Air Force Academy hosts Boot Camp For Math, Science Teachers

Holly Schnelbach, science teacher at Palmer Ridge High School, launches her rocket during the STEM boot camp June 27-29 at the Air Force Academy. The camp taught high school teachers about the entire U.S. space mission and each built and launched their own rocket. Courtesy Photo| United States Air Force Academy

The U.S. Air Force Academy recently hosted a boot camp for math and science teachers.

This boot camp didn’t involve push-ups, though.

Instead, it focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. The goal is to provide training and motivation to K-12 science and math teachers that they can pass on to their students.

The STEM boot camps provide teachers with hands-on learning labs for classroom use. They don’t leave empty-handed: All teachers receive GPS units and software, and some take home robots and other kits.

“We’re not just giving them the training, we’re putting materials in their hands,” said Ret. Lt. Col. Billy Crisler, Air Force Academy K-12 STEM Outreach Center director, to The Gazette in Colorado Springs.

To read more about the experience, click HERE or HERE.

You can also learn more about the Department of Defense’s  STEM Development Program HERE.

About Julie Weckerlein

Julie Weckerlein is no stranger to the blogosphere. As a personal and professional blogger for the past 10 years, she further contributes to the internet as a web content manager for the Department of Defense. She's also an Air Force Reserve public affairs non-commissioned officer after a nine-year active duty career with assignments in Germany, Italy and the Pentagon, and a deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan as a combat correspondent for the Air Force News Service. Her affinity for science media started with her first magazine subscription to Ranger Rick at age 9 and she's never lost her excitement for the cool things happening in the world of science.
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  • Julie Imada

    It was actually six days and included elementary, middle, and high school tracks. You can visit USAFA Research on Facebook for more links and stories about this great STEM program!