 21st century skills, and rigor. What better way to tackle that challenge, than to collaborate with a department specializing in a number of those areas. This session will demonstrate practical ways for doors to be opened between the math, science, and technology classrooms. You will go away with collaborative project ideas, tools, and lessons on ways to intermingle math, science, and technology topics.
Presenters: Caitlin Bowen, Jeff Stevens
SESSION 4 : Thursday: 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
ROOM: 213 Park

C-Me Circuit **
This double header presentation explores a multitude of technologies in circuit design and mold making. All participants will receive parts to build a oscillating double LED light circuit and solder the components in a printed circuit board, then produce a finished package to hold the battery and circuit board. This project is designed for 7th graders and introduces them to material processing, polymers, mold and circuit design. This workshop is limited to 24 participants. A $5.00 fee will be collected to cover the cost of the components. (Batteries not included 🙂
Presenters: David Buchner, Bob Walters
SESSION 4 and 5 (EXTENDED SESSION double): Thursday: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
ROOM: 205 Park

Timber Frame in the Technology and Engineering Classroom **
See how Andover Central School incorporates an age old craft to engage students in the technology classroom. This hands-on workshop will share some timber framing fundamentals, and give attendees a chance to play with the tools of the trade.
Presenters: Zach Owen
SESSION 4 and 5 (EXTENDED SESSION double): Thursday: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
ROOM: 193 Wilber

Comparing Engineering Design and Scientific Inquiry
With the advent of STEM education, abundant references to engineering design and scientific inquiry are prevalent with interpretations often appearing ambiguous or even inaccurate. This presentation will look at a number of referenced comparisons between engineering design and scientific inquiry with a discussion of potential misconceptions, pedagogical implications, and exploration of understanding and application.
Presenters: Clark Greene
SESSION 5 : Thursday: 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
ROOM: 101 Park

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Hydroponic & Aquaponic Systems in the Classroom
Aquaponic and hydroponic garden systems are a tremendous way to incorporate math, science and biotechnology into your classroom. The international emergence of Controlled Environment Agriculture is a relevant industry that can be taught within our technology labs. A series of videos on the two gardening systems used within the Ray Middle School classroom will be presented.
Presenters: Maurice (Mo) Lepine
SESSION 5 : Thursday: 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
ROOM: 115 Park

Inventing Eco-Futures
Inventing Eco-Futures with Filmmaker Christopher Zelov—Drawing on his 20 years in the film and design worlds, Zelov will take the attendee’s on a cinematic tour-de-force on his ever- expanding frame of reference dealing with the future of Cities, Eco-Villages, Eco-Districts, and personal futures. Visit places like Gaviotas, Findhorn, Village Homes, Oberlin, and the heart of creativity.
Presenters: Christopher Zelov
SESSION 5 : Thursday: 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
ROOM: 203 Park

Tell Us What You Need
The NYSTEEA team is here to listen. Let us know what you think we need to do to help meet the current and future needs of T&E teachers and students. Topics for discussion will also include the direction of the T&E in STEM and CTE, goals of the newly formed advocacy committee, development of an exemplar STEM pathway, and future T&E teacher recruitment strategies for every classroom.
Presenters: Alta Jo (AJ) Longware, Phil Dettelis
SESSION 5 : Thursday: 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
ROOM: 191 Wilber

The Best Digital Tools for Today’s STEM Classrooms
With a plethora of devices and platforms in today’s digital landscape, what are the very best tools to enhance learning in today’s engineering and design classrooms? During this interactive session, you will learn about a wide variety of tools that have proven be useful in practically any technology classroom on practically any device. Come and pick up a few ideas or share a few of your own!
Presenters: Mike Amante
SESSION 5 : Thursday: 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
ROOM: 102 Park

The Guzheng Project
The Guzheng is an acoustic Chinese instrument that dates back nearly 2500 years to the Qin Dynasty (897-221 BC). I travelled to China for the sole purpose of researching the Guzheng. Returning home I built the Guzheng and electrified it to explore its sonic capabilities. In this presentation I will describe the design process and perform an original composition using my Guzheng.
Presenters: Matthew Burch
SESSION 5 : Thursday: 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
ROOM: 163 Wilber

