Beaver County Educational News
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The Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit was honored to help the BC Chamber host the Beaver County Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (EAMP) “Pathway: Connecting Students to Careers” on Thursday, October 14, 2021.
During this event approximately 150 eighth grades students, representing 7 local districts and 1 private school, got a chance to learn more about STEM fields through vendor exhibits, panelist discussions, classroom tours, and informational videos. Students left with a 339 Artifact, as well as an assortment of goodies from the vendors.
Thanks to the sponsors: Range Resources, CCBC, Peoples, Shell, and Styropek.
Congratulations to Blackhawk and Beaver Area School Districts for being awarded the coveted Build, Fly, Code grant.
Both districts will participate in comprehensive K-12 computer science curriculum planning, and they will receives drones.
According to Meredith Oliver from Blackhawk, they are currently working on a drone unit that will be in collaboration with the middle and high school students. This unit will incorporate environmental awareness and GIS (Geographical Information Systems), as well as ELA applications. They are looking forward to providing their students with opportunities to explore new technologies and possible future job opportunities in the robotics and technology field.
Cristine Wagner-Deitch, from Beaver, said, “We are excited about receiving this grant. It affords us the opportunity to expand our computer science and STEM experiences for our students."
The informal goals of this group are to:
- learn more about the new proposed state standards, including 3-dimensional learning
- share resources and tips regarding STEM education
- network with colleagues
STEM Teachers: See the below video regarding the NGSS standards. The new PA standards were based off of these.
- Scott Setzenfand - Ambridge
- Kerri Misko - Beaver
- Meredith Oliver - Blackhawk
- Lydia Holley - Central Valley
- Mandy Goss - Central Valley
Ten teams of students competed in this challenge, and the top 3 teams from each category (MS and HS) will move on to compete against students from the IU 1 and IU 3 areas on Nov. 17. The winners will get to attend a Steelers game in December.
To learn more, check out this video: 'Powering Pittsburgh' STEM Challenge (steelers.com)
A special thank you also goes out to our judges for working around their busy schedules to virtually score the projects, presentations, and videos. Rick Riley, Harry Angelo, Jill Valentine, Carol Roosin, Jeff Huchko, Karin Pilarski, Lisa Husar, and Melissa Lanious, this couldn't have been a success without you. And, Vicki Robertson, you kept all of us organized, well informed, and on track. Thank you!
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