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S T E M. Science Technology Engineering Mathematics. What Might an Engineering or STEM Academy Look Like in Falmouth?. Community Dialogue March 18, 2011. STEM @ Falmouth High School. A co-located program In four stages. Mission.

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s t e m
S T E M
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
what might an engineering or stem academy look like in falmouth

What Might an Engineering or STEM Academy Look Like in Falmouth?

Community Dialogue

March 18, 2011

stem @ falmouth high school

STEM @ Falmouth High School

A co-located program

In four stages

mission
Mission
  • To provide the best possible science, technology, engineering, and mathematics experience for all students
stage 1 summer fall 2011
Stage 1 - Summer & Fall 2011
  • Research
    • 3 days @ Thomas Jefferson HS
    • E in s t E m @ Point Lookout
    • Science Frameworks workshops
  • Planning
    • Monthly meetings
    • Science Frameworks @ FHS 12/7/11
  • Piloting (Stage 2)
stage 2 now to 2013
Stage 2 - now to 2013
  • STEM endorsement diploma option
    • Expanded Coursework
    • Senior Discovery STEM Connections
    • Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO’s)
  • Science curriculum review
  • Identify Sponsors/Partners/Friends
the basics
The Basics
  • 4 years English
  • 4 years math
  • 4 years science
  • 3 years social studies
stem endorsement electives 3 credits required for endorsement
STEM Endorsement Electives (3 credits required for endorsement)
  • AP Biology (1)
  • AP Chemistry (1)
  • AP Physics (1)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (0.5 or 1)
  • Astronomy & Astrophysics (0.5)
  • Environmental Science (0.5)
  • Ethics in Science (0.5)
  • Genetics (0.5)
  • Forensics (0.5)
  • Oceanology & Meteorology (0.5)
  • Technical Drawing/CAD (1)
  • Pre-Engineering (1)
  • Advanced Topics in Engineering (1)
senior discovery
Senior Discovery
  • For a STEM Endorsement:
  • STEM-related Job Shadow
    • Conducted during Junior year
  • STEM-related Independent Project
    • Planned during junior year
    • Increased research emphasis
elo s 3 required for class of 2013 7 required over 4 years
ELO’s3 required for class of 2013, 7 required over 4 years
  • Science Bowl
  • Science Olympiad
  • Robotics Team
  • Math Team
  • Science Fair
  • Astronomy Club
  • Ocean Science Bowl
  • Falmouth EMT
stage 3
Stage 3
  • Student Internships
  • Summer Employment
  • Professional mentors
  • STEM Committee evolves into Advisory Board
  • Expand labs
stage 4
Stage 4
  • Dialogue/Conversation surrounding:
    • Increasing STEM Capacity
    • Regionalize Program
  • Corporate Sponsored Labs
how can you help become involved
How Can You Help / Become Involved?
  • Guest Speaker
  • Become a mentor
  • Host a High School Intern
  • Others
costs
Costs?
  • There aren’t necessarily any added costs, though as the program develops there will be discussion of new courses, time for PD, equipment, and other costs associated with running any set of high school courses.
science 2011 13 curriculum review
Science 2011-13 curriculum review
  • Driven by the newly released Science Frameworks
  • Grade 9 content:
    • Earth/environmental
    • Design & Engineering
    • Space/universe
  • Engineering Technology
    • Programming, control & automation, design
reach center launch
REACH Center Launch
  • November 29, 2011
    • Muna El-Taha
    • Shreyas Joshi
  • http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article/180868/314/Maine-group-launches-new-effort-to-encourage-Math-Science
professional development
Professional Development
  • Attend Conferences
  • Visit other schools
  • Outreach
  • Cultivate a STEM Alumni Network
sponsors partners friends
Sponsors, Partners, Friends
  • Outreach
    • Inform others, make connections, recruit mentors
  • Keep sponsors/friends in loop
  • Maintain communication with PATHS and other area schools
friends and connections
Friends and Connections
  • Corky Ellis - Kepware
  • Shane Hall - Compass Project
  • Friends of the Kotzmar
  • USM
state of maine perspective
State of Maine Perspective
  • Maine is a “lead state” in the new Science Frameworks
  • Maine School for Math & Science
  • Portland’s Charter STEM School
  • Bangor’s newly announced plans
  • REACH Center -
    • Muna & Shreyas
    • state-wide network
    • Falmouth could be a key
    • Associated with MSSM
needs
Needs
  • Time
    • Curriculum planning
    • Academy planning
    • Recruitment of mentors, board members, partners, etc.
  • Recruitment Strategy
    • Increase female participation
    • Attract all students
  • Prompt Action
parallel activity
Parallel Activity
  • Support/Encourage the development of an FHS “Fine (or visual) and Performing Arts Academy”
  • Send a visiting group to Essex, VT
other things to add
Other things to add:
  • RWDC college-level course work
  • STEM in state/country
  • More information on plans/timeline
  • Include student STEM endorsement hand-out
other
Other
  • Need graduation data
    • % going into STEM
    • % going into Engineering
    • FHS
    • Other high schools
thoughts on what i do
Thoughts on what I do:
  • Beef-up the grade 9 program to become more engineering-based
    • Should this become a year-long class?
  • Review what the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy is doing:
    • http://www.dpengineering.org/academy/plan/courses
  • Do more with:
    • CNC/3d printing
    • PLC’s and robotics
stage 2 for class of 2013
Stage 2 - for class of 2013
  • 2011-13 science curriculum review
    • Based on newly released Frameworks
  • Connect Senior Discovery Independent Project to STEM
  • Professional Development
  • Identify Potential Sponsors/Partners/Friends
  • Develop plan for Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO’s)
  • Advanced Topics in Engineering (1)
extended learning opportunities elo s
Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO’s)
  • Credit for activity participation, i.e., clubs
  • Connection to Academic program
  • Included on Transcript
  • Requires 25 contact hours
why stem
Why STEM?
  • Maine DOE - STEM teaching and learning can :
    • positively impact career options and decision-making,
    • Strengthen Maine’s economy;
    • Foster informed and successful citizens;
    • Elevate the aspirations of Maine students
  • Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are the foundations of an advanced society. If we wish to ensure equitable access to high wage, high growth employment for Maine students learning in these areas must also be part of the educational foundation for all Maine students.