Center for STEM Education News:
Center for STEM Education at West
Point Closing-Up Shop
Due to a lack of funding for the next year, The West Point Center for STEM Education will cease operations as of December 31, 2014. The center was previously funded by the Army Educational Outreach Program and the National Defense Education Program. AEOP is unable to fund center operations and NDEP funding is being reallocated. The Academy is unable to support the program without outside funding.
I want to thank all our volunteers and partners for your support over the years. STAY STEM STRONG!!!
Tiger Woods Workshop Summer 2014
West Point Center for STEM Education, CSE, with STEM Workshop AIAD Cadets Conduct Outreach with The Tiger Woods Foundation: 9-14 June 2014: Cadets Austin Wilding, Thomas Matty, Marco Zamora, Brian Harvey, Joshua Simpkins and 2LT’s Megan Coley and Hyangshim Kwak working with the West Point Center for STEM Education Director for CSE, Ms. Cathy Bale, traveled Los Angeles, California to conduct a week long STEM Workshop with a 120 5th grade students. The STEM Outreach is being held at the Tiger Woods Learning Center. During the week-long event, Cadets are mentoring the students as they design virtual bridges using the West Point Bridge Designer, interpret construction plans to build standard bridges with K’NEX sets, learning about cantilever bridges, flight and fitness USMA style. The cadets also have the opportunity to discuss cadet life, their West Point experience and the importance of STEM education with the students.
West Point Middle School Workshop
Ninety-five students from across the nation participated in a 3 day Middle School STEM Workshop on 2-5 June 2014 at the United States Military Academy.
Academy faculty, new 2LT’s and cadet mentors engaged the students with several days of exciting hands-on learning modules to include designing robots, 3-D modeling, building bridges, learning about Physics, Engineering Design, Enhanced Performance, Network Science, Geography and Systems Engineering.
Girls Only Mini-STEM Workshop
More than 80 girls from NY, NJ, CT, and PA spent the day
Saturday 8 March 2014 participating in our first annual Girls Only Mini-STEM Workshop. The girls spent time with West Point Cadets and Faculty members engaging in hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics sessions.
CSE Conducted a STEM Workshop on November 2, 2013 at McKinley High School.
Cadets Sellena Samual '14 and Kendall Hamm '15
The event was sponsor by The Tiger Woods Foundation, a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide educational programs and college access for underserved youth. During the daylong event, Cadets mentored the students as they learned about – GPS and Surveying, Overhead Remote Sensing and Stereo Viewing (stereoscopes and anaglyphs), and Terrestrial Imaging (Immersive Imagery and Geo-tagging Smart-Phones. During the Exposition students also learned how to use the Bridge Designer Software and how to register for the qualifying contest which begins in January.
What are the greatest challenges facing the world today?
Protecting our environment, responding to climate change, developing new sources of energy, repairing our crumbling infrastructure, providing safe drinking water in the developing world, and enhancing human health through biotechnology: These are just a few examples of important problems that can only be solved through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Yet the U.S. is falling behind other countries in developing the STEM talent needed to tackle these challenges. Founded in 2009, the West Point Center for STEM Education (CSE) is responding to this need with programs designed to inspire, attract, and develop STEM talent for America. Our work is integrated with Army and Department of Defense programs that are also dedicated to enhancing STEM education.
Middle School STEM Workshop
Please check back in January for information about the 2015 STEM Workshop. Current funding issues may result in the cancellation of this program.