Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Keynote speaker will be former astronaut, John Herrington, first Native American Astronaut (Chickasaw) from Wetumka, Oklahoma. Mr Chrys Griffing, Area Coordinator for FIRST Lego League in Amarillo will also share information about the Amarillo FLL Competition. Several breakout sessions will be offered throughout the day to help teams with all aspects of the competition!
Both rookie and experienced teams will benefit from the Summit. Teachers, students, mentors, parents and sponsors are all welcome, just be sure and include all in headcount for lunch in an email to Jack by September 10th. Full agenda can be found on pre-engineering website at www.okpreengineering.org
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Dr. Virgil Nichols recently shared information concerning two new OSU Scholarships relevant to pre-engineering students.
· The Pre-Engineering Scholarship is for students nominated through their local pre-engineering programs. The scholarship is $1000/year ($500/semester) for 2 years. Recipients must be enrolled as a full time student each semester in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, earn 28 credit hours toward a CEAT degree program, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above. Criteria will be posted on www.okpreengineering.org with a Spring, 2008 due date.
· The FIRST Robotics Scholarship is for students who are registered participants in a FIRST Robotics competition. The scholarship is for $2000/year ($1000/semester) for 2 years. Recipients must be enrolled as a full time student each semester in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, earn 28 credit hours toward a CEAT degree program, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above. Criteria will be posted on www.okpreengineering.org with a Spring, 2008 due date.
Dr. Nichols recommends that any senior pre-engineering student interested in Oklahoma State University submit their OSU application by Thanksgiving to ensure their eligibility for scholarship opportunities.
George Collington, Manager, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Continuing Education, Oklahoma State University reports that OSU hosted the first Oklahoma PLTW STI. OSU offered training for five courses: Digital Electronics, Introduction to Engineering Design, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Engineering Design and Development, and Gateway to Technology. They enrolled 50 instructors, with over ½ of those coming from outside Oklahoma. George spoke about the quality of teachers he has found in the Oklahoma pre-engineering programs. He thanked Francis Tuttle and Carver MS for loaning equipment for the courses. OSU will be finalizing a Master for Engineering Education and coursework from the STI will count for college credit.
Mr Collington mentioned that the OSU faculty is willing to work with all Oklahoma pre-engineering teachers concerning curriculum and instructional strategies. He noted that the six engineering faculty trained for PLTW are the “cream of the crop” in the College of Engineering. He made a special request to encourage Oklahoma pre-engineering teachers to apply to become PLTW Master Teachers. Each of the five Master Teachers working with the OSU faculty this past summer, were from outside the state. Applications are due in November and can be found on the PLTW website www.pltw.org.