Monday, February 9, 2015

Harford County Students Take CTE to Congress

On February 3rd, 2015 Bel Air High School Biomedical Sciences students and alumni presented at the "Today's Innovation, Tomorrow's Career Success" congressional reception at the Russell Senate Office Building.  The event was sponsored by Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) to kick-off CTE Month.

Hunter Gerard, Morgan Domanico, Ciera Munday, and Kathryn Higinbothom presented their emergency room innovation project which featured a mockup of an app as well as an emergency room design.

Alumnus Kyra McPherson presented her senior project, an innovation based on her experience at Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology.  Kyra’s blood work innovation has since been adopted by Johns Hopkins saving time and money.  Kyra also discussed the impact of the Biomedical Sciences program on her college education and her level of preparation for upper level science courses.  

In addition to presenting their projects, students had the opportunity to speak to Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI) and Senator Tim Kaine (VA) about their projects and the importance of ongoing support and funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE).

In Maryland, The Project Lead the Way: Biomedical Sciences program is offered in 40 high schools across 17 local school systems.  For more information visit 

For more information about the event please visit-
Harford County Public Schools:
The Bellarion- Bel Air High School Newspaper:
Association for Career and Technical Education-

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Maryland Student Breaks World Record

In May, Parkside CTE Horticulture student Dayquan (Wicomico High) aimed to set a world record for most bedding plants planted in an hour by an individual. He had the entire Horticulture program behind him. Hear how he succeeded in notching an official Guinness World Record with his planting behind Parkside High School on May 1, 2014.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Patterson High Students Participate in White House Science Fair

Photo Courtesy of The White House 
A team of five Maryland teens harnessed the power of the sun to create a working mini "hovercraft" toy. The team's design-which includes three 6V motors, a 180-degree servo motor, and two 5v solar panels-started by developing a 3-D model, and built the physical prototype from recyclable, environmental friendly material. The resulting device, the Green Tech Solar Hovercraft, helped the team win first place at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Baltimore STEM business Plan Competition. The students are studying a range of engineering- and computer science-related subjects in high school and college, and one team member, Denote Green, 19, will be entering the U.S. National Guard in June, after his high school graduation.

From The White House.

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Patterson High students participate in White House Science Fair - Baltimore Sun

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Awards of Excellence in Career and Technology Education



BALTIMORE, MD (April 22, 2014)  – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) today will honor outstanding performance in secondary and postsecondary Career and Technology Education (CTE) at the 2014 Awards of Excellence at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel.  The event gets underway at 5 p.m.

Speakers and award presenters include Assistant State Superintendent for Career and College Readiness Katharine Oliver and Dr. Mary Kay Finan, Maryland State Board of Education. Dr. Finan will be serving as master of ceremonies.

Maryland’s Career and Technology Education Awards of Excellence program is sponsored by MSDE.  The annual event recognizes outstanding programs, student organizations, change agents, business partnerships, distinguished service, and national award winners. 

This year’s award winners are:

§  Outstanding Business Partnership – SecondaryVolvo Group Trucks, Partnership with Washington County Public Schools

§  Outstanding Business Partnership – Post SecondaryARINC, Partnership with Anne Arundel Community College

§  Outstanding Career and Technology Education Program – Secondary – Manufacturing and Machine Technologies Program, Carroll County Career and Technology Center

§  Outstanding Career and Technology Education Program Post SecondarySTEMM Technical Middle College Program, Hagerstown Community College

§  Outstanding Change Agent –  SecondaryGreg Solberg, Frederick County Public Schools

§  Outstanding Change Agent PostsecondaryStudent Success Initiative, School of Health Professions, Wellness and Physical Education, Anne Arundel Community College

§  Outstanding Career Technology Student OrganizationDECA State Officer Team

§  Distinguished Service Award – SecondaryLinda S. Brown, Lead Culinary Arts – ACF Instructor, Easton High School, Talbot County Public Schools

§  Distinguished Service Award – PostsecondaryDr. Thomas Loveland, Professor, CTE Programs, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

The business partnerships award is presented to a business that has established a strong working partnership with a secondary or postsecondary institution in order to support, promote, and improve CTE programs. The results of this partnership benefit the school, community, and business.

