Orleans BOCES students [in William Rakonszay's Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering class] create parts for NASA’s International Space Station
By Angela Christoforos, News 4 Reporter October 30,2017 MEDINA, N.Y. (WIVB) -- Using a special machine students put their science, technology, engineering, and math skills to the test to leave their mark in outer space. “I can say that at 17 I have stuff in space,” said senior Brett Potter. “This is the latest technology equipment in the manufacturing field so students learn how to set up this machine, program this machine,” said William Rakonszay, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Instructor. At the Orleans Career and Technical Center students learned how to create hardware and the knob assembly of stowage lockers for astronauts. “This machine works off of things called j and m codes so there’s a lot of math involved and students have to have a pretty good understanding of basic math concepts to run this,” said Rakonszay. NASA provides the blue print and the materials, and students take it from there. “I learned a lot. I learned how to do codes for different machines,” said senior, Rhett Jones. The lockers students helped make are used on NASA’s International Space sSation to store things like food, clothes, and lab experiments. “It allows them to work with mentors which are NASA personnel which gives them a sense of how things are really done and the precision that’s required,” said Bill Gibbs, NASA Hunch Program representative. “I will definitely be able to put this on a resume and maybe even work for NASA,” said Jones. The stowage lockers that students helped create will be up in outer space before the end of the year. The NASA Hunch program for high school students will run in Orleans county for the next 5 years. For more information about the program go to https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/engage_with_hunch
Elections are being held for the BOCESTA Board of Directors. This year all offices, except that of the President (a two year term) are open for election. Download the form below to nominate yourself, or other member(s) in good standing. You may also see building reps for nomination forms or additional information. All forms must be returned by May 16th, or you may present your nomination in person at our next board meeting on May 17th at 4:15pm (UAW, 524 Walnut St, Lockport).
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) has been signed by Debi Hillburn, ONBOCESTA President, and Clark Godshall, BOCES Superintendent.
Teachers will be awarded $800 for perfect attendance during the entire 2016-2017 school year.
The $800 stipend will be prorated for teachers who work at least 50% of full time (.5 FTE).
Teachers who do not average at least .5 FTE are not eligible for the stipend.
"Perfect Attenance" means ZERO absences except for those approved for emergency leave, jury duty, conferences, meetings and/or workshops.
One of our own at the Women's March on Washington
January 21, 2017
On January 21,2017 BOCESTA member Laura Koeppel (Niagara Center) boarded a bus at 4:00 am in Williamsport, PA with her two cousins and her daughter, Amanda and they were off to Washington, DC. "This [the Women's March on Washington] was probably one of the most amazing experiences I've ever participated in! It didn't take us very long after arriving in Washington to realize that we were going to be a part of history," said Koeppel.
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