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Selected excerpts from National Blue Ribbon School applications

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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