Summer Classes Available

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How to Get Girls Into Coding – NYTimes.com

Girls can code too.  So why does there continue to be a gender gap when it comes to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers? Let’s change that!

From the NYTimes.com:

WHEN I was 7 years old, I knew the capitals of most major countries and their currencies. I had to, if I wanted to track down a devious criminal mastermind in the computer game “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?” On screen, the ACME Detective Agency would spit out clues like notable landmarks to help players identify the city where Carmen’s globe-trotting henchmen were hiding out. I wouldn’t learn how to pronounce Reykjavik for more than a decade, but I could tell you that its currency was called the krona.I was the child of Indian immigrants, and like any begrudging Bengal tiger cub, I penciled in fill-in-the-blank maps and memorized multiplication tables after dinner. I was much more motivated to learn about geography by chasing Carmen Sandiego on the family Macintosh Plus. I couldn’t confidently point to Iceland on a map. But I did become a technology reporter.

Natalie Rusk is a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab who helped develop Scratch, an open-source programming platform where kids can code games and animation and then share projects and how-to tips. She thinks the next two years will determine whether coding can start to close the gender gap. “One of the key reasons to broaden participation is to get more diversity of who is designing these technologies,” she said. “It’s being presented as, ‘Learn how to program,’ ” she said, “but not, ‘What do you want to program? What’s your idea?’ ”

So what if, instead of trying to guess at what might get girls interested in technology, we looked at what’s already on their screens? While parents often worry about recreational “screen time,” some educators now believe that gaming could be a way to get girls interested in coding, and even to increase the numbers of girls in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — classes and schools. Reshma Saujani, founder of the nonprofit organization Girls Who Code, said, “We have to meet them where they are.”

“Students kept walking in asking to learn how to code wearing Minecraft T-shirts,’” said Stephen Foster, a founder of the San Diego-based organization ThoughtSTEM, which teaches kids ages 8 to 18 to code in after-school programs and summer camps. “Once it happened the 20th time, we started to realize, ‘Oh, hey, maybe these kids know something that we don’t.’ ”

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New Vet Practice Management Offered at New England Tech

The Associate in Science degree program in Veterinary Practice Management will prepare students to lead administrative operations of single and multiple veterinarian practices. The curriculum will provide students with the foundation needed to develop the required critical thinking , managerial, and professional skills to perform as effective members of the veterinary team. Students will be exposed to basic pharmacology, inventory controls, human resources, customer service techniques, practice management skills, economics, and communications.

The program is offered in the evenings so that students currently working in the field, who want to move into management, will have the opportunity to enroll in the program while maintaining their employment.

via New Practice Management Course Offered at New England Institute of Technology! | Rhode Island Veterinary Technician Association.

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Attn: HS Educators – Free Professional Development Seminars

New England Institute of Technology will offer a three-day summer session of free Professional Development Seminars for high school educators beginning Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

Classes will meet Tuesday, 8/19, through Thursday, 8/21, at the East Greenwich campus from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Space is limited in each seminar, so if you are interested in any of the seminars listed, please respond as soon as possible.


The following seminars will be offered:

Object-Oriented Technology in Java: STEM Friendly

Topics include fleshing out problem statement, identifying objects, behaviors and data from a problem statement, the object model, coding an object, the Eclipse IDE, Netbeans alternative, and object collaboration

Offered by the Information Technology Department

Class limit: 16


Kinesiology and Human Anatomy

Participants will learn Human Anatomy of the musculoskeletal system and an introduction to physical therapy and the health professions.  The course participants will direct the topics taught based on interest areas.

Offered by the Physical Therapy Assistant Technology Department

Class limit: 15

 

Expanding Your Classroom – Using Technology to Engage Your Students

Participants will experiment with screen capture technology, Voice Thread, Glogster and other free tools to create activities that engage students and open up your classroom.

Offered by the Faculty Resource Center

Class limit: 10

 

At Your Best: Optimizing Your Professional and Personal Effectiveness

Using the most recent ideas in management and positive psychology, this workshop offers an understanding of and a framework for you to develop and be your best self, and to be more effective in your work/career and life.  Effectiveness is your ability to be successful in creating desired results or outcomes.  The workshop is applied, hands-on, and provides practical tools, which allow you to continue the development of your best self and effectiveness after the workshop.

Offered by the Business Management Technology Department

Class limit: 32

 

Making Parts

Offered by the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department

Class limit: 15

 

Software Design Tools

Offered by the Electronic Systems Engineering Technology Department

Class limit: 15

 

To register for a seminar, please forward the following information to Tara Rugg at trugg@neit.edu


Name
High School
Phone
Email (best address to reach you during the summer)

Title of Professional Development Seminar you would like to attend.

Once Tara has received your registration information, you will receive an email with confirmation.  If you are placed on a waiting list for a seminar, you will be notified of that as well.

3D-Printing Used to Replicate Human Blood Vessels

Scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass., have successfully used 3D-printing to replicate human blood vessels.

The experiment marks the first time that synthetic blood vessels were created, according to RT.

Blood vessels are extremely fragile, and are more delicate than anything that has been synthetically bio-printed before.

