Ingalls engineers teach STEM to teachers
Shipbuilding isn’t the only thing Ingalls specializes in. The 800 acre facility in Pascagoula hosted their seventh annual STEM workshop for teachers from Mississippi and Alabama.
School’s out, but teachers continue working hard to make sure they’re ready to go for the upcoming school year. To help them prepare, Ingalls Shipbuilding has created an employee resource group called ‘Shipbuilding Women Engineers.’ The group is all about promoting STEM to middle and high school students. Mechanical engineer Davida Cunningham said, “We want to make sure that we keep up to date and also promote our students and get them ready for the workforce. So, it’s something that will actually help our shipyard become better and also help the United States in becoming a technology leader.”
Throughout the day, teachers participated in several experiments revolved around the different types of engineering: civil, electrical, mechanical, and chemical. While they had a blast making mousetrap cars and elephant toothpaste, Ingalls chemist Heather Moak hopes to be the catalyst that inspires these teachers and students back home. “I hope people can enjoy chemistry as much as I do. I know that’s kind of rare for students and teachers to really enjoy chemistry just because it’s hard to understand, but I hope they can realize there’s a lot of fun to it and its daily and it is in our lives all the time.”
The workshop is to help teachers refresh their skills and bring STEM back to their students. St. Martin Middle School STEM teacher Julie Massey said, “We’re learning this year about coding and robotics so I want to actually integrate the two with the Ingalls trip so that they know how important it is to stay here and learn and grow these new technologies.”