Technology Innovation Showcase

2011 Showcase Example: FIRST Robotics at Liverpool High School

Technology Innovation Showcase Example

Biodiesel
This presentation gives an explanation of biodiesel and how it can be used both in the real world and in a classroom environment.
Presenters: Katie Walther
SESSION 6 : Technology Innovation Showcase Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
ROOM: 190, 191, and 193 Wilber

Ice, Ice Baby – Using Hockey to Teach STEM Concepts
EverFi is an e-learning company, partnered with the NHL, NHLPA and Buffalo Sabres to provide schools with STEM online learning programs at no cost. Hockey Scholars is web-based course is composed of 12 online learning modules, each taking ~10-20 minutes. Through immersive hockey simulations students explores real-life applications of STEM concepts such as area/volume concept of an ice rink, geometric figures by painting the ice and speed/velocity calculations using skates. Students will also learn about behind-the-scenes STEM careers – such as equipment managers and ice technicians.
Presenters: Colleen Schafer
SESSION 6 : Technology Innovation Showcase Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
ROOM: 190, 191, and 193 Wilber

Lego Robotics Projects That Enhance Learning
With LEGO MINDSTORMS, students experience a fun, exciting, and practical application of math, science, and technology. Solving 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. This presentation will also cover the following: Lego EV3 Robotics,incorporating 3D printing into robotics projects, STEM labs in elementary school, and the Haiku Learning Management System.
Presenters: Scott Stagnitta
SESSION 6 : Technology Innovation Showcase Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
ROOM: 190, 191, and 193 Wilber

Manufacturing Project: Wooden Wallet
We will showcase the project we have been working on for Manufacturing Systems in order to receive critiques and reviews from consumers that come by our table. This will help us improve our design and learn more about what consumer interests are.
Presenters: Cody LaFlamme, Mike Palmer, Chris Wood, Mike Early, Joni Bristol, Robson Ruiz Spaduto
SESSION 6 : Technology Innovation Showcase Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
ROOM: 190, 191, and 193 Wilber

Old School Tech: Iron Casting in the Computer Age.
This showcase will summarize and present the collaborative experience of Richard Bush’s Materials Precision Production students and Benjamin Entner’s Sculpture students in casting iron. Together, students modeled, molded, and cast original sculpture and design work.
Presenters: Benjamin Entner, Rich Bush
SESSION 6 : Technology Innovation Showcase Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
ROOM: 190, 191, and 193 Wilber

Oswego Technology Education Association
The Oswego Technology Education Association (OTEA) will be showcasing accomplishments since last year including our Lego WeDo sets, learning activities from the award-winning STEM 4 Kids Program, Young Inventors, and awards from the TEECA East and ITEEA National Competitions. We also request that if you are an Oswego graduate who participated in OTEA or in the former Industrial Arts Student Association, please share your stories with us.
Presenters: Carson Case, Matthew Brennan
SESSION 6 : Technology Innovation Showcase Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
ROOM: 190, 191, and 193 Wilber

Quickest Detection Algorithm for Real-Time Signal Processing
The objective of this project was to design and implement a real-time signal processing algorithm for detecting the changes in the distribution of a certain observation sequence. This detection method may help to identify any deviation of a measured signal from a certain nominal distribution, which can be used in the design of surveillance, monitoring, and sensing devices. Two implementation approaches have been demonstrated for both offline and real-time processing. The real-time approach was applied for motion detection and implemented using an Arduino microcontroller. The offline algorithm, however, was used to analyze the global temperature variations over the past century.
Presenters: Robson Ruiz Spaduto, Valdery Rodrigues Monte, Mario Bkassiny
SESSION 6 : Technology Innovation Showcase Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
ROOM: 190, 191, and 193 Wilber

SeaPerch, Underwater Robotics
Our Niskayuna SeaPerch team is an underwater robotics program that equips participants with the resources they need to design and build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Building a SeaPerch teaches basic skills in engineering design and encourages students to explore design and engineering principles and careers. It also teaches science and engineering concepts, as well as tool safety and technical procedures. The advisors include middle school math, science, and technology educators as well as several engineers from KAPL making this a true collaborative STEM effort.
Presenters: Michael Petrone Jr., Tom Blechinger
SESSION 6 : Technology Innovation Showcase Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
ROOM: 190, 191, and 193 Wilber

