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By AL STOVER
Staff Reporter 

Medical Lake School District to implement more STEM elements

 


The Medical Lake School District is ready to kick off another year of their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program.

STEM coordinator Ann Everett said Medical Lake would once again launch a Project Lead the Way curriculum. She said the second year would focus on biomedicine and computer science.

“We will be doing engineering again,” Everett said. “This year’s STEM education aligns beautifully with Common Core standards.”

Everett added that the after-school STEM programs and Saturday family activities at both Michael Anderson Elementary and Hallett Elementary would continue with projects focusing on a new curriculum.

Everett announced that Michael Anderson will participate in a program where they will share their methods with other teachers in the state.

“Teachers will create instructional videos submit them online,” Everett said. “Other teachers in the state will be able to learn from them and develop lessons.”

The middle school will be introducing design in modeling, pre-engineering and robotics classes for sixth-graders, biomedicine, electronics and circuit classes. There will also be an after-school robotics program available for students.

The high school will offer digital design and engineering classes to students.

Everett added that the high school’s Career and Technology Education classes would have STEM elements.

One new class introduced in this year’s curriculum is sports medicine. Everett said the high school received a $15,000 grant to go toward the school’s plant science classes.

The high school’s after-school robotics program will continue with team building a robot and taking it to state competitions.

“It’s so neat to see what we’re doing for kids,” Everett said.

Everett said the high school’s engineering lab might open in October. The lab, which had its grand opening back in May, offers West Plains’ fourth-grade, seventh-grade and high school students a chance to learn various engineering skills, work with industry standard equipment and create projects for their community.

While the STEM programs are already in place, Everett said it’s just a matter of getting teachers and students settled into the new school year.

Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com.

 

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