***Fall 2011 Update***
The FCPS TV Crew came to visit the STEM Lab on November 2, 2011. Check out the video that aired on FCPS TV (channel 18) below.
If this looks like something you would like to build, make sure you sign up for Technology Education classes!
Sea Perch is coming to WMS!
Walkersville Middle School will host Technology Education teachers from all over Frederick County on March 31, 2011 for training on the Sea Perch underwater robotics program. Walkersville Middle School has been selected as one of three pilot schools to test the program in the 8th grade elective Problem Solving.
The U.S. Needs Trained Engineers
The U.S. has fallen from 3rd to 17th in the world in the number of college graduates in engineering programs. In the U.S., only 5% of science degrees are awarded in engineering, as compared with 50% in China.
It is estimated that 400,000 engineers will be needed by 2010. If it is not addressed, the expected shortage of skilled workers could decrease the nation's global competitiveness and result in a lack of expertise in mission-critical areas.
SeaPerch Introduces Students to Engineering & Science
The U.S. Government is attempting to address the problem through programs such as the National Naval Responsibility for Naval Engineering outreach effort, which supports the SeaPerch program. The goal of this effort is to find the next generation of naval architects, marine engineers, naval engineers, and ocean engineers. SeaPerch addresses the recruitment vulnerability in these priority fields.
By introducing middle and high school students to science through hands-on activities, SeaPerch aims to build and sustain a long-term effort to address the problem of decreasing college enrollments in engineering and other technical programs.
Click HERE for more information from the National Sea Perch Challenge.
Click HERE for more information on the Sea Perch program at MIT.
Mr. Eric Haines
Invention and Innovation - 7th Grade
Mr. Tom Sidoli
Tech Expo - 6th Grade
Communications Techniques - 7th Grade
Problem Solving - 8th Grade