USAARL, elementary school form partnership to benefit students
September 5, 2013
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (September 5, 2013) -- Forty Fort Rucker Elementary School teachers and staff members toured the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory at Fort Rucker Aug. 26.
The tour, which was held on a FRES professional development work day, educated the teachers about USAARL's primary research areas such as biomechanics, vision, acoustics and neuroscience.
"I had an amazing time and learned so much about all of the different types of research that are being conducted at USAARL. The tour was definitely one of the top five professional development work day experiences in my many years of teaching. I hope to connect what I learned at USAARL with what I am doing in the classroom," said Donna Brecher, FRES gifted resource teacher.
FRES, a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics school in the Department of Defense Education Activity Georgia/Alabama district, focuses on improving instruction and providing a solid educational foundation for students. The school's STEM program aims to create future critical thinkers and problem solvers.
USAARL, although focused on Army research, development, test and evaluation, offers STEM education internships through the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Engineering programs.
With goals of developing future STEM professionals, USAARL and FRES initiated a partnership that will benefit the STEM education programs of both Fort Rucker entities.
"Our goal is to grow USAARL's STEM education outreach by offering the expertise of our scientists and engineers to expand the school's education endeavors," said Col. John Smyrski, USAARL commander.
"This partnership between USAARL and FRES will be a phenomenal opportunity," said Vicki Gilmer, FRES principal. "We are so excited to be combining our resources, sharing our talents, and working together to help provide amazing educational experiences for our students."