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6/6/14 Teens Changing the World: Two Teenagers from Maryland have Invented a Water Filter Made from Plastic Water Bottles

Two teens from Glen Burnie, Maryland have invented a water filter made from plastic water bottles. Chloe Diggs and Jack Andraka, two teens enrolled in North County High School’s STEM magnet program, won the grand prize in the 2014 Siemens ‘We Can Change the World’ competition. Biomolecules or amino acids are attached to strips of plastic water bottles; these biomolecules are used to “magnetically’ attract pollutants – eventually helping to purify polluted water. [view video]


 5/23/14  South River High School Duo Wins 'First Award' At the INTEL Science and Engineering Competition

 Allison Marie Raines and Sally Albright, a pair of 15-year-olds at South River High School, recently won the “First Award” for Environmental Management during the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair. Their project, Effect of Antifreeze on a Keystone Species, won the $3,000 prize during the Los Angeles-based competition, and a $1,000 grant will be given to both their school and the Intel ISEF Affiliated Fair they represent. [Read More]


11/22/13  Seven Oaks Elementary School Wins “Champion Creativity” Grant

Creativity has landed Seven Oaks Elementary School in some elite company, with the school being one of 20 elementary and middle schools across the nation to be selected by Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) to receive a “Champion Creatively Alive Children” school grant. Each school received a $2,500 monetary grant and $1,000 worth of Crayola products.  The Champion Creatively Alive Children grants are intended to help principals and their schools explore new ways to nurture children’s creativity and inspire other principals to do the same. The school’s winning entry, developed by Principal John Ceschini and Seven Oaks’ leadership team, was called “Using Art Strategies in a STEM School.” The school is devising action research projects to collect data and illustrate the impact art-infusion and artistic-reflection have on the school’s students. [read more]

11/29/13   South River Teen Setting an Example in STEM Field

Some people credit their lucky stars for the trajectory their life has taken: Simone Oliver thanks her genes.  “My mom’s family members are all doctors — neurosurgeons and general surgeons,” said Simone, a STEM senior at South River High School. “On my dad’s side, everyone is an engineer. That’s why I’m interested in bioengineering — a combination of medicine and engineering.”  She’s already had an insider’s look at the bioengineering field.  This past summer, the 17-year-old was selected for a paid internship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda and, during this school year, she serves as a volunteer intern at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of NIH. [read more]


11/16/13  Jack Andraka Honored by the Vatican - Giuseppe Sciacca Award

The North County High School junior was honored by the Vatican on Saturday for his work on cost-effective methods for detecting cancer. Andraka received the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award, which is given to young adults who work to be positive role models. It was named for an architecture student who died in a parachute accident in 1986.  Andraka, 16, developed a dipstick testing method that allows doctors to detect early signs of pancreatic cancer. The project won the Crownsville resident the grand prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. [read more[listen/view more]   NOTE:  Andraka is enrolled in North County's STEM Magnet Program.


4/22/13  STEM Student Team from North County High Takes Second Place in Siemens We Can Change the World National Challenge

As citizens and stewards of our planet, high school students are in a unique position to become active agents of environmental change. Fortunately many are interested in learning about and taking responsibility for your environment. In addition, they are familiar with today's tools and technologies that can help influence others to create an impact beyond their local community.  The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge gives teens the opportunity, tools and inspiration to become agents of change. Beginning September 13, 2012 through March 5, 2013, high school student teams from across the country are challenged to create sustainable environmental improvements that can be replicated around the globe.  Two students from North County High School’s STEM program, Luke Andraka and Dana Lunkenheimer, earned second place in this year’s national challenge with the research and redesign of the traditional crab trap. [read more]

3/25/13  South River High School STEM Student Win National Mobile Application Design Challenge

A team of five students in South River High School’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math program was recently named among the top ten teams of the Verizon Innovate App Challenge.  “Study Buddy,” a mobile app aimed at increasing academic success by encouraging good study, organizational, and time management skills, is the award-winning creation of high school juniors Maryam Ermin-Sinanovic, Jasmine Hall, Gelsey Jian, Megan Prass, and Heritage Weems.  Over the past three months, several hundred teams of middle and high school students across America developed and submitted creative ideas for new smartphone apps that would solve a social issue in their community.  The winning teams – five middle schools and five high schools – will work with MIT Media Lab and Verizon employees to build their ideas into apps that will be available for download in the Google Play store later this summer.  Aside from the training with MIT Media Lab to learn about basic coding, each member of the 10 winning teams will receive a Samsung Galaxy tablet, courtesy of Samsung, and their schools will each receive a $10,000 Verizon Foundation cash grant to put toward their STEM education programs.  In addition, the students will present their apps in person at the National Technology Student Association Conference in Orlando, Fla., in June.  [read more1] [read more2]

