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Virginia Sees Success From Engineering Recruiting Effort In Elementary, Middle, And High Schools.

Virginia Business Magazine Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/29, Foster) reports that engineering schools have seen growing enrollment in recent years, but “recruitment of African-American and female students remains a challenge.” In an effort to improve that, “there are dozens of initiatives to interest Virginia elementary, middle and high school students in engineering.” The story cites the ASEE in reporting a 26 percent increase in “undergraduates earning bachelor’s degrees in engineering” from 2005 to 2014. Enrollment of women also increased as they “accounted for 19.9 percent of graduating engineering undergrads” in 2014, up from 17.8 percent in 2009.

Higher Education

Saddleback College To Offer EV Class.

The Orange County (CA) Register Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/28, Percy) reports on a workshop at Saddleback College on “a program that teaches students about electric vehicles in a STEM education setting.” In the program, “students would learn about parts and principles related to electric vehicles” and then build an electric vehicle. The college will start offering the program in the spring or summer of 2017.

Florida College Holds All-Girls Robotics Camp.

The Tampa Bay (FL) Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/29, Knothe) reports on an “all-girls robotics camp” held last week at Hillsborough Community College. The 18 girls who attended worked in pairs on projects such as programming “Lego Mindstorm EV3 robots to quickly traverse an obstacle course of about 50 water bottles.”

Skills USA Hosts Nationals For Career And Technical Education.

The Sheridan (WY) Press Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/29, Magnusson) reports Skills USA hosted Nationals, an event in which state winners “demonstrate their technical skills, workplace skills and personal skills in 100 hands-on occupational and leadership competitions.” Winners of competitions win varying prizes including “industry prizes, tools of their trade and scholarships.” Sheridan College in Wyoming had some of the most winners, with 11 students competing and ranking in all their events.

GEAR Up Offers Wyoming Students Hands-On Experience.

The AP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/29, Filbin) reports on GEAR Up in Wyoming where some local junior high school students are learning welding at Gillette College. Gear Up offers “hands-on workshops that center on activities from creative recycling to…welding.”

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Workforce

Company Working To Fill Skills Gap Between College Grads And Employer Demands.

The Washington Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/29, Selingo) reports a “new twist” has emerged in the world of coding boot camps that have been developed “to provide the so-called ‘last-mile training’ necessary” for college graduates to obtain skills employers desire “but are unwilling to provide the necessary training.” Revature, a company in Northern Virginia, is offering coding camps “for free, and then much like a temp staffing agency, places trained workers with employers,” giving employers a trial period.

Industry News

Docomo And DeNA Partner To Make Self-Driving Car.

Nikkei Asian Review (JPN) Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/30) reports NTT Docomo, a “Japanese mobile phone service provider” and DeNA, an “internet service company” are partnering to create technology for a self-driving car. They plan to use their superior 5G technology and “experience protecting its mobile network and customer data” to create a lagless technology that is not susceptible to hacking. The partnership is testing their technology on buses before moving to cars.

Intel, Mobileye Work To Develop Self-Driving Cars.

Bloomberg News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/29, Coppola) reports Intel Corp. and Mobileye NV have teamed up to construct self-driving car technology for BMW AG. On Friday, senior executives will hold a meeting to divulge details of the driverless-vehicle initiative. Automakers are engaging with tech companies, states the article, to keep up with consumer demands. Intel competes with companies like NXP Semiconductors NV and Infineon Technologies AG to provide chips to the auto industry. CNBC Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/29, Staff) adds Mobileye touts clients like GM and Tesla.

Siemens Wind Chief Confident Of Sustaining Profit Margins.

Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/29) reports Siemens’ wind power and renewables unit is confident of maintaining its improved profit margin for the rest of the fiscal year. “I’m quite comfortable that we will maintain that margin throughout the fiscal year,” the unit’s chief, Markus Tacke, told analysts on Wednesday

GE Energy To Continue Investing In Renewable Energy Projects With Capacity On The Rise.

In a video on Bloomberg News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter’s (6/29) website, Kevin Walsh, GE Energy Financial Services managing director, said that with solar and wind energy capacity on the rise, “there’s great growth for us. We will continue to invest. We think it’s an attractive invest and we enable GE equipment orders when we do that.” Walsh also says “it’s a ways off” before average rural Americans can be independent of the energy grid, because “the grid is very important as a backup mode, as a primary access to electricity.”

Auto Industry Focusing On AC Units To Meet EPA Standards.

The Wall Street Journal Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/29, Bennett, Subscription Publication) reports auto manufacturers are adopting new air conditioning technology to help them meet federal fuel-economy standards, with the EPA’s most recent data showing that changes to vehicle cooling accounted for 40% of the reported emissions credits in the US auto industry by 2014. The Journal notes the EPA has focused on AC units in cars for emissions credits over other features because the units emit hydroflourocarbons gasses, which are believed to be a significant contributor to global warming.

Startups Try To Catch Up To Amazon’s Kiva Robots.

In a more than 2,000-word article, Bloomberg News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/29, Bhasin, Clark) reports on how Amazon has controlled the warehouse robot industry through its 2012 acquisition of Kiva robots and subsequent decision to stop selling the robots to other companies, giving Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos “command of an entire industry.” Four years later, startups, such as Quiet Logistics, are emerging with hopes to replace Kiva and put robots in the world’s warehouses. Bloomberg discusses the importance of warehouse robotics, both for creating efficiency and offsetting labor costs.

Airships Touted As Possible Replacement For Cargo Jets.

The Globe and Mail (CAN) Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/29, Hansen) reports University of Manitoba professor Barry Prentice recently published a paper titled “Sustainable Transportation: Airships Versus Jet Airplanes” touting the sustainability benefits of using airships instead of cargo planes. Prentice says cargo jets are “the most polluting segment of the aviation industry” because they “are typically the oldest and least fuel-efficient jetliners, but they are also the segment of air transport that might be replaced most easily.” However, Prentice said, “Airships are a green technology that can reduce transport costs and create thousands of jobs directly and tens of thousands indirectly.”

Elementary/Secondary Education

New Jersey High School To Host “Engineering Explorations” Camp.

New Jersey Hills Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/29) reports on the “Engineering Explorations” camp to be offered at Madison High School this summer. Director Ryan DelGuercio explained, “This is a camp where students explore their interests in engineering and develop their skills through project based learning. Kids will leave with a strong background in design, problem solving, project fabrication, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills.” There are “three levels of courses” available, with each leading to a different project. Among the projects are “a solar powered car, a model roller coaster, a model skyscraper, an alarm circuit, and robotics.”

Study Finds Men Benefit More Than Women From CTE Programs.

US News & World Report Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/29, Camera) reports on a study from Cornell University finding career and technical education programs in high school “are largely leaving women out of the picture.” The study found that men who graduated from CTE programs “had higher rates of employment and earned comparable wages” to those from “non-blue-collar communities,” while women who graduated from CTE programs “were less likely to be employed at all and less likely to work in professional occupations,” and “earned far less than their female counterparts from non-blue-collar communities.” The data came from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Pennsylvania Camp Offers Girls A Look At Construction Trades.

Philly (PA) Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/29, Von Bergen) reports on Camp MAGIC, where the girls attending “used a drill press, saber saws, a spindle sander, and a high-powered nail gun to build their own toolboxes, and, perhaps, a career in construction.” The camp’s name is an acronym for Mentoring a Girl in Construction. The camp is designed to make girls aware of the opportunities available to them and the training they will need to enter the field.

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