The Academy’s summer program, the New ERA (Enrichment and Recovery Academy) began on June 26. Sixty-four students from around the world are attending the co-ed non-military summer program focused on education and summer activities.
The New ERA offers a structured program that incorporates class time, athletics and fun activities. Field trips and opportunities for hands-on learning experiences are part of the schedule, including trips to Six Flags, Cahokia Mounds, a local water park and Mid-America Brick, a local manufacturing facility.
The 2011 New ERA comes to a close on July 22. Students will participate in a final assembly held at 11 a.m. on the MMA campus.
Students in LT Greg Ruth’s Social Studies class traveled to the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville, Ill. on July 2. The Mounds are the remains of what is considered the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of the country of Mexico. A U.S. Historic Landmark, the site dates back to 700 A.D., when Native Americans built a complicated settlement on the Mississippi floodplain. The area was actively inhabited until approximately 1400 A.D.
During the trip, students learned about life in the ancient settlement and hiked to the top of Monks Mound, from which they enjoyed a view of St. Louis.
New ERA students gained a rare glimpse inside a nuclear plant during a field trip on Thursday, July 7. Organized by MMA science teacher MAJ Mike Pemberton, 33 math and science students, joined by five faculty members, traveled south of Fulton, Mo. to Ameren Missouri’s Callaway Plant. While at the plant, the group learned about nuclear energy and the Callaway plant from an Ameren employee. (The employee was none other than former MMA chemistry and physics teacher Roger Andreasen.)
According to MAJ Pemberton, “This is an excellent way to show math and science concepts at work. It also gives students an in-depth look at nuclear power as an alternative source of energy.