STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

If there’s one thing that holds true for the Tri-Lakes Region, it’s that we have some of the most enthusiastic group of teachers in new YorkState..  and you can’t help but see the excitement of teachers in different departments throughout the region…  In SaranacLake,  we didn’t have much trouble finding another teachers happy to speak with the board about their curriculum, their approach to students and their personal research and growth –  Joe Merrihew teached 6th 7th and 8th graders at Petrova Middle School in SaranacLake…   He’s been asked to speak about a seminar he attended sponsored by Honneywell which focused on the question of corporations, and the engineering model for the future…

<<<< CLICK HERE TO LISTEN – 092412 – Engineering in the Classroom at Petrova Elementary School >>>>

One real advantage of the Petrova library is that it has by design a 20 feet by twenty feet white wall which is designed to become a projector or a movie screen along with a projector designed to be used by teachers, library staff and others for the

purpose of making presentations on a larger scale…  essentially a well thought out use of space and technology, which is of course what he’s teaching in many cases.. and while it does take a few minutes to warm up,  the projection fills the wall with details and pictures of his trip along with the details of the Engineering by Design program which his students are learning..
More on this programming for students online at www.ITEEA.ORGMerrihew saysSaranacLake is one of only 15 schol disctricts in the state which have chosen to start this national standards based model.. It’s designed to prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow… “The teaching model takes math science and technology standards and combines them into one program of standards..”  Joe says “He puts 18 weeks into the 13 weeks he has with each of the Petrova students..   The Program is called STEM which means Sciente Technical Engineering and Math -  Notice it’s not called “Shop” any more…



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