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STEM Education Practices

 

Selected excerpts from National Blue Ribbon School applications

aj_whittenberg_elementary_school_of_engineering A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering, (Greenville, SC). A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering is the first elementary school in South Carolina to have a school-wide focus on engineering. Teachers address state standards and district curriculum through the unique lens of the engineering design process and engineering units. The engineering design process is a tool… Continue Reading Schoolwide Focus on Engineering

Wilmington Students Making Science https://media.blubrry.com/nationalblueribbonschoolsaward/p/content.blubrry.com/nationalblueribbonschoolsaward/wilmington_students_making_science.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:45 — 1.6MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Email | RSS

Paramount School Teachers at Paramount School of Excellence (now called Paramount Brookside) in Indianapolis, Indiana enrich their lessons using a variety of on-site school features, including a planetarium, farm, and beehives. These unique features help students learn from the world around them. However, the key focus for educators at this K-8 charter school is on providing high-quality… Continue Reading Learning from the World Around Them

Elliott Southard Mount Lebanon Elementary School Pendleton, SC Learning Through Real World Application highlights how one school expanded on a STEM theme to create a teaching and learning culture matched to the way young students learn. When each of the four K-6th grade elementary schools in Anderson County School District 4 were tasked with creating a unique… Continue Reading Audio: Learning Through Real World Application

St. Francis Xavier School Saint Francis Xavier School (Wilmette, IL). In 2013, Saint Frances Xavier developed its EPIC framework to promote students and teachers’ Exploration, Play, Invention, and Creativity. The EPIC themes provide scope and purpose so that faculty make connections between the school’s mission, curriculum, and the engagement of all students. The EPIC Studio, home to technologies and out-of-the-box… Continue Reading Exploration, Play, Invention, and Creativity Studio

Photo of Don Roberts Elementary School Don Roberts Elementary School (Little Rock, AR). The Don Roberts Elementary School is home to an award winning Environmental and Spatial Technology (E.A.S.T.) Lab. The EAST Lab provides professional-grade technology for students to learn to solve problems creatively in their communities. Students have access to state-of-the-art software and equipment: drones, geospatial technology, 3D printers, graphics… Continue Reading EAST Lab Produces 3D Yearbook

Photo of Leon Sheffield Magnet Elementary School Leon Sheffield Magnet Elementary School (Decatur, AL). At Leon Sheffield Magnet Elementary School, students not only have access to STEM in their classes, but each class visits the STEM lab weekly for forty-five minutes. In the STEM lab, students commonly work in teams to apply their knowledge by solving problems or conducting experiments. For example,… Continue Reading The Value of STEM

Photo of AcadeMir Charter School West AcadeMir Charter School West (Miami, FL). The mission of AcadeMir Charter School is to provide a challenging academic curriculum that includes an enriched STEM project-based learning program for students in grades K-5. AcadeMir extended the school day by 30 minutes so that students receive 60 minutes daily of mathematics instruction, 30 minutes daily of STEM… Continue Reading Prioritizing Time for STEM

Green Valley Ranch Students The DSST (Denver School of Science and Technology) network, part of Denver Public Schools, was founded in 2005 to expand educational opportunities through open enrollment in STEM-focused schools. Green Valley Ranch High School opened in 2011 and has seen 100% of its seniors graduate and go on to college. Green Valley Ranch High School operates… Continue Reading New Faces in STEM Careers

Deer Park ES Deer Park Environmental Science Magnet Elementary School (Newport News, VA) seeks to develop engaged students who bring their learning to life through caring for the environment. Immersing students in critical STEM explorations both on campus and off, Deer Park is home to more than 50 animal habitats. Each classroom hosts at least one habitat, teaching… Continue Reading Field Experiences Spark Students’ Passion for Science

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