3/10/13  STEM Students Take Top Two Prizes at County Science Fair [AACPS Press Release]


North County High School sophomore Jack Andraka claimed his second consecutive grand award tonight at the 46th annual Anne Arundel County Regional Science and Engineering Fair in Anne Arundel County.  Andraka shared the award last year for his project that developed a new detection method for pancreatic cancer. That project went on to win the $75,000 grand prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). This year, Andraka titled his project “The Tricorder: A Novel Raman Spectrometer for Real World Applications.” The 16-year-old has engineered a palm-sized device to sense a variety of chemicals in the environment with a wide variety of applications including detection of pancreatic cancer, environmental contaminants, and explosives. South River High School sophomore Anna Sappington received the second-place grand award. Her project investigated Triclosan, a widely used chemical found in toothpaste, soaps, and disinfecting products, and its potential toxicity to aquatic invertebrate organisms. She will join Andraka at Intel ISEF in Phoenix, Ariz., in May.  Andraka and Sappington are STEM magnet students at North County and South River High School Magnet Programs, respectively. [read more]



3/7/13   Verizon Innovative App Challenge - State Winners Announced!

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty advisor, to use their STEM knowledge, their ingenuity, and their creativity to come up with an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a need or problem in their school or community.  The goal of the Challenge is to provide an engaging and empowering learning experience to increase student interest and knowledge in STEM and mobile technology  The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is an exciting, creative and collaborative competition that offers $10,000 grants for winning middle schools and high schools and Samsung Galaxy Tabs for winning students. Created to ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the Challenge also opens their eyes to exciting new possibilities for their futures, opening doors they may never have known were there.  A South River STEM magnet student team won the statewide competition for Maryland with their app entitled, “Team Study Buddy”. [read more]

2/26/13 Glen Burnie High BioMedical Allied Health (BMAH) Magnet Students Rewarded for Innovative Designs

The BioMedical Allied Health Magnet Program students at Glen Burnie High School traded their scrubs for drafting equipment and were rewarded for it.  Students were given the assignment to come up with a design for an orthopedic hospital and rehabilitation center. They collaborated with a visiting architect, who, along with teachers, selected winning designs which were honored with awards in a presentation on Friday.  “We want to show appreciation for the cooperative and collaborative process in designing the hospital,” said science teacher Caroline Keegan. Keegan handed out T-shirts, rubber duckies dressed as doctors and certificates.  “The students have already visited hospital facilities,” teacher Rachel Stephens said. “So, they already had great ideas as to what they’d like to see in a hospital.” [read more]


2/12/13  Maryland Student will be with First Lady during State of the Union [CBS Baltimore]


WASHINGTON (WJZ) — As President Barack Obama makes his speech Tuesday night, one Maryland student will be watching right next to the First Lady.  At just 16 years old, Jack Andraka has already made major contributions to the world of cancer detection. Now his accomplishments are taking him all the way to the White House.  As President Barack Obama makes his State of the Union address before Congress Tuesday night, high school student Jack Andraka will be watching from a very good seat. [watch videoNOTE:  Andraka is a North County High School STEM magnet student.



12/19/12 Fire Breathing Lizards - A Lego League Robotics Team (Crofton Patch -

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a worldwide robotics program for 9- to 16-year-olds designed to get children excited about science and technology. The Fire Breathing Lizards is a local Crofton robotics team, competing in Maryland’s FLL robotic games since 2010. Last year the team was featured in Suburban Scene and placed 2nd in Research Presentation at the FIRST Lego League Qualifier Tournament at the Universities at Shady Grove in 2011.

