SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS INITIATIVE (STEMi)
WID-TVC provides long-standing STEMi outreach efforts to work with local schools. We provide hands-on tools to science teachers in the local schools for interactive use in the classroom.
These STEMi tools are used to demonstrate scientific and mathematical principles to students. Additionally, these tools supplement lectures and standard teaching methods by providing participative fun to the learning process.
Additionally, WID-TVC sponsors design teams in the senior engineering capstone design class at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). This class designs and builds STEMi tools that demonstrate scientific principles students learn about in class. This gives them a better understanding of the science involved, and therefore piques their interest to pursue technical careers as they continue their higher level education.
WID-TVC benefits from our STEMi efforts by supporting WID national objectives and supporting the local community. Additionally, our chapter benefits by providing the means for tools that further students’ interest in pursuing technical careers.
On the other hand, school teachers benefit from our support by receiving tools they would not ordinarily have funding in their school budgets to cover. University teachers benefit by receiving ideas for projects that can be utilized as part of their class curriculum in engineering design classes.
Lastly, university engineering students benefit through the total project design and delivery process, including presentations they make in scheduled reviews. Moreover, the process ultimately improves their technical writing skills, public speaking abilities, and communication capabilities that are crucial in the engineering profession.
STEMi Activities and Events
WID-TVC sponsors additional activities and events in the Tennessee Valley that focus on STEMi education for students. A few of these activities/events include the following:
- Stellar Xplorers – a challenging, space system design competition involving all aspects of system development and operation with a spacecraft/payload focus
- FIRST Lego League Robotics Competition – student teams solve real world problems through the design and build of robots that can perform a set of missions
- UAH Tech Trek – a week-long residential camp promoting interest in the STEM fields for rising 8th grade girls
- Madison Chess League Girls Chess Initiative – chess camp for girls to study with grand masters and improve their ability to think critically and plan strategically
Questions? Contact Debbie Fraley, STEM Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.