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1 STEM K-12 Outreach formerly Pre-College RAC IV Meeting Web Conference Wednesday, 12 December 2012, 16:00-17:00

2 2 Highlights Six sections appear to be active. Five sent in comprehensive reports Houston: Mars Rover Model Celebration Teacher Training: 46 teachers were trained in using the first module offered by the new Educator Academy Southwest Texas Texas Hill Country Summer of Innovation: With the support of a NASA Summer of Innovation mini-grant, the Section has facilitated 3 STEM Camps for students in elementary and middle school so far. The fourth camp will be held this Saturday. Each camp has a different theme: Mission to Mars, Robotics Unplugged, Aviation Camp and Exploring our Solar System. Each camp contains a full day of hands-on STEM activities including: designing a Mars Rover model, creating a Mars features map, designing a team mission patch, exploring robotics using hexbugs, calculators and solar cars, designing end effectors and robotic hands, designing model gliders and rotorcrafts, experimenting with gravity, drag, weight and thrust, exploring with wind bags and wind tunnels, using on line simulators to learn how things fly and calling out maneuvers with model airplane experts during a model plane air show. Each camp also includes a guest speaker to encourage students about aerospace careers and STEM fields: Section officer and Aerospace Educator Brian Ewenson presented an interactive presentation entitled Houston, We have a problem! during the Robotics camp, Boerne Model Airplane Society Members taught kids about how things fly and the four forces of flight using model airplanes and on Saturday, Edward Patrick, Sr. Research Scientist w/SWRI, will demonstrate the principles of atmospheric pressure to participants. SWTX AIAA Student Scholarship: The SWTX AIAAA Student Scholarship will be announced soon! The application period recently closed and members of the scholarship committee will soon convene to review the applications and essays and award their scholarship. San Antonio BEST Competition San Antonio BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) sponsors an annual robotics competition to introduce teenagers to the exciting potential of a technical career. This year's competition season (the 19th hosted at this location) extended from early September to mid October, with 6 teams advancing to the state competition in November. AIAA Southwest Texas Section donated $300 towards competition expenses, and AIAA members participated as volunteers and mentors, including Jon Cutshall and Wiede Cutshall who also are on the competition organizing committee. In 2012, SA BEST hosted 29 area teams (5 middle schools, 1 home school group, 6 private high schools, 17 public high schools) and reached over 600 students. 50 th Anniversary Celebration & National Engineers Week: The section is currently making preparations to host an evening social and dinner at a local area restaurant with a guest speaker, possibly Gen. Charles Duke to celebrate its 50 th anniversary of forming AIAA. In addition, the section is looking to team with the Experimental Aircraft Association to host a family event at the San Geronimo Airport in February to celebrate National Engineers Week.

3 3 Highlights Six sections appear to be active. Five sent in comprehensive reports Albuquerque: Next Slide North Texas STEM CONFERENCE FOR 4 TH and 5 TH GRADE GIRLS INSPIRES GIRLS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING : Dallas, Texas: On Saturday May 5 th, almost 200 fourth and fifth grade girls from North Texas attended the first ever Design Your World STEM conference for girls at the University of Texas at Arlington. The high-energy inspirational event was organized by a partnership among the American Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) DFW Chapter, the Dallas Society of Women Engineers, Raytheon Womens Network (RWN), Women in Technology International (WITI) and ASM International. Raytheon and Exxon Mobile were the Marquee Sponsors for the event. Oklahoma See following slides Section STEM K-12 Best Practices Manual draft issued. A three year old commitment met.

4 4 Albuquerque Highlights/Issues Several active programs. A few examples: Host Booth at School to World Event (Career Fair) Give 8 th and 9 th graders insight into careers in aerospace – have supported this event for 5+ years Judge Central New Mexico Science & Engineering Research Challenge (Science Fair) Also select 4 winners to receive Best in Show cash awards – recipients present projects at a local AIAA meeting Sponsor Scientific Classroom Equipment Grant (SCEG) Provide cash award for K-12 educators who write proposal outlining use of funds to promote STEM education Common themes of successful programs: Often include hands-on activity Partnerships with community (schools, other engineering companies, science fairs…) Repeat events Issues, Problems, and Action Items Development of Section-hosted AIAA branded programs remains slow No local Engineers as Educators graduates – need access to local training Future: Development of a motion-based flight simulator for career fairs, classroom visits, and local museum display Section STEM K-12 Goals Increase interaction with local schools through classroom visits for career day, etc.

5 5 Issues Common themes of successful programs: Partnerships with community (local school, local NASA, engineering company, science fairs…) Repeat events Often include hands-on activity Issues, Problems, and Action Items Development of Section-hosted AIAA branded programs remains slow Mechanisms to make proper use of Engineers as Educators graduates just starting In general, Region IV lags far behind the rest of the country in STEM K-12. Future: Need to develop activities in more sections. Consider developing a Region IV STEM K-12 Web page Region STEM K-12 Goals: Programs in all Sections, with 100% reporting. Start to apply the Section STEM K-12 Best Practices Manual

6 SpeedFest – speedfest.okstate.edu Started in 2011 with a focus on aerodynamic efficiency and composite design Single day competition in spring with combined airshow – open to public: 800 attendees in 2011; 1000 in 2012 Collegiate and high school categories – 15 HS teams signed up for 2013 event 6

