S.T.E.M. Focus


  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Math

'America faces many challenges...but the enemy I fear most is complacency. We are about to be hit by the full force of global competition. If we continue to ignore the obvious task at hand while others beat us at our own game, our children and grandchildren will pay the price. We must now establish a sense of urgency.' --Charles Vest, President of the National Academy of Engineering, President Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology


S.T.E.M. OR S.T.E.A.M.?

STEM + Art = STEAM. STEAM is a movement being championed by the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). The objectives of the STEAM movement are to transform research policy to place art and design at the center of STEM; encourage integration of art and design in K-20 Education; and influence employers to hire artists and designers to drive innovation. Learn more at

Links to More S.T.E.M.

Computer Programming for Elementary Students

Looking for a way to get your elementary and middle-school students interested in programming at an early age? Join the Seward Coding Club today! Link here for details. Some of the programs being used in the club and the classroom are:

  1. Scratch, developed at MIT, is a user-friendly introduction to programming that allows students to program in pre-written blocks of code called scripts that help new programmers avoid the frustration of one missing semicolon messing up a whole chunk of code. Completed projects can be uploaded to the Scratch website where they can be viewed, commented upon, and even improved upon by others.
  2. Code Academy teaches students (or anyone) to program in JavaScript. It uses quick exercises that build upon each other and slowly increase in complexity, and in a manner similar to other online tools such as Khan Academy and IXL, awards badges and points for the successful completion of these tasks.
  3. Hour of Code, Elementary School coding curriculum, and way more!

Although it might be tough to justify devoting major chunks of class time to this with your entire class, either of both of these sites would be outstanding for use in an elementary or middle-school tech club format.

Gifted in Math? Check out Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth's online programming course for students as young as 2nd grade.


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