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Audio: Learning Through Real World Application

Mount Lebanon Elementary School
Pendleton, SC

Elliott SouthardLearning 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 “Signature Experience” in 2010, Mount Lebanon Elementary School decided to take on STEM. With a dedicated Engineering Lab, an enthusiastic teaching staff, and a focus on the engineering design process, Mount Lebanon created opportunities to integrate STEM throughout the school’s curriculum.

In the podcast, Principal Elliott Southard explains “we didn’t have any extra funding, we didn’t have any extra materials, we didn’t have supplies…it’s the people” that made the STEM program successful. To listen to the full podcast, scroll down. You can download the transcript here.

Contact Information
Mount Lebanon Elementary School
Mr. Elliott Southard, Principal at time of Nomination
2850 Lebanon Road
Pendleton, SC, 29670-9482
(864) 403-2400
Student Demographics 2018
Number of students PreK-6 502
Students eligible for subsidized meals 40%
Students receiving special ed services 17%
ELL 2%
African American students 11%
White students 81%
Hispanic or Latino students 1%
Asian 1%
Two or more races 6%
Student mobility rate 11%

Allied Arts

Barrington High School

Barrington High School (Barrington, RI). The Allied Arts department includes courses in Business Education, Engineering and Technology, and Family and Consumer Sciences. The current departmental goal is to develop career paths that integrate validated learning across disciplines in an effort to meet student needs. National and state standards anchor the curriculum and courses are developed through direct communication with local post-secondary institutions and industry. Student learning is enhanced by technology in our classrooms and labs, including an award-winning television production studio and a design and manufacturing lab equipped with 3D printers and a laser cutter. Our growing Internship Program is designed to enhance students’ college/career readiness and experience in a pathway of their choosing.

CAD, Code, Teaching, and Entrepreneurship

William Mason High School

William Mason High School (Mason, OH). The MHS Applied Technology Department offers Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Advanced CAD Engineering CAD, Architecture CAD, and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) (1-3) for elective credit for all grade levels. Pre-college CAD and CAM experience is important for students interested in STEM careers and guides students’ ability to model, adapt, and develop ideas using their science and math skills, engage in 3-D visualization and design (using a commercial 3D printer), and develop an understanding of the need for quality and precision in making things.

The MHS Business Department is a leader in providing students with real-world experiences and ways to apply their learning in work contexts. Students in grades 9-12 enroll in Microsoft Office Certification, Honors Microsoft Office Certification, Financial Literacy, Accounting I, Honors Financial Accounting, Entrepreneurs in Action, Online Entrepreneurs in Action, Small Business Management Internship, Introduction to Web Design, Website Design and Management, Banking & Investments, Integrated Media Internship, Comet Savings & Loan, and Mason Innovation Lab (student-run Genius Bar). About 19% of MHS students pursue a business degree in college, and many of those students have successfully “tried on” their major through these business offerings. Several MHS students have left high school as CEOs of their own successful companies that they developed and grew at MHS!

Along with a world language, tomorrow’s workers need to understand code. MHS offers students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to learn Visual Basic 6.0, C++ and Java in four levels of Computer Programming (including Android and Apple app development), culminating in AP Computer Science.

MHS students in grades 9-12 interested in becoming future educators can explore that passion in the school’s Teaching Professions Academy, an Ohio Career Pathway Program. As juniors, students can take Teaching Professions and as seniors, Honors Teaching Professions, which offers up to 6 hours of dual credit at Xavier University.

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