Monday, October 15, 2018

Walton EMC Walter Harrison Scholarship

Please see the attached letter from Walton EMC that tells you about the Walton EMC Scholarship. Eleven scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded for 2019. The scholarship application postmark deadline is Friday,  January 18, 2019

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Makers Gonna Make- Atlanta Maker Faire Is Coming Soon!

Maker Faire Atlanta is only a few short weeks away!!

We don't mean to blow up your inbox with emails of all the cool happenings that are connected to the Faire. But we have to tell you about these. We hope you'll come and check out the Faire for yourself and see why we're excited. 
Come and see all kinds of robots, like the new Vector robot by Anki.

Maker Faire Atlanta is holding our first Annual Cosplay & Prop Contest! More info

Say "Hello!" to our new media sponsor! Hypepapotamus is an Atlanta startup and business ecosystem staple..and they have one of the best event calendars in the biz. Check them out and subscribe to their newsletter for all the latest news and events.

Resources and FAQs

We're adding a section to the Maker Faire website that will have info about where to park, maps to the Faire, schedules, in general, the whats, wheres and hows. Stay tuned as this section will accumulate more and more info the closer we get to the Faire. Shoot us a note if you can't find something.
Register for the Faire today.


Experiential Learning Labs Lead
This position will help support all Makerspaces and STEM Labs that are under the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Georgia State University.
For more information click here
Don't forget. Register for Maker Faire Atlanta today! See you at the Faire!
Have a great weekend!
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Friday, October 12, 2018

Deadlines For College Admission

This time of year is filled with excitement and anticipation in the college admission world.  Students are working tirelessly to get their applications "just right" before they hit submit, teachers are writing away in an effort to get their letters of recommendation completed, and counselors are answering admission questions while also getting those letters and transcripts entered into the counselor portal.  During the hustle and bustle, here are the main things that students need to know:
  1.  Students need to meet the deadline that has been selected by the college.  For example, if you are applying to UGA or GT, that deadline is October 15th for early admission and January 1st for regular admission. We have an array of students during the application process.  These are the following types of applicants that we work with:
    • The ones that let us know in August that they have started on the process
    • Students that let us know in recent weeks
    • Students that let us know a few days before
    • Students that never notify us and we see their name in our portal (surprise!).  
     2.  Students need to know that there are also deadlines for counselors and teachers.  We hope that the guide below will help you understand the process for all involved parties.
    1. For the student deadline:  The application must be submitted, application fee paid, and any other documents that you are responsible for submitted. You, the student, are responsible for meeting these deadlines.
    2. Document Deadline:  Counselors and Teachers have different deadlines from the students.  The goal is to have those documents submitted by the student deadline, however, leniency is in place to provide those school personnel with time to submit the volume of paperwork that is asked of them and to account for the last minute student applicants.
      1. University of Georgia sets the Counselor/Teacher Deadline of October 22nd (UGA Document Deadlines)
      2. Georgia Tech sets the deadline as December 1st (Georgia Tech Document Deadline)
This is an exciting time for our office and we want you to know that we are focused on our seniors, while trying to fulfill our other roles within the school.  Seniors, if you have not submitted your invitation for your counselor to complete their counselor evaluation, please do so.  If seniors have not submitted their senior information sheet to their counselor, please do so.  We use that form when writing our letters.  It benefits the student for us to have access to that information when writing his or her letter.  It provides us with information that can make our letters personal and provide context for the college application reader.

And lastly, breathe deeply!  We are in this together and are our seniors' biggest champions!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

New FAFSA App Now Available

Are you looking for a way to access the FASFA when you are not around your desktop/laptop?  No fear, there is now an app to assist you with completing your application.  Check out the link below to learn more about the new app that is available to aid families in completing the FASFA.

FAFSA App Information

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Info about Samford

Last week, I was able to speak with admissions representatives about Samford University, located in Birmingham, AL. Below is what I learned about all the great programs, expansions, and happenings at Samford!

Campus Life: Samford is a campus of 3,373 undergraduates and 2,136 graduate students, totaling about 5,500 students. It's a Christian university, ranked as the #1 school in Alabama according to The Wall Street Journal and Forbes Inc. Even though most applicants come from Alabama, the #2 state as far as applicants is Georgia, and 70% of their students coming from outside of the state of Alabama!

Admissions Requirements and Process: The middle 50% of admitted students had scores of 3.6-4.0 GPA, 23-29 ACT, and a 1150-1380 SAT. They open their application on August 1st, and will start releasing admissions decisions on November 1st, with their first scholarship deadline being December 1st. They do look at demonstrated interest, which means that they take into consideration how interested you are in attending Samford. You can use Common App or the Samford website to apply.

