STEM Camp Information - Offered to students who reside in Stafford and are eligible to attend Stafford County Public Schools. Camps are primarily for middle and high school students.
Full information is coming later this month. Registration will be open during the week of April 25, pending School Board approval. Preliminary information for parent planning:
Day camps, each 1 week only. Tuition varies.
Transportation to and from the camp location must be provided by the parent. Site locations vary by camp.
Camps run approx 9 am - 2 pm, Monday through Thursday (with the exception of Engineering Management Workshop which includes Friday, July 1.)
Engineering Management Workshop (grades 9 - 12 in the fall) June 27 - July 1
Engineering and Architecture (grades 6 - 8 in the fall) June 27 - June 30
Beginning Robotics (grades 6 - 8 in the fall) July 11 - 14
Maker Camp (grades 6 - 9 in the fall) August 1 - 4
The STAT Curriculum is available through the link at the right of this screen.
The STAT Curriculum was updated in January to reflect the changes to the STAT program announced at STAT Information Night and through letters sent home to the parents of all current 9th, 10th and 11th graders in the program. Starting in September 2016, STAT will become an Honors cohort, with academic courses in English, sciences and mathematics offered at the Honors level. Students in 11th and 12th grade have the choice to "Opt Up" and take college-level courses in English and sciences at their base school to satisfy STAT curricular requirements, while remaining in the technical elective at their program school.
The change to an Honors cohort reflects the previous practice of teachers who offered a high level of challenge, and provides students with designation of Honors on their transcript. It is more consistent with the work students were doing, and also with the higher level of college preparation required for students who expect to obtain college degrees in engineering, science and mathematics fields.
Due to a typographical error, the previous curricular information about STAT listed Anatomy and Physiology as an Honors course. It is not an Honors course. Anatomy and Physiology is not offered (and was never offered in SCPS) as an Honors course. Please forgive us for the error in temporarily listing it as such.
Parents who have questions can contact their school counselor, or Ann Emerson, the School-to-Career Specialist, who serves as a contact for the STAT program.
STAT Application period is closed.
Students will receive decisions in May. Students will receive decisions from all programs to which they applied before they are expected to submit their response. Please remember that specialty programs require some type of enrollment form signed by the parent before the child can be enrolled. If your child is selected for STAT and wishes to enroll, please complete and return the enrollment form as soon as possible.
STAT Information Night for families took place on January 7.
In-school presentations intended primarily for students are scheduled at all SCPS middle schools. Parents are welcome but should contact counselors if they expect to attend.
Poole Middle: Wednesday, January 13 at 1:30 pm (has taken place)
Shirley Heim Middle: Friday, January 22 at 8:30 am
Stafford Middle: Tuesday, Feb 2 at 11:10 am
Drew Middle: Wednesday, Feb 3 at 9:30 am
Dixon-Smith Middle: Wednesday, Feb 3 at 1:30 pm
Gayle Middle: Tuesday, Feb 9 at 8:30 am
Thompson Middle - Wednesday, Feb 10 at 9:40 am
A.G. Wright Middle: Wednesday, Feb 10 at 1:30 pm
Applications are available shortly on this web site (see links on the right side of this page), and in all middle school counseling offices.
STAT News - late October
Students in 8th grade who are considering STAT should review their career interests. There are three separate program areas - Engineering, Information Technology and Biomedical Sciences - of which students may only apply to one. Here are some videos that were shown at Signature Night:
"I Am a Scientist"
"Why Do You Want to Be an Engineer?"
"Coding - the New Superpower"
Please visit the 16 Career Clusters web page to take a survey, and find more resources for career exploration.
STAT News - October
Current STAT students should choose extracurricular and community activities that allow them to give service and deepen knowledge and skills that relate to their educational and career goals. Students can volunteer at their library branch, through United Way or at the Moss Free Clinic. The Virginia Science Fair is highly recommended. For those who don't have transportation readily available, there are numerous online contests and learning opportunities. Please contact the Career Specialist for suggestions.
STAT News - late September
Prospective STAT students (current 8th graders with interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, health and medical careers, and computing): please attend Signature Programs Night on October 28 at Brooke Point High School. This event allows you to determine which programs you should learn more about this fall and winter. Application deadlines are after the winter break for Advanced Placement Program of Excellence (APPX), Commonwealth Governor's School (CGS), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Stafford Academy for Technology (STAT). But before students apply to any program or programs, they are expected to participate in information sessions specifically for the program or programs that interest them.
Prospective STAT students should take an Interest Assessment to see if their interests fit with any of the three programs offered: Engineering, Biomedical Sciences or Information Technology. Students must choose one area only, and STAT is only recommended for students who intend to pursue further education and careers in one of these areas. At the 16 Career Clusters page, students can take an assessment, view sample career titles and link to resource websites to deepen their understanding.
STAT News - September
The Career Specialist met with STAT Engineering program students in grades 9 and 12 and shared the Commonwealth's career and college planning website, Virginia Wizard, at www.vawizard.org Students created an account at this free educational site and took an Interest Assessment. Students who want to hone their results can retake the assessment or take additional assessments, and find out what college programs of study are connected with the career areas that interest them. Please contact the Career Specialist, Mrs. Emerson if your student missed the opportunity or had any difficulty using the site.
9th graders also used Virginia CareerView, at www.vaview.org . Virginia CareerView provides in-depth career information (a useful complement to Virginia Wizard.) Career detail is EXTREMELY important for students to develop robust career plans. Students were also encouraged to be aware of their choices to learn and challenge themselves this year, and through consistent effort, to set themselves apart on their way to an exciting future.
12th graders learned keywords for discovering application requirements and deadlines at typical college websites and were encouraged to acquire information early and use a calendar system to track these requirements. They also used Parchment, a website for college admissions planning, to learn median standardized test scores and GPA for applicants, accepted and denied students at colleges that interest them. Again, please contact the Career Specialist, Mrs. Emerson, if your student missed the lesson or has any concerns about the sites and information found therein.
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