Louisiana Tech to host 'Nanotechnology for Louisiana' conference

Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science will host industry leaders from throughout the region as well as faculty experts from Louisiana Tech at the “Nanotechnology for Louisiana” conference, November 9 at the Louisiana Tech Shreveport Center in Shreveport.

The one-day conference will include discussions and presentations on topics such the most recent developments in the field of nanotechnology, how Louisiana is leveraging the nanotechnology expertise and innovations of its citizens, how small and large companies are making use of nanotechnology to improve current and future products, and how nanotechnology is impacting the fields of healthcare, construction, defense, and energy.

The conference’s morning session will feature Quentin Messer of Louisiana Economic Development, Don Coonrod of Cameron Corporation, Chris Kevil of LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport, Patrick Pietrasz of Ford Motor Company, Heath Berry of Radiance Technologies, Joel Martin, American Strategic Initiatives, Chester Wilson of Jupiter Fuels, LLC, and Vijay John of NanoFex, LLC.

The afternoon session will feature Louisiana Tech faculty and researchers who will describe current and planned research and development efforts that impact health care, construction technology, defense, and energy. Two presentations will also address nanotechnology education at Louisiana Tech and workforce development in nanotechnology.

Louisiana Tech has dedicated more than 100,000 square feet of main campus facility space to advancing nanotechnology research and development. Nationally recognized for its nanotechnology programs, Louisiana Tech has also been ranked in the Top Ten in the nation for nanotechnology education by Small Times magazine.

The Nanotechnology for Louisiana conference will begin with on-site registration and continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and includes lunch and refreshments during the morning and afternoon breaks. Early on-line registration for academicians is $25 and $50 for non-academic attendees. After November 5th, the fee will increase to $35 for academicians and $75 for non-academic attendees, after November 5.


Boosting Girls’ Interest in STEM: Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative Project Kick-Off Conference with PBS’ Design Squad Nation

Public event

Date:  Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Time Zone:  CST



Frank Walk Presentation Room in the Engineering Annex Building; Louisiana State University

Ceba Lane & Nicholson Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Phone: 318-424-8714


The newly formed Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Girls Collaborative Project (LaSTEM GCP), offers the chance for all those committed to informing, motivating and inspiring girls in the state of Louisiana to pursue careers in STEM to come together to share exemplary practices, develop new collaborations, and share resources.  The economic future of Louisiana is tied to increased participation of all students in careers that rely on STEM skills and competencies.

All informal educators, afterschool providers, school administrators, engineers, technical professionals, business partners, members of professional organizations, K-12 educators, and university staff are encouraged to join us!  

In addition, the LaSTEM GCP and the Emmy award-winning PBS’ Design Squad Nation will host a hands-on breakout session to discuss how together we can boost girls’ interest in engineering using multimedia resources and activities from PBS’ Design Squad Nation.  When participants leave the training, they will have a clear sense of purpose and several collaborative opportunities penciled into their calendar – and the resources to inspire girls’ interest!

Checks can be mailed to: Attn: Lou Papai, Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center, 820 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, LA  71101.Travel scholarships are available to a limited number of participants.  Contact Lou Papai at for more information. 

Limited number of hotel rooms available for out of town participants. Contact The Cook Hotel, (225) 383-2665.  Cost: $99/night/includes breakfast.  Deadline: 10-5-12. Please mention Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative Project when making your reservation.



Jindal Announces $100 Million Public-Private Partnership Project for New LSU Engineering Complex

Governor Bobby Jindal announced a $100 million public-private partnership today to renovate and expand Patrick F. Taylor Hall at LSU to create a new state-of-the-art engineering education complex.

The new and renovated engineering complex will include expanded, modern laboratory space for teaching as well as translational research, enhanced and expanded space for student services, updated graduate student space, an academic support center, and dedicated capstone project space and other multi-disciplinary space for student projects. The architectural design phase will start in December of this year; construction is slated to begin in the fall of 2014 and is estimated to be completed by the fall of 2016.

