The Submarine Force Library and Museum Association, Historic Ship Nautilus, and the Naval Historical Foundation will sponsor this summer’s STEM Teacher Fellowship in Groton, CT from 22 July to 2 August, 2013. This will be the prototype export of our successful science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teacher fellowships conducted the past two years at the National Museum of the United States Navy’s Cold War Gallery.
Teacher fellows selected from Southeastern Connecticut applicants will experience a submarine immersion experience: a general orientation and tour, detailed discussions of submarine museum and Nautilus exhibits with submarine experts, followed by in-depth discussion of the basic science and mathematics inherent in submarine technology. By tapping these resources, the teacher fellows will develop standards-based lesson plans in their subject areas. Combined with the detailed Submarine Force Museum and Historic Ship Nautilus virtual tours on the museum’s website www.ussnautilus.org/virtualTour/index.shtml, the on-line lesson plans created will be available to all teachers, parents, students and life-long learners through the internet.
Museum and science center virtual and on-site education programs are innovative and useful resources to link science and mathematics learning objectives with technology and engineering applications in the real world. Completed work of STEM Teacher Fellows from 2011 and 2012 is found at: www.usnavymuseum.org/Education.asp. The Navy recently paralleled our STEM program through a partnership with Discovery Education, using cutting-edge Navy technology linked to high school standards-based lessons at www.navystemfortheclassroom.com. Our program will be presented at the three Fall National Science Teacher Association Symposiums by a former summer 2012 Teacher Fellow: John E. Clark (Deltona High School: Deltona, FL).
Future export programs are envisioned in 2014-2015 at other Navy museums in Norfolk, Great Lakes, Keyport and Bremerton, Port Hueneme (Sea Bees), USS Constitution, and Annapolis. They would contribute to the overall relevance of Navy STEM programs and help to prepare more students for STEM careers in the future Navy. Using unique historical Navy technology, practicing new skills and engaging in exciting, authentic learning experiences across the range of student STEM learning objectives using Navy-related examples and applications is a game changer.
The Naval Historical Foundation is a private non-profit organization and we welcome donor support from members and others interested in funding our innovative STEM program—now in its third year. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please send it to Naval Historical Foundation, 1306 Dahlgren Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20374, or make a donation online at our GiveDirect site here: www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=1359