(Back L-R): Liam Byrne, Chris Bender
(Front L-R): Dr.Molitoris, Vice-Principal Mrs. Karen Falco, FirstEnergy Area Manager Kieran Tintle
Red Bank Catholic High School continues to advance in the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) area. Two faculty/staff within the Math and Science Departments will guide students to explore areas of study that are nationally emergent and critically important. This week, FirstEnergy Corporation (JCP&L) presented a STEM Classroom Grant to Red Bank Catholic for the proposal "Hands On Student Learning from an Energy Perspective".
RBC faculty Ms. Lorraine Kevra and Dr. Joseph Molitoris developed the idea for the successful 20 page proposal. They worked together to plan a project for over 130 students to participate in learning math and physics from an energy perspective, using existing and new equipment that will provide the students a "hands on" experience. This follows up on a grant awarded to Dr. Molitoris to enhance the AP Physics curriculum using Ocean County College resources over this past summer.
The JCP&L grant will allow RBC to purchase the equipment necessary for students to learn the dynamics and mathematics of motion, energy production from several sources (including solar, wind and nuclear power), and the basics of electricity including resistance and capacitance. Students will have a motion sensor, several kits (such as solar energy kit, wind turbine, and others), and online simulation software, among other tools, to complement the learning experience.
Inside and outside consultants (as needed), including the representative from the local FirstEnergy office, will contribute to a teacher development seminar and work with the students during the course of the project. It will culminate in March 2015 with a lunch presentation at Red Bank Catholic where students will demonstrate their knowledge to their peers and FirstEnergy sponsors.
This project is integrated with two other ongoing programs at Red Bank Catholic of local, state, and national significance: Dual Enrollment involving partnerships with Seton Hall University and Brookdale Community College and Senior Capstone Projects with over 20 college certified faculty and close to 200 total students participating in more than 10 classrooms. Dr. Molitoris, RBC College Credit and Capstone project coordinator, explains, "These integrated STEM efforts allow us to give our students a first class hands-on education and realize the idea of 'a college within the high school' curriculum. The projects also blend well with RBC's continuing participation in local math and science competitions and symposia."