Carthage, in upstate New York, serves 3,550 students, of which, 68% are military students from the Fort Drum Army Base. C-STEM is a new partnership with Clarkson University, which is ranked as having one of the "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs" in the nation. Clarkson's experience with the field of project based 5-
12 STEM programs, has lead to a great depth of understanding of student needs and what works!
C-STEM will use a three part approach to accelerate students' Mathematics and STEM learning to attain college readiness:
(1) STEM themed,project based courses and units of study across various content areas;
(2) STEM After School;
(3) STEM Summer Bridge, with a focus on acceleration of mathematics achievement and STEM Challenges. Teachers will participate in over 90 hrs.of year long professional development provided by Clarkson University.
C-STEM's goal’s are to:
(1) increase the academic achievement of grade 5-12 students in mathematics, especially Algebra 1, to meet college readiness;
(2) create STEM courses and STEM integration across content areas by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of teachers.
C-STEM will use the following effective strategies to achieve its goals:
Project Based Learning
Understanding by Design Curriculum Model
Digital and virtual learning