“Excellence in STEM Experiential Education (EXSEED) is an innovative and collaborative program designed to enhance integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education in Adventist K-12 schools. It is a partnership between K-12 educators, K-12 schools and organizations, and higher education partners, including Andrews University, Kettering College, La Sierra University, Loma Linda University, Pacific Union College, Walla Walla University, and the Pacific Union Conference, with LLU acting as the facilitator. The goal of EXSEED is to collaboratively support and empower K-12 educators in teaching the STEM disciplines within a Mission-Focused Learning (MFL) context.” – https://home.llu.edu/education/office-of-provost/departments-and-divisions/exseed
On February 13, 2018, Mile High Academy students and teachers, along with Rocky Mountain Conference partners, participated in a Loma Linda University live webinar dedicated to STEM.
Math teacher Mr. Brian Howard had his students participate in the STEM event, while Director of IT, Tyler Rettler worked on setting up technology for the event.
The purpose of the event was to expose students to the prosthetics work that is being carried out at Loma Linda University using 3D printing to create prosthetics and orthotics. In addition, there was an emphasis on the importance of math within science and engineering.
Leroy Oddie shared what he does at Myomo and Loma Linda University. Chris DeKay shared about RAFT (Resource area for teaching) in Denver. Their website is www.raftcolorado.org
Within the context of Real World Learning, students are introduced to Loma Linda University’s work in prosthetics and orthotics. They also discuss the importance STEM in future careers. Lastly, they gain a valuable resource in RAFT, which they can apply in future classroom and outside projects.
This is just the beginning of a partnership between our community and Loma Linda University that has the potential for connecting students to their futures.