STEM 4 Kids & Young Inventors
Oswego Technology Education Association hosts two programs for elementary-aged children from the community: K-3 and 4-6 grades. The children participate one evening a week for four weeks. Each week participants are presented with a short conceptual lesson, then a related “hands on, minds on” design and problem-solving activity. The programs engage students while giving Oswego teacher candidates practical experience in planning and delivering a sequence of lessons. The programs promote STEM, problem solving, teamwork, communication, and the design process.
Presenters: Rachel Edic, Jonathan Russo, Heidi Chamberlain
SESSION 6 : Technology Innovation Showcase Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
ROOM: 190, 191, and 193 Wilber

Team Mini
Team Mini is one of two clubs in the Department of Technology at SUNY Oswego. Our club consists of students from different majors who together continue our Laker tradition of launching t-shirts at the Oswego men’s hockey home games.
Presenters: Evyn Steinberg
SESSION 6 : Technology Innovation Showcase Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
ROOM: 190, 191, and 193 Wilber

The Guzheng Project
The Guzheng is an acoustic Chinese instrument that dates back nearly 2500 years to the Qin Dynasty (897-221 BC). I travelled to China for the sole purpose of researching the Guzheng. Returning home I built the Guzheng and electrified it to explore its sonic capabilities. In this presentation I will describe the design process and perform an original composition using my Guzheng.
Presenters: Matthew Burch
SESSION 6 : Technology Innovation Showcase Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
ROOM: 190, 191, and 193 Wilber

Utilizing Smartwatches to Understand Students Activities and Affective States
Emotion has long been recognized as playing an important, albeit frustratingly unclear role in education. Smartwatches, exciting new tools, can be used to help solve this problem. Participants in this study were eight undergraduate students provided with a smartwatch that could both receive text messages and measure the wearer’s heart rate. Over the course of one week, using fixed and randomized longitudinal experience sampling, the participants recorded their heart rate, current activity, and emotional state. Preliminary findings will be discussed.
Presenters: James Duffy, Kristen DiMartino, Candice Ribiere
SESSION 6 : Technology Innovation Showcase Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
ROOM: 190, 191, and 193 Wilber

VEX IQ Challenge Program and Product Demonstration
The VEX IQ Challenge robotics competition program “Bank Shot” will be on display for people to interact with. Learn about the VEX IQ product and how it was designed from the ground up to be a competitive robotics platform. Learn about the VEX IQ Challenge program and how teams can participate in a range of games that develop higher levels of engagement and interest.
Presenters: Marc Couture
SESSION 6 : Technology Innovation Showcase Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
ROOM: 190, 191, and 193 Wilber

VEX Robotics and KidWind Competitions
Join us for an overview of these two great programs. Whether added as an enrichment, after school activity or absorbed into your course curriculum they add tremendous value to any STEM program. We will also showcase our upcoming Lansingburgh High School VEX Nothing But Net Tournament in Troy NY on January 2016. All in attendance will receive a coupon for a free shirt redeemable at the tournament and $10 rebate for registering a team.
Presenters: Adam South
SESSION 6 : Technology Innovation Showcase Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
ROOM: 190, 191, and 193 Wilber

Building a Tensegrity Table
Inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s domes and Kenneth Snelson’s tensegrity structures, Rich Koenig sought and designed a functional application – a tensegrity table base made with six aluminum struts and one continuous sixteen foot steel cable. In this session Rich will assemble a complete table base and discuss the critical thinking process related to designing, machining, fabrication, fixture design, and assembly. STEAM & Engineering concepts.
Presenters: Richard Koenig
SESSION 7: Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
ROOM: 203 Park

Choose The Right 3D Printer for Your Program
With the many options of low cost 3D printers available today, it is important to select the right printer for your application. This session will provide attendees with the background of low-cost 3D printers that are available and point out the various features to look for in making your decision. If you already have a 3D printer or are looking to purchase your first 3D printer, you don’t want to miss this informative session.
Presenters: Jeffrey McGinley, Paul Koontz
SESSION 7: Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
ROOM: 163 Wilber

Demonstration of the Geometrics StrataVisor Reflection and Refraction Seismograph System
Seismic reflection and refraction techniques are used to image the subsurface and to assess physical properties using vibrational waves. The Geometrics StrataVisor is a high performance, compact system that can be used for exploration geology. Portability of the system makes it ideal for a variety of field settings. Both display and graphical output enable the user to see results while in the field. This presentation will include a demonstration.
Presenters: Dave Valentino, Dana Harper, Kendell Cozart-Middleton, Icaro Augusto Pacheco, Alex D’Alessandro, Tracey Garland, Luis Henrique Aguiar De Araujo
SESSION 7: Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
ROOM: 102 Park