Completed in 1977, Taylor Hall remains the largest freestanding building on the LSU campus at approximately 300,000 square feet. The building has structurally depreciated over the past 30 years and the building is in need of significant repair.

Prior to the construction of the new business school complex, the LSU College of Engineering had access to only about half of the available space in Taylor Hall.  With the renovation of Taylor Hall, as well as the addition of a new annex dedicated to chemical engineering, the total amount of first-class academic space for the LSU College of Engineering will now grow to more than 380,000 square feet – an increase of more than 100 percent.

The Governor said his administration will support $50 million in capital outlay funding for the project and the remaining funds will be covered by private donations. To date, the engineering school has already raised $8 million for the project.

Governor Jindal said, “Over the past four and a half years, Louisiana’s economy has outperformed the national and southern economies and we have rocketed to the top of national rankings for business climate. These are signs of incredible progress. But, we cannot rest on our laurels. We cannot become complacent if we truly want to make Louisiana the best place in the world to raise a family and find a job. That’s why we need to build on our progress and make sure Louisiana remains competitive and attractive to companies to looking to invest and create jobs.  That means having a workforce with world-class skills.

“Making sure we have the most skilled workforce in the world so we can attract the jobs of the future starts at our flagship university. We all know that LSU is a world-class destination for athletics, and we know that every Saturday in the fall we want to be number one on the field. We must transfer that same intensity and focus to the academic side of LSU. We want LSU to be number one on the field and in the classroom. That means making LSU a magnet to attract the best and brightest students, teachers and researchers from all over the world.  That in turn will make a strong LSU and a strong LSU means a strong Louisiana.

“Today’s announcement is about fulfilling that goal and continuing on our mission to help LSU reach its full potential. The new engineering education complex will create a state-of-the-art learning environment to train the engineers of tomorrow and give them skills they need to find job opportunities here in Louisiana, which will help us continue to grow our economy.”

The Governor highlighted the importance of the new engineering education complex in terms of the role the new facility will play in growing a skilled workforce in the areas of engineering, construction management and computer science. The LSU College of Engineering currently graduates roughly 560 bachelor’s graduates per year, ranking it in the top 10 percent nationally for graduates. LSU is the largest degree-granting engineering program in Louisiana, accounting for roughly 50 percent of all engineering and construction management graduates in the state. In Louisiana, most types of engineers make average salaries ranging from $83,000 to $108,000, plus benefits.

Governor Jindal said, “Workforce estimates published by the Louisiana Workforce Commission and the Louisiana Board of Regents suggest that we will need to increase the number of our engineering and construction management graduates statewide by at least 30 percent per year, or roughly 330 more graduates per year statewide across all institutions, just to meet current demand.

“However, those growth numbers don’t fully take into account large, new drivers in demand for engineering graduates at LSU and elsewhere.  For example, LED estimates we will see tens of billions of dollars in new industrial construction projects break ground in just the next few years, and many of those facilities will be designed in large part by LSU engineering graduates. Construction management graduates of LSU will be intimately involved in the construction of many of those projects. Indeed, LSU will play a central role in Louisiana’s emerging manufacturing renaissance.”

Governor Jindal said Louisiana’s software and digital media sector is taking off, with companies like Ameritas Technologies, CenturyLink, Gameloft, GE Capital, Pixomondo, Schumacher Group, TraceSecurity, TurboSquid and others collectively planning to add many hundreds of computer science grads over the next few years.

Beyond the planned infrastructure investments in state-of-the art facilities, the College of Engineering recently created a new School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science through the merger of the Department of Computer Science, previously in the College of Science, with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in order to create greater synergy between these two complementary and interrelated academic areas. The Governor said this reflects the significant growth expected in the software development, digital media, and digital and social gaming technology sectors in Louisiana.

