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USNA Fall STEM Educator Training

  POSTED ON: Saturday, September 9, 2017 8:00 AM by Angela Moran

Daisy Rayela, STEM coordinator and technology teacher at Thomas Johnson Middle School in Prince Georges County commented, "I will apply what I learned to design my activities in class, after-school and STEM events to inspire kids and parents to understand engineering." David Knauth who teaches physics and engineering classes at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, stated that "This program will definitely help in applying NGSS standards to all my classes." Tiffany Mitsouras from Walter J Mitchell Elementary School in Charles County, added "Thanks for such an amazing experience actually going through a challenge. I am excited to share my experiences with team and additional staff."

These three, along with about 150 additional teachers from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, attended the fall STEM Educator Training Workshop at USNA on Saturday, September 9th. The focus of the day was on incorporating the Engineering Design process into all grade levels in response to current educational requirements.

The full day event included morning sessions on hydraulics, mechanics, and electricity and motors which were offered to all teachers to prepare them for the culminating design challenge in the afternoon. Using only simple and inexpensive materials provided, each teacher engineering team was tasked with design and construction of a Navy missile reload machine (MRM). The MRM was required to lift a missile (ping pong ball) from a starting point on deck to a designated height, and return it to the deck. This was accomplished through the use of simple machines, electronic and hydraulic systems, and could only be manipulated through hydraulic and electronic inputs. After a successful completion of the day, Chantel Kornegay from Hardy Middle School in DC asserted "Your programs are what every district needs!"

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