STEM Academy learns how to handle natural disasters
You never know when a natural disaster will strike. That is what inspired Miriam Martinez-Jusino and the team at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy at Nimitz Middle School to initiate a catastrophic event project. On May 9, seventh grade students took part in a simulated catastrophic event—in this case the aftermath of a hurricane—where teams were required to build reliable shelters, ration food and water, and conduct search and rescue missions among other activities.
Each STEM subject was integrated into the project, fully engaging students during the activities. Representatives from The Red Cross, San Antonio Water System (SAWS), local military personnel and campus volunteers took part in making the event a success. This was the first year for the STEM catastrophic event project and it looks to be the start of a fun-filled educational tradition.
A STEM student crawls out of shelter made out of debris left behind in the wake of the hurricane.
Students learned how to cook rationed foods like white rice and beans.
Students are shown how to use different types of survival gear.
Students used whatever they could find to put together their shelters.
Along with using their STEM skills, students got plenty of exercise lifting debris off the football field.
The integrity of the shelters was tested by staff members pouring water on top
Students rush out of their shelter after getting soaked from the buckets of water.
Students learned how to strap a victim from the storm to a makeshift stretcher.
Students learned about the importance of water quality testing after a hurricane.
Posted on May 9, 2013