ACPS Students Attend "Easy as Pi" STEM Event Hosted by the USACE
More than 50 Middle School Students across State Participate in 13th Annual Conference
On Thursday, March 13, 2014, ten Allegany County Public School students from Braddock, Mt. Savage, Washington, and Westmar Middle Schools joined more than 50 students from across Maryland at the 13th Annual “Easy as Pi” conference hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
This outreach program allows students to interact with professionals and to gain hands-on knowledge and experience about the various career pathways available in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields. According to the STEM coalition website, “There are 26 million STEM jobs in the U.S., and STEM jobs compromised 20% of all U.S. jobs.”
Emily Schiffmacher, Chief of the Military Project Management Section in the Environmental and Munitions Design Center at the Corps of Engineers Baltimore District, has coordinated the “Easy as Pi” event as a way to reach out to Maryland students. “These kids need help learning about STEM, and the teachers need help teaching these technical subjects. Even if I just help one kid that’s all that matters to me,” said Schiffmacher.
The students heard from several guest speakers as well as spent the day rotating through various activities in the fields of archeology, nature, indoor environmental science, computer programming, physics and video game design.
Thanks to assistance from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Baltimore Post, Schiffmacher is able to provide a location for the event, as well as funding for the bus transportation, substitute teachers, and lunch. Each school district can send ten students to the conference, free of charge.
Participating ACPS students and teachers included: (Braddock) Wil Brauer, Umailla Fatima, Andrew Martin; (Mt. Savage) Meghan Murphy; (Washington) Alyssa Bonner, Shanel Stott, Zachary Burns, Brady Shaffer; (Westmar) Alexander Arbogast, Clayton Muir. Teachers Kelly Egros, Braddock, and Matt Kline, Washington, also attended.