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Education for the Future: The STEM Academy at Robert J. O’Brien School. What is STEM?. S cience T echnology E ngineering M athematics. Why a STEM focus?. Children are naturally curious about the world. STEM education takes advantage of their curiosity to engage children in learning.

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what is stem
What is STEM?
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
why a stem focus
Why a STEM focus?

Children are naturally curious

about the world.

STEM education takes advantage

of their curiosity to engage

children in learning.

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During the next decade, U. S. demand for scientists and engineers is expected to increase at four times the rate for all other occupations.

(STEM Education Coalition; U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook)

student day program
Student Day Program
  • Grades 4-6
  • School Day: 8:10-2:45
  • Increased time for Science and Math
  • Engineering – applied math and science
  • Technology embedded in all subjects
  • Introduction to STEM careers
  • Inquiry based learning
what is inquiry
What is Inquiry?
  • An approach to learning that involves exploring and asking questions about the world.
  • Engages children in high level thinking and problem solving as they gather and reflect on information and develop understanding.
why elementary engineering
Why Elementary Engineering?
  • Children need to become comfortable using technology in order to be prepared to live and work in the 21st century
  • Makes math and science relevant, integrates other disciplines
  • Builds and reinforces skills
  • Increases students’ awareness of access to engineering and science careers
  • Promotes the development of problem-solvers and innovators
online learning
Online Learning
  • Grolier Online
  • Discovery Science
  • Gizmos
  • Educational Websites, such as

http://sea.sheddaquarium.org/sea/buildafish/flash.html

learning opportunities beyond the classroom
Learning Opportunities Beyond the Classroom
  • Planned additions to fields and courtyard to enhance opportunities for environmental studies on site
  • Field trips and in class outreach programs
  • Afterschool programs
  • Summer program – grant funded
afterschool p rograms
Afterschool Programs

To be determined by student interest, but could include:

  • Environmental Club
  • Digital Photo/Video labs
  • Fitness Club
  • Lutz Museum or Mad Science programs
  • LEGO Robotics
grades 7 12 and beyond
Grades 7-12 and Beyond

Math

Science

Career and Technical Education

questions

Questions?

Lesley Morgan-Thompson, Principal, Robert J. O’Brien School

Melissa Gavarrino, Department Head, 7-12 Science

Michelle Hacker, Department Head, 7-12 Career and Technical Education

Ben Upson, Technology Coach