Teachers in D.C. Region Hit Workshop for STEM Education Training

WI Web Staff | 7/31/2013, 4:56 p.m.
Instructors from multiple school districts in D.C., Prince George's County and Baltimore City participate in a three-day development workshop at NASA's Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt for the STEM Enrichment Professional Development program. Seated in the center is Richard Hieb, vice president of Lockheed Martin, which co-sponsored the event.

More than 20 middle and high school teachers in the D.C. region participated in a three-day development workshop in Greenbelt last week to learn how to better implement the STEM education program into their lesson plans.

The workshop, held at NASA Goddard Space Center, aimed to engage and assist teachers in teaching STEM — an acronym for the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — as an integrated platform.

The event, which began July 23, was sponsored by Partners and Solutions, LLC, an organization that helps cultivate partnerships with other companies to develop the STEM system. NASA and defense company Lockheed Martin co-hosted the workshop, which was attended by 22 teachers from school districts in D.C., Baltimore and Prince George's County.

One of the goals of the workshop was to foster relationships between educators and NASA experts to help promote STEM literacy. Reaching across school districts enabled the teachers to collaborate, make new friendships, and share best practices with common teaching goals, event organizers said.

"The people and location were an ideal setting for learning more about STEM and I actually felt smarter," said teacher Glen Grier, who was taking STEM training for the first time. "The hands-on science experiments, design challenges and knowledge on more direct ways to access NASA resources, were absolutely invaluable to enhancing my classroom experience this year."

The workshop was led by Dr. Evelina Felicite Maurice, a longtime educator who has conceptualized and spearheaded use of STEM research in the development of scientific games, products and events.

Lockheed Martin, which is headquartered in Bethesda, employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.