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Gateway Institute

Museum of Science

Dracut Public Schools

July 9- July 11, 2013

what is gateway project
What is Gateway Project
  • Half million dollar grant program to support 50 schools in New England
  • School district leaders share best practices –activities and help each other solve problems in order to implement the state’s K-12 technology/engineering standards.
institute goals
Institute Goals
  • Aiming to inspire the nations next generation of inventors and engineers
  • Bring awareness to districts about the critical need for STEM education
  • Begin work for implementing a program k-12
what we did
What we did
  • Form team
  • Evaluate determine gap analysis of DPS STEM initiatives
  • Shared/saw best practices
  • Create a district action plan for implementing STEM education across the district
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Dracut PS Gateway Team

  • District Team Leaders
      • Maria McGuinness-PrincipalEnglesby Intermediate School, Grades 5-6
    • Karen Taylor- Science Department ChairDracut High School
  • Michael McElhinney – Teacher in Tech. and EngineeringDracut High School
  • Christy Kervin – Science Teacher, Dracut High School
  • Katherine Bosan- Science Teacher, Lakeview Junior High School
  • Meghan Cox – Elementary Teacher Greenmont Avenue School,
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Dracut Current STEM Education Courses

  • Dracut High School
    • Introduction to Technology
    • Introduction to Engineering and Design
    • Drafting I & II
    • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
    • AP Courses: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Calculus ,Computer Science, Statistics
    • Introduction to Online Genetics
    • Biotechnology
    • Independent Research
    • Computer Applications
    • Gaming and Music
  • Lakeview Junior High School ?????????????
  • Englesby Intermediate School
    • Grade 5-6 Math and Science classes
    • Grade 5-Math Expressions program
  • Elementary Schools
    • Math Expressions program implemented district wide 3rdyr???
    • Science curriculum aligned and work in progress to implement district wide
  • (List)
dracut current stem programs and community involvement
Dracut Current STEM Programs and Community Involvement
  • Dracut High School
    • Massachusetts Math and Science Initiative (MMSI)
    • UML
      • Science of Rivers
      • Climate Change Teach-In
      • iSense Project-Visualization Data Collection
      • STEM guest speakers
    • MassBioEd-Bioteach Grant: PD, Equipment, Job ShadowEPA Emergency Response Mobile unit-Educational Outreach
    • AFCE-MITRE STEM Grant
    • Engineering and Technology Competitions
  • Lakeview Junior High School
    • UML-UTeach ????????? Science Fairs?????
    • ADD any after school clubs/competitions/fairs/in school??
dracut current stem programs and community involvement cont
Dracut Current STEM Programs and Community Involvement (cont)
  • Englesby Intermediate School
    • UML: UTeach Program
    • Digits Program ( Grade 6 -STEM career development)
    • Field Trips :
      • Lowell Historical National Park-Engineering and Design Program (Grade 5)
      • The Hall at Patriot Place: Math and Engineering Design (Grade 6)
  • Elementary Schools
  • ??????????????
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Dracut Public Schools Goals

  • Goal I: Write, revise and/or align curriculum Pre-K-12 with state standards. Develop activities for courses that support the district’s mission and goals of offering a 21st Century education to students which provide the background and skills necessary to compete in a technologically advanced global workplace
  • Goal II:Develop a strategic plan to implement a more robust STEM curriculum Pre-K-12
  • Goal III:Vertically align and promote STEM education Pre-K -12. Create bridges between faculty across all curriculum areas/grades.
  • Goal IV: Procure funding for STEM initiatives. Identify personnel and resources for successful implementation of new program. Provide opportunities for staff training/education.
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Dracut Public Schools Challenges

  • Challenge I:Development of a rigorous/robust curriculum Pre-K-12 with sustainable funding that aligns with district vision
  • Challenge II:Professional development opportunities for current staff to access training in pedagogy for STEM
  • Challenge III:Increase STEM capacity Pre-K-12 and further college and career readiness in STEM fields
  • Challenge IV:Additional leadership and need for aSTEM coordinator to oversee program, identify business partners for outreach, coordinate opportunities for students to engage in outside engineering competitions