Annual Summer Scholars Institute Focuses on Math and Science

Summer Scholars Institute

The Annual Summer Scholars Institute was held at Pryor Middle School in late June this year. With a focus on math and science, the students spent the week completing various math and science projects, such as:

  • Constructing birdhouses out of wood. Measuring the lengths of each piece and finding the surface area and volume of the house.
  • Using their knowledge of writing algebraic expressions to solve a multi-tiered Math Escape Room game.
  • Using gridded wrapping paper students created 3D cities and found their dimensions using surface area and volume.
  • Designing and building bridges out of popsicle sticks and then tested the strength of them when weight is applied.
  • Competing in the Water Bottle Flipping challenge, where they tested probability.
  • Conducting a skate park friction simulation.
  • Building and racing mouse trap cars.

The students attended a Graduation Ceremony on Friday, June 30 to celebrate their successes. Ken Lawrence, an electrical engineer, was the guest speaker. Lawrence has been working in the electronic warfare career field for 25 years and has spent most of his time at Eglin Air Force Base.  He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University (MSU). Following his commission through Air Force ROTC at MSU, he spent the first eight years of his career as an officer in the United States Air Force and became a civil servant in 2000. In 2004, he graduated from the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, and in 2005 he was named the Air Force Civilian Tester of the Year.  Since 2004 he has been providing electronic warfare support to the Air Force’s most advanced fighter aircraft, the F-22, and the F-35.