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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Moultonboro Academy gains 3rd place in STEM Class (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) Real World Design Challenge

What a great accomplishment for the Moultonborough Academy STEM Class in the Real World Design Challenge. 
Congratulations to the Students and Teachers. Thanks for all your effort and hard work. It showed with a strong 3rd place in this state wide competition. Very proud of all of you!
 Thanks to Superintendent Noyes for helping to bring this great program and class to our district. 
Gary Torressen 
Real World Design Challenge (RWDC)
This year, MA science teacher, David Severance, and MA math teacher, Joanne Lau co-taught MA’s first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) class. During the 2011-2012 school year, both Mr. Severance and Ms. Lau took a course offered through PSU and became certified STEM educators through Framingham State College.
The RWDC was a challenge to design an unmanned aerial system, UAS, that could detect a European Corn Borer in a select sample area with the highest possible efficiency. Included in the challenge, students had to create a business model to calculate the most cost effective system relative to cost per flight. The MA RWDC Team placed 3rd in the state of NH, and was invited to the NH State House to receive a citation from the Governor. Congratulations to students Nicolas Law, Josh Blundo, Aidan Conn, Devan Maher, Riley Swedberg, Austin Wakefield, and TJ Marchand as well as RWDC “coaches,” Mr. Severance and Ms. Lau.


Real World ? . said...

Real World Design Challenge... Let's look at the danger of setting unrealistic goals for our kids. Some believe that you can pop down to Concord for a weekend, and build a star-wars solution to a dreamed up problem. This is not the way it works in the real world, and students believing this are in for disappointment. As parents, we have an obligation to be realistic as we explain how the economy and innovation works.

Science is a good thing said...

My initial reaction to "real world?"'s opinion is that it is shortsighted. No, going to Concord for a few days for a STEM competition does not make students ready for the real world, but those that participate should be more ready than others. Spending time with a STEM crowd exposes students to other smart people with at least some motivation to innovate. Some say Moultonborough schools are not top notch. Placing third is indeed not the top, but is at least on the platform. Let's encourage our students to strive for success and beat the odds.

Anonymous said...

There is a difference between real world and your world. Encouraging and mentoring one's kid's to reach for the stars, to achieve greater heights than their predecessors is what has made this nation great. Sad to think that one would feel so resigned to how limited the real world is that they would frown on promoting youngsters enthusiasm for intellectual pursuits....Galileo, Newton, Curie, Bell, Edison, Ford, Einstein, Salk, Jobs....thank goodness they and so many others set unrealistic goals.

Anonymous said...

I had the same reaction as anon at 6:47am. Reaxh for the stars and never be discouraged by the naysayers out there who say it can't be done. The real world is a challenging place but never give up. Keep trying and you will suceed.