Member Kudos: Meet Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District

DashBoard, Feb. 25, 2015

Wexford Missaukee Intermediate School District
Photo courtesy of the Cadillac News.

Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District is one of four districts to receive the prestigious 2015 Excellence in Practice Award from the Michigan Department of Education, recognizing exemplary practices in preparing Michigan's students for careers and higher education.

The awards recognize successful, exemplary state-approved Career and Technical Education programs and career initiatives. These are programs that demonstrate outstanding outcomes, produce measurable results for students and meet the challenge of high academic rigor. WMISD was recognized in the Career and College Readiness Initiatives category.

The Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center STEM Camp is an initiative that was designed to provide girls in grades 8-10 with opportunities to explore STEM activities through a series of specialty camps.

Eighth grade girls with a strong aptitude and interest in science and math are invited to participate in STEM Camp I. During this three-day camp, students use their STEM skillset to design and manufacture SeaPerch, an underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle). SeaPerch is a nationally recognized STEM curriculum developed by a MIT professor and meets the National Science Standards. Students learn engineering concepts of frame design, buoyancy, electrical principles and quality control during the construction of the ROV. On the last day of camp, students launched their ROV at a community pool with family and friends in attendance.

This camp is housed at a local manufacturing facility, which provides the girls a unique insight into STEM-related careers within manufacturing. Building upon this excitement of the first camp, these young women are invited back for STEM Camp II to further enhance their academic, leadership and career readiness skills to create a fully functioning wind turbine in its “Fab Lab” setting including blade design, machining principles, precision measurement, welding and generator principles.

Both STEM camps provide science, technology, engineering and math curriculum for girls in grades 8-10 to encourage them to consider enrolling in a nontraditional CTE program, as well as a career in STEM-related field. Through these hands-on, challenging camps, these young women develop and/or enhance their academic, career and college readiness skills, such as designing a product, engineering, welding, machining, electrical wiring, problem solving and critical thinking.

Congratulations to the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center for receiving this award.

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