The South River Power Hawks, another local robotics team, proudly sponsors our team. For the 2012 season, we will be competing in the Senior Solutions robotic games. [read more]


12/11/12   Fort Meade – Pershing Hill Elementary Hosts Reading & STEM Family Night

An experiment to conduct electricity using Elmer’s Glue and the opportunity to build words using prefixes were among the activities designed to boost science, technology, engineering and math education at Pershing Hill Elementary School.  The activities, geared to students and their families, were part of Pershing Hill’s second annual Reading-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Family Night on Nov. 29.  The event was held to comply with the requirements of a three-year Department of Defense Education Activity grant called STEM@Meade. The goal of the $1.5 million grant is to boost STEM education at Pershing Hill, Manor View and Meade Heights elementary schools and at West Meade Early Education Center. [Read More]


12/1/12 Jack Andraka, the Teen Prodigy of Pancreatic Cancer - Smithsonian Magazine

It's first period digital arts class, and the assignment is to make Photoshop monsters. Sophomore Jack Andraka considers crossing a velociraptor with a Brazilian wandering spider, while another boy grafts butterfly wings onto a rhinoceros. Meanwhile, the teacher lectures on the deranged genius of Doctor Moreau and Frankenstein, “a man who created something he didn’t take responsibility for.” “You don’t have to do this, Jack!” somebody in back shouts. The silver glint of a retainer: Andraka grins. Since he won the $75,000 grand prize at this past spring’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, one of the few freshman ever to do so, he’s become a North County High School celebrity to rival any soccer star or homecoming queen. A series of jokes ensue about Andraka’s mad scientist doings in the school’s imaginary “dungeon” laboratory. In reality, Andraka created his potentially revolutionary pancreatic cancer detection tool at nearby Johns Hopkins University, though he does sometimes tinker in a small basement lab at the family’s house in leafy Crownsville, Maryland, where a homemade particle accelerator crowds the foosball table. [read more]
8/29/12 Annapolis Middle Teacher Takes Part in Science Fellowship- A Research Project in Washington State

Annapolis Middle School teacher Beth Foster trumpets the importance of STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — programs for all students, convinced that science and math disciplines aren't, as she put it, "just for brainiacs." The school's science department chair said her convictions were bolstered by her work on a research project during a recent fellowship at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Foster was one of just 20 teachers nationwide selected to work with a team of scientists in a fellowship that offers practical applications for STEM instruction. [read more]

7/28/12 North County High School STEM Magnet Student is Troop’s Eagle Scout

Daniel Murawski is so involved in his schooling that when it came time to choose an Eagle Scout project, he looked to where he spent his elementary school years and created an outdoor classroom at Brooklyn Park Elementary School. “I chose this project to help give back to the community and the elementary school because I attended that school," Daniel said. “Plus I think it’s a great way for the students to experience the outdoors while learning.” Daniel attended Brooklyn Park Middle School and is a rising senior at North County High. He will be in his fourth year of study in the school's magnet program for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math [STEM]. He is an intern with Century 21 Educational Foundation developing websites. [read more]

7/20/12 Students Use Summer Program to Prepare for Second Year of ‘Health’ School
They’ve worked with the tiny surgical tools that could remove ailing appendixes through small incisions. They’ve studied the federal health care law, better known as Obamacare. And even though the collection of students at the school within Glen Burnie High School have only just finished their freshman year, most already are specializing in the field they think they might want to work in some day: health. The Biomedical and Allied Health Magnet is meant to help students learn what a health care job means. [read more] 
6/18/12 Revolutionizing Cancer Diagnosis

If you’re feeling anxious about how U.S. kids lag the world in science and math … take in this story of a high school freshman from Crownsville, Md. who came up with a prize-winning breakthrough that could change how cancer and other fatal diseases are diagnosed and treated. His name is Jack Andraka, and he loves science and engineering with every inch of his 15-year-old soul. Just spend a minute or so watching this video. Seriously, do it now before you read more. Nothing from the Oscars or Grammys comes close to the unabashed excitement and joy of Andraka charging up to the stage to accept his $75,000 grand prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May. This is the Olympics of youth science, with more than 1,500 entries from 70 countries competing, each of which already won their national competitions. [read more]

