Thursday, 03 March 2011 13:34
The fair will provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and awareness and serve as a model from which all educational levels can benefit. Students at Century and those visiting from other high schools in the county will have the opportunity to travel through three STEM-based educational rotations.
The first rotation will give students the opportunity to hear from career professionals as to how STEM relates to their given fields. Professionals such as rocket scientists, engineers, astrophysicists, nuclear physicists, forensic scientists, chemists, and veterinarians will be presenting information about their fields to students.
The second rotation is the application fair, which will give students hands-on opportunities with STEM educational concepts and activities as they choose experiences relative to their own interests and passions. Students will have a unique opportunity to explore experiences such as linking to satellites with GLOBECOMM industries, making jump jets with Northrop Grumman, learning how National Geographic programs are produced, using Geiger counters to test the radioactivity of everyday objects, and using an interactive model of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to learn about conservation.
The third rotation will feature keynote speakers John “Hinge” Fagnant and Don Thomas. Fagnant retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2001 with the Bronze Star, multiple Air Medals, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He has been at Northrop Grumman since that time and is currently the Electronics Sector Lead of Strategy, planning, and investment for all ISR and Targeting Architectures in the Sector, spanning airborne, space, naval, and terrestrial systems. Thomas is a former NASA astronaut who served as an International Space Station Program Scientist and was responsible for the planning and scheduling of science activities aboard the space station. He is currently the director of the Hackerman Academy of Mathematics and Science at Towson University, an outreach program targeting elementary, middle, and high school students across Maryland to get them more interested in careers in math and science.
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