April 10, 2018
Adventure sports students present on STEM at President's Circle breakfast
Students from the Garrett College adventure sports program recently presented at the President's Circle breakfast, hosted by the Garrett College Foundation at the McHenry campus of the College.
Their presentation, 'STEM up your next adventure', focused on the integration of STEM-(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related principles into an adventure sports education curriculum, including highlights from attending the recent Association for Experiential Education's Regional Conference in Bruceton Mills, W.Va.
Garrett College Adventuresports Institute (ASI) students Daisy DeMonte (Nottingham, Md.), Veronica Sheriff (Friedens, Pa.), Kaitlyn Yerger (Rockwood, Pa.), Steve Zelows (Whitesboro, N.Y.), and Mary Zook (Harrisonburg, Va.), along with ASI professor, David Erbe, attended the conference with funding provided by the Garrett College Foundation.
From networking opportunities, team-building events, hands-on experimental activities, and even submitting a grant, each student had nothing but positive experiences to share amongst the group. Recognizing that STEM is the next generation, this conference represented an exciting avenue for how STEM-related education can be integrated into the outdoors and adventure-based programming.
On behalf of her fellow students, Zook expressed gratitude to the both the Garrett College Foundation and the College, for making their experience possible and granting them the professional development opportunity, which many of them viewed as possible avenues to a future outside of Garrett College.
"The fact the Foundation approved our grant proposal and made it possible for us to attend this conference demonstrates they believe in the legitimacy of our program, and they recognize the potential for our development," she stated. "We want to be leaders, we want to be professionals, and we want these opportunities for development to continue for other students in our program and the NRWT (natural resources and wildlife technology) program."
Zook continued, "We really appreciate the Foundation's support, and we want the knowledge we gained to strengthen the adventure sports program, which can then benefit the college at large."
Pictured from left to right are: Mary Zook, Daisy DeMonte, Veronica Sheriff, Kaitlyn Yerger, Steve Zelows.