Scholarships: There are several scholarship opportunities, with their Presidential being the highest honor, but outside of that, there are many academic, leadership, and department-based scholarships. 90% of their students are able to find out about their scholarship amounts by Christmas. There are two scholarship deadlines, but specific scholarships are due by the 1st one of December 1st, which are the Leadership, Presidential, and Fellows Scholarships. There is an additional scholarship application that will need to be completed.

Minors/Majors: Samford has a liberal arts education, with their core curriculum are interdisciplinary, and all freshman start with this curriculum. Additionally, there are distribution areas that students build on the 1st year courses to gain insight into a variety of disciplines. There are 10 different schools, and a 172 majors, minors, and concentrations, providing a variety of undergraduate and graduate majors, Samford has an array of disciplines to study. They also have new undergraduate majors of Health Information Management, and graduate degrees in both Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and Physician's Assistant. They also have many fast track degrees, for example, 6 years total for both a Bachelor's and Law degree, or a 6 year B.S. and Doctor of Pharmacy degree (among many other opportunities).

Unique Programs/Helpful Info:
--Samford admitted its largest freshman class this past year. They also built a new facility for Health Sciences.

--Their academic center just underwent a $16 million dollar renovation.

--Their Brock School of Business has the only Data Analytics Center in the country!

--They have 17 Division I sports

--Life at Samford includes traditions like Step Sing, where groups participate in a musical production contest, over 130 student organizations, and a spiritual/faith component.

Visiting: Samford has both daily visit opportunities and Fall Preview Days, which the one left this semester is November 10th.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

So, You Think You Wanna Be An Engineer?

Engineering: There is much more to it than you think!
Are your students considering a career path in Engineering? There are many disciplines they should consider.
 Engineering is the field of science concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, structures, and machines, and modern engineers use their skills for simple machines, computer technology, and building satellites.
 Engineering is an occupation with extremely wide reach. Engineering covers many fields and many skills. Engineers are scientists, designers, inventors, builders and thinkers. They work to improve the state of the world, magnify human capability and make everyday life safer and easier.
 Engineering requires a specific skill set:
Understanding and practice of the scientific method
Social, cultural and economic awareness
Exceptional mathematics skills
Awareness and competence in biology, chemistry, physics and other areas of science
The many fields of engineering give us machines and devices that help us in our daily living, and engineers of all stripes make things work and then improve upon the original. Engineers use creativity and invention to design solutions for global issues.

The Many Types Of Engineers
The reason many people are attracted to engineering work is because of the variety of tasks and environments available to them.
 Originally, engineering had four disciplines: chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, and each discipline had several branches. Now, those branches have become their own disciplines.
 Aerospace Engineering
 Aerospace Engineers work on aircraft, aerospace vehicles and propulsion systems. They are in research and development for new planes, helicopters, jets, gliders, missiles and spacecraft.

Agricultural Engineering 
These engineers work on conserving and developing the world’s natural resources including soil, land, water, forests, and rivers.

 Biomedical Engineering
 Biomedical Engineers work with physicians, doing research and development to improve health care and medical services.

Building Services 
Building Services Engineers design HVAC systems, electric lighting and power systems, water and gas supplies, and plumbing and drainage systems.
 Chemical Engineering
 Chemical Engineering examines the ways raw materials can be changed into useful commercial end products. Researching the properties of raw materials, design and development of appropriate machines and ongoing evaluation of operating processes are all duties of a Chemical Engineer.
 Food Engineering
 Food Engineers design and develop equipment and production systems that increase the shelf life of food while maintaining its integrity and nutrition.
 Petroleum & Petrochemical Engineering
 Engineers in this field explore, discover, harvest, use and improve oil and natural gas. They are constantly researching and testing new, safer, more economical methods of removing oil and gas from the earth.
 The equipment that produces our millions of life-saving medications is designed and operated by pharmaceutical engineers.
 Process Control
 Process Control Engineers create and maintain computer software and systems made to control the quality and quantity of products during manufacturing.
 Production Engineers make certain equipment in production facilities is maintained and operating at peak level.
 Civil Engineering
 Civil Engineers design infrastructure, including dams, pipelines, bridges, roads, towers and buildings.
 Geotechnical Engineering
 GEs provide information on how the rocks and soil beneath a planned structure will behave under pressure.
 Hydraulics (Water) Engineering 
Hydraulics Engineers plan and organize how water is transported and removed both for large-scale and local systems.

