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Mr. Shantz also co-mentors First Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics, assists with the Technology Student Association (TSA), and sponsors Table Top Games Club. Links to the websites for these groups can be found above.

Mr. Shantz--STEM Engineering & BSA Science

Seth Shantz teaches STEM Innovations, Engineering II, and Science in the Blue Streak Academy at Harrisonburg High School. He graduated from Radford University and conducted graduate research in Hydrogeology at Clemson University. He has conducted extensive work in the fields of Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering over the past 5 years prior to pursuing his calling as a teacher. He enjoys hiking, biking, sailing, and camping with his wife and two young children.

STEM Innovations

In STEM Innovations, students examine technology and engineering fundamentals by actively engaging in the discovery and development of solutions to real-world problems. Students not only actively engage in the design process but also ground engineering in its historical context allowing students to see how the past relates to the present and the future of this dynamic field.  Students explore major engineering achievements that occurred in the past and how they relate to cutting edge advancements in our own time.  Students also examine the principle engineering specialty fields and their related careers, and how professionals in those fields are helping to solve the great challenges facing society.

STEM Engineering II

In STEM Engineering II, studetns expand their understanding of technology and engineering by continuing to actively engage in the discovery and development of solutions to real-world problems. Students build upon the understandings that were developed in STEM Engineering I and expand their activities to focus on larger design challenges identified by society, our local and regional communities, and specific needs related to other courses they are taking in their STEM cohort.  Our approach to design challenges are grounded in the engineering design process, which encourages creativity within a structured and systematic approach.  This approach is heavily dependent upon research that will draw upon the scientific understandings that students developed through their studies in Physics and incorporate understandings that they will develop while studying Biology.