Let's Hear It for STEM!

Let's Hear It for STEM!
Posted on 12/08/2017

Public Invited to Hear Visiting Scientists Address the Need

to Prepare More Young People for STEM Careers

This year Portsmouth Public Schools (PPS) has embarked upon a pilot program designed to help students learn how sound, light and electromagnetic waves work and how scientists put that understanding to work in the real world. Called the “World of Waves,” this program is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research and JASON Learning. The curriculum has been taught at three schools this school year – John Tyler Elementary School, Park View Elementary School and Waters Middle School. On Tuesday, Dec. 12, a visiting scientist will be on hand to see just how that pilot program is working. In addition, the school division is also sponsoring a public event featuring the scientist.

During the day on Dec. 12  Lt. Angie Violante, a surface warfare officer in United States Navy and a visiting scientist for JASON Learning, will be visiting classrooms in all three schools to see Portsmouth’s JASON Learning instruction firsthand. Later that evening she will be speaking at a public event from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at I.C. Norcom High School. As part of the public presentation, Lt. Violante will talk about the rising importance of STEM instruction in schools, the careers now available to young people in the field and the need for more females to become involved in STEM instruction and ultimately in STEM careers.

Those who wish more information on this event, should call the PPS Office of Science at  393-8535.