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Tulsa Engineering Foundation is a foundation of engineering societies and universities/colleges, formed to assist in coordinating activities and services for the member societies and to promote science, math and engineering in the community.  It is a not-for-profit charitable organization, with the mission of serving the engineering profession and offering career guidance activities to our youth. Currently twenty engineering/technical organizations are members as well as seven universities and colleges.  Link to Member Organizations. Check the calendar for member society meetings and events.  Most are open to the public.

FIRST ROBOTICS GRANTS ANNOUNCED

The Oklahoma State Department of Education has announced the availability of grants to new and existing FIRST Robotics Teams at all Oklahoma Public Schools.  A Grant of $5000 will be available to new teams and grants of lesser amounts will be awarded to existing teams both of which will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Details of the grants and applications may be found at the Oklahoma State Department of Education Website.  See www.ok.gov/sde and search for “FIRST Robotics Grants.”

Two Information Meetings are scheduled for anyone (teachers, administrators, parents, students, etc) interested in obtaining information on starting a new team.  One Meeting is at Memorial High School in Tulsa on August 8 and the other is at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond on August 15.  Additional details are also available on the above Website.

Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Jack Sellers at sellersj@swbell.net or 918-691-3285 or Mr. Harold Holley at hholley5@suddenlink.net or 405-747-6463.

Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance – TRSA has a website www.tulsastem.org The website lists current activities, future events, and an awesome calender that lists many of the things TRSA has going on.  You can even add your own STEM events.  What a great resource for us all. TRSA was launched early in 2014 and already has made a significant impact in our community.  Vision: The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance works as a catalyst to create a collaborative ecosystem that encourages business/industry and the education community to produce innovative pathways resulting in a  highly skilled STEM workforce able to drive economic prosperity while meeting the needs of a globally competitive Tulsa region. TEF as well as several of our member organizations are coalition partners.

Is There an Engineer Inside You?: A Comprehensive Guide to Career Decisions in Engineering now available free on the TEF SWE webpage.  Click here for the link. Award winning author Celeste Baine wrote it after she earned her Biomedical Engineering degree.  It is everything she wished she knew before she went to college. The latest edition covers 41 different types of engineering and engineering technology, how to succeed in engineering school, women and minorities in engineering, engineering careers that make you say “wow!, salary information and more.

Updated Engineering Definition – “Engineers are changing the world all of the time. They dream up creative, practical solutions and work with other smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that matter.”

Effective ways to talk about engineering:
  • Change what you say about Engineering. Talk about the rewarding, creative aspects of engineering, how you collaborate with other smart and interesting people, and how the work you do makes a difference in this world. Use words like design or create (vs build). Also use words like: collaborate, innovation, financially secure, imagination, contribution.
  • Change the images you use to promote Engineering.  Update the fliers to include people. Test your marketing materials with your target group prior to release.
  • Change how we teach Engineering. Put Engineering in context early in the curriculum and in outreach activities.
  • Train others about the updated messaging. Inform your public relations, marketing, and recruiting departments within your company and volunteer activities. Train all volunteers prior to a major K-16 outreach activity.
  • Update your bio with the updated messaging. Use proven marketing-tested tag lines in your e-mail signature.
  • Join the Changing the Conversation community. “Like” facebook.com/engineersCTC and stay up to date with how others are implementing the new messaging.
  • Show your support, “Like” facebook.com/EngineerPledge

Top messaging and tag lines proven effective to explain “What is Engineering”:  link to TGC

  • Engineers make a world of difference
  • Engineers are creative problem solvers
  • Engineering is essential to our health, happiness and safety
  • Engineers help shape the future
  • TAGLINE: Turing ideas into reality
  • TAGLINE: Because dreams need doing
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