STEM School Info on the Web:
WCPSS announced in April 2012 that Weatherstone Elementary would be one of the newest members of the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Network. The WCPSS STEM Schools Collaborative Network is a group of 17 schools, dedicated to enhanced strategic planning, professional development, programming and community advocacy around advancements in science and technology.
Weatherstone Elementary PTA won the PTO Today 2013 Parent Group Award for Outstanding Focus on Academics & Enrichment. The WES PTA won this award due to its STEM Friday & STEM Expo program. Our VP of STEM, Sarah Ericksen, has coordinated a program that supports and enriches the curriculum by bringing outside groups (e.g., NCSU students, museums, even beekeepers) to our students. To read about more about our program, click here.
WCPSS schools with a STEM designation benefit from a regional and statewide network of shared instructional opportunities and connections to local, state and national leaders focused on the STEM curriculum.
Each school will have:
- Expert Technology Facilitators
- Interactive lessons that explore STEM concepts
- Digital-age learning environments
- iPads for each grade level
Weatherstone Elementary has selected to integrate the STEM model by incorporating Music and Visual Arts as its design option. Each STEM Collaborative Network School will provide students with curricula and learning experiences that promote STEM literacy. Using the NCSU Engineering Design Process as a foundational learning strategy, schools will choose one as a focus for delivering STEM literacy.
STEAM Schools use the arts to help students make transitions and connections between science content through thought and expression. Through interdisciplinary project-based learning activities, students will use artistic methods to show their understanding of concepts, events, or objects. Schools foster curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving while encouraging students to question, observe, identify patterns, and construct meaning.
If you are interested in volunteering with STEM activities, please contact our STEM VP, Sarah Ericksen here.