“There’s a lot of the physics and engineering aspects of it that are very applicable,” Howard said. “My goal is to learn about those aspects and use those, but also to complement the science classroom as well.”
Maconaquah received a three-year, $478,000 grant to integrate science, technology, engineering and math education across all disciplines, according to Principal Craig Jernagan.
The grant supports teacher professional development, Jernagan said. Integrated curriculum is expected to be used starting this fall, as most of it was built this year.
While the grant isn’t funding Howard’s trip — the Siemens Foundation takes care of all the trip’s expenses — he expects to take what he learns and pass it on to other teachers at the school to support STEM integration.
Jernagan praised Howard as “a very innovated guy.”
“I think he can bring back some fantastic ideas for us,” Jernagan said. “It’s an honor to have Cory on our staff.”