LED also expects that Louisiana is going to see growth in durable goods manufacturing as more companies begin to place manufacturing investments in the U.S. again. The Governor said, “In fact, with all of the economic development announcements we’ve made over the last few years as well as more significant announcements on the way, we expect LSU’s engineering school will need to increase its annual production of graduates by 150 to 275 graduates per year over the next few years, making today’s announcement a critical investment for the future of LSU and our state.”

“This investment will allow the College of Engineering to bring leading-edge educational experiences to our students, perform high-impact translational research and prepare the next generation engineering workforce with the skills needed to lead the industries driving our state’s economy,” said Rick Koubek, Dean, LSU College of Engineering.

“As evidenced by student and industry demand, the LSU College of Engineering has proven that it can produce a well-qualified engineering workforce. Louisiana and the United States need engineers that are able to grow businesses and create jobs in order to spur the economy,” says Roy O. Martin, president of Roy O. Martin Lumber Company. “The market is demanding more engineers and LSU must meet this challenge. We thank the Governor and the Legislature for their help in creating one of the finest engineering programs in America. Now we hope that they can partner with the school of engineering to expand this successful program by enlarging and enhancing Patrick Taylor Hall funded by a public/private partnership.”

“As we have said in the past, LSU can only be successful through the cooperation of the state, faculty/staff, the students, and our alumni,” said William Jenkins, Interim LSU System President and LSU Chancellor. “We now turn to the alumni and friends to be our partner in the Patrick F. Taylor Hall Engineering Complex. Our friends are integral for developing world class facilities which in turn helps LSU provide better education and research experiences and, that in turn, serves Louisiana.”

Since 2008, the Jindal Administration has invested more than $600 million dollars for critical higher education infrastructure investments. This total includes more than $150 million invested at LSU and the Baton Rouge research community.




UL gets grant for math development

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s math education department plans to recruit teachers during the fall for a new program designed to boost students’ interest in careers in the sciences.

The university received a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a program called Louisiana Mathematics Masters in the Middle. It’s designed to provide professional development to teachers in Iberia, Lafayette and Vermilion parishes.

A total of 20 teachers will be selected for the four-year program after an application process that involves a classroom observation, said Peter Sheppard, associate professor of math education and the grant’s principal investigator. Sheppard also is interim head of the College of Education’s department of curriculum and instruction.

Teachers selected will begin graduate courses next year, leading to an elementary mathematics specialist certificate by summer 2014, Sheppard said.

The program targets middle schools because that’s about the time students start thinking about career choices, Sheppard said.

“I believe middle school is our great opportunity to maybe convince a student that the STEM area (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is probably a viable career route,” he said. “They’re pretty influential at that age, so if they can get a real exceptional, savvy teacher at that time that could expose them to thinking like scientists and mathematicians, I feel that’s an opportune time to do so.” Teachers in the pro­gram will pass their knowledge to other teachers at their schools and also will participate in a mentorship program for university students majoring in education, he said.

The teachers will receive a $10,000 stipend annually during their four years in the program.





La. Delta grant stems educational program

Louisiana Delta Community College is partnering with the Ouachita Parish School System and Dow Chemical to create an educational boot camp focused particularly on science, technology, engineering and math, thanks to a new grant.

The college announced Thursday that it was awarded a $10,000 grant through the DowGIVES Louisiana Community Grant Program, an annual competitive grant program designed to support projects which impact STEM education, economic development or sustainability.

The grant was awarded primarily to fund the STEM Boot Camp, a new 10-day Boot Camp scheduled to begin June 2013.

Ellen Hill, dean of special programs at Delta, wrote the grant application for the Boot Camp, which will help prepare students for high wage, high growth and high demand occupations in northeastern Louisiana.

"We want to prepare students for careers in STEM fields while giving teachers additional tools to take into the classroom," she said. "We want students to get early exposure on what the STEM-related fields are and what opportunities are available."

The STEM Boot Camp is designed for high school teachers and students, grades 9-11, to gain knowledge and skills needed in STEM-related careers. Teachers and students from Ouachita Parish high schools can participate in the 10-day Boot Camp.

