STEM Works focuses on enhancing STEM education in West Virginia in a number of ways: providing high quality professional development opportunities for teachers; engaging students in STEM centered educational offerings; and partnerships between schools and STEM business partners in their communities. Through ongoing programs, The Education Alliance is deeply focused on promoting STEM as an important element in K-12 education in West Virginia.
The Education Alliance also offers short-term innitatives that support STEM education and awareness.
Research indicates that visiting a college campus will improve the likelihood that a student will apply and matriculate to college. The Education Alliance, in partnership with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, is providing a $1,500 grant to 25 West Virginia Middle Schools to increase student participation in college visits.
The College Visit grant program is designed to engage 7th-grade students in free college visits of public 2-year and 4-year institutions in Spring 2019. During the college visits, students will have an opportunity to understand a college experience firsthand and to learn about the specific institution by visiting their campus. Participating middle school students will have the opportunity to meet college-level students and professors and to speak with admissions officers and financial aid counselors. The best way for students to determine if an institution is a good fit is through a college visit. The Education Alliance is providing more than $35,000 in grant funding for students from the following schools:
For more information, contact Beth Bowden at 304-342-7850 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remake Learning Days (May 17-25, 2018) is a nine-day celebration showcasing activities and events that make West Virginia a recognized national leader in innovative teaching and learning. Remake Learning Days events create future-ready, hands-on, relevant and engaging educational experiences for kids and their families, caregivers and educators. Events can feature STEM, STEAM, maker and other technology-enhanced learning opportunities in West Virginia.
The Education Alliance is pleased to provide $20,000 in grant funding to 22 West Virginia-based schools, districts and non-profit organizations to host an event during Remake Learning Days. Remake Learning Days grantees include:
On July 24, 2018, nearly 100 West Virginia educators spent the day participating in high quality STEM professional development with teams of West Virginia teachers, principals and STEM business leaders. The STEMersion Summer Seminar provided teachers with free, high quality resources to incubate ideas and plans for infusing real world STEM experiences in the classroom. The resources are aligned to national science frameworks/NGSS provided by ASCD, the 114th Partnership and Toyota USA Foundation.
The STEMersion Seminar also included a lunch time business panel moderated by 2017 WV State Teacher of the Year, Toni M. Poling, NBCT. The panel featured;
Click here to watch a video highlighting STEMersion 2017
Click here to watch a video highlighting STEMersion 2016