I am David Mangus, a Technology Education Educator at Connecticut River Academy in East Hartford CT. I am in my 17th year of mainly teaching in Urban Schools, and I have dedicated my teaching career to the empowerment and uplifting of scholars whom I believe are incredibly capable. I teach Technology
Education classes and dual credit college courses in Advanced Manufacturing. During my teaching career, I have discovered that enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom can have a tremendous positive impact on our scholars. I spent 10 years as a FIRST Robotics Mentor, and I have worked with my students to develop hybrid wind/solar energy solutions for the Nepalese people living in the mountainous Dolpa region in Nepal. I believe that this grant will enable my scholars to develop underwater remote robots capable of retrieving trash and other objects from bodies of water. I work at a sustainability-focused school and this grant will enable us to kick off this initiative. The greatest reward for me in
teaching has been observing the growth and success of my scholars. I have been so blessed and fortunate to work with such amazing young people. I am encouraged and inspired by them.
NSHSS is providing five (5) $1,000 grants to enhance STEAM-related activities, innovation, and classroom excellence for teachers in a STEAM field. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, field trips or other resources to enhance the delivery of their courses.