What is STEM Education?
With all of the hundreds of acronyms that refer to different areas of education, it is easy to get confused! The acronym STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The program's approach to education is designed to restructure the teaching of subject areas such as mathematics and science by incorporating technology and engineering into the curriculum. STEM Education can change a typical teacher-centered classroom by encouraging a curriculum that is driven by problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and require students to actively engage in a situation in order to find its solution.
STEAM education incorporates the “A” for the arts – recognizing that to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills which are best developed through exposure to the arts.
STEAM Education in thePottsgrove School District
Project Lead the Way - Starting in the 2013-14 school year Pottsgrove High School, in an agreement with Project Lead the Way to implement their STEM curricula, is offering elective engineering design courses to interested students. Mr. Jim Regensberg will instruct Introduction to Engineering Design. Higher level courses will be added in the coming school years. Click here for more information on Project Lead the Way.
Weatherbug - Pottsgrove School District joins the Weatherbug School Network by installing a new Weatherbug weather station, high-definition camera, lightning sensor and web-based educational software tools. Click here to view the live weather camera images from the Pottsgrove High School! This web-based program will enable students across the school district to more effectively understand the science of meteorology, while advancing Pottsgrove’s STEM initiative to provide students with hands-on, experiential learning opportunities.
ACE - Architecture Construction Engineering - The mission of ACE is to engage, excite and enlighten students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry. Guidance counselor, Mr. Don Petrella, oversees the ACE Mentoring Program which provides the opportunity for our high school students to interact and learn from professional engineers and architects about the architecture, construction, and engineering fields. This online program allows students to work with mentoring engineers creating hands-on projects. Visit the ACE website at www.acementor.org.
STEM in PA
- First Energy's STEM Classroom Grant (deadline 9.23.16)