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The STEM Education Landscape: Going Green

Good news! The initiative to bolster offerings in the realm of environmental issues and green technologies is now enjoying greater momentum in US schools than ever before! Increased federal funding, stronger commitment at state agencies, and other incentives are bringing changes to the ground level at individual schools.
At Intelitek, we believe that adding green to STEM education can translate to better student outcomes. Stronger focus on renewable energy, sustainability and environmental literacy can engage students and open up opportunities they might not otherwise consider!
And once we’ve engaged the creative minds of today’s students, we won half the battle. Consider just a few of the ways green technology programs can help accomplish that:

Green programs are relevant to the everyday lives of students.
Green technology topics connect conceptual information to recognizable applications and issues: hybrid vehicles, alternative energy, conservation, etc. Learning the technologies involved in such innovations, as well as the obstacles to implementing them, highlights the value of STEM education topics. Once students’ make that connection, interests are peaked, excitement is generated and they begin to absorb high-level math and science concepts, sometimes without even realizing it.

Green programs help students see how they can make a difference.
The promise of sustainability is to improve tomorrow’s world – namely the world today’s students will inherit. When students engage in activities that demonstrate their own ability to solve problems and improve people’s lives, it excites and empowers them. Presented with the prospect of a rewarding career with the potential to shape the future, students are more likely to take ownership of their educational pathway.

Green programs draw students toward STEM related pathways and careers.
Students can easily identify the need for, appreciate the benefits of, and become intrigued by the innovations in green technology. This often inspires students to pursue a career or further education in STEM fields. Without this initial stirring of the interest, sometimes this potential might never be uncovered. It is also noteworthy that this appeal extends to girls. The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) reports that more women pursue a degree in Environmental Engineering than any other engineering discipline.

Implementing a Green Technology Program
With all these benefits, the question arises as to how to implement a Green Technology element into your educational program. Innovations in technology, pressures on school budgets and changes in legislation create challenges for educators in this evolving field. Intelitek has responded to this challenge with new green technology offerings that are scalable, enabling you to provide engaging, cost-effective green tech education at a variety of academic levels:
Our Green Technology curriculum is an excellent introductory program for the high school or middle school level. Five online courses provide students with an overview of the field, all in LearnMate’s engaging self-paced format.
For a more career-skills oriented program, the JobMaster program delivers in-demand skills for the green economy. Validated by industry through a rigorous process, JobMaster courses provide hands-on experience leading to job-ready skills. Two courses focus specifically on wind and solar power. These make excellent green tech components for high-school and post-secondary career programs!

No doubt, as we move forward, green technology will continue to be an important aspect of STEM education. At Intelitek, we are excited to continue putting innovative new solutions in your hands to help you improve student outcomes in STEM!


Heading West: Intelitek in Kansas City for SkillsUSA Championships!


Intelitek is in Kansas City this week at the SkillsUSA Championships! Our VP of Sales and Marketing, Mike Ogilvy, wanted to share our partnership with the organization and what it’s like to be on the Championship floor:

Skills USA is one of the country’s largest Career and Technical Skills Organizations, and Intelitek has been a close partner of skills USA for over 25 years.  Our involvement has grown over the years and we are pleased to help in the following major areas:

The National Leadership and Skills Conference: Intelitek is the lead sponsor in the  Automated Manufacturing Technology, Robotics and Automation, and Mobile Robotics competitions. Students from all over the United States come to compete in these areas. Many of them are either accepted into a job or post-secondary education by the time they are competing in June.

Skills Connect Assessments: 46 technical assessments and an employability virtual assessment.  Intelitek was the lead developer and hosts the assessments for Skills USA on LearnMate, our E-Learning Learning Management System.

Youth Development Foundation: The Youth Development Foundation is a separate Industry group that is responsible for Industry involvement and fund raising for SkillsUSA. Intelitek has served on this foundation for many years.

SkillsUSA is a student organization with over 310,000 members!  This organization is not just about local, state and national competitions.  This organization is about skill development for sure, but equally, if  not more important, SkillsUSA programs promote and instill leadership skills that transcend a student’s life.  These include community development, organization, and employability skills that make SkillsUSA students successes.

This week in Kansas City anyone can see that the proof is in the pudding!  In Barrtel Hall alone, there is over 18 acres and over $25,000,000.00 worth of state of the art industrial and commercial technology at the hands of the students who have come from 50 states to win a national championship.  Intelitek alone will have over $1,250,000.00 of equipment supporting over 200 students competing in team competitions.  Over all, there are over 5,000 students that will be competing for gold awards in careers from Culinary arts to Factory Automation.  To see it is to believe it, pictures can tell a story, but from one who has been active over 15 years, I can share with you each and every time I walk onto that floor, the hair goes up on my back to be part of such a great event.  The story is not about the millions of dollars of equipment on the floor, or the thousands of hours that go into making and supporting these competitions, the event for all involved each year comes to life when we engage our champions, the students.  We all hear about the problems in America.  Well each and every year we go to Kansas City, those problems go away.  We see what a great county we have, we experience the active minds of students who are leaders in their communities around the country.  We meet the skills champions!!!

Intelitek is so very proud to be a sponsor and partner of SkillsUSA.  It is part of our culture.  The purpose of this blog is to “get the word out”  share the experiences of being involved as a partner of a great organization like SkillsUSA and to tell the story from a partners eyes.

Next week we will capture pictures and share the excitement with you as we can.  Stay tuned more to come.


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