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Title: STEM Education in St' Marys County A sySTEMic approach


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STEM Education in St. Marys County A
sySTEMic approach
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Why STEM in St. Marys County?
In October 2002, the State of Maryland designated
St. Marys County as the second Technology
Corridor in the State.
Source Maryland Dept. of Licensing and Regulation
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Why NOW?
  • Employment growth in the technology corridor
  • Job needs in engineering fields for PAX River and
    world competition
  • Location, location, location
  • Rising above the gathering storm

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Technology Growth in St. Marys County
  • 129 tech companies in 2000 handbook
  • 225 tech companies in 2006 handbook
  • 90.7 percent growth since 1998

Although the major influx of new activity at the
Patuxent River Naval Air Station occurred in the
late 1990s, growth in the number and diversity of
high tech firms continues.
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NAS PAX Employment Needs
  • 17,000 people stationed at NAS PAX.
  • 3,000 active duty service members
  • 6,900 civil service employees
  • 6,400 defense contractor employees
  • PAX Partnership has over 300 partners

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Why STEM?
We must shift our past educational practices and
seek a new paradigm for preparing our future
scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. We
must make sure St. Marys County Public School
students can compete for high paying, highly
technical jobs
F-18 with F-35 (JSF) over NAS Pax River, Photo
courtesy of U.S. Navy.
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St. Marys County Public Schools
Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D., Superintendent of
Schools
Partnerships
NORTHROP GRUMMAN
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STEMInstruction
  • Vision
  • Provide a continuous pathway of education through
    opportunity that creates STEM-literate graduates
    ready to accept the challenges of advanced
    education and the needs of tomorrows workforce.
  • Goals
  • GOAL 1. Continuous Pathway
  • By August 2010, STEM academies will be fully
    implemented across the elementary, middle, and
    high school feeder pattern (Lexington Park
    Elementary, Spring Ridge Middle, and Great Mills
    High), grades 4-12, with two cohorts of 24
    students at each grade level.
  • GOAL 2. Education through Opportunity
  • By June 2008, 100 of STEM students will
    participate in extra curricular and co-curricular
    activities expanding learning opportunities in
    the STEM fields.

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St. Marys County Public Schools
Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D., Superintendent of
Schools
Partnerships
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The STEM Academies
  • 270 Students
  • LPES, Grades 4 5 96
  • SRMS, Grades 6 7 96
  • GMHS, Grades 9 10 78

Lexington Park Elementary
Great Mills High
Spring Ridge Middle
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Elementary School
  • Lexington Park Elementary School
  • STEM Academy
  • fourth and fifth grade students
  • teamed teachers
  • comprehensive coursework focused upon the
    interrelation of science, engineering, and
    mathematics.
  • 2008-2009
  • The fifth grade year will conclude with students
    participating in Star Base Atlantis offered at
    the Patuxent Naval Air Station through the
    Department of Defense.

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Patuxent River Naval Air StationHuman Systems
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Patuxent River Naval Air StationHorizontal
Accelerator
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Elementary-Grade 4
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Elementary-Grade 5
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4th grade SMCPS vs. STEM 4
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5th grade SMCPS vs. STEM 4
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Middle School
  • Spring Ridge Middle School
  • STEM Academy
  • tailored mathematics, science, and technology
    courses
  • interdisciplinary teacher teams
  • The courses are designed to deepen understanding
    of STEM learning by exposing students to the most
    current trends in technology, engineering, and
    science.