Engineering by Design
The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association’s STEM Center for Teaching and Learning has developed the only standards-based national model that delivers technological literacy in a STEM context to K-12 students. The model, Engineering by Design, is built on the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards , Standards for Technological Literacy Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Additionally, the Program K-12 has been mapped to the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges for Engineering.Through an integrative STEM experience, EbD uses four content areas (science, technology, engineering, math) as well as English-Language Arts to help students understand the complexities of tomorrow in an authentic problem and project-based environment.
Presenters: Kenneth Ford, Andy Zaffarano
SESSION 7: Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
ROOM: 213 Park

How a Motorcycle Changed a Technology Program
This presentation will focus on the past, current, and future technology education program at Eden Jr/Sr High School in Eden, NY. The presenters will demonstrate how they used an after-school technology club to totally revitalize their program and gain support from the students, administration, and the community. The presenters will provide insight and techniques to create a team approach, with administration and community, within the technology department.
Presenters: Matt Saramak, Steve Jones
SESSION 7: Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
ROOM: 115 Park

NYSED Technology Education Update: Sequences and Graduation Pathways
The State Education Department has issued new regulatory language on graduation pathways. Come and learn about the benefits and differences of locally developed sequences, approved programs, and graduation pathways. Topics will include integrated credits, substitution of graduation requirements, regents exam substitution options, and future developments that are anticipated.
Presenters: Phil Dettelis
SESSION 7: Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
ROOM: 101 Park

Using Writing to Increase Critical Thinking Performance in Technology and Engineering Education
Increasingly, business leaders are calling for graduates who possess advanced analysis and communication skills and for an educational system that builds a nation of innovative and effective thinkers (Business-Higher Education Forum and American Council on Education). How does your curriculum answer this call? This presentation will provide support for teaching critical thinking skills through writing. Literacy not your job – according to the NYSED – literacy is everyone’s job.
Presenters: Judith Belt
SESSION 7: Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
ROOM: 212 Park

A Framework for Understanding and Supporting Diversity in Your Classroom
Every time teachers address issues of diversity they must consider their curriculum, students, school community, and their own comfort levels and understanding of diversity issues. Not all strategies work in every classroom or school setting. Usually teachers must select and/or invent strategies that will be effective in their specific setting. This presentation will provide participants with a framework for thinking about issues of diversity, strategies for supporting students from groups that are typically marginalized, and strategies for teaching students to value diversity.
Presenters: Pat Russo
SESSION 8 : Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
ROOM: 101 Park

Advanced Manufacturing at SUNY Oswego
The Department of Technology offers a program in technology management with a manufacturing concentration for students interested in a career in industry. Our current program is undergoing a major update with assistance from our advisory council comprised of leaders in advanced manufacturing management. Learn about our program changes, partnerships with industry, and cooperative education opportunities. This is an excellent career opportunity for your students who are interested in an exciting career in manufacturing.
Presenters: Mark Hardy, Richard Bush
SESSION 8 : Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
ROOM: 115 Park

Adventures in TOYLAND: Tetrahedron goes Nobbly Wobbly
Inventor Dick Esterle presents how a walk along Canal Street NYC led to the Nobbly Wobbly and the Amazing Geometry Machine © went Klackeroo ©. See how some simple investigations into understanding 2D and 3D spatial patterning led to his designs for the toys, Klackeroo and Nobbly Wobbly, and other designs. Understanding the cube and mapping for CAD generation for 3D printing will be presented. Additional information at: http://www.shapeways.com/designer/de605s
Presenters: Richard Esterle
SESSION 8 : Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
ROOM: 203 Park

CNC Machining from a STL File, Yes it’s True!
Want your students to be able to make prototypes from non-proprietary materials like acrylic, wood, Teflon, etc. but think CNC machining is too complicated? Guess again! 3D machining can be as simple as exporting an STL file from your CAD software. Join us to learn how the latest hardware and software technologies have made prototyping easy, allowing more students to experience 3D machining, subtractive rapid prototyping, engraving, and PC board milling. You’ll see how Roland’s equipment expedites students learning curve and allows them to apply their knowledge toward the design and production of real-world products.
Presenters: Jared King
SESSION 8 : Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
ROOM: 191 Wilber

