On May 16, 2012 Old Court Middle School (OCMS) had its first STEM Exposition Day and its 4th annual International Day. The day was designed to expand awareness of scientific research as it applies to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Engaging activities, demonstrations and challenges were hosted by OCMS Science department in partnership with the other departments in our school.
Students had opportunities to speak with engineers, chemists, college professors, high school teachers and counselors. Students acquired interesting and relevant information in reference to STEM careers and required courses as they transition from middle and high school to higher education.
Support of our STEM Exposition Day was provided by collaboration with Ecybermission, The American Chemical Society (Washington, D.C.), Morgan State University (Science Department), Coppin State University, Milford Mill Academy and Randallstown High School (feeder schools).
During the 4th Annual International Day at OCMS, student participants presented information about their respective countries, a particular region, or a culture to the OCMS social studies/ world cultures students, parents, and faculty. The goal of the International Day Club is to bring awareness of the global connection we have within our immediate community. The students prepared presentations using either Prezi (cloud-based presentation software) or power point with our mobile computers in the school library. The students had an additional assignment this year. They were asked to identify environmental concerns of their selected country/region/ or culture as well as to provide viable solutions for the concern(s). Nigeria, Cameroon, Ireland, India, Haiti, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Kenya, South Korea, and South Africa were highlighted in this year's International Day. The students and staff were invited to complete our International scavenger hunt.The day was a great success. Together we provided learning experiences for our students.