Montgomery County, TN – The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System will receive a $2.5 million award under the 2012 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grant for enhancement of its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs.
The grant, to be administered over three years, comes through DoDEA’s Military-Connected Local Educational Agencies for Academic and Support Programs (MCASP) Projects.CMCSS has implemented a STEM focus to insure students exit school with not only grade level skills, but also the ability to reason and solve problems using math, science, and technology. The engineering design process becomes the catalyst by which students take their learning to the highest level of rigor and relevance.
Among the programs the grant will fund is the teacher internship program, which was piloted this summer and embedded high school math and science teachers in local businesses which use science and math as part of their work. By having the experience with local businesses and industries, teachers are able to teach students using relevant and practical applications. Additionally, students will be given more opportunities to visit businesses and industries, which use math and science in real-world applications.
CMCSS STEM is an integration of science, technology, engineering and math. It is not an initiative, but the next level of learning and teaching. Teachers will integrate the existing state science and math curriculum, and use the process to identify natural fits (places where the math and science curriculum already match in the scope and sequence with STEM purposes) and intentional hits (where curriculum standards are manipulated in order to teach STEM concepts) providing students with learning experiences emphasizing design projects, solving problems, and answering challenges.
The grant further will provide funds for extended day learning opportunities in both STEM and reading on higher levels of non-fiction materials in math and science.
Student learning experiences will include extensive classroom problem-based learning projects, opportunities to utilize technology for analysis and investigating cause and effect relationships, after school learning opportunities to resolve academic deficits, and internships to develop real world experiences.
CMCSS STEM Coordinator Dale Rudolph will go to Bethesda, Maryland as part of the grant process. Accountability Coordinator Dr. Kimi Sucharski wrote the grant for CMCSS.