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Custom Covers & 4-page Inserts Now Available for Those Amazing Builders and Those Amazing Engineers

- June, 2015

Trilogy Publications LLC, publisher of the Those Amazing…Series, now offers organizations—companies, schools, associations, non-profit groups— the opportunity to have books with a custom cover, an inside front cover and a custom 4-page insert for either Those Amazing Engineers or Those Amazing Builders. This customization would feature the organization’s name/logo on the cover, a targeted message on the inside front cover, and a 4-page text and graphics insert in the center of the book. Your organization’s personalized information connects young people to your organization and enhances the benefits of the books for both you and the reader. Please contact us for more information: 201-816-1211, or lclark@trilogypublications.com.

 

We continue to find New Audiences!

- June, 2015

In exciting news, Trilogy’s Those Amazing…series is continuing to find new audiences. In early 2015, two developments helped our books better reach young people. The Department of Education of New Hampshire ordered 350 copies of each of our three books—Those Amazing Engineers, Those Amazing Scientists, and Those Amazing Builders—and we worked closely with a major national engineering and construction company to customize books to suit their recruitment goals.

New Hampshire Department of Education Reaches Out

The Department of Education of New Hampshire provided copies of Those Amazing Engineers to students attending Girls Technology Day in 2014, and again in 2015. Here’s what Jennifer M. Kiley, Education Consultant – Career Development Bureau at the Department of Education said: “We loved the easy to read style and the great graphics. When we learned that there were two other books in the series, we decided to purchase sets to give to the teacher chaperones in their swag bags at the two Girls Technology Day events that we held this year….and we will be distributing additional copies at the CTE outreach events we will be holding this fall.” The Department of Education will be inviting high school and middle school principals statewide to learn more about CTE at a special event – in their goody bags will be complimentary sets of the Amazing books.

Renewed Interest in Those Amazing Scientists

Many of you are not familiar with Those Amazing Scientists—another underserved profession that Trilogy has focused on. Lately, we have had renewed interest by many companies and organizations. Consider ordering a copy for your children. Think summer reading that’s intriguing and well…cool!

Customize Books to Market Your Organization

Customize the books with your logo on the cover, a full page write up on the inside cover, and a lively four-page insert bound into the books to highlight your story, your projects, and your people. It’s a great way to put your personal stamp on a book that will show kids the amazing things engineers, scientists and builders do…every day.

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Thanks for helping to introduce kids to amazing careers!






Those Amazing… books help bridge the learning gap between STEM education and the real world

- Jan. 24, 2014

ENGLEWOOD Cliffs, NJ — Educators are learning that getting students of all ages to embrace science, technology, engineering and math curriculum (STEM) is all about making connections —showing real life examples and how they affect a student’s world.

“Teachers need tools that help students connect what they study with their daily lives. Our books use examples of projects that young people can relate to, projects that affect their lives or their communities and excite their imaginations,” said Rose Reichman, a partner with Trilogy Publications, a group of communicators dedicated to encouraging students to seek rewarding career paths. Trilogy’s Those Amazing… books for upper elementary, middle and high school students—Those Amazing Engineers, Those Amazing Scientists and Those Amazing Builders—address engineering, science, and construction from real life perspectives, with information on career opportunities and career paths. Suddenly, kids can connect the dots between math and science and designing and building a sports stadium. They can see, for example, how designing the structure of a stadium relates to their education and, maybe, a career.

According to an editorial in the New York Times (Who Says Math Has to be Boring?, December 7, 2013), “Research has shown that the right mix of career and technical education can reduce dropout rates… and make students aware of careers that are now being ignored. Take engineering, for example, a field that pays well and needs ever more workers. Most high school students say they have no interest in the subject. That’s largely because few of them ever encounter it.”

“What I like about being part of this effort is that it speaks to the natural relationship between students and educators. Teachers are in a unique position to channel a young person’s natural curiosity,” said Jeffrey M. Levy, CEO of RailWorks, a major construction company, and advisor to the Those Amazing… series. “The fastest growing occupations need some STEM education, and the growth of college degrees in STEM fields isn’t accelerating as fast as other fields. We need every available tool to help students and teachers connect what students learn to their future career options, and that’s what the Those Amazing… books do.”

