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BeyondtheNews
STEM

STEM revs
its engines
Mechanics can make at least $60,000
per year. That's why schools have started
fine-tuning their automotive tech programs to make them ideal vehicles for
STEM instruction.
Using automobiles to teach science
and math principles was the original
STEM, says Trish Serratore, president of
the ASE Education Foundation, which
works to prepare the auto service workforce. "Educators have been teaching
math and science principles in auto and
technology classes since the get-go."
In California, for example, the market for mechanics is expected to grow
about 8.5 percent by 2024, according
to the state's employment development
department. Many other states have
revamped their automotive curricula to
include STEM concepts.
Pass that wrench
In 2014, Tahoma High School in Washington updated its own program by successfully meeting and exceeding National Automotive Technicians Education
Foundation standards. It now provides a
variety of industry-standard tools, such
as multimeters and automotive oscilloscopes. "This gives the school a unique

GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNIN'-A typical class at Tahoma High involves students
working on separate machines, including a tire balancer. Instructor Luke Thompson
also provides writing assignments. Documenting work, he says, is an industry
standard for tasks such as repair orders.

advantage and ensures that students are
industry-ready by day one," says Luke
Thompson, the school's automotive technology instructor.
Students at Tahoma High learn math
and science concepts through instructorled demonstrations and hands-on automotive experiments. "We teach students
about chemical reactions by showing
them what happens when brake fluid

WAIT, WHAT?
In response to Seattle Public Schools' call for a new superintendent,
15-year-old India Unwin, a bilingual freshman from Franklin High
School, was among the more than 60 candidates to apply for the
position. Touting her experience as a student, good grades and
leadership skills, Unwin says if she had been selected, she would
have focused on equality and equity in the district, as she hails from
a socially disadvantaged neighborhood in South Seattle. "Equality to
me is everyone getting the same thing, and equity is everyone getting
what they need," says Unwin.
Source: KOMO News

20 May 2018

spills on car paint or what happens to
fuel trim when an ignition coil is unplugged," says Thompson, who's also an
ASE master certified technician.
Student demand supports the program, while an advisory committee of
local industry professionals and parents
defines goals and helps with decisionmaking.
Schools can manage space and equipment by having a dedicated aid or paraeducator, says Thompson.
Academic leaders should also work
with CTE to build programs by bringing
teachers from different disciplines together, adds ASE's Serratore. "Together,
they will provide students with the
knowledge they need for employment."
-Steven Blackburn

Being relevant matters
The ASE Education Foundation
offers a free e-book that discusses
STEM and the importance of auto
tech skills through lessons created
by instructors.
(DAmag.me/asealliance)

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