Upcoming CNY Competition Opportunities

Hello all,

A couple of STEM competition opportunities I wanted to pass along.  Both are centrally located and hosted in Syracuse.

The local Soap Box derby is being held Saturday June 11th.  This competition can qualify a student for Akron, Ohio’s All-American Soap box derby.  For more information and contact information see:  http://www.soapboxderby.org/syracuse/contact.aspx

The week before (June 4) at Syracuse University’s Skytop Office Park is the Central NY Rocket Team Challenge.  Although registration is not open yet, for more information see:  http://www.most.org/rockets

Also, if you teach high school and you have not heard about the Gene Haas Foundation scholarship I encourage you to check out their scholarship application:  http://ghaasfoundation.org/grants-for-education/

Hope everyone is doing well as we come up on Spring with the potentially warmer weather or snow depending on the day.  If you have any opportunities you would like to share, let me know and I will pass them along.

Edward Levine

2016 Syracuse Soap Box Derby Flyer

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CNYTEEA Tour: 2015 Program of The Year

Two days ago the CNYTEEA headed over to FM’s Eagle Hill Middle School for a tour and awarding of Teacher and Program of the year.

Congratulations to Howard Botting and David Witmer on Department of the Year!

While at Eagle Hill, we also got a tour of the technology classroom spaces:

  • One of two 3D printers used for projects such as balloon car design that introduces students to 3D computer modeling and additive manufacturing technology.
  • Classroom space featuring a shop, 3D printer, and CNC mill.
  • CNC Mill with custom shielding.
  • Second classroom featuring shop and 3D printer.
  • Computer lab that joins the two classroom spaces for easy access by either class.
Posted in CNYTEEA Tours, CNYTEEA Updates

2015 Technology Teacher of The Year: Howard Botting

IMG_0709A Fayetteville-Manlius School District technology teacher recently received top honors from a state association.

Howard Botting, a technology education teacher at the district’s two middle schools, Eagle Hill and Wellwood, was named a Regional Teacher of the Year by the New York State Technology and Engineering Educators Association (NYSTEEA).

Nominated by his peers, Mr. Botting joined a group of technology education teachers from around the state honored at NYSTEEA’s 52nd Annual Conference in Binghamton in March.

“It’s a great honor,” Mr. Botting said. “A peer-reviewed award is a wonderful validation of the work and activities I do with my students.”

Mr. Botting, a North Syracuse resident, has taught in the F-M School District for 10 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in technology education from State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego.

“I strive to grow every year,” he said. “I want to provide the best learning opportunities for my students,”

NYSTEEA is a professional association of technology education teachers working to ensure the technological literacy of New York State students, according to the organization’s website. The not-for-profit association creates and encourages opportunities for professional development and the collaboration of technology teachers. It also supports student participation and achievement in technology learning activities and competitions.

Link to original article: http://www.fmschools.org/news.cfm?story=3140

Posted in CNYTEEA Updates

CNY Steamboat Challenge


Looking for a fun and educational activity to do with your middle-school and high-school aged kids?

Join the Central New York Chapter of ASHRAE for the 1st Annual Steamboat Challenge and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Day!

Who: The challenge and its surrounding STEM Day program will be open to all middle school and high school students in the CNY region. Teachers, families and friends of Steamboat Challengers are encouraged and welcomed to attend and cheer on participants in this fun and educational community program.
Where: The MOST – 500 South Franklin St. Downtown Syracuse

When: June 13, 2015 | 10:00a – 1:00p Register by: May 31, 2015

There is no cost to register for the Steamboat Challenge or to attend STEM Day.

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For more information contact Chonghui Liu or Leila Karkia.

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SALT Makerspace

Last Wednesday night at the SALT Makerspace CNYTEEA, SME, along with local industries and the public had a chance to walk around and take a look at the Makerspace in Syracuse.  From saltmaker.org:  “Our SALT makerspace, is a community operated facility providing a collaborative artisan space with a wood shop, metal shop, and prototyping lab. SALT provides a convenient and economical space for established artists, designers and entrepreneurs to access workshops, develop innovative designs, and have a studio space.”  The facility is located at 110 Wyoming St., Syracuse, NY.  For more information, check out their website at Saltmaker.org.

Another opportunity that was presented last night was the HAAS foundation scholarships.  Last year, the foundation was not able to give all of the money earmarked away and this year their budget has been increased.  The scholarship is awarded to students heading towards the machining industry.  From my discussion, they are including a broad range of college majors in their definition of “machining industry”.  Definitely worth checking out HAAS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS.

Keep an eye on your email for upcoming tours and events!

Posted in Vice President's Corner

OTEA Travels to Milwaukee for National Conference

Submitted by Carson Case, Current Oswego Technology Education Association (OTEA) President

Last week the center for all technology and engineering education was Milwaukee, Wisconsin at ITEEA’s (International Technology and Engineering Educators Association) 77th annual national conference. This year’s conference focused on building technology and engineering STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) partnerships. The conference was held from March 26-28 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

The conference showcased all aspects of technology education from the newest products to honoring professionals in the field. Vendors showed off a range of products such as tools, machines, textbooks, computer software, and much more. Presenters covered a wide range of topics to help educators grow and develop their classrooms or schools.

