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NCS and AEgis Technologies Conduct Teacher Training in Modeling and Simulation (M&S)

Posted on June 14, 2017 in General News

On 6-8 June 2017, NCS and AEgis Technologies conducted a training course/ workshop: “Teaching the Teacher, an Introduction to Modeling & Simulation”. The program agenda is provided in Appendix A, along with available presentations. Thirty-six teachers from Orange, Seminole and Hillsborough Counties attended the event held at two venues, AEgis Technologies and Paul J. Hagerty High School in Seminole County. The objectives of the training were as follows:

  • To familiarize Teachers with the broad and expanding use of M&S
  • To familiarize Teachers with the power of M&S
  • To acquaint Teachers with the M&S Training Course on NCS website
  • To acquaint Teachers with the Industry M&S Certification
  • To provide Teachers with Modeling & Simulation Tools for the classroom

The workshop portion of the event was led by Lindsey Spalding, Lead M&S Teacher at Hagerty High School. Hagerty is the “flagship” for implementing the NCS M&S Curriculum, meeting State of Florida framework and standards. Teams of teachers were formed and given the challenge of developing lesson plans that incorporate M&S that can be readily used in the classroom. Although high schools were predominantly represented, there were also teachers from middle, elementary and post-secondary schools.
Teachers received Certificates for attending the course.

At the completion of the course, attendees were offered the opportunity to take the NCS M&S Certification Examination at no cost to the teachers. Not all teachers decided to take the exam. Ten teachers passed the exam and join the ranks of eleven others holding the industry certification.

NCS will expand its website with a “Teachers’ Corner” to include lesson plans and feedback from teachers implementing M&S and those interested in the technology. The planning team of Hank Okraski (NCS), Dr. Cap Jadonath (OCPS CTE), Lindsey Spalding (Hagerty HS), Jenna Tuck (AEgis) and Rachel Barber(AEgis) will review the post-training survey and make plans for another course in the future. Survey results indicated that the majority of the teachers rated the training event was “ Highly Effective and Helpful”.

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