Miller Junior High is designing a new “hands on” Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) lab at our school. The STEM lab is literally being resurrected from the sawdust of the old on site 4000 square foot vocational lab that was closed down many years ago and used for storage. In just a few short months, we have installed fourteen modules including audio broadcasting, engineering bridge designs, small engines, electricity, engineering tower designs, flight simulations, web page and video design, carbon footprints, changing oceans, construction management, food services, graphic communication, rocket science, and sustainable agriculture. Furthermore, eight science and math teachers have been trained for two days on how the STEM modules operate and eleven students have already participated in a STEM Camp at Miller June 25-29, 2012. Future plans include incorporating more STEM opportunities for students in our core academic classes, elective opportunities, existing after school program and proposed summer school programs.
What do we want to accomplish? First, we are providing a laboratory type of environment where students can conduct experiments and simulations in a controlled environment. Secondly, we plan to connect students to “real world” career opportunities right here in Grays Harbor to get them excited about potential job opportunities, future career options and educational opportunities beyond high school (i.e. vocational training, trade schools, and/or college opportunities). Finally, we want to launch the 7th/8th graders into our highly successful high school career technology education program.
What do we need? We want our business community support in moving forward with the STEM concepts. We have purposefully chosen STEM modules that have a direct tie into businesses in Grays Harbor, so students will be able to make connections with the “real world”. In addition, we chose modules that students would be able to further their understanding in our highly successful high school career technology programs. We are asking to simply allow us to add your business name to our list of supporters and future grant applications. Your commitment does not obligate you or your business to any financial support. In the next six months, we will invite you and your business to an “on site” demonstration at our Miller STEM lab. At that time you and your business may chose to consider partnering with Miller Junior High in the further development of the STEM lab.
We will be calling, emailing, meeting face to face with local businesses. Please let us know if your business is interested in supporting this initiative in Aberdeen Schools by contacting the individuals below: