TEAMS was a nationwide STEM challenge which allowed students to explore real world technologies and science concepts through writing, testing and a build challenge.. 61 upper school and 16 middle school students competed with research, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving as the major themes for the day. Learning and fun were definitely synonymous during this event!
2016-2017 flew by and I think the projects and work done by the faculty and students were why it felt that way. Here are a few highlights of projects done::
On Tuesday, October 4th, Severn’s New Business Ventures class traveled to downtown Annapolis to be a part of the StartUp Maryland 2016 tour.
StartUp Maryland, founded on the same principles as StartUp America, is an organization focused on the activities of “ecosystem-building” of entrepreneurship through events, workshops and their STRT1UP Road Tour/Pitch Across Maryland tour. Their tagline is “Forged by Entrepreneurs...For Entrepreneurs” and StartUp Maryland founder Michael Binko provided our students with valuable information regarding pitching a business concept. Two of our own, Sloane Walker ‘17 and Ashley Loprete ‘17, had their business pitches videotaped and will be a part of the statewide competition. The top 8-10 finalists will move on to make their pitches in front of real venture capitalists and angel investors. We will be sure to let you know if they make it to the next round, where up to $100,000 of seed money is at stake!
The press around Archer Willauer and Brett Weinstein's Severn Fellows Project continues. Check out this article in Severna Park's local newspaper. This project and the excitement around it are a reflection of the passion that the students expressed in developing and building it. When students are provided with opportunities to connect interests with learning, it is a win-win situation.
Severn has a Fellows program for its senior students that allows them to pursue passions independent of coursework or grades. It must involve meaningful learning and culminates in a presentation to Severn and the greater community at the end of the school year. Please feel free to join us on May 31st @ 7:30 pm if you would like to hear our 2015-16 Severn Fellows present their research and work.
The following video discusses one of this year's projects.
The Graw Innovation Center, including the RxNT Tech Center, has been in existence for five months and the word is getting out. While learning is taking place in the center everyday, the amount of projects and workshops has been steadily ramping up with an outstanding total of over 200 hours of 3D printing happening during just the last two weeks!
The latest participants and projects in the center have included::
During a recent project, Ms. Kourtney Stone and her Sculpting II class created wooden boxes from scratch using planning and power tools. They then hit the GIC to transfer their custom designs to the box surfaces using our Universal Laser System. Stay tuned for a full project write-up ...
"ASPIRE is a program for high school juniors and seniors to explore the real-world applications of STEM at APL. Students are matched with APL staff members to work on technical projects in a subject area of interest to the student."
- John Hopkins Applied Physics Program
If you want to know more and/or apply, check out this site. It is a 6 week commitment and the deadline to apply is February 15th. It is a competitive and unique opportunity to learn, so why not try?
Two Severn seniors, Molly Coyle & Abbey Dengler, are putting their business product idea to the test! Students in Severn's New Business Ventures course used design thinking to brainstorm product ideas, developed a business plan, and in some cases, built a prototype. All of this activity leads to a "Shark Tank" pitch to venture capitalists and school staff. Their product idea, LeafyBag, is a biodegradable drawstring tarp that is attempting to be a more efficient and eco-friendly method of collecting leaves and yard waste. Here's to seeing them on the real Shark Tank show!
On Saturday November 14th, nine female Severn students and two educators visited Bryn Mawr school in Baltimore to attend the Maryland STEM Career Fair for Girls. The event provided all of us exposure to over 50 colleges and firms that are providing education and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
Interactive challenges, product demonstrations and good conversations with over a 100 women who are passionate about working in technical, innovative and entrepreneurial fields provided our students with insights into careers and companies they didn't even know existed.. From government agencies like NASA and the NSA, ventures like Google and PayPal, to the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Zoo & Aquarium discussed internships and future job possibilities with girls from all over the state. Meghan Groome from the New York Academy of Sciences, in response to the NY Times article What Really Keeps Women out of Tech stated, "The importance of role models and mentors in encouraging young women to stay interested in STEM fields cannot be overstated." This event provided both to our students. Let's keep working towards making STEM jobs a natural and normal choice for all students.