On March 28, 2003, MWM visited Picatinny Arsenal in north-central New Jersey in Morris County and held a workshop to kick off a new partnership between MWM and the Department of Defense.
Program Director of MWM Prof. R.P.H. Chang introduced the philosophy, module template, and other background information on the MWM Program to the 30+ participants.
Workshop attendees included scientists, engineers, and educators from Picatinny Arsenal, Jefferson Township Schools, and County College of Morris. The hope is that these participants will work together to develop partnerships with New Jersey-area schools and colleges to help integrate the MWM program into their school curricula.
Matthew Hsu and Jennifer Cocson from Northwestern University and science teacher and module author Kate Heroux from Lake Forest High School (Lake Forest, IL) conducted the Sports Materials Module with the participants. This allowed the participants to gain hands-on experience with the module and learn about the unique approach of the program.
Several important government officials spoke at the workshop, emphasizing their strong support of MWM and how its implementation into New Jersey schools and elsewhere will benefit not only budding scientists and engineers, but, indeed, the future of our country. The speakers included Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology Michael Wynne; Director for Defense Research and Engineering Dr. Ronald Sega; Deputy Director for Defense Research and Engineering Dr. John H. Hopps, Jr.; New Jersey Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen; and TACOM-ARDEC Technical Director Michael Devine. Dr. Lannon provided the opening remarks and introductions during the workshop.
The event was coordinated by Raymond Pawlicki, head of the Defense Ordnance Technology Center.