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STEM Education Practices

 

Selected excerpts from National Blue Ribbon School applications

Mahtomedi HS Mahtomedi High School Mahtomedi Public School District Mahtomedi, MN 2016 winner: Inspired by a retired engineer who saw a need to prepare students for the good jobs of the future, Mahtomedi High School, Mahtomedi, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul, created the world’s first Fab Lab in a high school. There students use high tech… Continue Reading Minnesota School’s Fab Lab Is First In the Nation: Mahtomedi High School

two girls testing a machine Mahtomedi Public School District Mahtomedi, MN Following the success of the Mahtomedi High School’s engineering and 3-D fabrication lab (see the related video), district officials recognized that learning the engineering process would benefit all students.  Mahtomedi Public Schools introduced engineering at the middle and elementary school levels, linking it to the science curriculum and offering… Continue Reading Engineering for Everyone: A District Embraces A K-12 Curriculum: Mahtomedia Public Schools

students at Bracken STEAM academy Clark County School District Las Vegas, Nevada Walter Bracken Elementary School, an urban school near downtown Las Vegas, was declared In Need of Improvement in 2002. Reinventing itself as an elementary magnet school for math and science through technology, accessible via random lottery, Bracken exited In Need of Improvement status in two years and has… Continue Reading It Happened in Vegas: Notes from a Turnaround School: Walter Bracken STEAM Academy

students at Annie Fisher STEM magnet Hartford Public Schools Hartford, Connecticut Connecticut’s first K-12 feeder pathway school, the STEM Magnet at Annie Fisher School in Hartford offers its K-8 students a rigorous grounding in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and the opportunity to attend a STEM high school to further their studies. Through a partnership with the Connecticut Science… Continue Reading Learning By Inquiry: STEM Magnet at Annie Fisher (K-8)

JFK Magnet ES Students at JFK Magnet Elementary begin using the scientific method early, so that by fifth grade, it’s second nature. In addition a full science lab, a vegetable garden, built with volunteer help, serves as a hands-on testing ground. Read the transcript of Kids as Scientists.  Read JFK’s 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools application. Return to the general… Continue Reading Kids as Scientists: Awakening Curiosity: JFK Magnet Elementary School

o'bryant math science thinking photo Rather than traditional lectures and labs, inquiry-based learning engages students in STEM learning at John D. O’Bryant High School of Math and Science. Written reports and presentations further cement student learning and confidence. Read the transcript of Math, Science and Technology: Inspiring a Way of Thinking. Download the John D. O’Bryant High School of Mathematics and Science Blue… Continue Reading Math, Science and Technology: Inspiring a Way of Thinking: John D. O’Bryant High School of Mathematics and Science

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