5/31/12 First STEM Grads Transform North County High
For senior Chakiera Shields, her best memory from four years as a STEM student at North County High was being nominated by her teachers to attend a luncheon at the White House. “I got to meet Michelle Obama and Susan G. Komen,” said Shields, who won the honor for having the top grades in her class. “It was a memorable experience.” With plans to study computer science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill this fall, Shields will join 49 classmates Tuesday as the first graduates of a county Science Technology Engineering and Math Magnet Program. [read more]
5/24/12 Around South County: South River Team Name Finalists in Siemens Challenge
The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, National Science Teachers Association and the College Board have named a team of high school scientists from South River High School in Edgewater as finalists in the 2012 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. Team Duckweed, consisting of Kendall Crawford, Gina Lee, Stefanie Biondi and teacher/mentor Tanya Marushak, was named a finalist for their project on tackling pollution from farm runoff and now has a chance to take home more than $50,000 in scholarships and prizes. [read more]
5/23/12 Maryland Teen Wins International Prize for Creating Pancreatic Cancer Test - Test also Detects Ovarian, Lung Cancer

There has been a breakthrough in the fight against pancreatic cancer, and it's all thanks to a 15-year-old Anne Arundel County teen and his mom, who drove him to Johns Hopkins University every night after school to test his theory in a lab. North County High School freshman Jack Andraka won what is considered the Olympics of science fairs with a diagnostic breakthrough in cancer treatment. The Crownsville 15-year-old won a $75,000 grand prize in this year's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his new way to test for early-stage pancreatic cancer.

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5/19/12 North County STEM Student Wins Grand Prize at International Science & Engineering Fair

On Friday, the 15-year old North County STEM Magnet High School freshman, Jack Andraka, took first place at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair for his development of a screening test that can detect early stages of pancreatic cancer.  Jack beat out 1,500 participants from 68 countries to earn the Gordon E. Moore Award, a $75,000 prize named in honor of the Intel Corp. co-founder.  "It's always been a dream of mine to make it to Intel.  I never thought I would win it- it's still a surprise," Jack said.[read more]

4/21/12 Students Dive Deep Into Naval Engineering Competition

Of all things, seventh-grader Joshua Kovach used his experience playing paintball to build an underwater robot. A student at Old Mill Middle School South in Millersville, he spent months tweaking his design for an underwater robotics competition at the U.S. Naval Academy aimed at attracting more Maryland students to science and engineering careers. Volunteers, especially the professional engineers who served as judges and timekeepers, also played an important role, said Angela Moran, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Naval Academy and a coordinator of the SeaPerch program. “The message that we want to send to kids is that it doesn’t matter who you are. It matters what you feel you’re good at, how you want to succeed and what you want to give back to your country. Engineers change the world to be a better place,” Moran said. [read more]

4/20/12 STEM Students Cruise to Second in Statewide Engineering Competition

North County High School Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics magnet program students have won yet another award for exercising their engineering prowess. The team from the Technology Student Association came in second out of 16 teams from all over the state in an engineering challenge competition sponsored by the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Students worked for more than a year to plan, design and build a model cargo boat that could race around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor while carrying a 40-pound load of sugar or sand. [read more]

 2/23/12  3 Local Students Create ‘Shake To Shuffle’ Smart Phone App

EDGEWATER, Md. (WJZ)– Using a cell phone during class is usually discouraged, but not in one Anne Arundel County high school. Andrea Fujii explains that’s where three students have developed a new app that’s getting worldwide attention. Writing computer code is something three seniors at South River High School consider fun. “It’s interesting. It’s something you can’t put down,” said Nick Manoogian, student. It’s in their science technology engineering and math class where their idea for the “shake to shuffle” smart phone application was born. The app allows users to switch songs on their playlist without pushing a button. So if you want to skip to the next song you just shake it, and there it is. [read more]


12/18/11 Annapolis Leaders Consider Allowing Chickens in Backyards

Why did the chicken cross the road?  To get into Annapolis' city limits, of course. This is not just a corny joke: City leaders are considering giving homeowners the right to raise chickens in their backyards. Today, chickens are strictly prohibited in Annapolis neighborhoods.  While fewer cities than counties have ordinances on backyard chickens, Annapolis wouldn't be alone. Chicken coops in Baltimore require a minimum setback of 25 feet from an adjacent property, according to the city's research.  That research was partially conducted by a couple of South River High School students. Jillian Buck and Brianna Ong, who were juniors in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics magnet program last year, partnered with the city for their Community Challenge project. They called it "Hens in the City." [more]

8/2/11 Gaining Real World Experience: Internship Program Pairs Students with Businesses

