(Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
Through a Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant from the Virginia Department of Education, Lynchburg College and Sweet Briar College partnered with local schools to help 4th and 5th grade teachers provide high quality, inquiry- and problem-based instruction in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM subjects).
During the 2011-12 school year, inquiry-trained teachers worked in partnership with STEM faculty educators at the two colleges. They developed, implemented, assessed, and reviewed lessons to create a set of 6 fully integrated STEM units, supported with proven materials including training videos to accompany each unit.
Participating school(s) divisions include:
- Amherst County Public Schools
- Appomattox County Public Schools
- Bedford County Public Schools
- Campbell County Public Schools
- Lynchburg City Public Schools
- Holy Cross Regional School
- James River Day School
- Promote inquiry-based and problem-based learning pedagogy
- Improve student academic achievement in math and science
- Increase subject matter knowledge and teaching skills of math and science teachers
- Ensure that students are receiving high-quality, inquiry-based and problem-based STEM instruction
Our Central Va. Regional Consortium Conference was held at Lynchburg College on June 14 -15, 2012.
Approximately 80 4th and 5th grade teachers from Virginia’s regions 5, 6, and 8 schools attended the project’s dissemination conference. The teachers received hands-on training and materials to implement the new STEM units in their classrooms during the 2012-2013 school year.
Additional information: http://sbc.edu/news/uncategorized/earthworms-tsunamis-dance-moves
Our project was featured on the PBS NewsHour, January 16, 2013. See the story, “How Math Got Its Groove Back,” by Rebecca Jacobsen, at: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/01/how-math-got-its-groove-back.html
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