Saint Louis Public Schools has a number of successes for the 2017-2018 school year.
This was definitely a transformational year for Science and STEM:
1. 26 Elementary Schools implemented Lego Education. Eleven competed in the District's inaugural "Rumble Championship." The goal was to prepare teachers and students for the 2019 First Lego League competition.
2. 43 Schools participated in the SLPS Science Fair with 20 schools receiving blue ribbons and specialty awards at the Academy of Science St Louis Regional Science Fair.
3. First STEM Professional Development session with Middle School Math and Science teachers. SLPS Math and Science Curriculum Coordinators identified standards to help teachers make correlations and create activities.
4. SLPS Annual Art Fair at the Zoo. Students brought Art to life with Living World. Student Artwork represented ecosystems and the species within them.
5. Gateway Greening (Community Gardens) at 26 Elementary Schools expanding to 28 Elementary Schools and 2 Middle Schools during the 2018-2019 school year.
6. All High Schools participate in the Young Scientist Program sponsored by Washington University. The program equips high school 10-12th grade students for medical-related careers through research and hands-on demonstrations.
7. New Science instructional resources for grades K-8. Implementation of Cengage (K-5) and HMH Science Dimensions (6-8) 2018-2019 school year.
8. SLPS is committed to creating a STEM Curriculum Coordinator position for the 2018-2019 school year. I am certain I have not highlighted all of the successes in the District.
However, the above points are significant, as SLPS continues its commitment to STEM innovation in all classrooms.