Middle Bucks In The NEWS!
MBIT Selected as FIRST Global Challenge Mentor
In 2017 an Olympic-style robotics competition was established by the U.S.-based organization, The FIRST Global Challenge (FGC). The goal of the organization is to inspire youth around the world to pursue STEM careers and to use that knowledge to solve many of the world’s problems. The annual competition bases its competition around one of the Grand Engineering Challenges, such as water, energy, pollution, etc.
While many industrialized nations can select a well-prepared team of students to compete, there are other nations which struggle to field a team. For this reason, FGC established a mentoring program through which accomplished schools can mentor international teams with less experience.
Since 2019, with support from the Ohio-Based charity Shoulder-to-Shoulder, the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology has been mentoring teams in countries such as Honduras, Puerto Rico, and Ukraine.
Since June of this year, MBIT has been mentoring a team of students from an impoverished village in Honduras as they prepare to compete against 190 international teams in Geneva, Switzerland from October 13th through the 16th.
To celebrate the upcoming competition, the students of MBIT’s Engineering program had a Zoom session with Team Honduras on October 6th as Honduras made their final design changes to their robot. MBIT students had a chance to speak with the team, ask discuss their design, and review their game strategy as they prepare to leave for Geneva. The students from both countries had a great discussion and learned about both engineering and each other’s lives.
FIRST Global website https://first.global/
Team Honduras page https://first.global/2022-nations/honduras-2022/
Multimedia Technology (MMT) students attend NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences)-Mid Atlantic Emmy AwardsMultimedia Technology (MMT) students Emma Hancock(Central Bucks), Joseph Shannon (William Tennent), and Brian Daly (Central Bucks South) gain some real life experience working the NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences)-Mid Atlantic Emmy Awards at the Loews hotel in Philadelphia. Working with a professional photographer the MMT students captured photos of the event, ushered winners to greenroom, and helped backstage. They even ran into alumni MMT student, Dario Adame who was working one of the cameras for the global streaming of the event.In April every year the Mid-Atlantic High School Production Awards for future industry professionals recognizes talented high school students with two scholarship opportunities. For 2021-2022, the chapter offered $1000 as the Next Gen Diversity in Broadcast Scholarship. Three teams were nominated from our Multimedia Technology program during the 2022 event!
North Plaza at MBIT reopens with ribbon cutting ceremony!
The Executive Council Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT), held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the north plaza during their November meeting. The north plaza project provides the MBIT community with a newly designed space to gather. The design was intentional to include more green space for collaboration.
MBIT Administrative Director, Dr. Mark Covelle says; “We are thrilled to open our newly renovated north plaza to our school community. The north plaza is part of a larger capital project to modernize and improve our building so that we can deliver another fifty years of world class career and technical education to the communities of Middle Bucks. We are grateful for the support of our Executive Committee and our four member districts: Centennial, Central Bucks, Council Rock, and New Hope – Solebury. This project is more than a renovation; as a career and technical center, students will have the opportunity to use the new space for collaboration and integration in their program areas of study. If you’d like to see the newly renovated north plaza, feel free to join us on December 1 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for our annual open house.”
Students in the Horticulture, Landscape and Design program will learn their skills alongside their instructor Mr. Greg Smith, and Facilities Manager, Mr. Warren Anders on how to design and enhance the space with landscape design.
“It is my absolute pleasure to have represented MBIT through the creation of our renovated main entrance plaza. The fresh new design is safer, more functional as well as visually appealing. Special thanks to contractors, faculty and staff, as well as the transportation directors and students who made the process swift and free of issue." stated Mr. Warren Anders, Facilities Manager
The MBIT experience provides students with a blend of classroom theory, technical applications in state-of-the-art laboratories, and off-campus work-based experiences. Students learn and apply reading, writing, mathematics, science, communications, and technology in a way that has personal meaning and career relevance. The educational program is organized around five broad career pathways and offers twenty-one state-approved career programs. MBIT prepares today's students for tomorrow's emerging technologies and provides students with the competitive edge needed for employment in a global marketplace and success in college.
For more information, please contact Jeanise Dimitri, at 215-343-2480 ext. 218 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Bucks County technical schools were just visited by a major Philadelphia company that discussed the construction business with students.
Lennar Philly Metro, a home builder in the Philadelphia area, recently met up with students at Upper Bucks County & Middle Bucks County Technical Schools to discuss the ins and outs of one of the most lucrative businesses for tech students.
“Lennar Philly Metro was proud to host the Upper Bucks County & Middle Bucks County Technical Schools for Careers in Construction Month,” the organization said on their social media. “They learned about the construction process and the various departments that work together to build a home.”
During the event, the company went over specific skills and expectations that students should be aware of when searching for a career post-graduation.
“Special thanks to the HBA Bucks/Montgomery Workforce Development Committee, Denney Electric for the donation of the hardhats, Justin McCarty from Lennar, Dan Stretz from Bucks County Electric and Adam Grossman from Delta T for educating the students that day, and to Kim Petrei for coordinating the entire event!”
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology’s Cooperative Education CoordinatorsMiddle Bucks Institute of Technology’s Cooperative Education Coordinators Pamela Swoyer and Steve Guinan hosted the Bucks and Montgomery County Cooperative Education Association’s first meeting of the year. Ms. Swoyer has served as the President of this group for many years. They collaborate on workforce needs, share best practices, have educational trainings, and compliment and assist the Pennsylvania Cooperative Education Association.The group is comprised of Cooperative Education Coordinators, Transition Coordinators and School to Work Coordinators. Ms. Lise Rich Special Education teacher at MBIT highlighted and explain the Career Pathway our Early Childhood Education students can participate in. Our students have benefited from partnerships with Co-op employers to gain access to Rising Stars Tuition Assistance and/or the T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood Pennsylvania initiative. Our students have received CDA voucher assistance, college tuition reimbursement, bonuses and paid release time for post-secondary school work. The partnership with local industry provides the back drop and connectivity for successful educational and career outcomes.