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National Museum of Organized Crime and Law En-forcement Pinball Hall of Fame Tours ACTE has also organized several tours, including: O Green Sustainability Tour — Las Vegas has more to offer than glitz and glamor—it is becoming a model for green energy, technology, and design. This tour will visit some of the more notable ecological jewels in the heart of the desert. O West Career and Technical Academy —The Academy opened ment sessions, arranged by theme, have been scheduled for CareerTech VISION 2013. See page 25 for a list of just a few of the many sessions of-fered. Career Tech Expo The Career Tech Expo is one of the most popular features of ACTE’s annual convention. It’s a marketplace of technology, media, and tools for all areas of career and technical education. Attendees can try out new software, browse the latest publica-tions, and learn about a wide variety of services for classrooms and labs. The exhibit hall is open from 10:00-4:00 on Thursday and from 9:30-4:00 on Friday. in 2010 and graduated seniors for the first time last June. The school accommodates 1,400 students and offers programs in biotechnology, nursing, environmental sciences, natural resources, engineering, and information technology. Programs of study emphasize green science, such as alternative fuels and conservation efforts. The school has an abundance of community partners that enhance the curriculum opportunities for students who attend this academy. The Host City Las Vegas, the most populous city in Nevada, bills itself as “The Entertainment Capital of the World.” Known for gambling, shopping, fine dining, and nightlife, it’s the leading financial and cultural center in Ne-vada. Today, the city is ranked as one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Professional Development Sessions In addition to the General Ses-sions, many professional develop-In terms of attractions, Las Vegas seems to have something for every-one. The city is home to several mu-seums, including the Neon Museum, home to many of the historical signs of the region; the Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforce-ment; the Las Vegas Natural History Museum; and the National Atomic Testing Museum. The Pin Ball Hall of Fame is an interactive museum at which visi-tors can experience more than 200 vintage pinball, video-arcade, and carnival-sideshow games dating from the 1950s to the 1990s. On the out-skirts of the city, the Clark County Museum offers exhibits on the histo-ry of Las Vegas as an ancient sea and reconstructions of a Native American camp and a Western frontier town, in addition to restored historic houses. The Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park, also known as the Las Vegas Zoo, exhibits over 150 spe-cies of animals and plants. For more exotic animals, attendees can visit the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat at The Flamingo Hotel and see Chilean fla-mingos, swans, ducks, Koi, goldfish, and turtles, then venture over to The Mirage for Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. The Secret Garden is home to royal white tigers, white lions, black panthers, a snow leopard, and golden tigers. The Dolphin Habitat, adjacent to the Secret Garden, houses an extended family of Atlantic bottlenose dol-phins. You can also view endangered and unusual aquatic animals at Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef. Visi-tors journey through a replica of an ancient temple ruin and a sunken galleon ship surrounded by several varieties of sharks. The Lion Habitat at the MGM Grand casino is a glass-walled environment that showcases up to six magnificent lions daily, all descendants of the movie company’s original mascot. Attending CareerTech VISION 2013 is a great way to enhance profes-sional skills and knowledge, interact with other CTE educators, get in-spired—and have some fun! For more information or to register, visit www. acteonline.org/vision. 24 tech directions X NOVEMBER 2013

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