Petroleum Engineering Students Succeed at Technofest Competition

Photo courtesy of the Department of Petroleum Engineering.

For the second year in a row, UAF students from the Department of Petroleum Engineering excelled at Technofest, a competition hosted by oil and gas company BP.

Every year at BP offices around the world, challengers and interns have the opportunity to showcase their work for the wider BP community. Competitors must produce a poster to showcase a project or challenge they have been working on, and present it to a panel of judges. The competition was held in July 2018 in Anchorage.

The winners from left to right are Raymundo Lopez, Trevor Jepsen and Keith Robertson.

Source: Petroleum engineering students succeed at Technofest competition – UAF Cornerstone

 

“STEM Parent Program” Enables Families to Prepare Students for Jobs in the “New Collar” Economy

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), a leading not-for-profit for educators, announced the STEM Parent Program letting families launch a career exploration experience to help their students prepare for jobs in the fast-growing “New Collar” skilled workforce in fields like manufacturing, technology, cyber and beyond.  Parents who subscribe will give their students access to STEM LifeJourney mentors through a year-long mobile app experience.

Learn more about ACTE’s STEM Parent Program by clicking here.

ACTE and LifeJourney, a career exploration and simulation company, are partnering on this new innovative experience to educate parents about new and emerging careers in today’s economy.  STEM Parent is an interactive web and mobile application that enables students to explore and test-drive some of the most in-demand STEM and New Collar technology jobs from leading organizations and government agencies such as Lockheed Martin, Tesla, Cisco, and BAE Systems.

Source: “STEM Parent Program” Enables Families to Prepare Students for Jobs in the “New Collar” Economy | ACTE

ANSEP Leads Summertime Career Development for Middle School Students

Each summer the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program hosts four STEM Career Explorations sessions that expose students to a particular facet of science, technology, engineering or math. Throughout the five-day component, students live on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus and participate in hands-on, team-based learning activities.

This year’s sessions highlight health, coding, marine science, and fisheries and wildlife biology through career exploration activities, experiments, projects and field experiences.

This component is an opportunity for students who previously attended ANSEP’s Middle School Academy to gain first-hand insight into the daily life of a STEM professional.

Source: ANSEP leads summertime career development for middle school students – The Alaska 100

Alaska Middle School Students Construct and Test Bridges at ANSEP

Students and bridges at the Middle School Academy. Image-ANSEP

The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program hosted 42 students from the Kenai Peninsula Borough and Lower Kuskokwim school districts at its joint Middle School Academy this February. By igniting an early interest in science, technology, engineering and math, ANSEP Middle School Academy brings science to life. Led by industry professionals, the students used creativity and critical thinking to construct bridges and test their weight-bearing capacity. Students gained real-world insight into science and engineering careers with other interactive activities such as an Arctic wall build, field excursions and earthquake testing.

At the two-week, all-expenses-paid residential component, students experienced living like college students at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. Read the rest of the article and which students were chosen to participate in the February Middle School Academy include here.

Source: Alaska Native News

STEM Advocates Build Network for Classrooms to Connect with Local Experts

Brenda Taylor addresses teachers and would-be collaborators at a SouthEast Exchange STEM networking event.
(Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)

Holding the attention of tomorrow’s scientists and engineers can be tricky. Fortunately, Juneau is rife with professionals who work in those fields every day.

A group of local STEM — or science, technology, engineering and math — advocates is working on a database to make it easy for teachers to connect bookwork with real world work and find those professionals.

“From mining expertise and engineering, kind of geology, we have the glacial, we have University of Alaska Southeast, University of Alaska Fairbanks has fisheries here, we have NOAA fisheries, we have all the state organizations,” said Jordan Watson, a fisheries scientist at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. “We have so many different expertise here and in such a small town, it would seem a shame to not be using it in the classrooms.”

He and other members of SouthEast Exchange, or SEE, wanted to find a way to bring all of those resources to teachers. They hosted a networking event recently to help bridge that gap.

About 150 educators and STEM professionals came to network and register in SEE’s directory.

Read the full article here.

Source: STEM advocates build network for classrooms to connect with local experts – KTOO Public Media