Our STEMrichment Goals for 17-18
Our STEMrichment Goals 16-17
- STEM Coaches will add teaching about "Sustainability" to our STEM instruction and coaching sessions. This was a recommended addition from WNYSTEM Hub professionals in area industries.
- We will begin to build STEM Libraries in our four Exploratoriums. These will include STEM themes magazines and non fiction resources for students to use. A strong focus on biographies and STEM careers will be sought. Resources will also be available for students to get ideas for classroom projects or just Tinkering.
- Our STEMrichment website will be expanded to include videos of students actively engaged in lessons being taught through a STEM Lens and incorporating the great technology available to our students and teachers.
- Outside learning spaces will be incorporated into STEM learning at Riverview and Mullen Schools. Mullen will begin by adding an outside lending library. Riverview will continue to develop and maintain their outside learning space as well as the area that transitions into the inside foyer. An outside lending library will also be added at this school. Both schools have participated in the Rain Barrel Contest and have finished rain barrels that can be added to the outside learning areas. If possible, Leadership Roles will be added to the schools to collaborate between the Leader In Me initiative and tending to the plants in the STEM initiative.
- The MS Exploratorium will be open on a more regular basis during the school day. This will allow students to use the room for learning as well as allow for collaboration with MS teachers to support adding STEM to their lessons and/or projects.
- All STEM Coaches will track how STEM is being included in classroom lessons throughout the year. This will create a fluid Scope and Sequence. STEM Coaches will also will also create an inventory of technology available in each school Exploratorium.
Our STEMrichment Goals 15-16
- The STEM Initiative will be expanded for the 16-17 school year. We would like more classroom teachers to have the opportunity for out of district STEM Professional Development and Visitation Days at other STEM schools.
- The STEM initiative has grown for the 16-17 school year. At the elementary level, an Exploratorium (STEM Lab) was added at each school. Two elementary STEM Coaches were hired to facilitate STEAM instruction in our elementary schools. This will allow for a more focused understanding and application to specific grade level curriculum and how it can incorporate STEAM. An exploratory STEM class was also added for all sixth grade students. Two STEM coaches share the teaching responsibilities in this classroom. The STEAM initiative and the Enrichment initiative were combined to allow ALL students K-6 to receive both enrichment and STEAM opportunities within their school day. It will now be referred to as STEMrichment. We will continue to find community business partners to collaborate with as well.
- A model STEM Lab will be created to gather information on using a STEM Lab and supplies we might need.
- An Exploratorium (STEM Lab) was incorporated into ALL THREE elementary schools as well as our Middle School. These can be used for students to tinker as well as whole group instruction. STEM Coaches provide staff development, for teachers, as to how to use the equipment to enhance their lessons.
- We will continue to grow the technology opportunities for students to have access to to enhance their learning experiences. This will include opportunities for students to work with the Engineering and Design Process.
- The following technology was available in the Exploratorium: Bee Bots, Dash and Dot, Ozobots, Scribbler Robots, VEXIQ Robots, Osmo, ipads, Chromebooks, Osmo, Snap Circuits, Drones, 3D Printing, ZSpace Augmented Reality Stations, Coding and Programming Opportunities, Makey-Makey, Raspberry Pi, Makerspaces, Drones and littlebits.
- All staff will continue to grow as STEM Learners and develop their understanding and application of STEM aspects into their daily instruction.
- STEM Coaches use the SAM R model, along with the WNYSTEM Rubric to support teachers in their lesson planning to incorporate more STEM opportunities for their students. All materials created have been saved so that they can be used again or expanded on next year. Special area teachers have continued to incorporate STEM learning as well. All three elementary schools as well as our MS were recognized by WNYSTEM Hub as Distinguished STEM Schools at the Engaged Level on the STEM Rubric.
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!!!
- As a District, we will further our understanding of what STEAM is and how it will apply to our schools.
- Bravo! The TCSD has grown exponentially in the area of STEAM over the 15-16 school year. Staff Development opportunities were provided to teachers throughout the year. Through the use of a STEAM Coach, a great deal of STEAM information and opportunities was gathered and shared with teachers. Mullen School was even recognized for their dedication to STEM Education - through the WNYSTEM Hub. Visitations to tour other schools was also a great opportunity for growth and collaboration. TCSD was invited to the BOCES STEAM Playground and UB Women in STEM Speaker Series to share the details of their STEM initiative as a model for other districts to follow.
- We will refer to the WNYSTEM Rubric as a source to measure our implementation of our STEAM initiative.
- The WNYSTEM Rubric was used to guide our learning and planning for STEAM initiative. It was then referred to following lessons to reflect on areas that STEAM could have been incorporated. Based on this rubric, Mullen School was recognized for their growth in the area of STEM instruction. The rubric was a great resource to help us focus our initiative and to ensure that we included educating students about STEM careers as well as direct instruction of the important "soft skills" of STEM. The incorporation of Kagan Collaborative Learning Structures was key to us meeting the "soft skill" needs of our students.
- Professional Learning Communities will be encouraged to allow for collaborative STEAM planning.
- Classroom teachers began using opportunities to collaborate, on lessons, with the STEAM Coach. During these planning sessions, using the WNYSTEM Rubric and teachers' previous plans, lessons were revised and taught through a "STEM Lens." These lessons could then be shared across grade levels and between school buildings.
- Teachers will be provided support to implement the district STEAM initiative.
- A STEAM Coach was hired to work in all three elementary building and support teachers with planning and the implementation of aspects of the STEAM initiative. This also allowed for assistance during lessons, organizing materials for lessons and gathering of resources for teachers.