7 XHab High School Space Habitat Innovation Challenge Open to INSPIRE participants and NASA Explorer schools Design of a DSH for long duration-manned missions Winning team visited JSC in 2012 ISS hookup with Kevin Ford Nov. 30 for OK MS

8 QUANTITATIVE APPENDIX Region IV, 12 December

9 Regional Summary ItemTotal Active Committee Members20 Total Hours Worked100s Total Events Supported13 AIAA Organized8 AIAA Partnered, if publicized5 Total Student Interactions>4500 STEM K-12 Outreach WebURL: Annual Hit Count 9

10 Section Summary: Houston Section ItemTotal Active Committee Members3 Total Hours Worked Total Events Supported2 AIAA Organized2 AIAA Partnered, if publicized0 Total Student Interactions45 teachers2500 STEM K-12 Outreach WebURL: Annual Hit Count 10

11 Event Summary: Mars Rover Teacher Training, I ItemResponse 1Response 2 Name of EventMars Rover Teacher Training Date, Duration9/15/2012, 6 hours LocationUniversity of Houston AIAA Role (Circle One)AIAA OrganizedAIAA Partner, with publicity Total AIAA Volunteers2 Total AIAA Manhours12 Event WebsiteURL: Annual Hit Count Target AudienceTeachers, Grades 3-8 STEM Education ObjectiveInstruct teachers on lesson plans re Mars, Curiosity Participants: Total:Kids: Teachers: 26Parents: Public: 11Replicate as necessary. Only for events where AIAA participation is well publicized

12 Event Summary: Mars Rover Teacher Training, II ItemResponse 1Response 2 Name of EventEducator Academy Mars Rover Date, Duration9/22/2012, 6 hours LocationUniversity of Houston AIAA Role (Circle One)AIAA OrganizedAIAA Partner, with publicity Total AIAA Volunteers3 Total AIAA Manhours15 Event WebsiteURL: Annual Hit Count Target AudienceTeachers, Grades 3-8 STEM Education ObjectiveInstruct teachers on lesson plans re Mars, Curiosity Participants: Total:Kids: Teachers: 37Parents: Public: 12Replicate as necessary. Only for events where AIAA participation is well publicized

13 Section Summary: SouthWest Texas Section ItemTotal Active Committee Members5 Total Hours Worked Total Events Supported AIAA Organized3 AIAA Partnered, if publicized1 Total Student Interactions>600 STEM K-12 Outreach WebURL: Annual Hit Count 13

14 Section Summary: Albuquerque Section ItemTotal Active Committee Members5 Total Hours Worked62 Total Events Supported4 AIAA Organized1 AIAA Partnered, if publicized3 Total Student Interactions~350 STEM K-12 Outreach WebURL: Annual Hit Count 14

15 Event Summary: School to World ItemResponse 1Response 2 Name of EventSchool to World Date, DurationSaturday in FebruaryOne-day event LocationABQ Convention Center AIAA Role (Circle One)AIAA OrganizedAIAA Partner, with publicity Total AIAA Volunteers4 to 6 Total AIAA Manhours24 Event WebsiteURL:www.schooltoworld.org Annual Hit Count Target Audience8 th and 9 th graders STEM Education ObjectivePromote careers in aerospace Participants: Total: 600Kids: ~400 Teachers: 40Parents: 40 Public: Replicate as necessary. Only for events where AIAA participation is well publicized

16 Event Summary: Judge Central New Mexico Science & Engineering Research Challenge (Science Fair) ItemResponse 1Response 2 Name of Event Central NM Science & Engineering Research Challenge (Science Fair) Date, DurationMid-MarchOne-day event LocationUniversity of NM campus AIAA Role (Circle One)AIAA OrganizedAIAA Partner, with publicity Total AIAA Volunteers4 to 6 Total AIAA Manhours24 Event WebsiteURL:stemed.unm.edu Annual Hit Count Target AudienceMiddle and High Schools STEM Education ObjectivePromote science education Participants: Total: 300Kids: ~100 Teachers: 50Parents: 50 Public: Replicate as necessary. Only for events where AIAA participation is well publicized

17 Event Summary: Scientific Classroom Equipment Grant ItemResponse 1Response 2 Name of Event Scientific Classroom Equipment Grant Date, DurationSolicit proposals: Aug-JanAward: February LocationCentral/North NM AIAA Role (Circle One)AIAA OrganizedAIAA Partner, with publicity Total AIAA Volunteers4 Total AIAA Manhours10 Event WebsiteURL: Annual Hit Count Target AudienceK-12 Educators STEM Education Objective Promote classroom STEM activities Participants: Total: 50Kids: ~30 Teachers: 1Parents: 10 Public: 10 17Replicate as necessary. Only for events where AIAA participation is well publicized

18 Event Summary: Classroom Visit for Career Day ItemResponse 1Response 2 Name of EventCareer Day Classroom Visit Date, DurationMarchOne-day event LocationABQ Elementary School AIAA Role (Circle One)AIAA OrganizedAIAA Partner, with publicity Total AIAA Volunteers1 Total AIAA Manhours4 Event WebsiteURL: Annual Hit Count Target AudienceElementary School Students STEM Education ObjectivePromote aerospace careers Participants: Total: 110Kids: ~90 Teachers: 3Parents: 10 Public: 10 18Replicate as necessary. Only for events where AIAA participation is well publicized

19 19 Edgar A. Bering, III Deputy Director Region IV STEM/K-12 University of Houston Physics Department 617 Science and Research I Houston, TX, Telephone: (281) (cell)


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