Professional researcher Andrew Murphy can hardly contain himself when talking about the team of employees he has working for him this summer.  "I hope you don't mind if I get a little excited about this," said Murphy, owner of Odenton-based Keystone Research Solutions, a scientific research and development company. He launched into a vivid description of the research his group is doing - on variable star astronomy - which he hopes will land Keystone in a prestigious scientific journal. "I'm treating them like a research team of grad students," Murphy said. But researchers Branden Gritz, Alexander Perepechko and Javan Graham will all be seniors at North County High School. The trio are students in the school's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math magnet program. They're working for Murphy this summer as part of a joint effort between county schools and local businesses to bolster students in the so-called STEM fields. [read more]

7/25/11 Teen strives to be 'America's Top Young Scientist'  -

 Crownsville resident a finalist in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge -  Jack Andraka could be "America's Top Young Scientist."  The 14-year-old Crownsville resident is a finalist in the 2011 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for students in grades five through eight.  Andraka found out about the national competition while participating in one of his favorite pastimes - a county science fair. The avid kayaker used science to solve a problem he sees in everyday life. [moreNOTE:  Jack is a STEM magnet student at North County High School.

4/1/11 South River High School Student Wins $5K and National Award

Imagine being a hobby muscian, a ninth-grader, who plays piano and guitar.  Imagine that while you're at school learning about all things science and engineering, an all-star panel of judges is reviewing the instrument you invented as part of a class assignment-judges like Ludicris, Stevie VanZandt, Pat Metheny, and the president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, among others.  You know, heavy hitters in the music business. [read more]

2/2/11 North County Student Heads to MIT Competition

North County High School sophomore Luke Andraka will be missing classes this week at his high school, but he won't be loafing around.  Instead, the 15-year-old will be attending classes and kiving on campus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Luke beat out 4,500 contestants from around the country to win MIT's 2011 Technology for Humans guided by Innovation, Networking and Knowledge competition. [read more]


3/27/2010 Brooklyn Park:  Fifth-Grade Girls Building a Robot for SeaPerch

For the past several months this school year, the five fifth-grade girls in Belle Grove Elementary School's SEAPerch Club have been soldering, drilling, connecting wires and batteries, and measuring and cutting PVC pipe, all to build an underwater robot.  The girls will launch the robot at the county school system's SEAPerch showcase May 20 at the U.S. Naval Academy, said Marlena Colleton-Pearsell, the school's talent development director and club's adviser. [read more


3/20/2010 Chesapeake, South River Robotics Teams Heading to Nationals

Two local schools- Chesapeake High in Pasadena and South River in Edgewater- will send robotics teams to Atlanta next month for the FIRST Robotics National Championship Competition.  Inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST Robitics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989.  The idea behind the program is to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders. [read more]



3/13/2010 Science Whizzes Take Home Grand Prizes 

Two north county students claimed top honors this week at the county school system's annual Regional Science and Engineering Fair.  Bradley Natarian, a junior at Old Mill High School, won grand prize for his study of light beam communications for the third year in a row.  Luke Andraka, a freshman at North county High School, also won for his project on remediation of acid mine drainage.

Both will go on to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, Calif., in May.  The annual fair draws young scientists from across the globe.  The teens both will get their trip to California paid for as part of their winnings, along with the 3-foot trophy that Old Mill and North County will share for the next year. [read more]



11/17/10 STEM Showcase Draws Large Crowd

As an educator, Arundel Middle School teacher Latesha Blue went to South River High School last night because she wantwed to learn more about an advanced science, technology, engineering and mathematics program.  But Blue has other motivations for checking out the STEM magnet program.  Her son, eigth-grader Elijah Darville, might want to be an architect one day.  Blue and her husband think the advanced curriculum might help Darville get into a good college- if he can first get into the STEM program. [read more]


11/24/09  Congressman Ruppersberger, Higher Education Secretary Lyons to announce major funding for STEM initiative in Anne Arundel County


Secretary of Higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr. will join Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Maryland’s 2nd District) to announce $381,000 for a middle school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education program in Anne Arundel County. Congressman Ruppersberger attained the funds through a federal earmark. Secretary Lyons is the project manager. [read more]


9/14/2009  Technology is Education for South River Teacher

Freshmen Colin Ferigno, left, and Jason Raines listen Thursday as Ryan Sackett, a technology education teacher at South River High School, teaches a lesson on engineering sketches. The county Board of Education named Sackett Educator of the Month for September.  read more