Hill said camp activities will include robot building and programming, guest speakers in STEM-related career fields and exposure to different teaching strategies.

At the end of the 10-day camp, a robot competition will be held, Hill said.

The camp, she said, will serve an important role in preparing students for the workforce in northeast Louisiana.

"We need as many students taking advantage of training and gaining those skills so our economy can not only grow, but sustain the types of companies we have here," she said.

The STEM Boot Camp is to be held at Delta's Monroe and West Monroe campuses.

For more information about the DowGIVES grant or the STEM Boot Camp, contact Hill at (318) 362-4287 or email her at



Sally Ride Science and ExxonMobil to Bring Science Festival for Middle School Girls to Louisiana State University

Middle school science teachers should expect a surge of student enthusiasm this fall when the Sally Ride Science Festival makes its way Louisiana State University on September 22nd, 2012.

Presented by ExxonMobil, the festival for 5th to 8th grade girls features hands-on workshops, guest speakers, and a street fair complete with food, booths and music. This will be the third festival Sally Ride Science has hosted at the Baton Rouge campus, and the renowned science education company is expecting hundreds of girls, teachers and parents to attend.

“ExxonMobil is proud to offer the Sally Ride Science Festival again this year,” said ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Polyolefins Plant Manager Angela Zeringue. “It’s important that we show girls in our local community how exciting a career in math and science can be. There will be many role models for the girls to learn from at the event, and we hope that some will be inspired to pursue careers in STEM fields. This is workforce development, and it is a lot of fun as well!”

Along with a day full of fun activities and socializing, the Sally Ride Science Festival is famous for bringing in courageous, innovative and inspiring female scientists who encourage girls to use their imaginations and pursue their dreams. This year during the keynote address, attendees will hear NASA Astronaut Sandra Magnus share stories about her path to a thrilling career in science, her voyages to space and life on the International Space Station.

"LSU is proud to play a role in the Sally Ride Science Festival for Girls," said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell. "The Cain Center for STEM Literacy has done a tremendous job of bringing the joy of science and STEM-based disciplines to students of all ages and backgrounds, and this festival is another example of its success. Young women play an integral role in our country's future -- encouraging aptitude in these areas is an investment in the future of the United States."

The festival is open to the public and will run from 11 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. A $20 advanced registration fee includes the featured talk, workshops, lunch and the street fair. Advance registration is required. For more information, visit or call 1-800-561-5161.




Chevron's Fuel Your School Program Expands to Support Nine Communities Across the U.S.

Chevron U.S.A. Inc. announced the expansion of its Fuel Your School program to nine communities this fall from two communities in 2011. Fuel Your School will provide useful funding for eligible classroom projects developed by public school teachers and posted to in the following communities:

-- Alameda and Contra Costa counties, California

-- Orange County, California

-- Kern County, California

-- Sacramento County, California

-- St. Tammany, Orleans and Plaquemines parishes, Louisiana

-- Jackson County, Mississippi

-- Multnomah County, Oregon

-- Harris County, Texas

-- Salt Lake and Davis counties, Utah

Chevron will donate $1 for every eight gallon or larger fill up from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 at participating Chevron and Texaco stations in those communities, up to a total contribution of nearly $5 million.

"Educating today's students remains critical to our country's future, but America's schools face significant challenges and have fallen behind in science, technology, engineering and math," said Dale Walsh, president of Chevron Americas Products. "Fuel Your School provides teachers with essential tools and resources that help students learn, explore and get excited about STEM education to help prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow."

The program is an innovative collaboration with, an online charity to help students in need. All year, public school teachers across the U.S. post classroom project requests on, ranging from pencils to microscope slides and even live tarantulas for use with biology lessons.

"Teachers spend more than $350 of their own money every year on materials for their students," said Charles Best, CEO of "Our site enables public school teachers to post projects for funding from their community and companies like Chevron who want to improve students' education."

