Mercer County Technical Schools has honored the New Jersey School Boards Association, located in Trenton, recognizing the work of John Henry, NJSBA’s STEAM and Sustainable Schools Specialist.
“Mr. Henry provided the MCTS faculty with professional development in the area of problem- and project-based learning (PBL) that has led to the creation of several exciting new student participation programs, including the MRE SKILLS USA Challenge Competition and the I Survived High School Challenge,” said MCTS superintendent Dr. Kimberly Schneider.
“He is also providing on-going help in our sustainability initiatives,” Schneider said.
The MRE (Meals-Ready-to-Eat) Challenge, held at MCTS on March 2, allowed twelve teams of high school culinary students from across New Jersey put their skills to the test in a cooking competition designed to develop innovative ways to make military field rations taste better.
The I Survived High School Challenge, held on November 7, paired teams of MCTS Culinary Arts and STEM Academy students in a wilderness survival test, conducted with the assistance of the US Army, and required students to demonstrate survival skills such as creating fire, building shelter, foraging and orienteering in the woods on the grounds of the Arthur R. Sypek Center in Pennington, NJ.
Mr. Henry provided the technical assistance that helped MCTS obtain a Sustainable Jersey grant to incorporate green technology into the district’s curriculum. The grant helped MCTS purchase a solar-powered golf cart for the automotive programs, solar and wind technology kits for building maintenance trades students, and the solar tubing for hydroponics needed for culinary and horticulture students to conduct plant experiments.
He is also providing ongoing consultation for the development of the Sustainable Building Trades Academy being created at MCTS.