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Helpful information about STEM education and CTE programs

October Got Grit Contest Winners

by Peter 17. November 2016 06:52

October Contest Winners


October Got Grit Contest Winners

Jorie and Haley

We are proud to reward the hard work and determination that Jorie and Haley demonstrated in the STEM Lab, at Ira Jones Middle School, with Applied Technology Instructor, John Pilch. Thanks for sharing your learning experience. Your contest submission demonstrated that you've Got Grit. Keep up the great work. 

Would you like to enter the Got Grit contest?

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Got Grit?

by Peter 12. October 2016 05:14

Got Grit?


Got Grit?

To celebrate students and classrooms that engage in the process of learning Paxton/Patterson has launched the Got Grit Contest. We know that through the course of learning there are frequent twists, turns, and even setbacks. We hope that you and your students share stories of the mistakes, setbacks, and the perseverance that went into the process of learning and eventual success! We want to hear about your success stories and reward them.

Share Your Learning Experience
for a Chance to Win
Pizzas, Prizes and a 3-D Printer

Submissions can be made in different formats. We want you and your students to be creative! The story you tell could be a series of photos with captions, sketches, a video that chronicles a design brief, or perhaps a narrative writing piece that demonstrates “Grit”.

Enter the contest at paxtonpatterson.com/contest.

Download a contest flier.

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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.

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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.”

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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

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