The lack of adequate school funding across the nation has become so dire that some teachers do not have basic supplies to help students complete their classroom assignments. During the last school year, public school teachers shared more than 100,000 requests on the website. One of those requests came from Ms. Lim-Breitbart, who teaches high school physics at Aspire California College Preparatory Academy in Berkeley, Calif., but lacked the resources to provide students with hands-on scientific activities. With the help of the Fuel Your School program, she and her students received digital thermometers and hot plates to use during physics lessons.

"[The] donation helped change our classroom from 'getting by' to 'doing real science' this year," said Lim-Breitbart. Students now believe that "science is a real option for them in the future."

Chevron partners with local communities, governments and non-profit organizations to increase learning opportunities for students and support the social and economic vitality of communities where the company has significant business operations. Chevron has contributed nearly $100 million for education in the U.S. over the past three years.

Since its inception in 2010, Fuel Your School has funded more than 3,000 classroom projects at nearly 600 schools, and the program has grown each year to support students in additional communities. Public school teachers and other educators are invited to post eligible projects starting on September 1 to, for possible funding as part of the Fuel Your School program.

Consumers can track the classroom projects in need of funding and see how much money is being earned for public schools in each city by visiting Donations earned through Fuel Your School will be used to fund eligible classroom projects from Oct. 2 through Nov. 30, 2012, or until funds generated by this program have been exhausted by eligible projects. Consumers and Chevron employees may also independently fund classroom projects on the website by making separate, individual donations.




Landrieu introduces bill to boost careers of women and minorities
On August 1, Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, introduced the Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Booster Act of 2012. This legislation will authorize funds for the National Science Foundation to manage a competitive grant program to promote women and minorities pursuing jobs in the STEM industry.
“Increasing participation in the fields of math and science by qualified women and minorities will serve to strengthen America’s entrepreneurial spirit,” Sen. Landrieu said. “The STEM Booster Act is a great way to expand the talent pool in STEM disciplines, which will not only increase diversity in math and science programs, it will also make America more competitive in the global economy.”
The severe gender and racial underrepresentation in the STEM field demonstrates a lack of cultural and intellectual diversity. It also makes America less competitive in global markets. Women make up 48 percent of the national workforce, but just 24 percent of STEM workers. Although African Ameri­cans and Hispanic Ameri­cans are similarly underrepresented, their overall share of the labor force is bound to grow to a majority by the year 2050.
The STEM Act seeks to fix these problems by authorizing the National Science Foundation with $10 million annually for three years for grant programs. STEM institutions, departments, and organizations can compete for funds that will be used for online workshops, mentoring programs, internships, and/or outreach programs to spur women and minorities’ interest and participation in the STEM industry. The goal is to inspire future generations to earn a STEM education while retaining the strong women and minority STEM workers already in the field.
The bill has already received support from organizations that represent a broad range of STEM industry companies, such as the Association of Women in Science and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.
Details of grant entities and activities:
Eligible entities:
• A department of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics at an institution of higher education, including one-, two-, and four-year institutions
• A consortium of those educational departments
• An organization that is partnered with an educational institution
• Nonprofit organizations that represent science and engineering disciplines and/or advance the participation of underrepresented segments of the population in science and engineering
Authorized Activities:
• Online workshops
• Student and professional mentoring programs
• Professional internships for undergraduate and graduate STEM students

• STEM education outreach programs for secondary school, undergraduate and graduate school students, and other programs to increase and retain women and minority participation in STEM education and industries. 



More Than 1,800 Inner City Students to Participate in STEM Programming


Beginning June 18 and over the next seven weeks, more than 1,800 elementary and middle school students across the country will become immersed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as they participate in the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program. SEEK was coordinated through a partnership between SAE International and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and will expose inner city students to hands-on projects and a valuable career path.

 "This engaging and educational program has shown a tremendous impact on the communities it reaches," said Matt Miller, director, SAE Foundation and Pre-Professional Programs. "Students will become engineers as they work in teams, think through challenges and create projects. Many of these students are experiencing new opportunities that are helping to shape career paths in STEM fields."

