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Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School

  2. 2. at Aberdeen High School Advancing Education, Enhancing Futures Mr. Thomas Szerensits, Principal of Aberdeen High School Mrs. Donna Clem, Program Specialist of the SMA
  3. 3. Historical 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.
  4. 4. Academy Mission Statement The Science and Mathematics Academy is dedicated to providing an accelerated and challenging program that emphasizes laboratory and research experiences.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. Grade Nine ­ Honors Biology ­ Honors Earth Science ­ Honors Algebra II ­ Science, Research, and Technology I (semester course) ­ Honors English 9 ­ Honors Government ­ Health (semester course) ­ Fine Arts Elective, or Band, Chorus, or Orchestra ­ Foreign Language
  7. 7. Grade Ten ­ Honors Chemistry ­ 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 ­ Foreign Language
  8. 8. Grade Eleven ­ Honors Physics ­ A.P. Science(Academy) ­ Biology ­ Chemistry ­ Environmental ­ A.P. Math (Academy) ­ Calculus ­ Statistics ­ Computer Science ­ Honors/AP English 11 ­ Honors/A.P. U.S. History ­ Foreign Language ­ Science, Research, and Technology III ­ SMA Science/Math Semester Elective (2)
  9. 9. Grade Twelve ­ A.P. Science(Academy) ­ Biology ­ Chemistry ­ Environmental ­ Physics ­ A.P. Math (Academy) ­ Calculus ­ Statistics ­ Computer Science ­ 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)
  10. 10. Advanced Science and Mathematics Semester Electives (based on student and faculty interest) ­ Principles of Engineering ­ Microcontrollers ­ Genetics ­ Biotechnology ­ Bacteriology ­ Linear Algebra ­ Cryptography ­ Sports Physiology ­ Functional Kinesiology ­ Organic Chemistry ­ Biochemistry ­ Robotics ­ Forensic Chemistry ­ Computer Aided Drafting and Design ­ Design Engineering ­ Introduction to Math Logic ­ Ecology ­ Materials Science
  11. 11. 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?
  12. 12. ­ 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
  13. 13. Collect and Analyze Data Design Experiments
  14. 14. SRT III – Grade 11 Students are introduced to academic and career exploration. The four areas of study are: ­biotechnology/medical sciences ­pre-engineering and the physical sciences ­computational and mathematical sciences ­geosciences/environmental sciences
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. 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:
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. SMA Magnet Application
  21. 21. Selection Criteria ­ Level of academic achievement in middle school ­ Demonstrated interest and motivation for learning, especially in science and math ­ Written communication skills
  22. 22. Selection Committee Members ­ Administrators ­ Academy Faculty ­ Professional scientists The nine member selection committee reviews each application
  23. 23. Application Deadline 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
  24. 24. Freshmen Harford Glen
  25. 25. Building Bridges
  26. 26. 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.
  27. 27. 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.”
  28. 28. 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!”
  29. 29. 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.”
  30. 30. Extra-curricular Activities ~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 academic teams ~60% of SMA students are in school related clubs and extra curricular activities
  31. 31. Academy Faculty 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
  32. 32. Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen
  33. 33. Informational Meeting 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.
  34. 34. at Aberdeen High School For further information, please contact: Mrs. Donna Clem – Program Specialist Phone: 410-273-5500 Cell: 443-417-6608 Or find us on the web at: