Financial support for various STEM curricular and
co-curricular activities is available through the Ready-To-Learn grant. Such
funding will be appreciated next year if it remains available. Uses of the
money will be prioritized as done this year with a focus more toward the middle
school content areas and ongoing support of the transition to 5-8 middle
schools. Efforts will continue to be directed to secure various grants
regionally and nationally with the National Science Foundation, Toshiba, and
the Bemis Company as three to pursue initially.
ASSET STEM Education is a
national STEM education improvement nonprofit organization. ASSET provides a
variety of professional development and educational materials to educators that
are inquiry based and aligned to national and state standards. This national
group has a PA organization which supports many initiatives in STEM and has
held several conferences. We are making a connection with this nonprofit.
To assist in
implementation and monitoring of the STEM program, a STEM Advisory Council will
be created to develop a plan for K-12 STEM education that is aligned to the
district's strategic plan.
The council will be
comprised of one administrator from the high school, one administrator from the
middle school level, one administrator from the elementary level, 2-3 STEM
teachers (including AE) from each of the levels, a cabinet/board level representative,
a STEM field community member, a parent, a high school student, and a middle
Sharing and marketing
of our overall STEM program can be supported through collaborative efforts with
our community relations specialist, various individuals updating/maintaining
STEM content area web pages on the district and building level websites, use of
the districts Facebook page, Twitter, district newsletters, creation of
informative and STEM highlight videos, local newspapers, etc.