The SEEK program will be led by NSBE engineering students and technical professionals, using the National Science Board Award-winning curriculum, A World in Motion® (AWIM). AWIMwas developed by SAE International and allows students to work in teams to solve problems and create products while discovering the underlying math and science principles involved in the process. The program and curriculum are made possible through funds from major sponsors, like Caterpillar.

"College students from across the country will spend time with these students to become mentors for three weeks, but will make an impression on these kids that will last much longer," said Dr. Carl Mack, executive director of NSBE. "These kids are seeing positive African American role models that are building bonds and investing time in each one of them. The mentors are helping to guide the next generation of aspiring engineers."

Each week of the program, students will take on a new STEM project, present their final designs to a panel of local judges and participate in friendly competitions. This free program is offered to students in 3rd – 5th grade as well as 6th – 8th grade. It begins in San Diego on June 18, continuing for three-week-long sessions across six locations. The schedule is as follows:

  • San Diego, CA (San Diego State University) June 18 – July 6 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) Sponsors: Accurate Engineering, Caterpillar, Life Technologies, Northrop Grumman, San Diego Gas & Electric, Solar Turbines and US MARINES
  • Oakland, CA (Martin Luther King Elementary) June 25 – July 13 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. weekdays M-F) Sponsors: Caterpillar, Chevron, INTEL, Northrop Grumman and SD Bechtel
  • Houston, TX (University of Houston) June 25 – July 14 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. weekdays M-F) Sponsors: Caterpillar, SHELL and University of Houston
  • New Orleans July 2—July 20 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. weekdays M-F) Sponsors: Caterpillar, Chevron and Re-New Schools
  • Washington D.C. (Elementary program: Langley Education Campus; Middle school program: Eliot Hine Middle School) July 2 – July 20 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. weekdays M-F)Sponsors: Alcoa, Caterpillar, CUMMINS, GE, Northrop Grumman, ONR, US Coast Guard and US Navy
  • Detroit, MI (Bates Academy) July 16 – August 3 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. weekdays M-F)Sponsors: Caterpillar, Delphi Foundation, Detroit Automobile Dealer Association, DOW and Ford Fund

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Fontainebleau High Wins $10,000 Math/Science Grant

Fontainebleau High School was notified April 19 that it had won a $10,000 Chevron and New Orleans Hornets Math and Science Resource Center Grant.
The school will use the money to build a special laboratory for student research and presentation in four key areas: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and through it encourage interest in STEM careers among high school, junior high, and middle school students.

The Chevron/Hornets grant recognizes projects that hold promise in helping improve math and science education in the education community, since STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy.


The specific purpose of the Fontainebleau High grant is to increase student achievement in math and science as well as to increase interest in other STEM courses and careers by offering more engaging, constructivist project-based and inquiry-based learning into the school’s instructional efforts. Much of the effort will involve incorporating robotics engineering in a number of curriculum areas, due to the high interest among students and the subject being applicable across the curriculum.


Casey Walderman, Community Investment Development Executive for the New Orleans Hornets, said, “We received several very impressive grant applications and applaud each school for their hard work and dedication.  All of the applications demonstrated a clear commitment to math and science education.”


The title of the Fontainebleau High grant is “Fontainebleau High School Learning Community: The New “Fun-tier” STEM Initiative. The state-of-the art STEM resource lab will provide teachers with a proven template for integrating real-world situations and career cluster projects into their curriculum.


The new resource center will enable students to research, via communication and collaboration with the outside world, the effective integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). “We envision the STEM Center to be a fun, colorful, interactive, engaging teaching and learning facility, equipped with state of‐ the‐art technology for both the laboratory and presentation areas,” according to the grant application, said Melissa Strata-burger at Fontainebleau High. “It will provide for innovative instruction and research that supports student inquiry allow high‐level student research to become a cornerstone of our school district.”


As a result of the grant, students will be able to use real world tools to connect learning to specific careers, tools such as various computer software programs, applications and engineering kits.