Educators—teachers, guidance counselors and school districts—can order books and take advantage of the teacher’s guides available online on the Trilogy website. In addition, an Adopt-a-School program allows educators to apply for free copies of Those Amazing…books on Trilogy’s website. At the same time, corporations can sign-up to sponsor books in Trilogy’s Adopt-A-School program. ‘Trilogy is working hard to pair sponsors with school requests,” said Reichman.

“Experts say creativity is as important as literacy,” added Reichman. “Books like Those Amazing… encourage students to engage in STEM-related activities and imagine how science, math, engineering and technology can impact their lives today and in the future. Students begin to understand the connection, and they look at the world around them in new ways,” said Reichman.






ENR reports on Those Amazing Builders

- November 19, 2013

 Pushing to fill gaps in the construction workforce, particularly in the building trades, practitioners have teamed with a specialty publisher to showcase to middle- and high-school students what's "amazing" about industry building careers.
Promoters hope to distribute up to 100,000 copies of "Those Amazing Builders," to students through teachers and guidance counselors as a career-prep and classroom tool. 






Growing List of Sponsors are Providing Those Amazing…  Books to Schools

- November 19, 2013

A lot has been happening since Trilogy Publications’ June launch of Those Amazing Builders, the book designed to interest middle and high school students in careers in construction. The book sponsors—Skanska USA, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, RailWorks, Willis of New York, Inc., the General Contractors Association of New York, HOK, and the New York Building Congress—have been distributing books to schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, and YMCAs, to their offices/association members, and have been using books in school presentations and high school road shows.

To take Those Amazing Builders directly to students, Trilogy Publications has developed an Adopt-a-School program. Nearly 100 schools across the country have applied on line, requesting more than 10,000 books. Sponsors are beginning to fulfill those requests.

Those Amazing Engineers continues to be in demand by schools across the country. Richard Tomasetti and the Thornton Tomasetti Foundation are continuing their support of Those Amazing Engineers by sponsorship of 500 books for schools in New York City and nationwide.






New Book “Those Amazing Builders,” aimed to attract students to construction careers

- June 26, 2013

Mike McNally, president and CEO of Skanska USA, left, and Richard T. Anderson, President, New York Building Congress
Mike McNally, president and CEO of Skanska USA, left, and Richard T. Anderson, President, New York Building Congress

Trilogy Publications launched a new book “Those Amazing Builders,” to interest middle and high school students in careers in construction, just in time for the construction hiring boom.

The book comes at a time when the construction industry is on an upswing. More than 2 million jobs were lost between 2007 and 2011 during the economic downturn—a period in which hundreds of thousands of laid-off construction workers left the field or retired. Add to that the fact that Baby Boomers are retiring and fewer high school graduates are entering the field.

“The Construction Users Council predicted the industry will experience a shortage of 2 million construction workers by 2017, which makes it essential for the industry to educate young people early on about the opportunities available in construction so we can continue to cultivate innovation and keep the field moving forward,” said Mike McNally, president and CEO of Skanska USA. “Skanska is proud to support Trilogy publications and sponsor the book “Those Amazing Builders,” which is an incredibly creative effort to expose the next generation to the construction industry.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the next decade will see a dramatic uptrend in construction industry employment. Jobs for industry professionals such as architects, construction managers, engineers, and construction laborers are expected to show double digit increases between 2010 and 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor statistics, with some segments of the industry expected to increase by as much as 24 percent during that timeframe.

“Construction is—and has always been—an integral part of our society and economy, and is often overlooked by young people considering careers,” says Jeffrey M. Levy, President & CEO, RailWorks Corporation. “With the beginnings of the recovery, companies are scrambling to hire experienced construction industry professionals and trade labor—construction work simply can’t be outsourced to foreign countries.”

The launch event kicks off a campaign in the New York metropolitan area and nationally to get the book into schools for use by teachers and guidance counselors. “We are excited about the possibilities of introducing construction career options to young people,” said Rose Reichman, a Trilogy Partner, noting that there have been over 3,500 requests for the book from the NYC Department of Education, and 3,000 from guidance counselors around the country. School districts, guidance counselors and teachers nationwide can order free copies of “Those Amazing Builders” for their students on Trilogy’s website. The outreach initiative is similar to Trilogy’s successful Adopt-a-School Program for its earlier title, “Those Amazing Engineers,” which has more than 90,000 copies in print, many of which are part of classroom activities in schools. The book also has been widely used in outreach and educational programs of corporations, organizations and universities.