Twenty-four students and five professors traveled to the conference from SUNY Oswego. The students participated in the Technology and Engineering Educators Collegiate Association’s national competitions against thirteen other colleges. Events included Communications, Educational Display, Manufacturing, Problem Solving, Robotics, and Transportation. Oswego finished in third place for Manufacturing, Communications, and Educational display and second place in Problem Solving. Aside from the competitions Professor Thomas Kubicki from SUNY Oswego was recognized by ITEEA as a Distinguished Technology Educator.

The students who attended are: Alex Parsons, Alex Kouthoofd, Carson Case, Chris Wood, Chris Pallay, Dan Ciamaricone, Devin Murphy, Donald Esposito-Kelley, Evyn Steinberg, Jake Lawley, Julie Lundgren, Justin Schimek, Kyle Matura, Lexi Williams, Luke Krucher, Matt Brennen, Matt Merriman, Melannie Ulloa, Mike Eardley, Nate Taylor, Nicholas Oetinger, Ryan Garofalo, Sam Platt, and Steven Gromling.

The professors who attended are: Richard Bush, Thomas Kubicki, Dr. Mark Springston, Dr. Mark Hardy, and Dr. Michael Nehring.

Photo: Problem Solving Team, (right to left) Christopher Pallay, Nicholas Oetinger, Kyle Matura, Jake Lawley, Carson Case, Devin Murphy.

Posted in CNYTEEA Updates

Syracuse Makerspace Open House


I am excited to announce that we have partnered with SME to check out a new facility in the Syracuse Area. The Salt Makerspace is a new building that has been created to be used by the CNY community. This event is open to anyone and is an awesome opportunity to make some connections with local businesses, teachers, and engineers. Check out the details below and see you there!

Date: April 22nd, 2015

Time: 4 PM to 8 PM

Free Food!

Location: 110 Wyoming Street, Syracuse, NY

Parking: Park along Wyoming and Marcellus

Event Information Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYrlVRkJLV0&feature=youtu.be

Event Article: http://www.cnybj.com/bizeventz/bizeventzhome/tabid/131/ctl/viewdetail/mid/464/itemid/1744/d/20150422/The-Art-of-Making.aspx

Registration Link Below

New SME Logo

SME Chapter 19, Syracuse, has partnered with DARCO Manufacturing, CADD EDGE, Salt Makerspace, the Tech Garden and BizEventz.  This social event includes free food and a cash bar.  Learn about the Salt Makerspace, meet local manufacturers, colleges and schools with a manufacturing curriculum.
Posted in CNYTEEA Tours

Baldwinsville VEX Robotics Competition Recap

Baldwinsville High School hosted their second annual VEX Robotics Competition on January 17th, 2015. Below is a video put together the shows a recap of the competition including a competition overview and students discussing their robots and what they learned.

Special thanks to former CNYTEEA President, Mo Lepine, for submitting the video.

Posted in CNYTEEA Updates, VEX Robotics

Nucor Tour and Dinner with Good People

Rebar is one of the variety of steel products made at the auburn plant. Credit: http://www.nucor.com

This past week on Tuesday after school, CNYTEEA members headed out to Auburn, NY on a tour of the Nucor steel plant in Auburn.  Both the tour and the ambient temperature outside were very cool.  To describe the tour without breaking the agreement of the paperwork before the tour, it was amazing to see the videos we have seen in class ourselves, as well as shown in our own classes, happening live. The highlight of the tour for me was seeing the arc furnace used melt down scrap metal.  I was thoroughly fascinated to hear the sounds, see the thermometer measurements, and feel the heat (from a very safe distance).  I was also impressed by the very visible emphasis and practice of safety, a common theme in the technology and engineering classroom.

Afterwards we headed to town for dinner where we shared stories of CNYTEEA meetings past and other such anecdotes.  One topic to come up was bringing back the “share nights”.  As it was described, these meetings were a combination of demonstration and show and tell with a few different activities/projects/ideas occurring per night.  Do you remember these meetings?  Do you have any novel ideas you would enjoy sharing?  Please post on Facebook, Twitter, or message CNYTEEA at cnyteea@gmail.com.


Posted in CNYTEEA Tours, Vice President's Corner

CNYTEEA Tour: Nucor Steel Save the Date

Good Morning CNYTEEA! I hope that this update finds you well as the snow begins to fall in Central New York. I am excited to announce that CNYTEEA has started a great partnership with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). The two groups will be working together for various activities and events in the future. Special thanks for Jim Maniccia from SME for their openness and hospitality.

CNYTEEA will be joining SME on a tour of Nucor Steel in Auburn on January, 20, 2015 at 4 PM. You must be a CNYTEEA member to attend the tour.

Below are some more details about the event. More information and a RSVP form will be coming in the beginning of January. For now, save the date!

Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Chapter 19 Syracuse, NY
Tuesday January 20, 2015


Nucor Bar Mill Group
25 Quarry Road
P.O. Box 2008
Auburn, NY 13021

Description: Nucor Steel Auburn, Inc. is a producer of Rebar, Merchant Bar Quality Rounds, Squares Flats, Angles and Channels. As we are certified to ISO 9002 standards we produce over 130 sizes in various grades and chemistries.

Parking: Park in front of the main building entrance. Steel toed boots best but not required, no opened toes and no photos

Cost: To Be Determined for CNYTEEA Members

Food: Dinner to follow

Map: Nucor Map

Certificate: Professional Development Certificate will be given to each attending CNYTEEA Member

SME Website: http://i.sme.org/c019/home/

Posted in CNYTEEA Tours, CNYTEEA Updates