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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-5-2

CareerTech STEAMmaker camp will challenge students and teachers; Kent Boggs reports on Oklahoma FFA Hunger Challenge; CareerTech updates information at; magazine shows tech centers working together for aerospace industry; useful links; and CareerTech events.
Director's Weekly Memo 2016-5-2

STEAMmaker Camp will be June 7-10 at Francis Tuttle Technology Center's Portland Campus.

CareerTech STEAMmaker camp will challenge students and teachers

Oklahoma students and teachers will get the chance this summer to think, build and learn at a camp conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

Oklahoma CareerTech is again teaming up with ESSDACK, an educational service agency with headquarters in Hutchinson, Kansas, to conduct the STEAMmaker camp.

STEAMmaker combines science, tinkering, engineering, aesthetics and mathematics with the maker movement in education. Maker education is project-based learning that incorporates solution-based problem-solving and engineering in a movement to encourage students to make or build things, said Jeremy Zweiacker, nontraditional coordinator at ODCTE.

Teams of two teachers and five students entering grades seven through 10 will come up with answers to challenges, build prototypes and test them. Teams will present their products and ideas to an expert panel. They will also have the chance to design their own challenges.

The camps will highlight nontraditional career options, and workers in nontraditional careers will speak. The camps will give teachers strategies to present nontraditional careers to students, and teachers will learn about creating and operating STEAMmaker spaces in their schools.

The camps are open to all Oklahoma technology centers and school districts that send students to tech centers, Zweiacker said.

“We are encouraging people from all different parts of the state to sign up so that we can spread the impact,” he said.

The camp will be June 7-10 at Francis Tuttle Technology Center’s Portland Campus, 3500 N.W. 150th Street, Oklahoma City. Teachers will bring students the first three days. On June 10 teachers will attend a session about applying in their classrooms what they learned during the first part of camp. Applications for teachers are open. More information about the camps and registration can be found at


Kent Boggs reports on Oklahoma FFA Hunger Challenge

The Oklahoma FFA Hunger Challenge for this school year ended April 1. The results are phenomenal because of the tremendous effort by FFA members, local chapter advisers, the state FFA officer team -- and, yes, we must admit, the low market price for hogs.

We would also like to thank our partners: Oklahoma Farm Bureau, in particular Thad Doye; the Tulsa State Fair; and the Oklahoma Youth Expo.

This year’s state officer team added to the FFA Hunger Challenge a successful Cents Makes Sense program to provide a fundraising option for those chapters that would prefer donating cash instead of an animal.

  • These incredible results are provided by Lisa Perry, regional director of giving, at the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank:A total of 201 FFA chapters participated, compared with 176 chapters last year, an increase of 25 chapters.
  • Chapters donated 511 animals, an increase of 160 animals over last year’s 351 donated animals.
  • A total of 764,702 protein sticks were produced, enough to supply every hungry child’s backpack for two years. The number is an increase of 247,702 protein sticks over last year’s 517,000 protein sticks.
  • And for the first time, chapters donated $4,868.50 in cash through the Cents Makes Sense program, which will provide 24,343 meals to our neighbors who are truly in need of food on a regular basis.

What a blessing! Feeding our world -- starting right here in Oklahoma.

Kent Boggs is the Oklahoma FFA executive secretary at ODCTE.


CareerTech updates information at

If you haven’t visited the website lately, stop by again to see additional resources for both veterans and employers.

Click on the Education Resources link to find a recently updated edition of a free magazine, “Career Focus: After Military Service.” This 40-page guide walks veterans through five steps in making the transition to civilian careers. It was developed by CIMC, a division of Oklahoma CareerTech.

A companion to the magazine for veterans is a workbook for employers sponsored by USAA/Hiring Our Heroes. This workbook is also free and teaches employers about the value proposition in hiring veterans and their spouses. It also shows employers how to find, recruit and hire veterans and their spouses.

The website also now contains links to a number of practical resources developed by Rand Corp, including reports, infographics and skill description tools that can assist veterans as well as employers.

All of these resources can be found under the Education Resources link at


Magazine shows tech centers working together for aerospace industry

Check out the “State of Success” magazine published by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. It contains a great story about multiple technology centers working together to fill the growing need in the aerospace industry, “Soaring Education.”


Useful links

Oklahoma Horizon Schedule

Follow us on Twitter at @okcareertech and find us on Facebook at OKCareerTech.

For news about Oklahoma’s CareerTech System, subscribe to CareerTech communications.

State Agency Assistance at a Glance

National Center for Research in Career and Technical Education

ABE Foundations newsletters

Oklahoma Works

OK Career Guide

CareerTech Curriculum


CareerTech Events

  • Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference, May 5-9
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Professional Development, May 24-26
  • State Holiday -- Memorial Day, May 30
  • Teacher Institute 2015-16 Cohort, June 6
  • Teaching to Lead 2015-16 Cohort, June 6
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