Friday, April 11, 2014

CONTACT: John Schuster
Miami-Dade County Public Schools


Preparing Students for STEM Careers

MIAMI - Miami-Dade County Engineering and Information Technology students from Booker T. Washington, Miami Central, Miami Coral Park, North Miami and William H. Turner Technical Arts senior high schools, and Miami Lakes Educational Center participated in the second annual Explore Ambition Program, a STEM career-related experience at the National Flight Academy in Pensacola.

Students, in 9th through 11th grade with varying math and science skill levels, spent their spring break as participants in this unique program at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. Students were separated into squadrons and engaged in the activities to complete assigned tasks with fellow team members.  The students received immersion training using various technologies including simulators and virtual reality games that have proven to inspire students to high levels of academic achievement in STEM disciplines.

Glover Rogers, Industrial Arts teacher from North Miami Senior, stated, “The technology that the students were exposed to and the way they were taught to use math, critical thinking, and communication and collaboration skills to solve real world problems are critical to success in the workplace.”

M-DCPS’ Department of Career and Technical Education provides students with high quality and relevant, career technical education,  giving students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college and careers for the new economy. For more information, go to:

About The National Flight Academy:

The National Flight Academy (NFA) is a subsidiary of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.  As of 2010, more than 600 schools and 350,000 children have participated in its Flight to Excellence program.  The Foundation has also created the Flight Adventure Deck, a 38-station interactive exhibit on aviation, which addresses the scientific and mathematical principles of


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