(Video) Real-world math and science in the classroom
Engineers from Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) are bringing the real world into the classroom thanks to a new math and science-based program they developed called Engineering Adventures. A pilot of this program was unveiled to eighth-grade students at Liberty-Benton Middle School in early March.
“The mission of our Engineering Adventures program is to inspire middle school students to pursue interests in math and science by showing their value in today’s society, said Brittany Webb, MPC project engineer and team lead for the program. “The program also provides a wonderful outreach opportunity for us to work with students on projects to spark interest in STEM careers.” Webb noted that feedback from this pilot program will shape MPC’s plans for the program’s future growth.
This program involved planning and building model roller coasters. The students worked hand-in-hand with MPC engineers and their teachers to complete the challenge based on their knowledge of forces and motion, which they studied in the weeks leading up to this event. Through hands-on activities and discussion, the program highlights ways science, technology, engineering and mathematics - or STEM - impacts our daily lives.
Liberty-Benton Middle School administration enjoyed having the MPC team on site to deliver this experience to the students. Principal Bruce Otley said, “Teaming teachers with MPC engineers shows students how academics are applied in real world situations through STEM careers, validating classroom experiences.”