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Air Force 412th Test Wing STEM Educator Workshop

  POSTED ON: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 12:00 AM by Christine Maceo

The USNA STEM Center assisted the Edwards Air Force Base 412th Test Wing STEM Center with its STEM Engagement and Educator Professional Development Collaborative for Virtual STEM Week October 18-22, 2021, at the request of 412th STEM Coordinator Helida Van Hoy. Each day, USNA STEM Faculty Christine Maceo presented an hour-long virtual Professional Development session for High School Teachers, with a specific emphasis on mathematics and computer science, via Zoom Webinar. The participants registered for the workshop in advance, and had the option of attending one or more of the individual sessions. The curriculum was designed to account for the virtual platform, and incorporated only economical and common household supplies. Required templates, worksheets and a short supply list were provided to registrants in advance of the event, and attendees were encouraged and expected to participate in all of the activities in real time. 

Each session included both content discussion and project-based activities, in technology areas relevant to the Department of Defense. In consultation with Helida Van Hoy, session topics included: Optimization Algorithms and the Traveling Salesman Problem; a complete experiment in Pendulum Science using the scientific method, including data collection, data analysis, and mathematical calculations; Boolean operators, Truth Tables, and Computer Programming using If Statements; Cryptography investigating three secret-key encryption techniques and modular arithmetic; and Bernoulli’s Principle/Fluids and Flight with an emphasis on center of gravity, center of pressure and engineering design.

This effort was part of the USNA STEM Center’s second phase of ALL FORCES WORKSHOPS in DoDSTEM BEST PRACTICES to PROMOTE STEM EDUCATION and WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT program, a Department of Defense sponsored program that provides outreach training to DoD scientists and engineers from all Armed Forces and then supports their efforts to implement secondary-level educator workshops near their local command sites, with a particular focus on those educators in underserved areas. The goal of this program is to meet the urgent DoD need for more young people to pursue highly technical careers in science, technology, engineering and math. 

This program was generously supported by DoD STEM, the Office of Naval Research, and the Naval Academy Foundation.

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