Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hightower Elementary Awarded STEM Certification

Article courtesy of Stem Georgia:

DeKalb County School’s Hightower Elementary School was awarded STEM Certification in a ceremony at the school. State School Superintendent Dr. John D. Barge presented the official banner and certification to the school’s principal, Mr. Oliver Lewis in an assembly of the entire staff and student body. Hightower is the second elementary school in DeKalb County to receive the rigorous certification status from the Georgia Department of Education. The school’s unique STEM program where every student from kindergarten to the fifth grade has two and a half hours of integrated math, science, and engineering every day set the standard for what STEM should look like in schools. Students are actively engaged daily with the engineering design process where high level math and science instruction is applied in a student-centered environment. Once a month the school offers an Engineer for a Day program where the students work on engineering design challenges for the entire day. Additionally, the school employs daily two and a half hour integrated blocks of social studies and English language arts where all language arts is taught from the social studies context.

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