America's Teachers

America's Teachers at I/ITSEC (AT @ I)

In 2008, the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) launched the pilot program of America’s Teachers at I/ITSEC (Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference: www.iitsec.org) and it was a huge success! The goal of this program is to familiarize teachers of science, technology, engineering, and math with the field of modeling and simulation and support STEM education and careers. The modeling and simulation industry is growing and it depends on a pool of talented engineers, computer scientists, and behavioral scientists. Teachers' awareness of this field could help to guide young people toward preparing for modeling and simulation careers. The teachers that attended the conference have been impressed with everything they experienced and are still talking about applying what they learned to their daily teaching activities. We are pleased to continue the event this year allowing more of America’s Teachers to experience all that I/ITSEC has to offer.

Click here for the 2016 America's Teachers Application Form

KEY 2016 DATES FOR APPLICANTS

September 16: Application Due

September 20Notification of Acceptance

October 17Finalize Travel Dates and Plans

October 17Provide Photo and Bio, Professional Details

Comments from former America's Teachers at I/ITSEC:

Kim Puckett

Kim Puckett

The best part about attending I/ITSEC was being able to learn about Modeling and Simulation from people who are really doing it. Understanding the value of exposing students to the types of career fields that will be associated with M & S is wide and varied and many students would find some aspect that would interest them.

Nick Caputo

Nick Caputo

I was most impressed at all of the technology that was being used. I was able to show some of my students using some of the youtube videos posted by NTSA, which hopefully showed them that these are careers that are exciting and desirable. They all play video games, and looking at some of the kids' faces as they watched video of the simulators was amazing. It was awesome just to be there and to be able to see (and use!) some of the simulators. I know I have a much greater appreciation of what M&S is and what M&S can do from being at I/ITSEC. It is also nice to see that our country is still much much farther ahead in the development of these kinds of technologies than the rest of the world. It is a very good thing to see.


Erik Bushland

Kim Puckett

While there were many things I really liked about the conference, the biggest for me was to see the support the industry has for education. I realize that coming from the “T” and “E” in STEM gives me a different outlook, but prior to learning about the conference I hadn’t really heard of or considered Modeling and Simulation as a viable option for my students. Now, I am excited about the field and working to incorporate M&S into my curriculum.


AT@ I Alumni: 2015

Jennifer Mattice 9th-12th Grade
Modeling &
Simulation Courses

Landstown High School Governor's STEM
Academy, Virginia Beach, VA

James Barger Departmet Chair /
9th-12th Grade
Robotics
Landstown High School Governor's STEM
Academy, Virginia Beach, VA
Neal "Sandy"
Alberson

Bioengineering,
M&S in CAD,
Engineering Design
and Senior Design

Landstown High School Governor's STEM
Academy, Virginia Beach, VA
Dolly Baker Pre-K -- 5th Grade
Robotics Coach
Forrest Lake Elementary School,
Columbus, GA
Stephanie Dalton Principal Forrest Lake Elementary School,
Columbus, GA

Loren Marie
Kerschensteiner

7th-8th Grade
Instructional Science
Coach, School Based
STEM Leadership
James Madison Middle School,
Titusville, FL
Todd Rassman

7th-8th Grade
Instructional Math
Coach, School
Based STEM
Leadership Team

James Madison Middle School,
Titusville, FL
Gina Clark District Resource
Teacher-STEM
Programs
Brevard County Schools,
Titusville, FL

AT @ & Alumni: 2014

Morgan Humphries Chair J.E.J Moore Middle School,
Petersburg, VA
Kurtis Kennedy Synergistic
Technology
J.E.J. Moore Middle School,
Petersburg, VA
David Feeley Teacher DeSmet School,
Missoula, MT
Shelley Andres Principal DeSmet School,
Missoula, MT
Jacque Whittle STEM Walker Elementary,
Crestview, FL
Lorna Carnley Assistant Principal Walker Elementary,
Crestview, FL
Craig Beals

Honors Earth
Science and
Chemistry

Billings Senior High Freshman Academy,
Billings, MT
Tyler Blood Assistant Principal Billings Senior High Freshman Academy,
Billings, MT
Ebiri Nkugba STEM Consultant Kent Intermediate School District,
Grand Rapids, MI
Jarrad Grandy Director of Career
Readiness
Kent Intermediate School District,
Grand Rapids, MI