“Creating artificial blood vessels remains a unique challenge in tissue engineering,” said Ali Khademhosseini, biomedical engineer and project leader. “We’ve attempted to address this challenge by offering a unique strategy for vascularization of hydrogel constructs that combine advances in 3D bio-printing technology and biomaterials.”

“In the future, 3D printing technology may be used to develop transplantable tissues customized to each patient’s needs, or be used outside the body to develop drugs that are safe and effective,” Khademhosseini said.

via 3D-Printing Used to Replicate Human Blood Vessels : Tech : Headlines & Global News.

Guide dog lands spot in yearbook

We already know that dog is mans best friend but who knew they could be so in tune to a persons well-being like Taxi is to Rachel?

Service dogs are widely accepted for a variety of disabilities, including visually impaired, hearing impaired or physically impaired.  Including dogs trained to recognize the onset of symptoms for diabetic and seizures.

From Today.com

This year, one of the photos in the yearbook at Hector Garcia Middle School is not like the other.

Pictured alongside the portraits of smiling students is one particularly friendly face — Taxi Benke, a service dog who looks out for 14-year-old Rachel Benke.

Rachel and Taxi have been inseparable for the last four years, ever since they were connected by Cindy Buechner, who trains seizure alert dogs. When Taxi first came into Buechner’s life, she immediately thought of Rachel’s mom Teresa who she’d met at a jewelry party, and knew the dog would be immensely helpful for the family.”They found us,” Teresa told TODAY.com.

“We hadn’t been looking into service dogs…we thought she might need one when she was older, but it was just a God thing that he found us.”

via Guide dog lands spot in yearbook next to girl he takes care of: ‘They’re such a great team’ – Pets – TODAY.com.

Surgeon Simulator for Playstation 4 announced

Simulators have been used in military training and by airlines in pilot training for some time now but could this be the beginning of a future requirement for surgeons in training? What other fields could game designers and developers help with a similar simulator?

From TheTechGets.com

Gamers are pretty desensitized to blood and guts — after all, you can only blow off so many zombie heads or impale so many bandits before you just aren’t squeamish anymore. However, it’s one thing to have blood and random goo splatter everywhere, but it’s quite another to see actual organs taken out of people’s bodies and examined up close. Enter Surgeon Simulator, the game that lets you tear open a very unlucky patient and completely obliterate his vital organs with drills, hammers and other implements of destruction.

Surgeon Simulator has been around for a while now as a PC game and an iOS app but now it’s coming to your living room TV with a new port for the PlayStation 4. On the official PlayStation blog, developer Bossa Studios explains the challenges that the company faced in bringing its controls for the game over to the PS4‘s DualShock4 controllers.

“The first and most obvious step to take was to map hand movement and hand rotation to the left and right thumb sticks, as this is what players tend to expect on a console game,” the studio explains. “The finger controls were less obvious. We had a lot of ideas which turned out to be a bit too clumsy even for Surgeon Simulator. In the end we decided to lose the one-button-per-finger design used on the PC and instead condense it down into just two of the shoulder buttons.”

via Surgeon Simulator for Playstation 4 announced.

RI Health Care Sector Expected To Grow 16%; More RNs Needed

There’s a more immediate need for certified nursing assistants, or CNAs, and medical assistants, or MAs.

Rhode Island will face a shortage of nurses in the next 10 to 15 years. But the state may need even more lower level health care workers. The state expects to see a shortage of nurses in the coming years. Credit Aaron Read A health care workforce development group says Rhode Island could likely be short about 350 nurses within the next decade.

That group, Stepping Up Rhode Island, just put out a report assessing the health care industry’s needs over the coming 10 to 20 years. But spokesman Barry Nickerson says there’s a more immediate need for certified nursing assistants, or CNAs, and medical assistants, or MAs.

“We are at the brink of that transition as the Affordable Care Act unrolls, in which we’ll see more health care being sought out at community sites because of the access to health insurance,” said Nickerson. “This is going to require more of those CNA and MA positions so we have our eyes on preparing them for care in the community.”

Click Link to read entire story RI Health Care Sector Expected To Grow 16%; More RNs Needed | Rhode Island Public Radio.

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The Rhode Show features Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Rhode Show logo

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing at New England Tech was recently featured on The Rhode Show.

Watch the segment below!

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Six NEIT students headed to National competition

Good luck to the six New England Institute of Technology SkillsUSA first place winners who will be traveling to Kansas City, Missouri, with Amanda Metzger, New England Tech’s Special Events Coordinator and Criminal Justice faculty member, Mike Pezzullo, for the national competition scheduled for June 24-27, 2014.

SkillsUSA is national organization serving more than 300,000 high school students, college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations. During the annual national level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 students will compete in 99 occupational and leadership skill areas.

New England Institute of Technology has a postsecondary Chapter of SkillsUSA.

The six gold medalists competing at the national competition are:

If you are headed to the competition in Kansas City and have interest in learning more about New England Institute of Technology be sure to visit our booth #363 and say hi to Erin Flynn, Manager of Admissions Outreach and Events.