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Suzanne Hedberg Instructional Staff Developer Pinellas County Schools FCR-STEM Conference December 8, 2012
Common Core Mission The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
STEM • American Recovery Act (2009) • $700 million dollars (Race to the Top) • State’s must have a high-quality plan to address the need to (i) offer a rigorous course of study in mathematics, the sciences, technology, and engineering; (ii) cooperate with industry experts, museums, universities, research centers, or other STEM-capable community partners to prepare and assist teachers in integrating STEM content across grades and disciplines, in promoting effective and relevant instruction, and in offering applied learning opportunities for students; and (iii) prepare more students for advanced study and careers in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, including by addressing the needs of underrepresented groups and of women and girls in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
Camp STEAM Camp STEAM is an opportunity for motivated, energetic middle school students interested in the application of mathematics in a fun and exciting way! Campers and middle school mathematics teachers will interact with community members that use mathematics in their careers on a routine basis. Students will leave the camp with a renewed appreciation of mathematics. Teachers will expand their own knowledge of the subject they teach, and can finally answer the question, “When will we ever use this?”
Funding $ • Title 1 $ (Title 1 school) • Content areas (math, science, and art) • Volunteers / provided materials • Free entrance to museums/parks • Publix
Location and Timeline • Title 1, low performing middle school • Mid-county • Principal was willing to host on campus • 12 days during the month of June (4 days per week) • 8:00am to 3:30pm for staff • 9:00am to 3:00pm for students
Staff • Elementary (3) and middle (15) math teachers from Title 1 schools (not just host middle school) • 1 Band teacher, 1 Art teacher, 1 Science teacher, 1 High School Math Coach, 1 Technology teacher • 1 Coordinator
Students • Any rising 6th, 7th , or 8th grader that attended middle school at camp location • Recruited through math department, flyers, feeder elementary schools • Approximately 80 both summers • Breakfast, lunch and transportation
Volunteers • Ask anyone you know personally. • GE Aviation • Raytheon • Dentist, mortgage broker, biostatistician, Girl Scout, engineers, sheriff (major accident investigation team), medical examiner • Skype
An example of a day at Camp STEAM • C:\Documents and Settings\hedbergs\My Documents\Camp STEAM\Daily Schedules\Schedule_Monday_0627.doc
Field Trips • Salvador Dali Museum (2 stations, movie, and architect) • Boyd Hill Nature Preserve (hike, water sampling, lecture)
Parent Involvement • Required parent orientation last evening on the last day of school • Camp Celebration on the last afternoon of camp
Evaluation of Year One • Focus was on student engagement and not teacher impact (see next slide) • C:\Documents and Settings\hedbergs\My Documents\Camp STEAM\MiddleSchoolEvaluationBriefSummerExtendedProgram2011.pdf
Year 2 • Addition of science teacher and math coach • Focus on teacher impact as a result of Camp STEAM experience • Survey • Live Scribe Pen: Teacher journals
A few pictures… • ..\My Pictures\FCR_STEM Slide Show
Testimonials • My 2nd year of Camp Steam was as informative and as interesting as the previous year . I especially liked how the kids discovered that Math is truly everywhere and that it can be fun. It has helped me discover new ways to reach and teach my students in math. One of the things I am going to do this year is the Math Journals. • Camp has opened up my educational experience to incorporate music and art into my classes. For my students who do not like math but like art and/or music I can now make better connections to those content areas. I have used some of the art projects into my teaching - the Fibonacci shell from art to demonstrate sequences. This year I plan on using the face proportion activity in my classes. At camp I saw students begin to understand how math is related to these subjects and some even explained how they are related to me.
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