Metro Schools' STEM program receives national recognition

Metro Schools' STEM program was recently profiled on i3community.ed.gov, a site that features educational initiatives funded by the Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) - a U.S. Department of Education grant program.

The Metro Schools i3 grant-funded program, G2ROW STEM, consists of afterschool sessions, Saturday sessions and a two-week STEM summer camp. G2ROW STEM also offers mentors, hosts guest speakers and field trips for its student participants.

"The early successes of the i3 STEM grant is attributed to the great team we have working together in the central office, the administration and teachers in our seven i3 schools, and the tremendous support of our business and community leaders," said Dr. Kristopher Elliott, Metro Schools' director of STEM. "We are excited to see where the program will take our students over the next several years and hope to inspire more of them to pursue careers in STEM. As a federally funded innovation program, our ongoing findings and results will serve as an example for other schools and districts across the nation."

Here are highlights from the Q & A:

What is your i3 project trying to achieve, and what are the major pieces of the project?

G2ROW STEM is geared to grow student achievement particularly in science and math, heighten STEM aspirations, and close opportunity gaps in STEM education by implementing mentorships and STEM extended learning strategies for underrepresented middle school students.

What are some of the best practices or most successful strategies that have led to success in your program to date?

The successful utilization and implementation of the curriculum Engineering Everywhere, as well as Project Based Learning (PBL), have led to the success of the program by empowering students to be more self-directed in their learning.  Students are continuously engaged in sustained inquiry through the process of questioning, evaluating evidence, and solving problems.

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