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Worcester Preparatory School Newsletter                                                     Fall  2017
             WPS Student and Teachers Experience Out of this World Training at NASA

            Worcester Prep (WPS) students and teachers take advantage   and Upper Schools, attended the NASA teacher’s workshop.
            of one-of-a-kind opportunities at neighboring NASA (National   “NASA is truly a hidden treasure,” said WPS librarian Mrs.
            Aeronautics and Space Administration). NASA is responsible   Taylor, “It is a link to so many unique resources that assist
            for the civilian  space program, as well as aeronautics  and   teachers  by  incorporating  the  principles  of  STEM  (science,
            aerospace research.  WPS senior Austin Taylor completed a   technology,  engineering  and  math)  into  tangible  projects.”
            NASA summer internship while four                                           Upper School Math teacher Mrs.
            teachers, Mrs. Shari McCormick,                                             McCormick  added,  “Working
            Mrs. Erin Shimko, Dr. Sara Timmons,                                         with NASA lets students become
            and Mrs. Sandy Taylor, attended an                                          part of a work team where they
            Educator Professional Development                                           can see themselves in the bigger
            Workshop at NASA’s Flight Facility                                          picture as  a future  career.”
            in Wallops Island, Virginia.                                                All the teachers  walked  away
                                                                                        from the workshop with many
            With an end goal of landing an                                              great project ideas.  Fifth grade
            engineering  job  at  NASA,  Austin                                         teacher  Dr. Timmons  plans  to
            Taylor, was one of 30 students chosen                                       have her students model the
            for an internship out of thousands of                                       same  project  they  did  at  the
            applicants.  He was given hands-on                                          workshop.  They will plan, build,
            learning experiences such as building                                       test and revise a model satellite
            robots and navigating  them using                                           to orbit  the  moon.   Timmons
            GPS coordinates, as well as behind                                          explained, “We will then map
            the scenes access to NASA’s aerospace  Pictured above: Shari McCormick, Sara Timmons,   and follow the space station
            industry.  A Virginia native, Austin is  Erin Shimko, Sandy Taylor.         through the NASA International
            very invested in his community and   Pictured below: Erin Shimko, Austin Taylor.  Space Station homepage and
            hopes to remain there in future years.                                      incorporate NASA lesson plans
            In addition to his rigorous studies, he                                     with our 5th grade Science
            has managed to accumulate more than                                         Rocketry unit.” She will be
            190 volunteer hours at the Firefighter                                      off to a great  start  thanks to
            Academy, earning certificates in                                            NASA giving each teacher a
            Firefighter  I  and  II  and  Hazmat.                                       Beginning Engineering, Science
            Following graduation, Austin plans                                          and Technology Kit valued  at
            to pursue an Electrical Engineering                                         $400 to share with their students.
            degree and work at NASA.                                                    “In addition to the NASA kit, I
                                                                                        walked away with the important
            WPS teachers  have partnered with                                           lesson to give children more time
            NASA over the years in countless capacities, from field trips to   to plan and brainstorm ideas before giving them the parameters
            video conferencing. Recently, four WPS teachers, McCormick,   of a project,” said 4th grade teacher Mrs. Shimko.
            Shimko, Timmons, and Taylor, who represent the Lower, Middle

                                   Grade 8 Experience Echo Hill Outdoor School

                                                     WPS eighth grade boys and girls bonded with nature and each other on a
                                                     three-day, rustic adventure at Echo Hill Outdoor School (EHOS), October
                                                     9-11.  Echo Hill, located on the Chesapeake Bay of Maryland, has served
                                                     as a platform for educating children about nature and the environment for
                                                     more than a hundred years.  WPS Middle School students have been part
                                                     of the Echo Hill Outdoor School tradition since the mid-1970s. While
                                                     team building with their peers, students experienced hands-on education
                                                     outside the classroom.  The eighth graders lived in tents while hiking
                                                     through woods, climbing trees, building fires, learning hunting skills and
                                                     studying marine life and maps.  The daily activities, which included an
                                                     adventure course and a 40-ft. lab boat to investigate the Bay’s ecosystem,
                                                     were aimed at building and enhancing teamwork, confidence and self-
            MS/US Music Director Christopher Buzby and Head of   esteem.
            Middle School Megan Wallace chaperoned the 8th grade
            class on a three-day Echo Hill Outdoor adventure.

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