We are committed to continuously evolving and growing. We
are focused on measuring our success by tracking information on
graduation rates, career selection of our students, and more.
These measures are currently in development. Here are some ways
in which we are enhancing our summer program:
• Increased the size of our summer program 150%, from 10 participants in 2011 to 25 in 2015.
• Increased diversity of our summer team composition, from majority of Wright State Scholars to a more even distribution of Wright State Scholars, teachers, and students.
• Inclusion of pre-service educators to prepare future teachers to seamlessly integrate technology into their curriculum.
Full Throttle STEM® Program
We coordinate annual Full Throttle STEM® days to provide
students an opportunity to showcase their work. The number
of schools participating in this program is steadily growing.
from 100 participants across 6 districts to 545 participants
across 10 districts. Although early in their program, it
is clear that students and districts are embracing the program
and the impact that it is having on the students is evident in
the increased complexity of the projects showcased at their
Full Throttle STEM® is a high school STEM initiative entered on physics, math, and M&S applied to the sport of racing and provides students with critical thinking, relevant learning opportunities, and challenges their problem solving abilities.
Learn more about Full Throttle STEM®.
Our experiences have provided us with observations and anecdotal
evidence on the impact of short-term student internships and
other aspects of our program. We have shared our lessons
learned in the hope that other programs will benefit from our
Winner, J., Puckett, K., Folkerth, L., Malone, A., Holt, J. (2014, December). Modeling and simulation challenge problems in high school classrooms and internships: Lessons learned. Paper presented at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference, Orlando, FL.
Our team is grateful for all of our partner districts and
organizations who have supported our students, teachers, and
collaborations. We are especially grateful to those
partners who have been with us from the beginning. These
partners include, but are not limited to, the Wright Scholars
Program, Wright State University, Wright Patterson Air
Force Base Educational Outreach Office, the United States
Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Humana, Full Throttle
Karting, Eldora Speedway, Darke County Educational Service
Center, and the school districts of Ansonia, Arcanum-Butler,
Bradford, the Dayton Regional STEM School, Oakwood, Mississinawa
Valley, New Bremen, Northmont, St. Henry, Tri-County North,
Tri-Village, and Versailles.
M&S for Public Safety
We have been working within the State of Ohio to pilot an effort
in which students build models of their school to familiarize
first responders with facilities in their district.
Arcanum-Butler, Northmont City Schools, and Tri-Village Local
School District are among the schools within the State of Ohio
who are piloting this effort.
The vision is to leverage the models of schools to train responders for active shooter and other emergency response scenarios. This collaboration has been made possible by our students, who have demonstrated the value that 3D M&S can bring to public safety. From virtual models of their school to game-based fire evacuation simulations, students have honed their skills while delivering solutions to assist with safety and emergency response training and preparedness. For information regarding these efforts or to actively participate in the use of M&S to improve public safety, please Contact Us.
STEM Content for the
In 2011, we collaborated with the Dayton
Regional STEM Center to develop a capstone simulation
project for a high school M&S survey course. The
course has been taught in over twelve districts in the Dayton
region. For information regarding the modeling and
simulation introductory course, visit the Dayton
Regional STEM Center.
We collaborate with local teachers and students to develop free content for use by school districts. The content is in the form of challenge problems, which engage students in a variety of projects with real-world application. We have had successful outreach with challenge problems, specifically with the Full Throttle STEM® challenge problems, which are being implemented by an increasing number of districts. Our STEM content turns local school districts into active participants in M&S by giving them resources to use to teach their students.
Access the Challenge Problems and supplemental materials.