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Director's Weekly Memo 2016-7-4

Students, teachers learn to make and create at CareerTech sponsored camps; (Or am I?); Watch for the giant iguana at Summer Conference; Member awards breakfast added to Summer Conference; useful links; and CareerTech events.
Director's Weekly Memo 2016-7-4

Students at CareerTech's STEAMmaker Camp and Code Camp learned about the maker movement and nontraditional careers.

Students, teachers learn to make and create at CareerTech sponsored camps

Oklahoma students had the opportunity to attend two camps this summer sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech. The two camps, STEAMmaker and Code Camp, provided students an opportunity to learn and be introduced to nontraditional careers.

More than 50 Oklahoma students and teachers challenged their creativity at STEAMmaker Camp at Waller Middle School in Enid. Teams of two teachers and five to eight students came up with answers to challenges, built prototypes and tested them. Students were introduced to the maker movement and teachers learned strategies to implement project-based learning in their classrooms.

Students were introduced to coding and more at Code Camp held at Metro Technology Centers in Oklahoma City. Students learned about coding through and programmed games as well as learned to program robots and more.

At both camps, students learned about nontraditional careers. Students participated in pre- and post-camp surveys, heard from speakers who chose nontraditional careers and completed homework assignments.

Find out more about the camps on Oklahoma CareerTech’s website: (Or am I?)

There's going to be a robot invasion at Summer Conference this year.

A number of students will be bringing their mechanical friends to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Oklahoma FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). The robots will be back in the southwest corner of the Exhibit Hall on the first day of conference (Aug. 1).

FIRST is a nonprofit organization founded by inventor, entrepreneur and STEM advocate Dean Kamen.


Watch for the giant iguana at Summer Conference

Robots won't be the only unusual creatures in the exhibit hall. There will also be a giant iguana.

The iguana bus is Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center’s mobile maker space. EOC Tech uses OK Career Guide and the activity-filled bus to help students decide what they want to be when they grow up.

The bus shows students what to expect from some of the programs offered at the Choctaw campus. Students get information about job expectations, expected salaries and education requirements for specific careers.


Member awards breakfast added to Summer Conference

Summer Conference will include an awards breakfast this year to recognize CareerTech educators in Oklahoma.

The following awards will be presented at the breakfast:

  • Support Staff of the Year.
  • New Teacher of the Year.
  • Postsecondary Teacher of the Year.
  • Teacher of the Year.
  • New Professional.
  • Kaleidoscope Award.
  • Career Guidance Award.
  • Carl Perkins Community Service Awards.
  • Administrator of the Year.

The breakfast will highlight in greater detail the achievements of each of the nominees and the winners. All nominees will be on stage during the breakfast and their bios will be read at the breakfast, and the winners will be announced.

We will continue to highlight our winners in the first general session at 10 a.m. The winners will be announced and their names will run across the screen as they cross the stage with their award.

Tickets to the breakfast are $30. Nominees may attend for free. Those buying tickets for the breakfast will have special seating at tables on the convention floor. Anyone who wants to attend the awards program but not eat breakfast can do so for free and will have seating in the bleachers.

Tickets must be purchased as part of your Summer Conference registration. They are limited and will not be sold at Summer Conference.


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

Adult Basic Education Foundations newsletters

Oklahoma Works

OK Career Guide

CareerTech Curriculum


CareerTech Events

Project Lead The Way Gateway To Technology -- Energy and the Environment, July 6-8

Project Lead The Way Introduction to Engineering Design -- Environmental Sustainability -- Engineering Design and Development -- Gateway To Technology Design and Modeling, July 10-15

Subcontracting Opportunities at Tinker Air Force Base, July 11

Trade and Industrial Education New Teacher Academy, July 12-14

Family and Consumer Sciences Education New Teacher Academy, July 18-20

If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done. -- Unknown
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