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STEM Report on Space Camp
Spring Ridge MS STEM Students who attended Space
Camp shared their experiences with the Board of
Education
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St. Marys County Board MemberEngineering Design
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Patuxent River Naval Air StationEnvironmental
Engineering
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Middle School-Grade 6
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Middle School-Grades 7 and 8
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6th grade SMCPS vs. STEM 6
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7th grade SMCPS vs. STEM 6
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8th grade SMCPS vs. STEM 6
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High School
The Great Mills High School STEM Academy offers
unique courses in Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics, giving students
extraordinary knowledge and skills, as well as
career exploration in numerous science and
engineering pathways. The curricula includes
dedicated research classes founded upon the
application of mastered material, integrated
contemporary technologies, and extensive
problem-solving experience.
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Patuxent River Naval Air StationMaterials Lab
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Patuxent River Naval Air Station - Gases
This project is a presentation by Dr. Narducci
and Bryan Otis from Pax River Naval Base to the
STEM academy.   Students were introduced to
Liquid Nitrogen, atom cooling and tracking.
  Students previous learned knowledge of the
Ideal Gas Laws allowed them to predict how the
balloons would react to the liquid nitrogen and
reflect how fast atoms move.  
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Patuxent River Naval Air Station - Optics
This project is developed by Dr. Linda Mullen
and Brandon Cochenour from Pax River Naval Base
for the STEM academy.
This project will involve a demonstration and lab
work in transmission through water. Students
discovered the Core Learning GoalTyndal Effect
and mathematically interpreted the amount of
light a laser produces given different scattering
and absorbing agents.
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STEM 9Engineering Lab
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High School-Grade 9
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High School-Grades 10-12
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STEM 9 Honors Algebra II
SMCPS average 77 STEM average 78.5 Median
80.5 (Outlier 33)
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STEM 9 Chemistry
SMCPS average 70 STEM average 88.2 Median
89.5 (Outlier 67)
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STEM Technology
  • Overview of the embedded technology

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Smart Technology
  • Interactive Tablets
  • Interactive Student Response
  • Mobile Laptop Carts
  • 8 Stationary Computers per Classroom
  • Visualizer / Presenter
  • ProbeWare

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Transportation
  • Bus transportation is provided at designated hubs
    for all students enrolled at the STEM Academy

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STEM Operations
  • Mentorship
  • Internships
  • Pledges
  • Advisory Group
  • Foundations
  • Schedules
  • Grants
  • Hosting Officials

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Capstone Activities
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Mentorship
  • A key feature of the STEM Academy program is the
    involvement of local business and industry
    individuals from science, mathematics and
    engineering career fields.
  • Mentors will assist students with coursework
    offering academic and technical expertise as
    appropriate, and provide direction for specific
    senior project work.
  • Mentors will also visit classrooms and present on
    selected topics in mathematics, science, and
    engineering to enhance the instructional program.
  • Mentors may also provide access to their
    workplace and other sites within their industry
    or business.

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Internships
  • Local business and industry representatives may
    also offer paid or non paid internship
    experiences for seniors and juniors based on
    student interest and aligned with career pathways
    in STEM. These experiences will be coordinated by
    the school system and appropriate businesses.
  • Every effort will be made to link the internship
    with the particular work addressed by the
    students senior project or other research
    conducted in required or elective courses. In
    many cases, students will strive to identify
    summer internship experiences that offer
    authentic work in science, mathematics, or
    engineering. This approach will help maintain a
    strong career focus aligned with academic
    studies.

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Pledges
  • Local business and industry support is essential
    to the success of this dynamic and challenging
    instructional program for our most advanced
    students. A foundation has been formed for those
    wishing to give direct monetary support to the
    consortium.
  • In some cases, individuals or business partners
    may prefer to purchase or donate specific
    equipment or supplies for the many advanced level
    courses offered in this initiative. This is
    greatly appreciated and can be coordinated with
    the STEM coordinator.

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Advisory Group
  • An Advisory Group, comprised of community
    partners and school system personnel, will
    provide ongoing counsel to the STEM Consortium
    leadership.
  • Their input will be sought for student selection,
    curriculum refinement, and classroom construction

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Foundation
  • A 501(c)3 tax exempt Foundation will provide a
    vehicle for community members and business
    partners to donate funds to support the goals of
    the STEM initiative.

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STEM Funding
  • Local Funding 1,500,000
  • MSDE Planning Grant FY08 25,000
  • MSDE Implementation Grant FY08 350,000
  • Hoyer Earmark Grant FY09 478,000
  • Applied for MSDE Initiatives Grant FY09 100,000
  • Patuxent Partnership yearly 15,000

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Hosting Officials
  • Dr. Grasmick, State Superintendent
  • Congressman Hoyer
  • Senator Dyson
  • Delegate Bohannon
  • Board of County Commissioners
  • Board of Education Members
  • Adm. Eastburg, NAS PAX
  • Capt. Ives, NAS PAX
  • Capt. Scassero, NAS PAX
  • Dr. Thomas, NASA Astronaut

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Dr. Grasmick visit to SRMS STEM
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MSDE Leadership visit to STEM
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Congressman Hoyer visit to SRMS STEM
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Dr. Thomas, NASA Astronaut visit to SRMS STEM
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