It only takes a spark to ignite curiosity in a child. Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, and yet many American students are lacking in STEM-related skills and knowledge. Building a solid STEM foundation through a memorable and inspirational experience is the best way to kick-start a student’s interest in STEM.
Stamford Public Schools, in partnership with local corporations and non-profit organizations, provide a wide range of academic enrichment opportunities that teach 21st Century Skills, are STEM-focused, and support Connecticut Core Standards.
Many of the STEM programs create an interactive learning experience, outside of the normal classroom. They challenge our students to work together toward tangible goals, encourage group dynamics within the school community, and strengthening peer relationships.
Benefits of these types of programs include:
- Collaborative learning experiences.
- Extra/alternate learning opportunities for students who need additional help.
- Additional teaching strategy/tools to engage all students, including innovative and hands-on approaches.
- Inquiry based learning that contributes to overall academic achievement.
- Access to science, technology, engineering, art and math for all, regardless of socio-economic or geographic environment.
Two SHS Teachers and Four SHS Students to Attend 4th Annual State of STEM Address at the White House
WHO: Stamford High School (SHS) Teacher Susan Dougherty and her guests SHS Science Teacher Kristen Amon, and Students Jostin Colon, James Zhan, Matthew Bagan, Christopher Aranda
WHAT: 4th Annual State of Science Technology Engineering and Math Address
WHEN: Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 1:00 p.m.
BACKGROUND: As a result of SHS Teacher Susan Dougherty’s work with the NASA LEARN program, which she has been a part of for the past five years, she and five guests were invited to attend this very important national STEM event in Washington D.C. The event will feature Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science & Technology and Director Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Congratulations Cloonan Teacher Jim Forde, who is among those to be Honored by White House as “Champions of Change”
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2016
White House to Recognize Computer Science Education “Champions of Change”
“In the coming years, we should build on that progress, by providing Pre-K for all and offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one.” —President Obama in his 2016 State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, January 26, the White House will recognize nine individuals from across the country as “White House Champions of Change for Computer Science Education.”
These individuals were selected by the White House for their leadership and innovation in expanding access to computer science education and for inspiring the next generation to use 21st century tools to better their communities. They recognize that providing access to computer science education is a critical step for ensuring that our Nation remains competitive in the global economy and strengthen its cybersecurity.
A year ago, President Obama became the first President to write a line of code, and in his State of the Union address, he issued a broad call to action to expand computer science across the nation’s K-12 classrooms. Thanks to the efforts of teachers, parents, state and local officials, educators, philanthropists and CEOs, there is a rapidly growing movement to give every child the opportunity to learn computer science.