Crane Workplace Simulation Project gives students real-world STEM experiences

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On Friday, January 23, Bloomfield High School hosted ROI to see this year’s Crane Workplace Simulation Project presentations. The semester-long program pairs volunteers from Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, with students to actively engage in projects that prepare them for what STEM-related careers are like.

The Workplace Simulation Project was launched in the Bloomfield School District in 2015. Students from five classes — algebra 1, computer science, Reserve Officers’ Training Corp, physics and principles of engineering — are each responsible for one part of an overall project. At the end of the semester, the classes make a final presentation and demonstrate their prototype.

Students this year participated in an engineering design process to prototype and develop security systems, including detecting an intruder, calculating the speed for interception, and deploying an interception drone.

The Workplace Simulation Project is a collaborative effort between the Indiana University Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration, DirectEmployers Foundation, NSWC Crane and the Bloomfield School District.

Bloomfield High School also welcomed Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick this year to watch the simulations and learn more about the school’s Crane community partnership.

Learn more about the Crane Workplace Simulation Program.

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