STEAM Education

Making a Maker Event: A Model for Collaboration – Toms River School District (Ocean County)

January 22, 2018

Maker events celebrate doing. Fusing art, science, education, and imagination, they bring together authors and environmentalists, builders and ‘bots, cooks and crafters, hackers and horticulturalists– people who engage in and solve the world’s problems through creativity and collaboration. When the Toms River Regional Schools superintendent and board approved the creation of the first Jersey Shore … Continued

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Materials Engineering in Principles of Engineering – West Orange High School (Essex County)

A “Car Crash” simulation project is used in West Orange High School’s materials engineering unit as a culminating performance-based challenge in the Principles of Engineering course. As a STEM project, it integrates all four disciplines – science, technology, engineering and math — to help solve an important real-world problem: improving car safety technology. Students must … Continued

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Amazinators – Linwood School District (Cape May County)

Teachers in the Linwood district saw a need in the community for kids who don’t like traditional after-school sports activities. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) is fun and exciting for many children – as the teachers involved with the Amazinators like to say, the “nerds of the world.” A summer STEAM camp … Continued

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Livingston Hour of Code – Livingston School District (Essex County)

Livingston students built snowmen – on computers – and more, during the district’s Hour of Code, held as part of the nationwide initiative sponsored by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org. The idea was to introduce students to computer science and computer programming, and the rapidly-expanding and increasingly-important field of coding. Coding is the art … Continued

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Unlimited – Hope Township (Warren County)

Hope students who have been invited to join the gifted and talented program in grades 3-8 have the opportunity to participate in a STEaM-based project. Students meet after school, and with the guidance of two teachers, investigate a specific topic. This year’s topic is centered on food science. Students are experimenting with food – working … Continued

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Super STEM – Franklin Township (Hunterdon County)

At the Franklin Township School in Hunterdon County, there’s a new “superhero” in town: Super STEM. Teachers throughout the K-8 school district are working together, using cross-content lesson planning, to incorporate learning in science, technology, engineering and math. The Super STEM program incorporates project-based learning activities with STEM curriculum, which is aligned with the Common … Continued

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S.T.E.M. Program – Manchester Township (Ocean County)

Manchester Township’s STEM programs are active and effective at the district’s Middle School. In grades six and seven, students embark on virtual reality adventure trips. They identify problems that occur on their adventure, and research and design solutions to solve them. As a final group project, students integrate all subject areas in STEM – science, … Continued

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SOAR – East Greenwich (Gloucester County)

The East Greenwich School District’s SOAR program fosters critical thinking and problem-solving skills for gifted and talented elementary school students, beginning in the youngest grades. SOAR is rooted in the Framework for 21st Century Learning. The program starts in Kindergarten, a unique aspect, and then advances through the grade levels. SOAR uses an interdisciplinary approach … Continued

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