Students in culinary arts programs in St. Lucie County high schools had an exciting experience recently. Renowned Johnson and Wales University in Miami presented a Culinary Skills Day for junior and senior students from four local high schools, hosted by St. Lucie West Centennial High School. Students from St. Lucie West Centennial, Fort Pierce Westwood, Port St Lucie and Fort Pierce Central high schools culinary programs participated. Each student worked with four professional chefs, each conducting a workshop highlighting their area of expertise, and over 100 teenagers had the opportunity for hands-on culinary activities with the professional chefs. The hands-on sessions were the Visual Culinarian, the Cutting Edge, Slow Foods and Desserts: The Last Impression. There was an educational session for the culinary arts teachers who attended as well. Please contact Mary Wintercorn, Johnson and Wales University email@example.com 561-714-5470 or Dana Caputo, St. Lucie Schools, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Pictured is Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Sunny Trattles, left, pictured with Chef Brian from Johnson and Wales University.
Students enrolled in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Aerospace Institute at Fort Pierce Central High School, a joint partnership between ERAU and the St. Lucie County School District, designed and constructed a 12-foot wind tunnel during the Fall 2012 term under the guidance of Professor Kevin Adkins. The wind tunnel was designed to assess aerodynamic forces on objects such as wings, aircraft, ships, and other blunt and streamlined bodies. Fort Pierce Central senior Michael Alexander, pictured, left, and junior Jose Forero brought the wind tunnel to Lisa Friend’s advanced eighth grade science classroom at Manatee Academy recently. Following a lesson on aerodynamics led by Forero and an overview of the tunnel’s design and construction by Alexander, Friend’s students analyzed data collected from the wind tunnel and confirmed some basic aerodynamic concepts. Forero and Alexander also took time to share their experience while in the Institute. Alexander shared that besides earning college credit for the advanced course, he enjoys not only the rigorous math and physics, but also the opportunity to see the application of these subjects in real world context. Alexander plans to attend the Honors College at Embry-Riddle in the fall and begin an aerospace engineering curriculum, and Forero also plans to enroll in an engineering degree program in the future. Students interested in the Aerospace Institute can contact Fort Pierce Central High School. Friend’s eighth grade student Keondra Blue said she enjoyed learning about the lift equation, while classmate Briana Wells enjoyed learning about the components of airplanes and how they work. Classmate Kyle Yurchak said seeing how the wind tunnel worked was very exciting because it showed how it would work in the real world, while Jon Walborn, who has already applied to enter the program next year, said Professer Adkins explained the topic in a very interesting way.
Over the next couple of months, Southern Oaks Middle School teachers Jose Rivero and Lauren Kappler are planning to take students on an exciting virtual journey to the moon and Mars. Students will be doing project based STEM activities twice a week that will lead up to learning about how one day life can possibly be sustained on Mars. Mr. Rivero states that students will be learning and talking about everthing from different thrust structures, manned space flight vehicles, what it’s like to live in space, robotics and will learn how to produce food in order to survive long periods of time away from Earth using hydroponics, just to name a few. This is all part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program. Not only will students be doing some amazing hands on activities, but will also be meeting many of the benchmarks and state standards in both science and math. Pictured is the mock space shuttle the students use in their study.