Our STEMrichment Goals 16-17
- 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, 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.
Our STEMrichment Goals 15-16