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Tuesday, September 05, 2017
The UMSL Bridge NextJenn STEM TEAM is off to a rocketing start. In the first three weeks, we have had ten practices/meetings and six events including two CyberPatriot sessions, an FTC Training Camp, the Back-2-School Jamboree, our Open House Parent Meeting and a Solar Eclipse. We have increased our coaching staff to include five coaches (Draper, Reilly, Russell, Sellers, Warren) and four mentors (WWT, Boeing, Mastercard, FIRST), and our roster has jumped from 8 to 32 over the last two years. Finally, we have introduced the first during school STEM TEAM class focusing on Computer Science, where students experience and explore online instructional tools such as duolingo, typing club, code monkey, google earth and SketchUp, mobile chess, Cisco, trello, GroupMe, and molview. All this while trying to find our niche in the College and Career Readiness plan featuring NAF. 
Most excitingly, however, is the ideation and realization of our STEM LAB. With four stations completely operational (flight simulation, world languages, robotics and molecular modeling) and six more stations in the works, this environment has the potential to be a one-of-a-kind nirvana of pathways to STEM careers. It also highlights college information, relevant literature, digital media, a chess board, a project board, a SmartBoard, multiple digital large screen displays, and more.
Below is an overview of our NextJenn STEM TEAM 2017-18 Competition Schedule. We are currently involved in seven different competitions and we will need more students and resources before we expand. Add to that upwards of 15 off-campus day trips to regional events, universities, and businesses, and it is becoming a task just to stay organized. Finally, attached you will find our 2017-18 NextJenn STEM TEAM Media Guide & History (which is still in the works). Please feel free to take a look at some of the events our students have experienced over the first two years of our existence. 
Thank you once again to all of you that have contributed to our success; your continued support is so greatly appreciated by our staff of coaches, administrators, and most importantly our students. 
Mr. Sellers, Ms. Draper, Mr. Reilly, Ms. Warren & Ms. Russell
CyberPatriot (Sponsored by Mastercard)
Timeline: July 2017 - March 2018 (1st year of competition)
Lead Coach: Chang-hee Russell
Partners: Chris Hogan (mentor), Jamila Hunter-Gates
Overview: CyberPatriot the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competitioncompetition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cyber securityvulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services.  
FTC - FIRST Tech Challenge
Timeline: August 2017 - March 2018 (2nd year of competition)
Lead Coach: Marie Draper
Partners: Henry Graham (mentor), Robin Lady, Matthew Snyder
Overview: It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages, including Java. Teams also must raise funds, design, and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards.
WWT STEM Student Forum & Hackathon
Timeline: September 2017 - January 2018 (2nd year of competition)
Lead Coach: Marie Draper
Partners: Juanita Logan, Todd Erickson (mentor)
Overview: World Wide Technology’s STEM Student Forum is focused on educating High School students on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM).  Through this initiative, our goal is to provide the following to your students: improve academic proficiency to provide a competitive advantage for college enrollment; increase awareness and focus on STEM disciplines and the opportunity it presents; and, Exposure and education on World Wide Technology’s capabilities and future internships/careers.
"Show Me Manufacturing" Video Contest
Timeline: October 2017 to March 2018 (1st year of competition)
Lead Coach: Chris Sellers
Partners: Brian Crouse, Joel Borders, Ernest Williams (mentor)
Overview: Sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, teams of high school students are matched with local manufacturers and tasked with creating a 2-3 video short profile of their partner company, and the career opportunities they offer to answer the question, “What’s so cool about manufacturing?” The first place team will take away bragging rights and a 4K Drone for their school! 
GAMA Aviation Challenge
Timeline: January - May 2018 (1st year of competition)
Lead Coach: Chris Sellers
Partners: TBD
Overview: The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) provides the schools with complimentary “Fly to Learn” curriculum and software, powered by X-Plane, that teach aerodynamic and aviation engineering principles. Teachers guide students through the science of flight and airplane design, completing the curricula in approximately six weeks in the classroom or in four weeks through an accelerated program. Schools will then apply that knowledge to modify an airplane design and complete a mission in a virtual fly-off using the software, which GAMA judges will score based on the application of what the team learned, and performance parameters.
Boeing Engineering Challenge
Timeline: January - May 2018 (3rd year of competition)
Lead Coach: Tim Reilly
Partners: Margo Schoolfield, Carol Nelson, Dan Kim (mentor)
Overview: Hundreds of area high school and middle school students, with guidance from their physics teachers and Boeing engineers, work all year to design and build a perfect glider. These hand-launched gliders soar across WUSTL’s Field House in a competition to determine which has the farthest flight, the straightest path, the longest hang time, and highest quality of flight. Planes with the most creative appearance and most creative engineering are also recognized. High school students create the planes out of balsa wood with consultation from Boeing engineers. In the process, they learn important concepts in physics and aerospace engineering.
Lenovo Scholar Network Mobile App Development Program
Timeline: Application pending approval (1st year of competition)
Lead Coach: Chris Sellers
Partners: Colleen Devery, Reedy Wade
Overview: Lenovo’s partnership with NAF brings a robust mobile app development curriculum and delivery program to NAF academies in the United States. The Lenovo Scholar Network, now in its second year, is designed to provide high school students with an intensive application development program to enable the next generation of developers and entrepreneurs. The Lenovo Scholar Network encourages greater interest among underserved high school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects while providing them with high tech skills to succeed in the 21st century. Lenovo Scholar Network academies are given Lenovo PCs and tablets and students were tasked with designing, coding, developing, and testing a mobile app and creating a plan to take the app to market. Students used the MIT Center for Mobile Learning’s App Inventor, a web-based tool for creating Android apps, to build and test their apps on Lenovo devices.
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