Structural Engineering 
The stresses of nature on buildings are the concern of Structural Engineers. They must also consider human traffic, motor vehicles, and other creators of wind, vibrations, and instabilities.
 Transport Engineering
 Transport Engineers design, test and improve transportation systems, including traffic intersections, train lines, and other veins of transportation within populated areas.
 Coastal and Ocean Engineering
 Coastal and Ocean Engineers work at the border between land and the sea, in the open ocean, and understand the dynamic natural environment.
 Electrical Engineering
 Electrical Engineering includes electronics, computer systems, telecommunications, and electrical power. Electrical Engineers design and build machines and systems that create, transport, measure, control and use electrical energy.
 Environmental Engineering
 Environmental Engineers assess the impact a project has on the air, water, soil and noise levels in the surrounding environment.
 Industrial Engineering
 Industrial Engineers draw upon specialized knowledge and skills in mathematics, physics, physiological and social sciences to optimize the use of human and material resources for the most efficient outcomes in industry.
 Marine Engineering
 Marine Engineers design, test, and improve machinery and equipment used at sea. This can include propulsion units, electrical systems, refrigeration, air conditioning, cargo handling and domestic services equipment.
 Materials Engineering
 Materials Engineers test how materials behave when under pressure, heated, or joined with other materials.
 Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineers turn energy into motion and power. Mechanical Engineers design, create and improve systems and machinery used for domestic, industrial and public use.
 Minerals and Metallurgical Engineering
 These engineers turn raw material into valuable products; for example, they turn bauxite into aluminum. These engineers use different treatments to process materials efficiently, using physical or chemical separations and metallurgical processes.
 Mining Engineering
 Mining Engineers work with geologists to plan and execute the extraction of ore and mineral deposits, along with the extraction of non-metals like coal and uranium. They have to find the safest and cheapest way to remove the minerals from the earth.
 Resource Engineering
 Resource Engineering is about the development and use of natural resources. This includes the development, control, and conservation of water resources, soil conservation, and other land and pollution concerns.
 Risk Engineering
 Risk assessment by this type of engineer involves analysis based on chemistry, physics and other aspects of a project. They identify potential hazards, how likely those hazards are to occur, and what response should be made in the event the potential hazard becomes a reality.
 Software Engineering
 Software Engineers design and modify software systems to support our businesses, transportation hubs, and even our digital games and social media.
 Any one of these engineering disciplines can lead to a successful, long-term career.

Engineering Salaries
Engineering involves many specialties and there are many opportunities for employment. Each of the disciplines listed above needs many specialists to work in the field effectively, like aeronautical engineers, agricultural engineers, automotive engineers, biomedical engineers, and many more.

Following is a snapshot of what one can earn with a career in engineering:

Engineering Occupation                     Average Annual Salary  

Aerospace Engineers                                      $107,700

Architectural & Engineering Managers         $138,720

Biomedical Engineers                                      $91,760

Chemical Engineers                                            $103,590

Civil Engineers                                                 $87,130

Computer Hardware Engineers                     $110,650

Electrical Engineers                                            $95,780

Environmental Engineers                                    $86,340

Health & Safety Engineers                                  $84,850

Industrial Engineers                                            $85,110

Marine Engineers                                            $99,160

Mechanical Engineers                                     $87,140

Mining & Geological Engineers                     $100,970

Nuclear Engineers                                              $104,630

Petroleum Engineers                                       $147,520

Ship Engineers                                                $74,600

(All data from the BLS, ABET, & NCES)

Future Engineering Challenges
Despite our society’s advancements, there are still engineering challenges facing the engineering field. Among these challenges are the following:

Upgrading the United States infrastructure
Educating first world engineers to solve third world problems
Promoting green engineering to improve sustainability
Identifying viable alternative energy solutions
Rethinking how cities are designed and function
Making STEM more appealing to young students
Safeguarding data and wealth from cyberattacks
Addressing climate change through engineering
Feeding the growing world population through bio-engineering and agricultural innovation
Improving health and well-being through life sciences, nanotechnology, and bio-engineering
To address these challenges, we need more students to join the varied disciplines of engineering as soon as possible.
 Engineers of the future need to be good decision-makers who protect the environment and enhance the quality of life on Earth. They must also work well with others in making the best decisions when interdisciplinary projects are attempted.
 As a result of our changing world, new disciplines of engineering are emerging:
 Earth Systems Engineering
 This type of engineering seeks to acknowledge the complexity of world problems and encourage the use of more holistic approaches, rather than simply seeking a single solution for a problem.
 Engineering for Developing Communities
 As the needs of the developing world for engineering solutions continues to increase, engineers in the industrialized can contribute to the relief of the hunger, injustice, exploitation, and pain of people trying to survive around the globe.
 As the population continues to expand globally, engineers may have the keys to improving life for those who suffer in poverty, with disease, and without basic machinery to make life easier.
From our first practical artists and builders, to today’s computer geniuses, engineers have defined how we live our lives, make our contributions to society, and utilize our innate talents and skills.
 Their contributions to society can be seen all around us. It is the future of engineering to take these machines and processes to places where the people have never dreamed of such technologies.
 Here is a link to the original article:

Oratorical Contest? Major Scholarship Money Is Attached To This Opportunity!

The American Legion hosts an oratorical scholarship that is shelling out major money for it's winners.  Check out the link below if you think you might have what it takes!