CSMís Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics will serve
as the regionís center for effective teaching of STEM topics. By utilizing the best
educational practices, the institute will enhance STEM education at all levels.
STEM students are already learning in the latest physics, engineering
technology, graphics, chemistry, and computer labs at CSMís La Plata Campus
in the 60,000-square-foot Francis P. Chiaramonte M.D. Center for Science and
Technology (ST Building).
In the Cyber Security Lab, CSM students have already proven this hi-tech learning
environment with isolated computer networks is paying off. CSM information
technology students recently won the Johns Hopkins Universityís Annual Digital
Forensics Competition in which they had to extract data from a broken compact
disk and a broken floppy disk, crack password-protected files, and analyze
keylogger files used to record keystrokes.
An engineering technology lab sponsored by SMECO allows students to
design 3D objects using AutoCad and Pro/Engineering software. They can then
use the labís 3D printer to make their design a reality. Other electronics
equipment and a milling machine provide hands-on experience for those studying
manufacturing and electronics technology.
Two new labs will be developed in conjunction with Constellation Energy in Prince
Frederick including a mechanical lab where heavy, industrial-type training will occur.
Various trainers or simulators will include pneumatics, hydraulics, and power
systems. In an electronics lab students will learn basic electrical and
electronics theory with smaller electronics trainers, such as oscilloscopes and