March 13, 2024

The results are in!

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The results are in, and the winners are…
The Cadets for their gains in teamwork, leadership, communication, and other 21st Century workforce skills and their growth in confidence, courage, and personal responsibility during the Summer 2023 STEM Leadership Academies JROTC!

Cadet impact reports show that the JROTC Leadership Academy increased a diverse group of Cadets’ awareness of and interest in local STEM career opportunities and increased their confidence in being able to enter a STEM career field. Through this year’s JROTC Leadership Academy focus on advanced manufacturing industries and related “STEM on the Ground,” Cadets designed, built, and tested remote-controlled, multi-purpose robots that completed several missions, each with increasing complexity.

Teamwork and leadership growth opportunities are embedded in the STEMWorksII curriculum. A 9th grader from Bryant High School reflects on the design challenge and says, “Every day, my team’s robot had something break or mess up. But throughout the week, we were able to handle it better by calming each other down and stepping back to figure out what we did, how we can fix it, and how we can prevent it next time.” The foundation of the Academy lies in the JROTC culture and character education curriculum. Cadets participating in the Academy learn from JROTC Challenges like Drownproofing, Land Navigation, Physical Training, and Rappelling. “Never give up, it is all mental, and you can do anything you put your mind to no matter what it looks like,” is the advice given by a 10th grade Cadet from Pike County High School after completing the Leadership Challenges.

The JROTC Leadership Academy provided cadets with a unique combination of STEM, JROTC Leadership, and community experiences which opened pathways to STEM learning and careers. With a successful STEM on the Ground experience completed, the StemWorksII team is already using the impact reports to design an even more exciting JROTC Leadership Academy for Summer 2024!

Click here to take a peek at the Cadet Impact Reports Summer 2023.

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