Somerset Teachers Participate in STEM Night!

     Pam South is a Media Specialist at Somerset Intermediate School.  She has her students involved in numerous school-based, regional and national STEM activities.  On November 9 at the Henson Center at UMES, she had a STEM activity set up for students who visited what was billed as STEM Night. At Ms. South’s table, attendees could make straw rockets and launch them. The activity was appropriately named Bottle Rockets. 

     Ms.South said, “Somerset County Public Schools and The University of Maryland Extension 4-H STEM sponsored the event. In addition to this being an opportunity for SCPS to shine, the evening shared a variety of STEM activities with people of all ages.      Understanding the importance of and being excited about STEM careers at an early age ensures that our students will pursue them as adults.  The students and the adults were all excited. I heard many positive comments. There were many "take aways" including straw rockets.”  Ms. South is a former Somerset County Teacher of the Year and a state finalist the same year.

     Kolby Noble teaches science and mathematics to 4th and 5th graders at Deal Island Elementary School.  Her students have won numerous regional and national competitions for academics and for fund raising including sponsoring the Salisbury Zoo, excelling in an international math bowl competition and being a top fund raiser to fight childhood cancer in what is known as the Lemonade Wars. Her classes recently produced a video about the scientific aspects of the area in which they live.  They received the award of having the Top Video.

     At the STEM Night, she spoke with parents and students using models of reptiles to engage her listeners. Her project was on Human Impact on the Environment.  Ms. Noble is the 2016 Somerset County Teacher of the Year. 

     Richard Warren is an 8th grade science teacher at Crisfield Academy and High School.  His students are engaged in numerous hands on projects.  They recently produced molecular models utilizing a variety of materials.  In addition, his students are in the process of making and installing PVC receptacles for recreational fishermen and crabbers to discard lines and other related debris to protect the area around the city dock in Crisfield.

     Mr. Warren had a display at the STEM Night activity which helped students better understand chemical reactions and a variety of principles of physics.  His project was entitled Chemical Reaction Machine-Mentos  and Diet Coke.

         Greenwood Elementary School 1st grade teachers Jessica Dryden, Courtney Dryden and Sarah Mason had an Apple Jenga Challenge for the students. GES 5th grade teacher Stephanie Sproul and her intern Danielle Cullen utilized VEX Robots and iPad
Apps to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and math.  Ms. Sproul is a former Elementary Teacher of the Year for SCPS.

     Washington Academy and High School upper level science teacher, Tina Taylor utilized BioMed Endoscopic Boxes, Webcams and Grabbers.