• Education Focus Areas

  • Project Lead the Way

    $57.5K funds obligated

       - Of which $45.4K committed, remaining $12.1K in process of commitment

    Natchitoches Parish Board Implementations (Joint Nat. & NSU Effort – Fall 2009)

       - Fall 2010 – Lakeview High School
                *  Courses offered Fall 2011:   Introduction to Engineering  Design (IED) and
                    Principles of Engineering (POE)

       - Fall 2011 – Natchitoches Central High School (NCHS) – Sponsored by AEP and Nat.   Chamber
                *  Courses offered Fall 2011: IED, POE and Digital Electronics (DE)
                          –  Marthaville Elementary and Junior High School – Sponsored by AEP and Nat. Chamber
                *  Courses offered Fall 2011:   Gateway to Technology Basic (GTTB)

    Fall 2011 – NSU Middle Lab and Natchitoches Magnet School students continue instruction at NSU Williamson Hall.

                *  Courses offered Fall 2011:   GTTB

    Recruitment of incoming 9th grader’s

       - Mailed 500 letters and brochures, one to each student’s home.

       - Provided formal presentation with young engineers at 8th grade high school planning programs, Spring  2011.

    Result of recruitment:  NCHS increased IED from 2 sections in 10/11 (up to 40 students) to 3 sections in 11/12 (up to 60 students).

     February 9, 2013--NSU Middle Lab school placed 3rd in Regional competition!  Read the press release here!

    Mathcounts Middle School Competition

    $4.0K obligated

       –$2.7K committed

    5 of the 11 parish middle schools participated in MATHCOUNTS

       –Marthaville Middle School, Natchitoches Magnet, NSU Middle Lab, Parks Middle 
         School and St. Mary’s School

           * Middle School national competition sponsored by the National Society of  
              Professional Engineers to provide students with the foundation for success in
              science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.

    Provided $300 technology grants to each participating school and $200 to the highest scoring team from Natchitoches Parish (St. Mary’s School) at the LSUA regional competition in Spring, 2011.

    Partnered with La. School for Math, Science and the Arts to host first annual Math Explorers Camp targeted for middle school students.

      –June 12 – 17, 2011

      –18 student campers

      –Camp included business tours at City Bank and Trust Company, Bank of Montgomery, Weyerhaeuser timberlands,          Roy O. Martin Chopin plywood manufacturing facility, Wal-Mart and Weeks Tractor Supply.

    Robotics High School Competition

    $5.0K obligated

      –$1.8K committed

      –Provided each competing team with $300 with highest scoring team from Natchitoches Parish receiving an 
        additional $200 (St. Mary’s School).

    3 of the 4 parish high schools participated in the Bossier City Mini-Urban Challenge competition

      –La. School for Math, Science and the Arts, Natchitoches Central High School, St. Mary’s School

         * High School teams compete on a simulated city maze with a mobile programmable controller, power point 
            presentation of the team training and taped media interviews.

       –Organizing & Sponsoring Entities

         * Organized by the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City

         * Sponsored by the Institute of Navigation and the Air Force Research Laboratory

    Partnered with the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) to conduct our first annual robotics camp

       –August 1 – 5, 2011

       –19 student campers from grades 4 – 12.

    NCPTT will conduct robotics sessions throughout 11/12 school year and be an official designated robotics team coordinators for the Cyber Innovation Center robotics competitions for grades 4 – 12.

    2013 Summer Camps

    Louisiana Energy Camp - July 8th - July 12th

    For more information on our Energy Camp Click Here to download the brochure.

    Energy Camp Louisiana for incoming 10th, 11th and 12th grade students from Natchitoches, Red River and DeSoto parishes will take place on the Northwestern State University campus July 8-12. The cost is $25 with need-based scholarships available. Energy Camp is designed to teach high school students about the different types of energy, energy conservation and efficiency and energy-related careers. During the camp, students will participate in hands-on experiments, energy discussions, interactive computer games and compete for prizes for best in class team efforts.

    NASA engineer and Northwestern State alum Jason Dugas will speak to students during Energy camp. Dugas is an electronics engineer who specializes in manned space flights. Dugas began his career with the NASA Johnson Space Center in 2001 as a specialist in spacecraft power system design and analysis. He has led numerous advanced development projects, including an apparatus used for the wireless transmission of electrical power, a prototype battery-powered lunar rover and the electrical power system used on the Morpheus lander. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Engineering Technology at Northwestern State.

    Energy Camp Louisiana partners are Shell, the Consortium for Education, Research and Technology (CERT) of North Louisiana, Northwestern State, Bossier Parish Community College and Southern University at Shreveport. The Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce and local business and industry supported the Northwestern State session. For more information, call (318) 795-2485. 

    Robotics Camp - July 22rd - July 26th

    For more information on the Robotics Camp Click Here.

    Check out this great blog to learn more about the camp!

    Math Explorers Camp
    Registration form here.

    Math Explorers' Day Camp (June 24-28) hosted by LSMSA is an opportunity for Natchitoches Parish middle school students to spend a week involved in hands-on and team learning experiences that build math skills as well as an understanding of math in the "real world." Registration is currently open and space is limited.

    Industry-Based Certifications

    $2.5K obligated

      –$0.5K committed

    Work for alignment with high schools and Natchitoches Technical College to meet job demand

    Focus on increasing student industry based certifications

    Hosted forum for La. Economic Development and Fast Start workforce development training officials on development of manufacturing technology high school and post high school curriculum and training program

    Exploring land surveying technical program

    Partnering with the Rapides Foundation for the development of industry based certified programs in Natchitoches Parish