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STEMSTEM Club (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) starts as a middle school elective that encourages students to dive deeper into hands on technical and engineering skills.  Over the course of the semester, students build on their knowledge by constructing underwater robots.  Our STEM club competes regionally with our underwater robots each year.  This gives the students experience solving problems related electrical/mechanical engineering, buoyancy, density, and driving ROV’s.  Along with these tasks students also have to navigate working and solving real problems in small groups, which is a valuable experience by itself.  Currently the course is only offered as an middle school elective with afterschool lab days scheduled on a “as need’ basis.

Middle School and High School STEM Program

RMA’s STEM Program has undergone some expansion this year with the edition of the STEM Team, and the STEM closet. The STEM team is an afterschool extracurricular opportunity for students in middle and high school that will provide students with leadership opportunities, group work skills, and competitive academics. The Stem Team is gearing up for the 2019-2020 school year when they will be preparing to compete in the MATE Regional Underwater robot competition. The STEM Team will be coached by Thomas Wilcox, a lead underwater robotics engineer with General Dynamics, and will be supported by the RMA teacher advisors. The other edition to the STEM program was the STEM Closet in the Middle School Building which is a combination work and storage space for our STEM gear.  The River Mill STEM students have had a blast this year working with circuits, mechanical and physical engineering kits, and programing.  With our heightened organization of the STEM program we are looking forward to a strong start of the 2019-2020 school year!

 Written by Hope Andrews, STEM Team Captain