News from the STEM Office
SET Sail Teacher Training Spring Workshop
Posted on: February 05, 2014 08:00 EST by Sarah Durkin
The USNA STEM Office hosted the Spring SET Sail STEM Educator Training Workshop on Saturday, February 1, 2014.
70 STEM K-12 teachers from 50 public and private schools in Maryland and beyond attended the one-day workshop held in Rickover Hall at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. The workshop was facilitated by 9 faculty/staff and 13 midshipmen, with support from the Office of Naval Research reservist community.
Teachers participated in hands-on training in a variety of topics, including Engineering Design, Robotics, and Applied Math. At lunchtime, teachers participated in a focused discussion on the topic of “Science Fair Success” with an emphasis on best practices for conducting a Science Fair.
During the day, participants worked in small groups to build SeaPerch underwater remote-operated vehicles, developing the skills they need to set up a SeaPerch program at their own schools. Each group took home a SeaPerch that they built, as well as a sampling of STEM project materials and curriculum content.
“I really enjoyed building the SeaPerch robots,” said Anya Keithley, a middle school science teacher from Baltimore City Public Schools, “I learned the process engineering design and got a lot of amazing lab and activity resources for my classroom."
The workshop was an ideal setting for teachers to discover, explore and test ideas for STEM education. Teachers found the activities to be highly applicable to their curriculum and easy to use.
Judith Nelson, a high school Environmental Science teacher from Prince Georges’ County Public Schools, realized "STEM application into the classroom is easier than I thought it could be. This [workshop] was so thorough I can't think of anything that was missed.”