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STEM

 Science
 Technology
 Engineering
 Mathematics
What Might an Engineering
or STEM Academy Look Like
in Falmouth?

Community Dialogue
March 18, 2011
STEM @ Falmouth
High School

A co-located program
In four stages
Mission
To provide the best
possible science,
technology, engineering,
and mathematics
experience for all
students
Stage 1 - Summer & Fall 2011
 Research
 3 days @ Thomas Jefferson HS
 E in s t E m @ Point Lookout
 Science Frameworks workshops
 Planning
 Monthly meetings
 Science Frameworks @ FHS 12/7/11
 Piloting (Stage 2)
Stage 2 - now to 2013

 STEM endorsement diploma option


 Expanded Coursework
 Senior Discovery STEM Connections
 Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO’s)
 Science curriculum review
 Identify Sponsors/Partners/Friends
The Basics
4 years English
4 years math
4 years science
3 years social studies
STEM Endorsement Electives
(3 credits required for endorsement)

 AP Biology (1)
 AP Chemistry (1)
 AP Physics (1)
 Anatomy & Physiology (0.5 or 1)
 Astronomy & Astrophysics (0.5)
 Environmental Science (0.5)
 Ethics in Science (0.5)
 Genetics (0.5)
 Forensics (0.5)
 Oceanology & Meteorology (0.5)
 Technical Drawing/CAD (1)
 Pre-Engineering (1)
 Advanced Topics in Engineering (1)
Senior Discovery

 For a STEM Endorsement:


 STEM-related Job Shadow
 Conducted during Junior year
 STEM-related Independent Project
 Planned during junior year
 Increased research emphasis
ELO’s
3 required for class of 2013,
7 required over 4 years

 Science Bowl
 Science Olympiad
 Robotics Team
 Math Team
 Science Fair
 Astronomy Club
 Ocean Science Bowl
 Falmouth EMT
Stage 3
 Student Internships
 Summer Employment
 Professional mentors
 STEM Committee evolves
into Advisory Board
 Expand labs
Stage 4
 Dialogue/Conversation
surrounding:
 Increasing STEM Capacity
 Regionalize Program
 Corporate Sponsored Labs
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 Ziyuan Liu and Cassee Cain, left; Angela Zhang, right


How Can You Help /
Become Involved?

 Guest Speaker
 Become a mentor
 Host a High School Intern
 Others
Questions?
Costs?
 There aren’t necessarily any
added costs, though as the
program develops there will
be discussion of new
courses, time for PD,
equipment, and other costs
associated with running any
set of high school courses.
Science 2011-13 curriculum review
 Driven by the newly released
Science Frameworks
 Grade 9 content:
 Earth/environmental
 Design & Engineering
 Space/universe
 Engineering Technology
 Programming, control &
automation, design
REACH Center Launch
 November 29, 2011
 Muna El-Taha
 Shreyas Joshi
 http://www.wcsh6.com/new
s/article/180868/314/Maine-
group-launches-new-effort-
to-encourage-Math-Science
Professional Development
 Attend Conferences
 Visit other schools
 Outreach
 Cultivate a STEM Alumni
Network
Sponsors, Partners, Friends
 Outreach
 Inform others, make
connections, recruit mentors
 Keep sponsors/friends in loop
 Maintain communication with
PATHS and other area schools
Friends and Connections
 Corky Ellis - Kepware
 Shane Hall - Compass
Project
 Friends of the Kotzmar
 USM
State of Maine Perspective
 Maine is a “lead state” in the new
Science Frameworks
 Maine School for Math & Science
 Portland’s Charter STEM School
 Bangor’s newly announced plans
 REACH Center -
 Muna & Shreyas
 state-wide network
 Falmouth could be a key
 Associated with MSSM
Needs
 Time
 Curriculum planning
 Academy planning
 Recruitment of mentors,
board members, partners,
etc.
 Recruitment Strategy
 Increase female participation
 Attract all students
 Prompt Action
Parallel Activity
 Support/Encourage the
development of an FHS
“Fine (or visual) and
Performing Arts Academy”
 Send a visiting group to
Essex, VT
Other things to add:
 RWDC college-level course
work
 STEM in state/country
 More information on
plans/timeline
 Include student STEM
endorsement hand-out
Other
 Need graduation data
 % going into STEM
 % going into Engineering
 FHS
 Other high schools
Thoughts on what I do:
 Beef-up the grade 9 program to
become more engineering-based
 Should this become a year-long
class?
 Review what the Dos Pueblos
Engineering Academy is doing:
 http://www.dpengineering.org/aca
demy/plan/courses
 Do more with:
 CNC/3d printing
 PLC’s and robotics
Stage 2 - for class of 2013
 2011-13 science curriculum review
 Based on newly released Frameworks
 Connect Senior Discovery
Independent Project to STEM
 Professional Development
 Identify Potential
Sponsors/Partners/Friends
 Develop plan for Extended Learning
Opportunities (ELO’s)
 Advanced Topics in Engineering (1)
Extended Learning Opportunities
(ELO’s)

 Credit for activity


participation, i.e., clubs
 Connection to Academic
program
 Included on Transcript
 Requires 25 contact hours
Why STEM?
 Maine DOE - STEM teaching and learning can :
 positively impact career options and decision-making,
 Strengthen Maine’s economy;
 Foster informed and successful citizens;
 Elevate the aspirations of Maine students
 Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are the
foundations of an advanced society. If we wish to ensure
equitable access to high wage, high growth employment for
Maine students learning in these areas must also be part of
the educational foundation for all Maine students.