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Helpful information about STEM education and CTE programs

STEM Takes Language Arts to Mars

by Peter 23. August 2016 06:59

STEM and Language Arts?

Alien Animation

Paxton/Patterson is helping teachers incorporate Language Arts into STEM, with a project that is out of this world. In Computer Graphics and Animation, students create a stop motion animation to communicate an important message – like the dangers of texting while driving. In this example, two aliens are driving a Mars rover while distracted with a cell phone. They do not notice the cliff edge, the warning signs or the shark that is swimming in the water below the cliff. Did you know there are sharks on Mars? There are, if you let your imagination run wild. That’s one of the great benefits of this STEM Learning Systems activity. Students are encouraged to be creative and have fun while utilizing technology. It’s a wonderful blend of resources that allow teachers to cover a wide range of traditional subjects.

For more information about Computer Graphics and Animation please visit www.paxtonpatterson.com/actionlabs-overview.aspx

Tags: STEM Education, STEM Learning Systems, STEM and Language Arts, student animation project, fun STEM Project

How Does STEAM Sound?

by Peter 1. August 2016 03:38

How Does STEAM Sound?

Boom Baby STEM Project

At Cerro Villa Middle School, in Villa Park, CA, it goes "BOOM Baby." During a two week summer school class, called STEAM Academy, students worked with instructor, Daniel Baker, to develop a creative music video. The project challenged students to utilize S.T.E.A.M. education - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, combined with Art. In the video, students work with Paxton/Patterson Action Labs, firing rockets, launching CO2 dragsters, and testing pneumatic systems.

Check out this fantastic project by clicking here.

Tags: STEM Education, STEM learning systems project, STEM education project, S.T.E.A.M. academy student project, Paxton/Patterson News

STEM - STEW

by Peter 28. June 2016 10:07

Strategies That Engage Minds

Lead To

Strategies That Engage Women


Northside High School Advanced Applied STEM Academy Tower students

The combination of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is commonly referred to as S.T.E.M., however at Northside High School and the Advanced Applied S.T.E.M. Academy, it has another meaning. Director, Kari Cobb, focuses on Strategies-That-Engage-Minds, and those strategies are proving very effective at engaging a large number of diverse female students. 31.68% of students are female.

Female STEM Students

The Academy utilizes the Paxton/Patterson S.T.E.M. programs CareerPlus and CareerPlus 2. With these technology and engineering programs, students take the driver’s seat and Kari takes on the role of coach, mentor, and facilitator. “You can see a difference in these students,” She explains. “They come in asking questions like How do I solve this? What do you want me to do? What’s the answer?  Then after about a week or so of work in the labs, they stop asking and start doing and discovering. We want them to work in teams to find the best solution verses the right answer. Not all of the solutions work right away, but these students have grit. They persevere through challenges that many didn’t believe they would be able to overcome when they first started the class. That's engaging! I believe it is the reason we get such great participation from a wide range of students.”

Tags: STEM Education, STEM Learning Systems, high-demand degrees, stem careers, Paxton/Patterson News

Demand for Women in Skilled Trades

by Peter 16. June 2016 02:26

Huge demand for women in skilled trades!

The opportunity to earn more money and work as your own boss is encouraging women to pursue careers in nontraditional occupations.

Demand for Women in Skilled Trades Infographic

Credit: Tulsa Welding School

Tags: Construction Trades Education, female skilled trades, female job opportunities, women skilled trades, tradeswomen demand, female welders

Pitt County Schools showcase STEM labs

by Peter 8. April 2016 02:13

Paxton Patterson Fluid Power Trainer and Robotics

Students in Pitt County are showcasing their work in STEM classrooms.

High school students at JH Rose in Greenville are part of a pilot program designed to bring STEM into the classroom.

Over $100,000 was invested in the program, which started at the high school this year. Students said the hands-on STEM lab helps them take their education to the next level.

“You gotta use more than a textbook to learn what you wanna do in life,” said Noah Romero, JH Rose junior. “This class gives you a hands-on experience and shows you what you would really be doing in the work world.”

Representatives from various school districts in the East toured the STEM lab, hoping to bring similar programs to other schools in the area.

Students in the STEM classes learn about architecture, construction technology, robotics and automation, and biotechnology.

-Kelly Byrne, WNCT-TV

Tags: STEM lab, STEM Learning Systems, STEM Education High School, Paxton/Patterson News