May 27, 2022
HTHS - Hewitt-Trussville High School (HTHS) Advanced Placement (AP) Physics Teacher, Melanie Dimler, and Engineering Academy Teachers Jason Dooley and Tom Moulton have been awarded a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Industry Externship for Summer 2022 through the Alabama STEM Council. This program provides educators with various experiences in STEM-based public and private industries, strengthening the connection between STEM workplaces and the classroom.
Dimler, Dooley, and Moulton will specifically partner with industry host representatives from Alabama Power, Brasfield & Gorrie, and Dunn Companies. This unique opportunity will allow the HTHS educators engagement opportunities to meet with team members at all levels of the organization to understand their roles and their career paths, as these stories may resonate with and inspire students, according to the AL STEM Council.
From the Alabam STEM Council website: "Designed to help teachers answer the age-old question, 'When am I ever going to need to know this?' - this knowledge will transform learning in the classroom and the teacher’s ability to connect content with student interests and career pathways. Through direct experience, visualization, interaction with industry experts, shop floor engagement, and lab/field STEM-learning experiences, educators will learn about important workplace skill requirements, trends, best practices, and technology and tools needed for success in today’s STEM-based college and career fields."