Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High SchoolPresentation Transcript
SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS ACADEMY AT ABERDEEN
at Aberdeen High School
Advancing Education, Enhancing Futures
Mr. Thomas Szerensits, Principal of Aberdeen High School Mrs. Donna Clem, Program Specialist of the SMA
This project began as a result of the efforts of the Army Alliance in 1999.
Federal, state, and local funds have been combined to build the facility, equip the classrooms, and train the faculty.
Partnerships are established with APG, federal contractors, and the professional scientific community of Harford County.
Academy Mission Statement
The Science and Mathematics Academy is dedicated to providing an accelerated and challenging program that emphasizes laboratory and
Academy Mission Statement
Academy students will
interact with the professional scientific community as they develop the skills that will prepare them to be leaders
in the areas of science,
mathematics, engineering and technology.
Honors Earth Science
Honors Algebra II
Science, Research, and Technology I (semester course)
Honors English 9
Health (semester course)
Fine Arts Elective, or Band, Chorus, or Orchestra
Honors Math (Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry / Pre-Calculus)
Science, Research, and Technology II
Honors English 10
A.P./Honors World History
Physical Education / Fine Art
A.P. Math (Academy)
Honors/AP English 11
Honors/A.P. U.S. History
Science, Research, and Technology III
SMA Science/Math Semester Elective (2)
A.P. Math (Academy)
Honors /A.P. English 12
Elective of Choice (1-2)
SMA Science/ Math Semester Elective (2)
Science, Research and Technology IV: Senior Capstone Project (2)
Advanced Science and Mathematics Semester Electives (based on student and faculty interest)
Principles of Engineering
Computer Aided Drafting and Design
Introduction to Math Logic
Course Outline for Science, Research, and Technology (SRT)
How will this course sequence integrate and support the core curriculum of science, mathematics, and technology while training our students to be future leaders?
Introduction to measurement, data collection, and data analysis
Introduction to the scientific process including experimental design, research, ethics, and the history of science
Introduction to presentation, including technical writing and speaking
Exposure to real world applications of the tools and techniques of science research
SRT I – Grade 9 (semester) SRT II – Grade 10
Collect and Analyze Data Design Experiments
SRT III – Grade 11
Students are introduced to academic and career exploration.
The four areas of study are:
pre-engineering and the physical sciences
computational and mathematical sciences
SRT III provides exposure to professional mentors and facilities for collaboration and assistance SRT III helps students focus on an area of interest for their Senior Capstone Project SRT III students meet with their mentor to develop a proposal for their capstone project
SRT IV – Grade 12 Senior Capstone Project
Independent research, engineering, or mathematics project
Work with an assigned mentor from the professional field and facilitated by faculty advisor
Oral/poster presentation to peers, faculty, and science professionals
Integration of science, mathematics, and technology
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL SMA STUDENTS
One AP level (Academy) Science Credit
One AP level (Academy) Math Credit
Two credits (4 semester courses) of Science and Mathematics Electives
Capstone Project (2 credits) appropriate to the student’s interest, integrating science, mathematics, and technology
Cytec Raytheon Company Survice Engineering NASA Goddard Aberdeen Test Center McCormick and Company., Inc. U.S. Army Research Lab Johns Hopkins Hospital ORSA Corporation Harford Community College Interactive Communications Research, Inc Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) U.S. Army Garrison (APG) U.S. Army Materials Systems Analysis Activity U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical & Biological Center US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense The Class of 2010 was mentored by representatives from the following organizations:
Possible Enrichment and Extension
Visits to area research, design, and manufacturing facilities and laboratories
Hosting science professionals for lectures and seminars
Attendance at professional conferences
Participation in regional and national competitions
Summer travels to national and international areas of scientific importance
Seminars with visiting scientists on selected topics of interest
SMA Magnet Application
Level of academic achievement in middle school
Demonstrated interest and motivation for learning, especially in science and math
Written communication skills
Selection Committee Members
The nine member selection committee reviews each application
Applications for the class entering the SMA
in the fall of 2010 are due on or before
December 3, 2010.
Students will be notified of their admission status in early March 2011. A second writing sample will be administered to students meeting minimum admission criteria on January 29, 2011 from 9-11 AM
Freshmen Harford Glen
SMA Student Body
We have 193 students enrolled in the SMA.
These students represent all HCPS middle schools as well as several private schools.
SMA students represent Harford County demographically.
We have nearly equal numbers of male and female students.
Freshman Class Quotes
“ I am interested in the unique learning experiences offered by the SMA, especially the opportunity to work with one of the scientists or engineers from APG.”
“ The combination of coursework, research, and mentorship will help me expand my horizons.”
“ I anticipate the Academy will challenge me and help me with career decisions.”
What do SMA students say about their experiences here ?
“ The work is challenging but it is good to be with students who have the same interests.”
“ I like the friends, technology, and the freedom to learn.”
“ Compare this experience to no other you’ve had in the past. Be prepared to work!”
What do the parents of SMA students say?
“ Nice kids, helpful teachers, challenging courses and a host school that accepts SMA students 100%.”
“ I like the way the SMA addresses the needs of the talented kids, it challenges them.”
“ Come to the program committed and dedicated with the understanding that this is a long term commitment.”
~ 50% of SMA students participate in athletics
~ 65% of SMA students participate in
instrumental or vocal music
~ 10% of SMA students are a part of
~ 60% of SMA students are in school related
clubs and extra curricular activities
Mr. Stuart Chapman – Science
Mr. Gareth Davis Jr. – Science
Mr. Mark Evans – Mathematics
Mrs. Shirley Faulkner – English
Mrs. Yvonne Gabriel – Science
Mr. Joel Leff – Mathematics
Mrs. Linda McDonough – Science
Mr. Robert Dushel – Counselor
Mr. Nathaniel Sloan – Science
Ms. Sarah Voskuhl – Mathematics
Mr. Andrew Grant – Social Studies
Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen
Informational meeting for prospective students and their parent(s) will be held on October 20, 2010 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM in the AHS auditorium and SMA.
All are welcome to attend, meet current SMA students and parents, learn more about the SMA program, and tour the SMA facility.
at Aberdeen High School
For further information,
Mrs. Donna Clem – Program Specialist Phone: 410-273-5500 Cell: 443-417-6608 [email_address] Or find us on the web at: scienceandmathacademy.com