THE STEM ACADEMY
What is a STEM student?
STEM students find solving problems, designing new things, and working with science and technology to be the most interesting parts of the school day. Some STEM students want to be teachers, engineers, doctors, nurses, computer programmers, physical therapists, or technicians. Many want to work in construction, weld, operate equipment or simply "figure out how things work." What else do STEM students love to do? Learn, discover, and SO MUCH MORE.
What is the STEM Academy?
The STEM Academy is students who have come together for enrichment opportunities such as field trips, clubs, interesting courses, and college dual enrollment credits. STEM meet to enjoy listening to speakers and doing fun activities. With the help of the STEM teachers, students stay on track academically and are helped with college/career planning.
Why join the STEM Academy?
Fun and learning! Getting involved is the best way to be successful. Also, your participation is recorded on your transcript and you will be recognized at graduation.
If you join the STEM Academy, you will ...
• Be part of a small learning community with other students with similar interests and goals
• Be invited to hear knowledgeable guest speakers from a wide range of industries
• Take part in field trips (day trips, short local business visits, and overnight trips)
• Have opportunities to explore career planning and goal setting
• Have priority when signing up for STEM courses
• And much more ...
Big trip planned for the 2019/2020 school year:
• Trip to Montreal: Auto show and Laser Tag. Trip planned for January
Just some of the things we did during the 2018/19 school year ... Speakers and Falcon Flex Block Events:
September 17th - First official meeting / expectations and summary of activities planned / set up email, Remind, and enriching students
October 1st - military panel to discuss STEM in the military
October 29th - College Planning speaker panel (area colleges invited to talk to us)
November 26th - Scholarship workshop (seniors) & EPortfolio - adding a STEM page to your file (everyone else)
December 10th - Holiday party (decorate cookies, T shirts, yearbook photo)
January 28th - Northwoods Stewardship Center - Meghann Clark
March 11th Fourth Grade STEM fair organizational/prep meeting
March 22nd – Fourth Grade STEM Fair (blocks 1, 2 and part of 3)
April 22th - Alycia Vosinek - credit awareness from Passumpsic Bank
May 6th - Bob Wilson - computer programer/engineer
May 20st - End of year party (ice cream celebration) and complete your accountability forms
STEM Academy Meetings 2019/2020:
Falcon Flex Block meeting dates (in room 380):
· September 30th- Welcome meeting
· October 28th- Guest speaker, Vermont Electric Co-op
· November 25th – Early college panel
· December 9th- holiday party, group photo (wear STEM t-shirt)
· January 6th- scholarship panel, portfolio work
· February 17th – Guest speaker, Sharon Cots, Speech and Language Pathologist
· March 16th – Prep for fourth grade STEM day
· April 13th –Guest speaker TBD
· May 11th – Final Meeting
Clubs & Block 5 Activities
GALS - girls club to learn about automotive technology (Mrs. Chitambar, room 356, time TBA)
Small Engine Club - no experience needed (Mrs. Chitambar, room 356, time TBA)
Radio Controlled Explorer’s Club (See Mr. Converse or Mr. Wagner for more information)
Robotics - Build and program a robot, part of Engineering II (Mr. Shaffer - please see him if you are interested and not part of the Engineering II class, room 229)
Dual Enrollment Courses·
· Probability and Statistics - Statistics course through Vermont Technical College (VTC)
· AP Statistics - Statistics course through Vermont Technical College (VTC)
· AP Chemistry - Chemistry course through Vermont Technical College (VTC)
· Senior English Seminar (STEM & ACA combined) - Community College of Vermont (CCV)
· Human Biology- CCV
· Human Growth and Development- VTC
· Medical Terminology- CCV
§ And many more dual enrollment opportunities through our Career Center Programs!
Field Trips/ Enrichment Opportunities
Ongoing - After school STEM with the Newport Elementary students (Starting third week in September, Wednesdays, 3:30 to 4:15, please see Karen Chitambar in room 356)
September 27th- School Maker Faire, Shelburne Farms
October 4th-6th – Skills USA Clothing Drop & Swap (community service)
October 9th – North Country College and Career Fair
October 14th - Vermont Board of Nursing Visit (Health Science 2 classes)
October 16th - PSAT’s at NCUHS (juniors and sophomores)
October 17th - Women Can Do at Vermont Technical College
November- Skills USA Fall Leadership conference
Date TBD - Visit to Vermont National Air Guard at Burlington Air National Guard Base (with preference to Transportation Science Technology, Mechatronics, and Health Sciences)
December (exact date not yet announced) – "Try a Major Day" at the Williston VTC campus (space limited, preference to Health Sciences)
Date TBD – Hour of Code (at NCUHS with computer teacher John Wagner)
December TBA – The Fall Leadership Conference (Career Center students only)
January (exact date TBD) - Montreal STEM Day Trip - Auto Show, Laser Tag/Behind the Scenes
Feb 6th- Career fair at NCUJHS
March 27th – Fourth Grade STEM Day – area elementary schools will explore STEM activities with the help of our STEM Academy students. (MANDATORY EVENT - All STEM students will participate)
March 13th - Skit Night @7PM - help support the trip to Europe and have fun at the same time.
April 7th and 8th- Skills USA Leadership and Skills conference
April 9th to 12th - ACA/STEM/Visual Arts trip to New York City
May (date to be announced)– “Try a Major Day” at the Randolph VTC campus (space is limited, preference to Health Careers)