Implementing a Grade-by-Grade, K-8, Continuum of Engineering Education with Robotics
Experience instructional excerpts and demonstrations by a team of former corporate engineers now K-8, STEM educators at Allendale Columbia School. Learn about the added value and remarkable results of teaching real world, professional engineering practices in early elementary grade levels by providing a comprehensive and systematic, grade-by-grade continuum, utilizing and re-purposing robotics systems and electronic components for designing interactive structures, and smart robots programmed with motors and sensors. In this context, young design thinkers make relevant connections with their content area learning, with the skills applied, and with innovating solutions to real world problems they are presented.
Presenters: Sue Sorrentino, Donna Chaback
SESSION 8 : Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
ROOM: 213 Park

Using Google in Technology Education
Google has come onto the education scene in the past couple of years with new tools to help in the classroom. In a technology education setting, these tools can be used effectively to increase student engagement, create a classroom brand, and allow for projects to go where they could not before. One technology teacher shares his experiences with Google Classroom, Sites, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Forms, and more.
Presenters: Matt Starke
SESSION 8 : Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
ROOM: 102 Park

Using the Mini Lathe to Enhance the Technology Classroom **
This hands-on workshop is designed to showcase many exciting projects you can create using the mini lathe in the technology classroom.
Presenters: Jamie Cuyler
SESSION 8 and 9 (EXTENDED SESSION double): Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
ROOM: 193 Wilber

Curriculum Components For the Success of ALL Learners
What are the components of curriculum that should be included in every module? How do we ensure that curriculum is written for all students as we move toward “college and career readiness” with current and emerging career trends? How can a lens of social justice be applied to curriculum? This workshop will present critical components of curriculum (such as standards, outcomes, assessments) and identify US trends in student populations to include how to embed working with English language learners, students with disabilities, and students of poverty within these curriculum components.
Presenters: Angela Perrotto, Anne Fairbrother, Tiphanie Gonzalez, Amanda Fenlon
SESSION 9 : Friday: 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
ROOM: 191 Wilber

Designing Apps for Android
This presentation will cover methods of creating apps for Android phones and tablets, provide materials & resources, and have participants create an app they can use before leaving the conference.
Presenters: Jarrod Haselbauer
SESSION 9 : Friday: 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
ROOM: 101 Park

Getting Started with Infographic Tools
Infographics, visual displays of data and information, can be found everywhere today. They are typically used to communicate complex ideas more efficiently, can help make information more accessible to a wider audience, and have powerful instructional applications. This workshop will introduce infographic tools and present ideas for classroom instruction.
Presenters: Michelle Bishop
SESSION 9 : Friday: 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
ROOM: 208 Park

Manufacturing a Geodesic Sphere
The fabrication and construction of geodesic domes and spheres offer students a great opportunity to learn about manufacturing techniques and processes as well as the application of Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, and Science (STEAM). This presentation will showcase how a high school technology class manufactured two geodesic domes and ultimately combined them to form a 12′ diameter sphere.
Presenters: Jack Higgins
SESSION 9 : Friday: 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
ROOM: 203 Park

Plywood Boat Building
This presentation will cover the building of four different boats by participants in the H. Lee White Maritime Museum’s boat building class. The boats include two rowboats and two kayaks. Learn how a couple of sheets of CDX plywood and fewer than 20 hours of work can turn into years of fun on the water. We’ll add a sprinkle of math, science and technology to make it all happen.
Presenters: Richard Bush
SESSION 9 : Friday: 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
ROOM: 115 Park

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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

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2012 Popular MS Topic Returns

Photo of an Example Middle School Project

Photo of an Example Middle School Project

This presentation was standing room only last year and it returns with all new projects that can be implemented into a middle school program.

6 Great Middle School Activities
Last year at the Technology Fall Conference, a similar program was given. These projects are different. Those who teach Middle School Technology know that student projects and activities need to satisfy many criteria. A good activity needs to be engaging, interdisciplinary, appropriate for all student abilities, inexpensive, and appropriate for your technology lab. Six Middle School activities will be presented that satisfy these criteria.

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