• Christian Walker

Aberdeen High School Science and Math Academy Seeking Mentors for 2020-21 School Year

The Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School is a school-within-a-school magnet program that provides academically talented students with educational experiences that integrate mathematics, science, and technology beyond the traditional advanced experience.

Science, Research, and Technology (SRT) is a signature series of courses offered by the Science and Mathematics Academy for all 9th-12th grade students. SRT focuses on teaching students how to use problem solving skills and technology to conduct research. In the senior year, each student conducts a capstone research project under the mentorship of a professional scientist, mathematician, or engineer. The culminating SRT capstone project allows students to demonstrate high proficiencies in the skills they acquired throughout their four years at the SMA. The SMA is currently planning for the 2020-21 school year capstone projects and is seeking local mentors. Mentors are encouraged to form teams with colleagues to lessen the workload on each individual.

Each student works on their project every other school day from 11am to 2pm. There are three different ways a student may work with their mentor, depending on the student and the specific project.

First, a student may work in the field during this time with his or her mentor, in which case the mentor would work directly with the student 2-3 days per week. In some cases, the student may work partly in the field with the mentor, working with them directly once per week and emailing them with questions as needed. There are also some students who work on their capstone project 100% in school, and for these students, mentors may visit the school 1-3 times per month and be available via email or phone each week to answer questions and provide feedback.

Please visit http://www.scienceandmathacademy.com to view examples of projects from past years and more information about the program.

If you are interested in mentoring a SMA student for the 2020-21 school year, please contact Aimee O’Neill at aimee@oneillenterprises.com or call 410-838-6980.

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