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MCPSS JROTC STEM Academy Shapes 120 Cadets’ Vision for their Future June 8-12, 2015

JROTC Stem Academy

For immediate Release: May 26th, 2015 

CONTACT
Col. Frank Barrow: (office) 251-221-5100 (cell) 251-423-0437 
Dr. Susan Pruet: (cell) 251-490-1047 susan.stemworks@gmail.com 

MCPSS JROTC STEM Academy Shapes 120 Cadets’  Vision for their Future
June 8-12, 2015 

Thanks to the generous support of area industry and community organizations, the MCPSS is launching its first-ever JROTC STEM Academy for one week in June to engage students in future STEM careers and the need to make good decisions now, academically and personally. The Academy will hold several activities, including engineering-based design challenges and field trips to USA’s College of Engineering and important area industries that need a STEM savvy workforce such as Austal, Continental Motors, and Evonik. “Industries have offered tours of their facilities in an effort to inspire our young cadets to consider careers in many exciting fields that exist right here in our county,” says Col. Barrow, director of the MCPSS JROTC program. “Best of all, our students will be residing on the beautiful campus of Spring Hill College where they will collaborate with each other under the supervision of college professors and high school teachers to execute a series of hands-on engineering based projects...what a terrific way for a young person to spend a portion of their summer!” 

The 120 Mobile area JROTC Cadets, mainly 9th and 10th grade students, will have full days ahead of them throughout the week, from the physical fitness training before breakfast to the industry tours and team-building projects in the afternoon and evening. The camp is the first in Mobile and is modeled after the JROTC STEM Camp of Mississippi State University. The Mobile STEM Academy will not only enforce work ethic and real world skills, but will build lasting friendships. "I found my time at STEM camp to be a fun, exciting experience that taught me not only leadership skills, but a way to make lifelong connections and relationships with people,“ says former MSU leader STATE STEM Camp cadet and MCPSS JROTC student Elexis Mueller. “I learned not only more advanced math skills, but also how to contribute them to daily life and have fun doing so.” 

The JROTC STEM Academy will be beneficial for these students, granting them great exposure to exciting, fast-paced career and college opportunities. “What an incredible opportunity...and for our area industry and other partners to help us ‘Engineer Mobile’s Future STEM Workforce’!“ says Dr. Susan Pruet, president of STEMWorks, LLC. “STEMWorks and I are honored to be a part of the team.”

Major Sponsors: The J. L. Bedsole Foundation, the Community Foundation of South Alabama, the Society of American Military Engineers, the Mobile County Commission, the Mobile County Public School System (Federal Programs), Alabama Power, Austal USA, PNC Bank, and numerous other individuals and small business donors.

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The JROTC STEM Academy is a residential educational experience aimed to engage a unique population of high school students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills and fields of study. The STEM Academy is a partnership between the Career and Technical Education division of the Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS), Spring Hill College, and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. 

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Frank Barrow, director of the MCPSS JROTC program, leads the STEM Academy in collaboration with Dr. Susan Pruet, president, STEMWorks, LLC; and Dr. Julie Cwikla, director of Creativity and Innovation in STEM at the University of Southern Mississippi. Donations can be made on the organization’s MCPSS website, linked above.

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