Mayor Tom Barrett joined local leaders at Johnson Controls for its “Green Jobs Day.” The mayor gave remarks on the importance of teaching sustainability and developing Milwaukee’s youth for job readiness in the energy sector. At the company’s headquarters in Glendale, Wis., some 60 city teens engaged in career-oriented presentations and interactive workshops focusing on the importance of environmental conservation, energy efficiency and the development of leadership and professional skills. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
The Milwaukee County Library will host “Lunch & Learn: Tips and Tricks for Raising a Super Reader.” This fun, interactive and informative session will give parents the tips and tricks needed for getting a child to read during the summer. A free box lunch will be provided courtesy of Cousins Subs.
The session will take place Wednesday, May 15, from 12-1 p.m. at Central Library in Meeting Room 1.
Space is limited. Registration is required. Call 414.286.3011. Doors open at noon, presentation from 12:15-12:45 p.m., book browsing until 1 p.m.
‘The truly wise person will care and share and not reap and keep.’
The scripture readings in our church for this coming weekend are: Wisdom: 7:7-10, Hebrews 4: 12-13, and Mark 10: 17-30.
From the Book of Wisdom we learn that the greatest gift we can have is wisdom. In fact, wisdom is that gift which gives meaning to all of our life. We hear that “all good things together came to me in her company.” It is a great gift to know who we are and how much God loves us. The reading from Hebrews moves us along to the realization that the Word of God is alive and effective and penetrates into the very marrow of our bones. The Word of God is wisdom and it has the power to change our hearts and minds.
And if we have wisdom, if we have opened our hearts to the Word of God, we will live as wise people, knowing what is important and what is not. The priorities that we live by will reflect whether or nor wisdom has entered our hearts.
And the way to gauge just how much we have given ourselves over to The Way of Jesus is how we treat the things around us and the people placed in our path. The reading from Mark can help us to see how much we are still living for ourselves with Jesus thrown in on occasion when it suits us or if we are truly followers of The Way.
The rich young man in this story is US, no doubt. We may not be considered rich by the way we determine who is rich in our society. We may not be part of the one percent, but we do have resources and we do make decisions on how we will spend our money. In fact, there are Christians who really think that if God blesses them with financial resources way beyond their needs, that God really loves them! How sad.
The rich young man came to Jesus in pretty good spiritual shape. He followed the commandments perfectly. And Jesus saw something in him that caused Jesus to love him, just as he was. Jesus, I’m sure, saw the rich young man as a potential apostle. And Jesus made the offer, and, sad to say it was rejected. The rich young man didn’t grasp that whatever he was asked to give up could never compare with the riches 9that God had in store for him.
I said that we are the rich young man, no matter where we are on the scale of wealth. How we spend what we do have is a valid indicator of our faithfulness to Jesus and his Way.
The truly wise person will care and share and not reap and keep. And don’t be fooled by the straw gospel that says wealth is a blessing from God and an ostentatious life style is somehow a reward for holiness. Jesus said give away what you have and follow me. I hope we won’t drive away sad, wearing our riches as we close the door of our luxury car. We will never know what this rich young man could have been if only he would have stripped away all that wealth that prevented him from being wise.
This year Milwaukee high school students will have an opportunity to learn more about how the mathematics, physics or other natural sciences they are learning about in classes are connected to the real world.
A group of eight teachers from Milwaukee schools will be bringing back some good examples of those connections after spending six weeks working in engineering laboratories at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) as part of the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
This is the first year the College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS) has taken part in the program, says Ilya Avdeev, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and the project’s principal investigator. “The teachers spend six weeks immersed in the lab, and think about how they can incorporate what they’re learning into their classrooms.”
“When you figure eight teachers may touch the lives of six to eight hundred students, you have a great potential impact,” he adds.
The RET program in engineering is one of a number of partnership programs the university has with teachers. The Department of Chemistry and Physics has an RET program, and the Children’s Environmental Health Sciences Core Center (CEHSCC), funded through a Science Education Partnership Award, helps bring environmental science to the classroom.
This new RET experience has focused on research experience in engineering because there is such a great need for Milwaukee-area students to enter the field, says Greg Callan, project administrator for the engineering RET program.
In the engineering RET – the Milwaukee Regional Energy Education Initiative – teachers spent time working in the labs on specific, cutting-edge research projects in energy-related fields with engineering mentors and researchers. Like the other programs bringing classroom teachers to campus, the engineering RET program collaborates with faculty and staff from the School of Education to help teachers translate what they learn in the labs to future classroom activities.
Professor Craig Berg, the co-principal investigator, and Associate Professor Tracy Posnanski guided the teachers in these efforts. They provided instruction to the teachers about the latest educational standards and worked with teachers to transform their experiences in the labs into lessons in the classroom. Callan is a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology department as well as a research assistant in engineering.
Taking it back to class
Mark Jeter, who teaches algebra and geometry at Vincent High School, worked in a tribology laboratory, helping gather data on the impact of friction and lubrication on bearings. (Tribology is the study of how surfaces interact through friction, lubrication and wear.)
“I’m interested in engineering and wanted to find ways to bring it into my class,” says Jeter. He’s already thinking ahead to how he can apply some of the knowledge he used in gathering and comparing temperature data to classroom lessons on the importance of being able to convert numbers and use algebraic formulas. “This is really an excellent opportunity. I’m going to bring a lot of things back to school that we can use to get the students excited about mathematics.”
Sombath Bounket of the Cyber Academy, based at South Division High School, is enthusiastic about using what he’s learned at UWM to develop more hands-on experiences for his students in geometry and trigonometry. “I’m a very practical teacher,” he says.
He worked in an engineering laboratory that is doing research on self-cleaning surfaces. As part of that experience, he used an instrument called a goniometer that measures surface contact angles to test how liquids bead up or spread on surfaces. Adapting that knowledge to the classroom, he explains, will provide very concrete examples to his students of why learning about angles is important.
Meghan Sebranek of Audubon High School worked with graduate students studying lithium-ion batteries. The research focus of that project is on designing battery cells that are lightweight, reliable and strong enough for use in powering vehicles. Her experiences in using the Computer Assisted Design Program (CAD) to help the lab team build various prototypes will be turned into class lessons on two- and three-dimensional geometry, she says.
Chris Levas of Riverside University High School worked in the biophotonics laboratory on a project studying microbial fuel cells – helping test ways to use bacteria from wastewater products to generate electricity.
Emily Harrington and John Rentmeester of St. Joan Antida High School worked on energy-efficiency projects. Harrington says she liked having the time to research concepts – something that’s hard to do during the school year. She also is bringing more than knowledge back to her physics unit on thermodynamics. “I bought various combustion engine models with RET money. Students will learn about combustion engines, practice efficiency calculations, study the cooling process and discuss how to make combustion engines more efficient.”