Mr. Ryan's Wikispace
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

Courses
- STEM I: Explorations in STEM (Fall and Spring)
- STEM II: STEM Robotics (Fall)
- STEM III: Introduction to College Engineering (Spring)
- Statistical Problem Solving (Fall and Spring)


Fall 2014 Glider Flight: Marc and Connor's glider almost makes
it to the football field before turning towards the Middle School



Fall 2014 Hovercraft Test: Maddie Dyer drives the hovercraft designed and built by her team in Block 3



Spring 2015 Sphero Obstacle Course: After several tries Josh and Paxton successfully complete the obstacle course:


Spring 2015 Dog Wheel Chair: Ms Wendy's dog Midge now has some support for her hind legs:



Spring 2015 Gliders for Max Time: Addison launches his glider designed to maximize time in the air:


Why Take STEM Related Courses?
Answer: You will be exposed to basic engineering principles, project management techniques and taught skills many employers are looking for today.

Top 10 skills employers are looking for in their 21st Century employees*:
1) Leadership
2) Ability to work in teams
3) Communication skills (Written)
4) Problem solving skills
5) Strong work ethic
6) Analytic/Quantitative skills
7) Technical skills
8) Communication skills (Oral)
9) Initiative
10) Computer skills
✔ (Taught or expected of students taking "Explorations in STEM)"
* Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers 2015 Survey: Link


Contact Information
John Ryan
Email: jryan@mssd14.org
Phone: (719) 685-2047

About Me
I grew up on a farm near Brooklyn, Iowa and attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, graduating in 1987 with a B.S. in Astronautical Engineering. My 20 year Air Force career included assignments as a Flight Test Engineer, Program Manager and NATO Staff Officer. Following my Air Force career I supported Unmanned Aircraft development efforts at Creech AFB, near Las Vegas, NV before moving to Colorado Springs and deciding to transition into teaching.

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(The Ryan family on vacation in Washington, DC)