Outstanding CTE programs at the high school and community college levels are judged in four areas: program description, learner outcomes, program outcomes, and integration with systemic reform. The change agent award recognizes leadership for innovative change in CTE programs and focuses on goals of change, the change process, and overall results. The CTE career technology student organization (CTSO) award honors a CTSO student leadership organization for providing growth opportunities to its members and emphasizing educational and career development of chapter members as a result of participation in the organization’s activities. 

The distinguished service award honors individuals who have demonstrated a high level of leadership, vision, and achievement in career and technology education. The Innovations in CTE award honors individuals using innovative future-focused strategies that keep CTE on the cutting edge.

For more information on individuals or groups receiving awards or to contact winners, please call Patricia M. Mikos, Division of Career and College Readiness, MSDE, at 410-767-0186.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Vote Now! Worcester Technical- Diagnosing A Hospital

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WTHC PLTW StudentsWorcester Technical High School is one of fifteen public schools from across the country – Washington, D.C., Florida, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington to have won $35,000* in technology as national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, the company’s commitment to raise interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning across America.

Worcester Technical High School’s project aims to create a real-world experience that extends Biomedical Sciences and Pre-Engineering practices, overlapping the two Project Lead the Way© programs in order to encourage the students to work collaboratively to problem-solve for their local community. Students have been afforded the opportunity to work with their local community hospital to create a redesign of the hospital’s current outpatient/emergency department waiting area. The current waiting area is antiquated in its design and no longer meets the needs of patients and their families. In addition, concepts such as privacy and confidentiality, infection control, efficiency of patient care, security of the staff, and use of sustainable materials are all elements the students have been challenged to investigate and apply for this project.

As part of the final phase of the contest, these 15 schools will be invited to present their projects in person at the South by Southwest Education Conference (SXSWedu) in Austin on March 3. Three grand prize winners will be chosen by a panel of judges; a fourth will be chosen by Samsung employees; and a fifth, the Community Choice Award winner, will be determined by public online voting. The grand prize winners receive $140,000* in technology and an invitation to a special awards ceremony on April 16 in Washington, D.C.

Online voting for the Community Choice winner is open until 11:59 p.m. EST, March 14, 2014.

“We congratulate these winners on the quality and creativity of their projects,” said David Steel, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics North America. “Not only have they impressed us with what they are capable of, they have made us very excited about what they will accomplish in the future by harnessing the STEM skills and community-based learning they have gained from participating in this contest.”

Now in its fourth year, more than 2,300 schools from across the country applied to this contest. Samsung created Solve for Tomorrow to get students and teachers excited about STEM by challenging them to apply their classroom learning to solve a real-world issue in their local community. Some of the unique ways they have done this is analyzing crime data to find the safest routes to school in an urban community and helping restore the health of a local bay through an oyster reef.

Since 2004, Samsung’s education programs have contributed more than $13 million* in technology to more than 500 public schools in the United States. Samsung continues to support children’s education by providing tools that empower young people to learn through a variety of STEM initiatives, including the company’s Mobile Application Academies and a partnership with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).

* Estimated Retail Value

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


The Northrop Grumman Scholars program will award a $10,000 scholarship over the course of four
years ($2,500 per year with ongoing eligibility requirements) to one graduating high school student in
each Maryland County and Baltimore City. Each of the scholarship winners will be invited to a celebration
dinner at the close of the school year, where they will be recognized by Dr. Lillian Lowery, State
Superintendent of Schools and Gloria Flach, Corporate Vice President and President, Northrop
Grumman Electronic Systems. The application may be obtained online at

The deadline for scholarship applications is March 24, 2014.  Please contact Paul Rivers, Engineering Scholarship Program Manager via telephone at 410-765-1268 or via email at, if there are any questions.

Monday, December 9, 2013

President Obama calls on every American to learn code

Today kicks off Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code Challenge. More than one hundred schools in Maryland are participating in Hour of Code activities. For more information visit