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Special Feature—Pull-Out Product Guide
A guide to a variety of excellent equipment, materials, and media that technology and career and technical educators can use for planning fall purchases and save for reference throughout the year..

Student-Built Robot Brings Homebound Teacher to Class
Due to illness, Richard Cormio, a teacher in the electrical program at Medford (MA) Vocational Technical High School, was quarantined in his home during the 2013-14 school year. One of his students, Hunter Raymond, worked with the author, the school’s new engineering and robotics teacher, to build a device—a fully mobile telepresence robot—that enabled Mr. Cormio to teach from home.

Preparing Safer STEM-Literate Citizens—A Call for Educator Collaboration
Despite the increased emphasis on teaching the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts naturally embedded in career and technical education (CTE), there remains little collaboration between CTE and the STEM subject areas in one important area: safety and liability. This article examines the integration of STEM in CTE, along with strategies to develop safer STEM-literate citizens through collaboration among professionals in related fields..


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