“Over 8 million people in the US are employed in the construction industry. The opportunity and the rewards in the industry are there for today’s young people,” says Reichman. “Students may have little understanding of the world of construction. Yet when they recognize that people in the building industry are working to solve many challenges of our times—delivering safe, secure transportation systems, providing clean water, and supplying clean and affordable energy—their interest and respect for the construction industry grows dramatically.” Skanska USA was a sponsor of the book at the highest Diamond level, supported by Ingersoll Rand at the Platinum level, RailWorks and Willis Group at the Gold level, and the General Contractors Association of New York, HOK, and the New York Building Congress all at the Silver level.

The book was launched at a reception in Manhattan at the Society of Illustrators on June 26. In attendance were executives from construction and educational organizations and representatives from key leaders in the construction industry that sponsored the book at several different levels. Speakers at the launch included McNally of Skanska USA; Mark Schustek, End User Sales, Security Technologies Americas, Ingersoll Rand; Richard T. Anderson, President, New York Building Congress; and Denise Richardson, Managing Director, General Contractors Association of New York.





AECOM Joins Book Donor Program to Introduce Kids to Engineering

- December 20, 2011

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ, Dec. 20—Engineering giant AECOM is the latest in a list of corporate donors to support Trilogy Publications’ Adopt-a-School program. The program helps boost technological literacy and introduces engineering to upper elementary school students through a colorful 28-page book, Those Amazing Engineers. AECOM’s support has provided 1,200 books for 25 schools in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

AECOM’s president, John Dionisio, is enthusiastic about the program. “It is critical that we, in the engineering profession, take an active part in encouraging the next generation of engineers. Those Amazing Engineers sparks the interest of young people and shows them how engineering touches every aspect of their lives”, says Dionisio. “We encourage engineering firms of all sizes to support engineering education, and the Adopt-a-School Program is an effective way to get involved.”

The Adopt-a-School program matches private donors with schools around the country that have requested free copies of Those Amazing Engineers, and an accompanying teachers guide, for use in their classrooms. Response from teachers has been enthusiastic, with close to 18,000 books requested from more than 200 schools around the country.

Other key donors to the Adopt-a-School program include such industry leaders as Thornton Tomasetti, Halcrow, URS, Schiavone Construction and Michael Baker Engineering. With more than 70,000 copies in print, Those Amazing Engineers has received outstanding reviews and has been applauded by educators, as well as the engineering community, where it serves as a vital part of outreach programs for corporations, organizations and universities.

Corporations and organizations interested in the Adopt-a-School program can find information at www.trilogypublications.com or by calling 201-816-1211.

AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in approximately 125 countries and has annual revenue in excess of $7.0 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at www.aecom.com.

Trilogy Publications LLC is a partnership of communicators whose mission is to encourage elementary and middle school students to seek rewarding career paths and introduce them to fields they might otherwise overlook. Through its Those Amazing...series, Trilogy aims to introduce children early on to careers that can benefit them as well as society, in the belief that the world will be a safer, greener, better place for all of us. More information on Trilogy Publications and the Adopt-a-School program can be found at www.trilogypublications.com.






Engineering News-Record Spotlights Those Amazing Engineers and the
Adopt-A-School Program

- April 7, 2010

Those engineers, they continue to amaze! So, this update of a 2004 primer on the profession, geared toward older elementary and middle-school students, reflects not only new engineering records and niches but also offers incentives to boost its appeal to kids, teachers, parents and corporate sponsors.

The book, which explains what practitioners do in key engineering specialties, has not changed much in presentation, with mostly the same vibrant visuals and kid-friendly text. About 70,000 copies of the first edition are now in print.

Revisions to the book include Taiwan's Taipei 101 skyscraper replacing Kuala Lumpur's shorter Petronas Towers on the cover as well as new space devoted to overviews of two disciplines whose appeal is growing among younger generations: environmental engineering and software engineering.

Also new is publisher Trilogy's push to more link corporate sponsors and school officials through its "Adopt-A-School" program, which matches schools requesting books with companies and associations that will provide copies and a teacher's guide at no charge.

In a pilot effort, consultant Weidlinger Associates, New York City, provided 400 gratis copies to a school in Worcester, Mass., says the publisher, which adds that it has already received more than 6,500 book requests for schools, summer camps and special programs in 31 states. An effort to distribute "Those Amazing Engineers" in New York City schools begins this month, with funding from engineers Halcrow and Thornton Tomasetti.

Trilogy's series, which includes “Those Amazing Scientists," soon will feature the "Those Amazing Builders," which will focus on project managers, contractors and construction trades.

