In the summer of 2015, Foundation 51 awarded MSAD #51 an $11,500 grant to support the continuation of the RISE (research in STEM education) Grant Study
Last year, most of the K-5 teachers voluntarily elected to participate in the RISE grant study that focuses on a new way of learning science; student learning through making connections that involve science and math together.
Mary Train, a Kindergarten teacher at MIW started using the STEM instructional kits this fall with her classroom. She says her students are highly engaged in science now that they are working with the STEMscopes and using the STEM resource kits. “They love seeing that science is on our schedule during the day. When the materials come out, they know they are going to be having fun learning with hands-on investigations and great discussions!” Mary said.
To date, most of the classrooms at MIW have been using the resource kits, and at the Middle School a few classrooms in 4th and 5th grades have begun using them.
The program thus far has been successful from a teaching perspective, reflects Mary. Although it is not without challenges as this program is new to not only
the students, but the staff as well. Teachers will be learning how to best organize and keep accurate inventory on supplies in the building.
Reception of this program has been positive across the board, from staff to students to parents. Mary said parents have commented on how impressed they are with their children’s learning and thinking in science and their excitement for STEM. Teachers and administrators are excited as well to see the engagement and learning in their students using the new curriculum and kits.
See the Fall Newsletter for more information on what is going on with Foundation 51!
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