Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) was recently awarded with a K-6 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Acceleration Grant from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). In recent years, both the IDOE and MVCSC have focused on a multitude of efforts to increase the STEM initiative in schools. The IDOE awarded MVCSC nearly $50,000 to further advance STEM education in the elementary and middle schools.
Mt. Vernon schools are dedicated to the implementation of STEM efforts, demonstrated by the district’s K-12 STEM certification and 1:1 technology program. Additionally, MVCSC has a STEM teacher in each elementary school, a STEM business teacher at the middle school, and a Technology Integration Specialist who serves students in grades K-8.
Moving forward, MVCSC wants to continue the shift from teaching students how to be consumers of technology, to teaching students how to become creators and innovative problem solvers.
MVCSC plans to use the funding from the grant to improve curriculum, programming, community outreach and professional development for educators.
Furthermore, the district wants to incorporate more computer science education for students in grades K-6. Through this grant, MVCSC is committed to attending a District SCRIPTS Computer Science Strategic Planning Workshop in order to continue improving the computer science education implemented throughout the schools.
Students attend STEM classes each week and use a computer science pathway with their devices. In addition to this, MVCSC plans to use the grant to implement a Makerspace that can be used by K-6 students, such as 3D printers, VR glasses, and Merge Cubes.
The Director of Elementary Education, Mrs. Heather Noesges, shared, “Our goal is to provide support and resources for our teachers to be able to integrate STEM throughout the curriculum. We are appreciative of the IDOE’s STEM leadership, and are proud of our accomplishments and the impact it has on creating learners.”
The goal of the district as a whole is to raise the overall student participation of STEM, and teachers will go through continuous training in order to effectively implement STEM into their daily lessons.