Engineers for America

The Engineers for America (EFA) STEMM Center will be a stand-alone facility that will allow this National and State Award winning STEMM Initiative to offer multiple EFA teacher training events, expanded experiments, more elementary student participation, and continued collaborations and partnerships with the civilian and military communities.

Engineers for America Program

EFA is an educational program that provides teacher workshops and student field trips that place emphasis on hands-on activities that relate to aerospace engineering.

In its sixth year of operation, the EFA program teaches students how to conduct formal experiments called sorties. These sorties address the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts that are aligned to the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) New Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS).

All sorties have been designed to help students master the grade-level benchmarks that will be assessed on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and to motivate more students into technical careers to meet the critical shortage of engineers, scientists, mathematicians the country faces in the future.

Each sortie, developed into five parts, includes a teacher outline of the lesson, a student lesson packet, data collection instruments as required by the activity, patterns and/or templates necessary, and a teacher post-visit observation/revision form. Students perform three or four experiments with every sortie.

A concurrent goal of the program is to conduct teacher workshops to provide teachers STEM strategies and materials for use in their daily classroom activities. Teachers attend workshops, learn pedagogy and methodology, data collection instruments and methods, STEMM strategies and curriculum materials for their daily classroom use. 

The EFA program has been recognized by STEMflorida with the Improved Student Outcomes Award.

For more information on the EFA program and the available EFA Sorties, please contact Wanda Avery, STEMM Academy Principal, at (850) 833-4120 or AveryW@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us.