In today’s world, students must prepare themselves for a wide range of college and work opportunities. For our students who want to lead a happy life and enjoy the good things the world has to offer, all of our students will certainly need a quality education. This year I am working with our junior high students as we learn about Computer Programming. Students in my “Coding” class will be writing and creating programs using the Python programming language. Students will also learn Block style programming for Android Phones and Tablets using the online MIT App Inventor system.
In other various courses I am teaching, students will learn a wide range of technology applications such as MS-Word, MS-Excel, hardware and software concepts along with basic video editing and production. Students will be introduced to 3D design and 3D Printing. All students in my classes will have ample opportunity to learn and practice 21st Century Skills throughout the semester and year.
Monday, August 7, 2017
Monday, July 31, 2017
A slide show tells the story of our awesome experience.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
We ate lunch at the "Falcon Club" before we visited the "Academy's Chapel". We left the chapel and headed for a wooded area for a team building "Ropes" course. Due to rain and lightning, we were only able to complete one exercise. For our final activity, we stopped at the "Visitor Center" and "Academy's Book Store".
We ended our last evening of this experience with dinner where we all had a chance to socialize and we were presented with parting gifts. The information learned through this experience is priceless. An experience like none other and not soon to be forgotten.
|(U.S. Air Force Academy Chapel)|
|(Lunch at the Enlisted/Officers Club)|
|(Our last evening together)|
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Next, we were driven to Schriever Air Force Base. Cell phones and cameras were not allowed in the facility area that we toured and we had to leave them in the vans, so there are no pictures for this part of the day. We had a great lunch at their Dining Facility which has won several dining facility awards. Lunch was awesome.
After lunch, we visited the 50th Space Wing where we learned about the mission of the squadron. We learned how important the 50th Space Wing is to our national security. Each door we passed through had to be entered quickly because security only allows 15 seconds to enter and the door must be closed or alarms will go off and the police and guys with guns are summoned. We then visited the 2 and 4 SOPS where we learned how they track satellites. (lol!)
We visited another section of the facility with lower levels of security. I now can safely write about what we saw without fear of getting in trouble! This group of Airman are responsible for our GPS satellites. They monitor, track, maintain and adjust satellite orbits when needed. We than traveled to the 527th Space Aggression Squadron. This is a unit responsible for training those who are involved in "Satellite Communications Jamming". All in all, very educational and an eye opener. Because of the need for engineers across our country, STEM training is encouraged in many aspects of a Cadet's education.
Polaris Hall ( at the Air Force Academy), was specially designed and built in 2015 to house the "Center for Character and Leadership Development". The leaning tower (1st picture) points to the North Star to symbolize the unwavering commitment to the "core values" believed and held by all academy cadets. A special room is used by cadets to hold hearings for students who have violated the core values. It is up to this panel of cadets to decide who must leave the academy and who will be allowed to stay and continue their cadet training.
|(Cadet's Hearing Room)|
Monday, July 24, 2017
|(Colonel Tate - Center for Character and Professional Development)|
|(Colonel Packard - Vice Dean of the Academy)|
(Applied Mechanics Lab)
|(Aeronautics Engineering Lab)|
|(Garden of the Gods)|
|(IvyWild - 100 year old school turned into a business)|
|(NAO Robot Demonstration)|
Tomorrow will be a fun filled day visiting the U.S. Air Force Academy for presentations, a tour of the cadet's engineering facility, lunch at their dining facility, a visit to the "Garden of the Gods" and dinner in evening.
|(NORAD -North American Aerospace Defense Command)|
|(Great Reception and dinner)|