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Important Notice Regarding STEM Summer Camps
Unfortunately, due to low enrollment, the STEM Camps previously advertised for this summer, have been canceled. If you have already registered, refunds are being processed.
STEM camp may help students develop interest in STEM educational courses and paths, and STEM careers. Parents are encouraged to use the links provided to discuss STEM career information with their child. Experts on STEM career development have discovered that, while increasing interest is important, awareness of career detail is essential for students to develop realistic, robust STEM career plans.
On Tuesday, November 12 and Thursday, November 14, Engineering Design and Development students in the Stafford Academy for Technology program at Stafford High School presented proposals for their year-long senior project. This project will culminate in the design and creation of a prototype invention or innovation. To assist the students in clarifying their ideas and understanding the market for new products and processes, STEM business people served as a panel that observed their presentations, posed questions and offered suggestions. Participants were from these businesses:
Advanced Rapid Technologies
Would you like to learn about STEM educational events, activities, programs, contests, scholarships and resources for middle and high school students? Join an e-mail list with Stafford County Public Schools Career Specialist, Ann Emerson. Send an e-mail to aemerson at staffordschools.net Include your child's expected year of high school graduation.To protect privacy, all e-mail is sent BC, and addresses are never shared with anyone else. You can unsubscribe at any time.
In the News! Stafford Academy for Technology students in the IT program at Brooke Point High School collaborated with the Video and Media Technology interns from Brooke Point. The product was a video for the Virginia Department of Education to encourage the use of Career Clusters by students to organize their educational and career planning. Click here for the Information Technology page at the Virginia Department of Education web site, where you can view the video produced by intern Shawn Austin.
Stafford Academy for Technology (STAT) is a state-approved Governor’s STEM Academy. STAT is a four-year college-prep program of study utilizing integrated hands-on, project-based instruction focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career areas. (STEM includes medical fields). The STAT instructional team includes teachers from sciences, technology, English, and mathematics. STAT is open to rising ninth graders on an application basis. The program is half-day. Bus transportation from the base school to the program school is provided.
STAT offers students the advantage of learning in a "cohort" of like-minded students throughout the four-year program. Course content is integrated to create a more coherent learning experience. Students will undertake service-learning projects and partner with mentors in the business community to build a stronger sense of purpose and a firmer commitment to success in college education, while learning about the demands of the workplace. Students will undertake a senior research project.
While STAT serves as an excellent preparation for students who look to careers in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics field, it will also help any student develop a powerful foundation for further learning and high-skill employment. The STAT model is designed to go beyond the ordinary high school experience, and cultivate skills essential in the 21st century workplace:
· think creatively and implement innovation
· use systems thinking and solve problems
· communicate clearly and collaborate
· locate, evaluate and manage information
· adapt to change
· work independently
· gain expertise through self-directed learning
· value diversity
· show accountability
· lead and respect others
STAT is designed to help students fulfill their potential in the complex life and work environments of the future.
|Links and Resources|
Stafford Academy for Technology
STAT Overview brochure
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum for STAT Biomedical Sciences and STAT Engineering
Other STEM Resources
STEM Alliance Explore Magazine
STEM Alliance career resources
Explore STEM careers through on-line games and activities
Virginia FIRST Robotics
SCPS Career Links
R U Ready? (magazine)
Virginia Education Wizard
State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) Freshman Profiles for Virginia Colleges and Universities
Germanna Community College Engineering Program (transfer to complete 4-year program)
Germanna Community College Guaranteed Admission Program
My Future, My Way (college planning for middle school students)
|STEM News and Information|
Would you like to be part of a team that makes tomorrow a better place? Then think about becoming a STEM professional. This is work that repays your heart as well as your mind!
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