CJ STEMM Partners with Riverside Research

Chaminade Julienne is partnering with Riverside Research, an area-leading scientific research and education institution, to host an innovative, STEM-based extracurricular event for area grade school and high school students from across the Miami Valley.

The event, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at CJ, is aimed at demonstrating how various disciplines in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine are necessary to improve the tools of scientific discovery and application.

Expert professionals from Riverside Research’s Education and Training Directorate Andrew Shepherd, STEM program manager, and Mike Lovingshimer, STEM program developer, will co-facilitate hands-on activities during the Tools of Scientific Discovery interactive learning session organized by Meg Draeger, coordinator of CJ’s STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and—at CJ—medicine) program.

“CJ’s partnership with Riverside Research is a unique one, allowing our students to learn firsthand from local aerospace research and development professionals, and to use state-of-the-art industry software,” Draeger said.

Representatives from Riverside Research, a not-for-profit defense contractor in Beavercreek, previously teamed with CJ during the 2010-11 school year at functions including the CJ STEMM Summer Gateway Academy as well as the monthly, in-school STEMM Idol Speaker Series. Among other STEM educational initiatives, Riverside Research currently offers support to area students in the form of an internship program and through the development of electronic textbooks (e-Texts) and accompanying software.

“Riverside Research’s efforts in STEM have been successful in large part due to the great community partners like those we have in CJ.  We are proud to support those in our community that are doing the important work of educating and exciting the next generations of our nation’s technical workforce,” Shepherd said.

This weekend, more than 20 students in grades 7-9 from 11 different schools will gather in CJ’s computer and science labs for activities that include:

  • tracking satellites and NASA’s International Space Station
  • exploring the force of microgravity—or weightlessness—as experienced in space, and
  • designing a “room positioning system” to understand GPS

Additionally, participants will receive an introduction to the field of remote sensing using Riverside Research’s e-Text titled, Remote Sensing: A View Through Mechanical Eyes, a tool that was incorporated into CJ’s high school curriculum for the 2011-12 school year.