STEM Education Comes To MCCSOct 24th, 2013 | By Admin | Category: Education
By Rose Klein
Greene Publishing, Inc.
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Classes focused on a STEM curriculum are designed to improve students’ understanding in these fields of study so they can participate and compete in our growing global economy. Nationally, these classes are being integrated into schools starting from Kindergarten all the way through college. Madison County Central School now offers a STEM class where students are exposed to a variety of “real world concepts” with a focus on technology. Students work in teams of two and develop knowledge and skills using multimedia and hands-on activities. They will also learn if their interests and aptitudes are suited for a wide range of technology-based careers. Units (educational information) is taught in labs where MCCS students may actively engage in: CAD (Computer Aided Design) Electricity and Electronics Energy and Power Environment and Ecology Flight Technology Health and Fitness Laser Technology Pneumatics R & D (Research and Development) Robotics Structural Engineering Megan Dickey, a middle grades teacher, who is in her fourth year at MCCS, teaches the new STEM classes. Before implementing the STEM program, new principal, Willy Miles sent Dickey to Sanford, North Carolina for a week to work with the action labs of Paxton Patterson. Dickey says she enjoys the classes and states that the world around us is changing rapidly and that MCCS is responding and adapting to these changes. She also notes that the way, in which students learn best, is also changing. The STEM units (or modules) come with supplies that are used by the students, such as paint and glue that will eventually run out. Dickey is working on a mini-grant for these supplies, but says she would be thrilled to have any additional support to help students continue the learning process throughout the school year. If anyone has questions about the STEM curriculum or new classes at MCCS, contact Megan Dickey at email@example.com.