September 12, 2012

Speakers Set for National Consortium Conference

Annapolis, MD - The 3rd Annual Learning Math & Science Through Sailing Consortium Conference will take place in Annapolis on Friday, October 5th at the United States Naval Academy Robert Crown Sailing Center. The three principal speakers will bring unique perspectives to understanding ways to include STEM lessons in your sailing program. Consortium organizations are encouraged to bring multiple representatives.

Registration is required by September 27th . The event fee is $20 per person including a box lunch. A Social Hour will begin at 10 AM and the program will run from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Click here to register online for the NATIONAL Conference in Annapolis.

The speakers for this year include:

Dr. Richard Korpus , Naval Architect and Aerospace Engineer, left Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in 2000 to start Annapolis-based Applied Fluid Technologies. His firm specializes in using state-of the art aerodynamic and hydrodynamic design tools to optimize America's Cup yachts. Dr. Korpus directed the aerodynamics program for BMW/Oracle Racing for three years. He has been part of four America's Cup design teams (including 2 Louis Vuitton finalists and the winner of AC33). In August he was a speaker during NSHOF's STEM Sailing Engineering course for incoming high school sophomores and juniors. His presentation will include ways to teach the physics, aerodynamics and hydronamics of sailing to your students in concert with the America's Cup competition.

Doug Wilson Doug Wilson , Oceanographer, recently retired from NOAA to start consulting firm Caribbean Wind LLC. He designed and established the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System ( CBIBS ), an observation system that provides critical information for boaters, scientists, environmental managers and educators. Doug is a racing sailor who served on the Boards of the US J24 Association and the US Optimist Dinghy Association. His presentation will demonstrate the exciting advances to climate observation programs and ocean observation systems presented by technology.

Dr. Angela Moran Dr. Angela Moran , United States Naval Academy Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the USNA STEM Program, has led her colleagues in the development of extensive STEM offerings including SeaPerch Underwater Robotics, Summer STEM Camps, and Expaning Your Horizons for middle school girls. Dr. Moran will brief participants on the importance of STEM initiatives to the nation and the USNA and will share the array of unique opportunities the USNA offers to students of all grade levels including their new sailing component. Many of these programs are available to your program's participants as USNA camps.

Jessica Servis NEW Jessica Servis is a Special Education specialist and a mom whose passion for engaging youngsters in sailing has led her to move from a small New Jersey sailing program to the U.S. Sailing staff. She will introduce the U.S. Sailing REACH Initiative designed to add STEM content to middle school Learn to Sail programs across the nation. Five pilots of this program are underway nationwide.

dr andrew johnston NEW Andrew Johnston is a Geographer and Research Specialist at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He is one of the curators of the March 2013 exhibit "Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There."  He will share the content and creation of this exhibit that touches fundamental aspects of the evolution of sailing navigation.

10 AM - Social Hour and Check-In
11 AM - Welcome and Presentation One
12:30 PM - Box Lunch and Socializing
1:15 PM - Additional Presentations
2:45 PM - Discussion Groups
3:45 PM - Closing


PLEASE NOTE : There is no automobile access to the USNA for this event.

Here are some PDF files you will find invaluable if you plan on attending:

Logistical Details (PDF) including getting to Annapolis, Parking and Robert Crown Sailing Center.

Walking Maps of USNA (PDF) including the location of Boat Show Parking, the Robert Crown Sailing Center, and key stops for the free Circulator Trolley.

Accommodation Options including area hotels and B&Bs, if you need a room.

We encourage you to join the Consortium before registering for the Conference. There is no cost to register - Join the Consortium now - click here .

If you have additional questions please contact Consortium Coordinator  Susan Namias, NSHOF Education Director - email .

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