A love of Legos is translating into a love of learning for students participating in FIRST LEGO League at Bethany Community Middle School in Reidsville, North Carolina. As they build robots with the popular construction toys, students are advancing in their understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Enrollment in AP classes at Eisenhower High School has swelled since Northrop Grumman Corporation helped the school implement the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP). The program combines financial incentives for students, teachers, principals and schools with an array of resources and training for students and teachers alike. A key focus of the program: expanding access to AP courses among African Americans, Hispanics and other traditionally underrepresented groups.
Second-grade students at Enos Garcia Elementary School are learning the building blocks of math that will see them through a lifetime of learning because their teacher is engaged in K-8 Math Progressions, an innovative professional development program funded at the school by Intel.
Instead of reading about parachutes, solar cookers, and windmill blades in textbooks, students at Knox Elementary School are building their own. With support from Intel, the school has launched Engineering is Elementary, an interdisciplinary program that integrates engineering into elementary schools
At the new Rochester STEM High School, part of the National Academy Foundation school network, ninth- and tenth-graders are benefitting from rigorous academic instruction that integrates project-based learning with an emphasis on STEM subjects across all academic areas.