STEM Educator Training Spring
POSTED ON: Saturday, February 25, 2017 8:00 AM by Angela Moran
USNA STEM Center hosted another successful Stem Educator Training Workshop on February 25, 2017. Attended by 145 educators from over 90 different schools in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the event was facilitated by 15 faculty and staff, including Mark Murray, Beth Waitkus, Pat Moran, Rachel Fees, Sarah Durkin, Jenn da Rosa, Phil Crawford, Hite Spencer, Casey Rayburg, Christine Maceo, Pat Meinhold, Donna Weber, and Angie Moran.
Faculty and staff led hands-on lessons focusing on applied math concepts as found in optics, energy, electricity and circuits, fluids, geometry, mechanics and operations analysis topic areas, with facilitation support from 25 midshipmen.
Ashley Ferraro, a math teacher from Edison High School in Fairfax County, felt the training made her "think about applications of math and as math being a tool for science." Teachers enthusiastically participated in a lunchtime quiz-based competition, created by the faculty from the USNA Math Department, in which contestants demonstrated their skills in mechanical advantage.
In the afternoon, the teachers participated in an engineering design session, using simple machines to construct a complex machine to solve a real world challenge. “I benefited from today's activities by learning how to implement design challenges into my everyday teaching activities," commented David Knauth, a Physics teacher from Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County.
Category: General Interest