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J-Term STEM Feature

J-Term STEM Feature

Our STEM J-Term course from 2021 was such a success that the class was a highlight story (page 30-31) in Carderock’s year-end newsletter, Wavelets. (Carderock is the U.S. Navy’s state-of-the-art research, engineering, modeling and test center for ships and ship systems. It is the largest, most comprehensive establishment of its kind in the world, serving a dual role in support of both our U.S. naval forces and the maritime industry.)

Fifteen students from grades 9-12 participated in the J-Term engineering course led by CLS parent and Carderock engineer Bill Merryman. They were challenged to consider how the STEM disciplines apply in their everyday lives, in objects as familiar as a pen and as complicated as a Navy destroyer.

The final activity for the course involved the construction of a mousetrap-powered vehicle. Each team designed their prototype car body, wheels and axles, and powering mechanism independently, with little prescribed instruction. They applied scientific concepts such as energy conversion, torque, rotational motion and the mechanical advantage of a simple machine as they worked.

We’re so grateful for these opportunities and look forward to many more!

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