 08/07/09     Camp gets new STEM students ready for school

At an engineering summer camp in Edgewater yesterday, three boys in life vests stared at their underwater remote-operated vehicle. read more

 08/23/09       New programs, buildings, people to greet students

The bongos have arrived at the new Bates Middle School arts magnet.  So have the digital cameras, easels and laptop computers loaded with software for composing music. read more


7/18/08 Bridge to the Future: STEM Summer Bridge Program for Rising 9th Graders

There is a lot you can tell about an animal from its skull, and the wiring of your household's light fixtures might be more complicated than you think. This week, more than 20 teens were sitting in two different classrooms at the Center for Applied Technology North in Severn.  One group was examining animal skulls and determining things like whether the animals were carnivores, while the others were wiring circuits.  The teens took part in a summer bridge portion of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program being launched at North County High School next month. The students will be the first freshmen in the system and have been involved in pioneering the program since they were accepted in February.  read more

7/7/08 Magnet and Signature Programs Move Forward in Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Bates Middle School in Annapolis just received a federal grant that will buy teacher training for its new arts magnet. And at Meade High School, local business and community leaders have been writing the curriculum and organizing summer events for a homeland security program.  The programs, along with North County High School's new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM magnet, are the first of many that will be added to county high schools over the next few years. Starting the North County and Meade programs this year will cost the schools about $1.17 million, while a $666,000 federal grant will fund the Bates' arts program over the next four years, school officials said.  read more


8/10/07  President Bush Signs America COMPETES Act - Promotes Excellence In Technology, Education, And Science

On Thursday, August 9, 2007 the President signed into law H.R. 2272, the "America COMPETES Act" or the "America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act."  This act authorizes various programs at the National Science Foundation and the Departments of Energy, Commerce, and Education intended to strengthen education and research in the United States related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The bill will provide between $43.3 and $33.6 billion during the three-year period from 2008 to 2010 for research and education programs, such as in engineering, mathematics, science, and technology, within four federal agencies.  read more1  read more2

8/10/07  Local Teachers Get an Introduction to Engineering at Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman, a major Anne Arundel County engineering employer, engaged 17 teachers in a Teachers and Engineers for Academic Achievement, or TEACH workshop.  Designed to help teachers get their students interested in becoming engineers, the workshop gave the teachers ideas about how to incorporate hands-on engineering experiments in their math and science classes. read more

7/25/07  Anne Arundel County Public Schools Awarded $230,000 STEM Implementation Grant to Support New STEM Magnet School Program

The Maryland State Department of Education awarded Anne Arundel County Public Schools $230,000 in July 2007 to fund program development and implementation of our new STEM Magnet High School Program over the next 18 months.  Funds will support STEM teacher professional development, STEM curriculum development, technology and equipment, a STEM resource teacher, STEM book club for teachers and a 2008 summer STEM bridge program for rising 9th graders accepted into the new STEM Magnet High School Program.  read more

7/15/07  Anne Arundel County Public Schools STEM Partnership with UMBC Receives $358,000 Grant from NASA to Establish NASA JETS Program

The NASA Junior Engineering and Technology Scholars (JETS) Program will focus on designing and implementing pre-engineering aerospace-related after school co-curricular opportunities for elementary and middle schools in northern Anne Arundel County.  In addition, JETS will include a robotics 2008 Summer Bridge Program for rising 9th graders accepted for admission to our new AACPS STEM Magnet High School.  Professional development will be offered for teacher-parent facilitator teams to lead the after school JETS Clubs.   read more

5/23/07  STEM Awards Ceremony Held May 22, 2007 to Honor STEM Students and Teachers of Excellence in Anne Arundel County Public Schools

On the evening of May 22nd at 7pm AACPS held its first Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Awards Ceremony to honor students and teachers for their excellence in STEM disciplines or co-curricular activities.  Two graduating seniors from each of our twelve comprehensive high schools and our two Centers for Applied Technology received STEM Student Excellence Awards.  Fourteen teachers were nominated by their students to receive STEM Teacher Fellow Awards for their STEM teaching and mentoring.  Dr. Susan Hoban, Senior Research Scientist at UMBC Goddard Earth Science and Technology (GEST) Center and alum of Arundel Senior High School, presented the awards to the honorees.  read more