Alice Drive Middle School: Making STEM Learning A Reality
Alice Drive Middle School began their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) transformation in the 2012-2013 school year when they were accepted into a STEM School Support Pilot (3SP) initiative offered through S2TEM Centers SC and the South Carolina Coalition for Mathematics and Science. The 3SP pilot provides a comprehensive system of scaffold support for schools wishing to identify themselves as STEM schools. This partnership is designed to provide schools with research, best practices and support in establishing and sustaining a STEM school.
Principal Jeannie Pressley states, “The vision for STEM education at Alice Drive Middle School is to engage all students in a rigorous, integrated, and vertical 6th- 8th grade STEM based education that substantially increases the numbers of youth who recognize value and reward in studying STEM fields, believe STEM careers are viable, and ultimately realize their maximum potential in a competitive global marketplace.”
Currently students in all grades have opportunities to explore STEM through a variety of electives such as LEGO Robotics, Forensics, Computer Science, Engineering, and a class on sustainability called “Go Green!” Additionally, iPads and iPods acquired through the Patriot Grant will help to bring excitement, discovery, exploratory learning, and problem solving to all classes.
A STEM Advisory board has been formed which includes community stakeholders such as business, industry, and military.
S2TEM Centers SC is an innovation partnership managed by South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science at Clemson University. Its purposes are to improve instruction and accelerate student learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics content areas through innovation, support, and research. www.s2temsc.org