Efforts will also be made to design a comprehensive Learning Community Outreach Plan to share the activities with middle and junior high schools that provide students to Fontainebleau High. Using the “STEM-Up™ model,” a comprehensive program of interrelated activities, the school hopes to engage students, parents, teachers, and community-based organizations with hands-on activities, role models, and information about career opportunities in STEM.


The project may also include “Fun-tier” Summer Camps, a “RoboDawgs” robotics Summer Camp, and STEM Star Lessons. Students from FHS will conduct mini-STEM Lego and Robotic Lessons at schools which are members of their learning community to help encourage interest in younger students in those curriculum areas.


Students will use the same industry-leading 3D design software used by companies like Intel, Lockheed Martin and Pixar. They will explore aerodynamics, astronautics and space life sciences and can also apply biological and engineering concepts related to biomechanics – robotics. As part of the process, they design, test and actually construct circuits and devices such as smart phones and tablets and work collaboratively on a culminating capstone project.


Data will be collected all throughout the project to assure that planned goals students are being reached. Each quarter data will be analyzed to determine if the overall STEM plan needs to be revised.


In a detailed description of the STEM Laboratory, the grant stated that the classroom will be configured as interactive state-of-the-art, dynamic, and innovative space where all students enrolled in math and science courses can engage in high level research, and produce innovative and creative design in the fields of applied mathematics and science.  “We envision a space like no other on a high school campus in St. Tammany Parish,” said Principal Johnny Vitrano.


The room will be designed to create a colorful and high-tech atmosphere to invite student interaction with pulleys, prisms, magnets, calipers, micrometers, Robotics design kits, Venier Lab Quest II devices, digital cameras, calculators, industrial gauges, force and motion tables, and assorted engineering kits. Additionally, students will use state-of-the-art computers and software such as Logger pro and Solid works, as well as STEM related websites. When making a presentation of each project, students will have access to a large flat screen TV, Elmo, projector, Promethean Board, and IPADs.


The classroom will be configured into several work stations for different phases of each project. The flat screen TV will serve as a presentation device and will be connected to the Internet to show videos and web sites as well as video examples of STEM lessons and student products. Lining the walls will be display posters reflecting themes of Creativity, Innovation, Engineering, and Applied Science and Math.


Chevron has partnered with the New Orleans Hornets on several community service programs, including a “Mathmobile” and the Mathlete’s program which rewards students for improving or maintaining good grades in math.



NASA Selects Louisiana Teacher to Be "Agent of Change" for STEM Education

GREENBELT, Md.-- Geneva Calloway, a teacher at Madison James Foster Elementary, Monroe, Louisiana, has been awarded an Endeavor Fellowship with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NASA's Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project provides live, online training for educators working to earn a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) certificate from Teachers College, Columbia University, N.Y.

"This year marks the acceptance of 51 new Endeavor fellows in Cohort 4," said Katherine Bender, Education Specialist and lead for the project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "The project is funded through NASA's Office of Education.  Implementation is through Glen Schuster and U.S. Satellite Laboratory, Rye, N.Y.

Teachers engage with education experts, NASA scientists, and with each other to carry back to the classroom a greater understanding of NASA discoveries, to impact student learning in real-world contexts, to inspire a next generation of explorers, scientists, engineers and astronauts.

"Endeavor offers educators research-based ways to bring relevant NASA and STEM discipline content to a school's curriculum. The project helps educators to do this effectively," said Shelley Canright, Manager of Elementary, Secondary and e-Education at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "The 2012 cohort of educators from around the U.S. represents many of our nation's future leaders in science, mathematics and technology education."

The highly-competitive NASA Fellowship is a model for effectual improvements in teacher practice. Endeavor is collaborating with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, promoting effective strategies for teaching and learning.

The project was designed and is administered by the U.S. Satellite Laboratory Inc., of Rye, N.Y. Funding for the program is provided through the NASA Endeavor Teacher Fellowship Trust Fund, in tribute to the dedicated crew of the space shuttle Challenger.

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