The book's advisory committee is bullish on the possibilities. "It is exciting to imagine the future of our profession," says Mysore Nagaraja, a New York City-based engineering consultant and former president of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's capital construction unit. Adds Michael Della Rocca, president of Halcrow North America, "If we can show children the marvels of everyday things they take for granted and link that knowledge to the engineering profession, we increase the chance that a motivated and talented young person will travel down the path."






ADOPT-A-SCHOOL PROGRAM OFFERS FREE BOOKS TO INTRODUCE KIDS TO ENGINEERING - January 12, 2010

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ, January 12—Trilogy Publications announces a new program that introduces engineering to upper elementary school students in the classroom through Those Amazing Engineers, a colorful 28-page book, donated by private corporations and associations. Teachers nationwide can now order free books and a teacher’s guide for their classes.

The program matches corporate donors with schools interested in receiving Those Amazing Engineers, an engaging, lively, and fun to read book that introduces kids to the marvelous things engineers can do. With more than 70,000 copies in print, Those Amazing Engineers has been well-reviewed and is already part of classroom activities in some schools. The book also has been widely used in outreach and educational programs of corporations, organizations and universities.

In a pilot Adopt-a-School program, the Quinsigamond School in Worcester MA received 400 books from Weidlinger Associates, an international consulting engineering firm. The books were integrated into the school curriculum. “The books were used in fifth and sixth grades, during guided reading lessons,” reports Qiunsigamond School principal Debbie Mitchell. “Students and teachers alike responded to the book’s humor and colorful examples of what engineers do. In fact, this year I'm going to use the book with staff during professional development, as an excellent example of non-fiction text, to support teachers in their instruction of students.”

K-12 engineering education is vital to today’s students. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the National Research Council claim it has the potential to improve student learning and achievement in science and mathematics, increase awareness of what engineers do and of engineering as a potential career, and boost students’ technological literacy. A 2009 report by the two organizations stresses that engineering is a profession critical to retaining U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.

Dovetailing with the new White House campaign, “Educate to Innovate,” which encourages the private sector to initiate activities outside the classroom, Trilogy’s Adopt-a-School program promotes private sector activities within the classroom.

Teachers and schools can sign up to receive free copies of Those Amazing Engineers for their students and get more information on the book, the teacher’s guide and the Adopt-a-School program at www.trilogypublications.com or by calling 201-816-1211.






ADOPT-A-SCHOOL PROGRAM SEEKS CORPORATE DONORS TO HELP INTRODUCE KIDS TO ENGINEERING - January 12, 2010

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ, January 12—Trilogy Publications announces a new program to help boost technological literacy and introduce engineering to upper elementary school students through a colorful 28-page book, Those Amazing Engineers. In its Adopt-a-School program Trilogy is seeking private donors to purchase the book and accompanying teachers’ guide, and provide them free of charge to support activities within the classroom.

K-12 engineering education is vitally important. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the National Research Council claim it has the potential to improve student learning and achievement in science and mathematics, increase awareness of what engineers do and of engineering as a potential career. A 2009 report by the two organizations stresses that engineering is a profession critical to retaining U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.

Those Amazing Engineers, an engaging, lively, and fun to read book, is an ideal way to introduce kids to the marvelous things engineers can do. With more than 70,000 copies in print, Those Amazing Engineers has been well reviewed and is already part of classroom activities in some schools. The book also has been widely used in outreach programs of corporations, organizations and universities. Under its Adopt-a-School program Trilogy will now match private donors with schools interested in receiving the book.

“The Adopt-a-School program is a systematic way to get the books into classrooms,” says Rose Reichman, a partner in Trilogy Publications, “and is an appropriate public service activity that not only engineering firms and associations can support, but any company that’s interested in a technologically skilled workforce—whether its involved in construction, computers, electronics, pharmaceuticals, aerospace or manufacturing. Our program dovetails nicely with the new White House “Educate to Innovate” directive encouraging the private sector to initiate activities outside the classroom.”

“Those Amazing Engineers opens up the world of engineering to our youth and makes accessible to them a profession of great importance and creativity by illustrating how it affects every aspect of our lives, says Hannah O’Grady, vice president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York. “As an advocate for the profession, we commend this effort and believe it will influence a new generation of engineers.”

Corporations and organizations interested in the Adopt-a-School program can find information at www.trilogypublications.com or by calling 201-816-1211.