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Stem academies

STEM Academies

Board of Education

Curriculum Committee Meeting

April 10, 2013


Agenda

Agenda

  • Beliefs

  • What is STEM

  • Why STEM

  • STEM Exploratory

  • STEM Academies


Beliefs

Beliefs

  • We believe it is important to provide our students with high-quality innovative programs that will result in every student being college, career and citizenship ready. Every opportunity will be accessible.

  • We believe our students are valuable to our community and should have the skills to be able to return to the community and prosper.


What is stem

What is STEM?

STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy. (Tsupros, 2009)


Why stem

Why STEM?

  • Of the 20 fastest growing occupations projected, 15 of them require significant mathematics or science preparation to successfully compete for a job.

  • Our nationhas a shortage of highly qualified math and science teachers. Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, U.S. 12th graders were almost last among students from 20 nations assessed in advanced math and physics.

  • U.S. students’ math and science skills are simply deficient compared to international performance.


Why stem1

Why STEM?

What matters for today’s students and workers, is not the knowledge a person possesses but what he/she is able to do with that knowledge such as create, produce, innovate-and be motivated and driven to do those things.

Dr. Tony Wagner, Harvard University


Why stem2

Why STEM

  • Sixty-six students attend a STEM Magnet School at an approximate cost of $264,000

  • CREC & Hartford Magnet Schools

    • Academy of Aerospace & Engineering

    • Allied Health Collaborative

    • Environmental Science Academy

    • Academy of Math and Science

    • Medical Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy

    • Sport & Medical Science Academy

    • University HS of Science & Engineering

    • Environmental Sciences Magnet School


What will students know and be able to do

What will students know and be able to do?

STEM proficient students are able to answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and develop solutions for challenges and real world problems while applying the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content in a seamless fashion. STEM proficient students are logical thinkers, effective communicators and are technologically, scientifically, and mathematically literate.


National data

National Data


Current stem exploratory program at jwms

STEM Exploratory

Current Stem exploratory program at jwms


Current stem exploratory program

Current STEM Exploratory program

  • Twenty-two double sessions for every student

  • Grade 5: New in 2013-2014

  • Grade 6: Simple Machines, Engineering & Physics – Lego Mindstorms

  • Grade 7: Renewable Energy - Green City Challenge

  • Grade 8: Engineering Challenges


Stem exploratory grade 6

STEM Exploratory- Grade 6


Stem exploratory grades 7 8

STEM Exploratory- Grades 7 & 8


Stem academies1

STEM ACADEMIES

LEGO MINDSTORMS Education NXT Base

Provides cross-curricular opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Allows for creativity in design &

enables students to explore the world of engineering by building complex control systems


Academies

Academies


Stem academies

Why Aerospace and biomedical?


Why aerospace

Why Aerospace?

  • Knowledge is acquired in the classroom and is meaningful when applied in relevant real-world situations.

  • Connecticut’s aerospace industry is driven by major manufacturers

    • Pratt & Whitney

    • Hamilton Sundstrand

    • Sikorsky Aerospace

  • Newington aerospace companies include:

    • GKN (formerly Volvo Aero)

    • Integrated Systems

    • Mohawk Helicopters


Why aerospace1

Why Aerospace?

  • Connecticut grown companies are supported by an extensive chain of aerospace suppliers and service providers in Connecticut.

  • This cluster of knowledge and workforce provides a great foundation for any aerospace company moving to Connecticut.

  • Provides opportunity for mentors, partners to support curriculum and professional learning for adults and students, & internships.


Why biomedical

Why BIOMEDICAL?

  • Connecticut’s investment in Bioscience

    • Bioscience Connecticut is bringing about a new collaboration between the state, UConn, UConn Health Center, Yale University, and the prestigious Jackson Laboratory.

    • The project will enable Connecticut to assume a position of global leadership in genomics by developing new medical treatments tailored to patient’s unique genetic makeup.

    • Focus on innovative products that can individualize diagnostics, treatments and cures.


New trends in careers

New Trends in Careers

  • Employers will look not only for people who are highly skilled and well educated in their areas of proficiency but also for those who can learn and adopt other professional skills and work in a "collaboration-based workplace.“

    This idea was shared during our recent tour of GKN.

  • The projections of future employment trends given by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show increase of jobs in the service-providing industries, healthcare, scientific fields, biomedical engineering and technical services.


Timeline

Timeline

  • 2012-13

  • STEM Exploratory at JWMS

  • 2013-14

  • STEM Exploratory at MKMS

  • 2014-15

  • Biomedical Academy at MKMS

  • Aerospace Academy at JWMS

  • Hospitality & Tourism Academy at NHS

  • 2016-17

  • STEM Academy at NHS


Stem academies

Timeline

MKMS STEM Exploratory

9/2/2013

Hospitality & Tourism Academy NHS

9/1/2014

Biomedical Academy MKMS

JWMS STEM Exploratory

9/1/2014

9/3/2012

Aerospace Academy JWMS

STEM Academy NHS

9/1/2016

9/1/2014

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2016

Today

STEM Academy Planning

4/8/2013

11/29/2013

STEM Academy Construction

11/29/2013

8/8/2014


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Discussion questions wonders

Discussionquestionswonders

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