STEM at USNA A Different Approach to Recruiting and Retaining TechnologistsMETHODOLOGY: Engage elementary/middle/high school students and teachers in a wide variety of science and engineering activities (camps, minicamps, competitions, site visits, short courses, internships) to initiate interest and enthusiasm for future STEM participation in academic and career choices, using outstanding USNA resources as a backdrop for the activities. Unique approach defined by a project based curriculum, focusing on current topics, and a pyramid structure with practicing technologists, educators, mentors at the top. COMPETITIONS INVESTING IN THE MAJORS TECH CAMP INTERNSHIPS MINICAMPS STEM CAMP MENTORING
FY10 Activities Teacher/Volunteer Training Mini-STEM Weekends Science and Engineering Days STEM Internships Advanced Courses Project Based Learning High School Porgram Patriot Center Support Boys and Girls Club Support Patriot League/SNAME Mentoring Project SeaPerch Showcase STEM Camps TECH Camp Tours, Tutoring, Judging Maury Project
USNA STEM Learning Modules SCIENCE & ENGINEERING DAYS STEM CAMPS • Grades 7-9 S&T from across US (48 States) • Grades 10-11 interning week • Topics = Math,CS,Oceanography,Phys, Chem, MechE, ElecE, SystemsE, AeroE, OceanE • Project Based using curriculum from IntroEng, Alice, Sea Perch Aps, NXT Robotics, Navy contractor support • 5 days overnight camps with Academic, Team Building, Social and Sports activities • Girls Day Camp variation • ES, MS, HS students & teachers from Local Communities within bussing distance • Tailored Programs to meet curriculum needs of visiting school • Day-long Project Based Interactive Program (Hydrodynamics, Biometrics, Robotics, Sea Perch Aps, Bridge Building, Physics, Chem…) • Rotation through activities in small groups • Scheduled as requested Mini-STEMs ADVANCED PROGRAM • HS students & teachers • along East Coast • Tailored Programs to meet curriculum needs • Project Based Interactive Program (Robotics, Satellites, Bridge Building, Flight & Sea Simulations, YP Rides, Mechanics, Materials …) • Overnight stay and sporting event • Rotation through activities in small groups • Scheduled as requested • Local Middle School students • Topics in Math, CS, Oceanography, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering • Project Based • 5 evening sessions, 2-3 hours per session • Scheduled Fall, Spring, Summer • .
USNA STEM APPROACH • CURRENT AND CATCHY TOPICS • ESI Annapolis • Megatronic Marvels – • Machines with Attitude • Energy Quest • U(nderwater) S(earch) with S(eaperch) • Simple Machines – Complex Robots • Bay Search • INSTRUCTIONAL FORMAT • Ownership at all levels • Small Group • Project Based • Concepts Reinforced • Handouts at student & parent level • Performance and Assessment • STATION APPROACH Simple concepts + simple projects → real world/Navy applications
LEARNING COMMUNITIES RELATED BY MENTORING OWNERSHIP/INVESTMENT at EVERY LEVEL
Implementation Kent County Central Queen Anne’s County Deale Prince George’s County 5 Schools Freetown Oak Hill CO MD City 12 Schools 18 Schools Davidsonville FL Germantown CA USNA Shipley’s Choice Anne Arundel County Sea Perch 48States&Guam STEM Camp Lothian MO Jones Tracey’s 6 Schools VA PA 10 Schools Folger McKinsey TX Severna Park TN 6 Schools MiniSTEM Shadyside 14 Schools 13 Schools Hilltop Tyler Heights Old Mill South Philadelphia Rippling Woods Boston Baltimore New York City Wash D.C.