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.
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. The Education Alliance is offering grants of $250 - $1,000 for schools, districts and non-profit organizations to host an event during Remake Learning Days. Remake Learning Days events should 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. Events should be open to the general public. In 2018, there are highlighted themes for Remake Learning Days. The themes include: Maker, Science, Technology, Arts, Youth Voice and Outdoor Learning. These themes do not have to occur on particular days; you are welcome to schedule your events as convenient for you and your audience during Remake Learning Days.
Online Applications are being accepted until January 5, 2018. Selected candidates will be notified in January and will be required to register their event on the Remake Learning Days website (more details forthcoming). For more information contact Emily Pratt at 304-342-7849 (phone) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On February 2, The Education Alliance recognized 2 student winners of the Coding Challenge contest. The winning entry, submitted on behalf of the 4H Girls Who Code, was 1 of 16 winners who will receive a $500 gift card. The Alliance has notified all winners and is currently waiting to receive confirmation from winning entries. Check back here in the coming weeks for a full list of winners , or for questions regarding the contest Contact: Quinten Burton at 304-342-7865 or email@example.com.
The STEMersion project is a one-week professional development during the summer, designed for middle school and high school science, technology, or math teachers. 25 teachers from Kanawha, Boone, Putnam, and Lincoln County were selected to participate. The teachers spent one week visiting top STEM businesses in the Kanawha Valley. The 2017 participating businesses included TransCanada, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, DOW Chemical, Appalachian Power Company and Walker Machinery. STEMersion was designed to support teachers in their understanding of the various professions that require STEM skills. Participating teachers will take this real-world experience back to their schools to impact instruction, and encourage students to follow STEM career pathways. STEMersion is a collaborate effort with BridgeValley Community and Technical College.
Click here to watch a video highlighting STEMersion 2016.