LEGO Robotics programming
BANGOR — Maine schools now have a new opportunity to inspire students to pursue higher levels of engineering education thanks to a new WeDo LEGO robotics program at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine. The module teaches building and programming for beginners in grades two through five.
Challenger is offering an introductory price of $250 for the robotics engineering module during the 2013-14 school year. Schools that schedule for January will receive an additional $75 discount. For information, contact Challenger at 990-2900, ext. 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The LEGO WeDo Robotics programming at Challenger is made possible through a STEM4ME grant, supported by the Perloff Family Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation and the Maine Space Grant Consortium.
Future Medical Leader Congress attendee
ORRINGTON — Lee Spahr of Orrington, a senior at John Bapst Memorial High School, was nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders on Feb. 14, in Washington, D.C.
The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.
Spahr was nominated by Dr. Connie Mariano, the medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent John Bapst and the state of Maine based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.
During the three-day Congress, Spahr will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what is to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.
For information, visit FutureDocs.com or call 202-599-8442, ext. 701.
The Bangor School Department and the University of Maine finalized an Articulation Agreement recently that could save graduates from Bangor High School’s STEM Academy time and money during their college years.
The innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, academic program option at Bangor High School was created in collaboration with the University of Maine and began enrolling students in the fall of 2012. Students who choose to enroll in the BHS STEM Academy complete all the traditional Bangor High School graduation requirements while simultaneously completing a challenging and enriching research-based sequence of STEM courses and experiences.
The agreement will allow students who successfully complete Bangor’s STEM Academy requirements to use a maximum of thirty credit hours from the STEM program work toward fulfilling the hours required for baccalaureate completion of an engineering degree at UMaine.
In addition, STEM Academy graduates will be given priority in UMaine’s admission process as long as space is available in the engineering program, and students who submit an application for early admission will be given priority consideration for merit scholarships and the Honors College.
HOLDEN — A class for homeschooled students, “Energy: Know about the Flow,” will be held 9:30-11 a.m. for children in kindergarten through grade three; and 1-2:30 p.m. for students in grades three through six, Friday, Dec. 20, at Fields Pond Audubon Center. The class will offer indoor and outdoor adventures. The cost is $10 members, $15 others. To register for the class, call 989-2591.
Eastern Maine Community College
BANGOR — Eastern Maine Community College celebrated the life of former student and first EMCC Student Veterans Association president Robert E. Gilbert on Dec. 13 with a
a ribbon cutting of the newly dedicated Robert E. Gilbert Memorial Student Veterans Lounge.
Gilbert was a strong proponent of starting the Student Veterans Association during his time at EMCC and often could be found on campus recruiting fellow veteran students to join the association.
The new lounge will be open to students who are military as a place for studying, support and solitude to help student veterans face the challenges as a civilian at EMCC.
BANGOR — The Husson University School of Pharmacy announced recently that members of its clinical faculty earned Board of Pharmacy Specialties certification this fall. The are:
• Dr. Stephanie Nichols passed the Psychiatric Pharmacy Board Examination. She also is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist.
• Dr. Allison Strobel passed the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Board Examination.
• Dr. Evan Williams passed the Pharmacotherapy Pharmacy Board Examination.
University of Maine
ORONO — These engineers were inducted into the UMaine College of Engineering Francis Crowe Society on Dec. 13 at the university:
• Paul Durocher, class of 1982, chemical and biological engineering.
• David Kinney, class of 1986, civil and environmental engineering.
• William L. Pike, class of 1980, engineering physics.
• Scot MacDonald, class of 1990, UMaine School of Engineering Technology.
• Assistant professor of physics Rob Meulenberg, engineering physics.
• Master Sgt. Thomas P. Banister, senior military instructor, UMaine Army ROTC Battalion.
The Francis Crowe Society recognizes UMaine engineering graduates and others who have made considerable contributions to the engineering profession. The society is named in honor of Francis Trenholm Crowe, who earned a degree in civil engineering from UMaine in 1905 and was chief engineer of the Hoover Dam. Crowe also was involved in the construction of 18 other major dams in the United States.