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How can you ensure your children are enrolled in the curriculum that best meets their needs and interests?

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18 Oct 2013
October 18, 2013

National Manufacturing Day!

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A Mega Industries engineer explains the mechanics of bushings and brazing

In an effort to bring students and technology together for the celebration of National Manufacturing Day, the Manufacturers Association of Maine encouraged manufacturers across the state to open their businesses for discussions, tours, and demonstrations on Friday, October 4.

The goal of this celebration was to inform teachers, parents, and especially students of the need for more high-skilled job seekers to join the current 12 million people in the U.S. manufacturing industry.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Mega Industries in Gorham that morning. This company holds remarkable international standing in the production of microwave transmission equipment. After meandering through Welding, Utility, Quality Control and several other units explained by the professional operators themselves, I gleaned an understanding of the production of wave guides, the mechanics of a coordinate measuring machine, and the incredible efficiency of a brazing machine.

Employees at Mega Industries deal with an extremely significant degree of precision – one thousandth of an inch (thinner than a strand of hair which is typically three thousandths of an inch)!

The passion and sense of pride in producing near-perfect parts radiated through the faces and storytelling of the employees. When asked about their strong commitment to detail and to crafting of flawless products, one enthusiastic technician shared his personal motivation. He relayed to us his contribution to the components of fighter jets which he regularly remembers are a source of transportation on which our service men and women rely for protection and ultimately their return home.

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A new machine at Mega Industries designed by a summer intern from the University of Maine Orono

Other Maine manufacturing companies which participated in National Manufacturing Day are:

Discover the “Dream it. Do it” program facilitated by the Manufacturers Association of Maine, to learn how your student can explore and hone his or her interest in a manufacturing career in Maine.

12 Sep 2013
September 12, 2013

Mirror Reflection On The Core

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Are you thinking the Common Core standards don’t look so bad? It’s time for a reality check!

 

Proponents of the Common Core State Standards Initiative are quick to argue that this set of benchmarks came from the states. However, the authors are two federally funded trade organizations – the National Governors Association for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Do you find any difference between the Common Core standards authored by the NGA and CCSSO and the Common Core standards adopted by Maine?

 

ELA Grade 1 – Reading – Literature 1.4   “Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.”
ELA Grade 1 – Reading – Literature 1.4  “Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.”

 

ELA Grade 6 – Reading – Literature 6.4  “Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone”
ELA Grade 6 – Reading – Literature 6.4  “Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone”

 

ELA Grade 11-12 – Reading – Literature 11-12.4  “Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)”
ELA Grade 11-12 – Reading – Literature 11-12.4  “Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)”

 

Math – Grade 1 – Operations & Algebraic Thinking B.4  “Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. For example, subtract 10 – 8 by finding the number that makes 10 when added to 8.”
Math – Grade 1 – Operations & Algebraic Thinking B.4  “Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. For example, subtract 10 – 8 by finding the number that makes 10 when added to 8.”

 

Math – Grade 6 – Expressions & Equations A.4  “Identify when two expressions are equivalent (i.e., when the two expressions name the same number regardless of which value is substituted into them). For example, the expressions y + y + y and 3y are equivalent because they name the same number regardless of which number y stands for.
Math – Grade 6 – Expressions & Equations A.4  “Identify when two expressions are equivalent (i.e., when the two expressions name the same number regardless of which value is substituted into them). For example, the expressions y + y + y and 3y are equivalent because they name the same number regardless of which number y stands for.

 

Math – High School – Similarity, Right Triangles, & Trigonometry  B.4  “Prove theorems about triangles. Theorems include: a line parallel to one side of a triangle divides the other two proportionally, and conversely; the Pythagorean Theorem proved using triangle similarity.”
Math – High School – Similarity, Right Triangles, & Trigonometry  B.4  “Prove theorems about triangles. Theorems include: a line parallel to one side of a triangle divides the other two proportionally, and conversely; the Pythagorean Theorem proved using triangle similarity.”