Ed Donovan Uses Model Rocketry to Teach STEM Concepts

February 27, 2015 at 11:44 am
USC Upstate adjunct professor Ed Donovan earned a bachelor’s in secondary education in 1969 from SUNY Geneseo, a master’s in biology from the University of Connecticut in 1975, and a doctorate in science education from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1982. He had his Teaching Science in Elementary School class build and launch a model rocket for their final exam last semester.

USC Upstate adjunct professor Ed Donovan earned a bachelor’s in secondary education in 1969 from SUNY Geneseo, a master’s in biology from the University of Connecticut in 1975, and a doctorate in science education from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1982. He had his Teaching Science in Elementary School class build and launch a model rocket for their final exam last semester.

When you spend a couple of hours carefully constructing an object made mostly of paper, balsa wood and glue, the furthest thing from your mind might be to attach a pyrotechnic engine to it and send it flying off at a few hundred miles an hour. But that’s just what students in one of USC Upstate adjunct professor Ed Donovan’s class did at the end of last semester.

Donovan uses model rockets to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He has taught students and teachers at just about every level in a more than 45-year career, and model rocketry has never failed to motivate them to learn STEM concepts since he incorporated it into his many curricula.

His work was featured recently featured on the University of South Carolina website. Read more about Donovan’s work in the classroom.