The Young Inventors' Program (YIP) project-based learning encourages critical thinking, and introduces basic principles of design thinking through out-of-the-box problem solving, leading youth in the creation of their own invention. Since 1986, the Academy of Applied Science has given teachers and elementary and secondary students throughout the state of New Hampshire an approach to invention and innovation that is based on the proven notion that the process of invention encourages and develops problem-solving skills and creativity. The goal of the Young Inventors' Program® is to foster cognitive growth so that students can think creatively and apply problem-solving in the real world, broadening their conceptual and logical thinking capabilities.
Wisdom Hunters First Lego League Team
The Wisdom Hunters team is composed of seven home-schooled students aged 10-15. Team members are Owen from Nashua, Sarina from Nashua, Seamus from New Boston, Ashley from Nashua, Zach from Nashua, Sean from Nashua and Taoighan from New Boston. This is their fifth year competing in the FIRST LEGO League competition. This year, they were challenged to create an educational tool. In addition to doing this research project, the team is also challenged to complete tasks with LEGO robots. They competed on November 22, 2014 at Hillside Middle School in Manchester, NH. The team’s innovative prototype, the Socrates Computer Tutor, is a computer based program designed to teach complex concepts through the use of an interrogative-style mentor.
Tammy Boucher, Educator Leadership Project Manager, and Robin Comstock from the Manchester Chamber of Commerce provided the Board with information about Educator Leadership, a program of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, designed to provide teachers, guidance counselors and other educators the opportunity for exposure to and relationships with local businesses and CEOs.
The goals are to ensure that school teaching is relevant to the skills required of industry and similarly, to provide employers with learning experiences and a new understanding of the educational system. The hope is that positive ongoing relationships will be established between the schools and community businesses.
The structure of the program is to bring participating educators into the workplace of local businesses to learn more about businesses’ needs and their interests in the future workforce. An added benefit is the relationships that will be built among participating educators and business leaders. Ultimately, the objective is to provide educators with a hands-on experience about what businesses require from high school graduates. It is hoped that this program will be able to tactically align the jobs needed with the education given. Students crave more information about careers, and this initiative will allow businesses to provide information about their industries and company that can be relayed to students through curriculum and other venues, providing for a stronger connection with businesses and the community.
Dr. Audrey Rogers and Dr. Tom Schram, Professors at Southern New Hampshire University and the University of New Hampshire, respectively, and co-facilitators of the NH IHE Network, presented to the Board regarding the Network’s progress and plans. Since their 2012 presentation to the Board, they have created a committee to reflect current knowledge on how pupils learn, particularly with respect to 21st century skills, and to work with the Department to ensure a shared operational understanding of how to assess teaching effectiveness.
Tom McGuire, Superintendent of Monroe, presented at the State Board of Education Meeting on Personalized Education at the Monroe Consolidated School.
Dr. Audrey Rogers (SNHU) and Dr. Tom Schram (UNH), Co-Facilitators of the Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Network presented their position paper to the NH State Board of Education (SBE). The SBE voted unanimously to endorse the IHE Network Position Statement.
Career and Technical Student Organizations
At the October 17th meeting students involved with the Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) spoke to the NH State Board of Education (SBE) about their participation in this organization. These organizations promote personal growth and leadership development aligned with the many career and technical education programs. The students that addressed the Board were Sophie LaRochelle, Future Farmers of America (FFA); Jesse Height, Technology Students Association (TSA); Stephanie Creatau, Skills USA; Bailey Lonergan, HOSA-Future Health Professionals; Taylor Lee, Family, Career and Community Leader of America (FCCLA); and Andrew Force, FCCLA.
At the August 15th meeting the State Board of Education recognized the Boynton Middle School in New Ipswich for receiving the Granite State Quality Council Achievement of Excellence Award.
At the April 18th meeting the State Board of Education presented a community service award to Jenna and Kelly Freitas for their role in “Playing for a Purpose” a Memorial High School field hockey team tournament fundraiser for cancer research.
The NH State Board of Education (SBE) presented three students and a teacher from Londonderry High School with a "Services Award" for their role in the yearly Day of Giving Celebration Assembly for "Beautiful Lengths."
Last year 211 "angels" donated.
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)
Lt. Col. Patrick Testerman, Commander of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of New Hampshire, and Captain Katie Petren, were present and spoke to this issue. The AFROTC is a college program offered at more than 1,000 campuses across the country that prepares young men and women to become officers in the United States Air Force. The unique curriculum and activities prepare cadets for service with physical and mental development as well as an emphasis on leadership skills. It also provides opportunities for a variety of scholarship offerings. Captain Petren presented a PowerPoint presentation. (May 11, 2011)
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