Alice Drive Middle School: Making STEM Learning A
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
Jeannie Pressley says, "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."
students in all grades have opportunities to explore STEM through a
variety of classes such as LEGO Robotics, Forensics, Computer
Science, Engineering, and a class on sustainability called Go
Green! Additionally, iPads and iPods acquired through a
Patriot Grant help bring excitement, discovery, exploratory
learning, and problem solving to all classes.
Advisory board has been formed which includes community
stakeholders from business, industry, and the military.
Centers SC is an innovation partnership managed by South Carolinas
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.