Thursday, March 27, 2014

Corporate Mentoring at School- Raytheon's LASER

Mentoring is about relationship-building. Although coming into a school five times during the school year may not be considered pure mentoring, Raytheon has an outstanding model in its LASER program. This sixth-grade program can be adapted to middle and high schools.

With holidays and testing, a school year may only be 26-30 weeks in which a business could send mentors and/or bring mentees into the workplace.

LASER Program

Leadership and Science Ensures Results 


LASER (Leadership and Science Ensures Results) incorporates a fun mix of math, science and leadership skills and engages students in project-based learning activities as part of the McKinney Independent School District’s physics program.         

Mentors: 

·         Participate in classroom activities five times during the school year 
·         Help create a Strategic Life Plan with students 
·         Explore career opportunities with students
·         Participate in think tanks and innovation activities 
·         Attend a capstone event where top teams present to Raytheon and school leaders



More about the program:

MISD, Raytheon Kick-Off Sixth Grade LASER Curriculum with STEM Day at Dowell MS

 McKinney, Texas - The smack of wood striking wood reverberated throughout the 6th grade halls of Dowell Middle School on Friday, October 25 as students operated miniature wooden catapults called “statapults” to explore physics and engineering alongside volunteers from Raytheon.

It was just one of several engaging learning and leadership activities that students tackled during the first LASER (Leadership and Science Ensure Results) STEM Day at Dowell, an event that will be repeated in coming weeks at Cockrill, Evans, Faubion and Scott Johnson middle schools.

Dowell Middle School students prepare to launch a rubber ball with their "statapult" during the Raytheon LASER STEM Day. 
LASER is a project-based learning curriculum developed through the collaborative effort of Raytheon and McKinney ISD. Raytheon supplied approximately $19,500 to fund the original program which was embedded in the district’s high school physics classes during the 2010-2011 school year. Raytheon engineers and managers visit the classes every other month to work with teachers and students on four different modules that focus on 21st century leadership skills.

The 2013 Dowell LASER STEM Day marks the introduction of the 6th grade curriculum which was made possible, in part, by a $17,000 Raytheon contribution.

Launching small rubber balls of various size and composition, the 6th graders sought maximum distance by adjusting variables to tweak their statapult’s performance. In another activity, they built “Puff Mobiles” and were allowed one puff of air to move the device as far as possible. Along the way, Raytheon engineers encouraged innovation while providing expert guidance and feedback.

Sixth grade students consult with Raytheon volunteer Jodi Roepsch during the Raytheon LASER STEM Day statapult activity.
Teamwork, leadership and communication were major themes of the day. The first activity of the morning gave students a chance to learn more about themselves through a personality assessment. Then, they were placed in teams to practice effective communication while building puzzles. The culminating activity of the day called upon the students to hone their presentation skills through discussion of the activities, the challenges they faced during the day and what they learned through the process.

“The students had an eventful day as they collaborated about the design of their Puff Mobiles and the data collected from their Ballistic Statapult,” said Chaurcley Cook, McKinney ISD Coordinator of Secondary Science.

“Middle school is an important time to introduce career opportunities and help students make the important connections to their everyday learning in the classroom. One student told me, ‘I like learning this way,” and another liked learning about what the engineers do at Raytheon. One student said, ‘I think I want to be an engineer.’”

By Shane Mauldin, 10/30/2013 2:00 PM, Middle School News

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Coordinator, at 469-302-4007 or smauldin@mckinneyisd.net.

That Raytheon targeted different classes and levels is noteworthy. Excerpts:

With $10,000 Donation, Raytheon Helps Bring LASER Program to McKinney ISD 6th Grade Science Classes

McKinney, Texas - Raytheon Company, a long-time supporter of McKinney ISD science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, recently donated $10,000 to the district’s LASER (Leadership and Science Ensure Results) program...The money will go toward implementation of LASER in all McKinney ISD 6th grade science classes during the 2012-13 school year...

LASER is a project-based learning curriculum developed through the collaborative effort of Raytheon and McKinney ISD. Raytheon supplied approximately $19,500 to fund the original program which was embedded in the district’s high school physics classes during the 2010-2011 school year. About 40 Raytheon engineers and managers visit the classes every other month to work with teachers and students on four different modules that focus on 21st century Leadership skills.

By Shane Mauldin, 05/07/2012 9:53 AM, District News

http://mathmovesu.com/about-mathmovesumentoring/laser-program Ret. 3-18-14

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