Patrick Young

Patrick Young
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Organization:Center for Teaching and Learning
1500 Sullivan Road
Aurora, IL 60506
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Patrick writes new STEM curricula for the State of Illinois and provides professional development to classroom teachers.

Patrick earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. As an engineer for McDonnell Douglas Space Systems he managed contracts for the development of life support and environmental control system hardware which flew on 18 STS missions.

After completing a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Alabama A&M, Patrick entered the high school classroom. For the next 13 years he taught students in astronomy, biology, chemistry, and AP physics before going to work in higher ed.  For four years he managed programs of educational outreach for Harrisburg University of Science and Technology before moving on to work at IMSA.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) is a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois to serve academically talented students with STEM programs that foster imagination and inquiry.  IMSA also advances education through research and strategic partnerships.

Professional Information
Primary Forum:Earth Science
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My SMD Projects:

Earth Ambassador

Presented NASA Earth Science activities to students and teachers in K-12 outreach programs through Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

Assisted with outreach in SMD booth at NSTA National Convention in Chicago.

Developing STEM curricula for grades 4-12 on topics including aeronautics and the aviation industry, materials science, global climate change, manned spaceflight, and Mars exploration. 

Providing professional development to K-12 math and science teachers.

Education Meetings and Conferences I Usually Attend Annually:
My Professional Societies:

National Science Teachers Association
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


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