East Coweta HS: SPEARing STEM
Delivering the Future to Our Community & Our Students
SPEAR: Social Studies, Performance, English-Language, Arts, & Readiness
STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Volume 1, Issue 2
Our TWO SPEARing STEM Goals at ECHS
As a faculty, we have TWO major goals in our drive for STEM.
The FIRST is to obtain Coweta County Schools STEM certification for individual teachers. We encourage ALL teachers to participate in this certification.
The SECOND is our schoolwide STEM Program Certification through the GA Department of Education. The ECHS SPEARing STEM Committee is tackling this process, and you will be hearing more in your department meetings as we make progress.
In this newsletter you will find details on our two goals as well as the details of the ongoing STEM activities in which our students are currently immersed.
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The Coweta STEM School Recognition Program for Teachers
The Coweta STEM School Recognition Program is open to teachers in ALL departments. To qualify as a Coweta STEM Classroom, you must complete FIVE STEM-based lesson plans per school year. Focus on two main components of your STEM lesson: one component being that there is a "DESIGN" element, in which students create a part of the activity in order to address a real-world situation. The other necessary component for non-math/science/tech teachers includes a "STEM" element. For math, science, technology teachers, there needs to be a "CROSS-CURRICULAR" activity involved. Once the five lessons, labs, or projects are completed, the teacher will submit an activity log. Find the details of what is required for YOUR STEM classroom on the SPEARing STEM Edmodo Page. Once you qualify as a STEM teacher, you earn the badge below to add to your email signature!
Teachers on a horizontal team often use many of the same lessons, and each teacher who implements the lesson can include it as one of the five lessons. Collaboration is a good thing!
We have a few teachers who are working on qualifying as a Coweta STEM Teacher by March 31 in order to be recognized at the STEM Symposium (see details below).
The ECHS STEM Committee
The committee met on March 5 as a team, and Dr. Donald White, our CCSS Science Curriculum Coordinator laid the foundation for us. Our goal is to implement our new STEM project across all departments and all curriculum.
Committee members include:
Martha Milam, Patrick Sullivan, Stefanie Easterwood, Chris Sewell, Danielle Ratzlaff, Christine Poling, Todd Crafton, Kristin Price, Cathy Howard, Kelli Williams, Jan Melton, Cathrine Nolan.
GA DOE State STEM Program Certification for ECHS: The PROJECT-BASED LEARNING Phase
ECHS is in the process of earning STEM Program Certification through the Georgia Department of Education. The newest facet of the program will be a project-based learning opportunity for all the students enrolled in our STEM Academy. Students will tackle the issue of the tri-state water wars. This project is certainly cross-curricular and will easily incorporate ALL of our departments
See http://fxn.ws/1kgj1Ys for an article from FOX News published just last month.
Teacher Spotlight: Natalie Chastine
Kit and Micahaela present a cupcake business that delivers out of a food truck in our community and feature a special flavor everyday.
Diego, Janelle, and April presented a new business called "Break Away", which would be located in Senoia, GA and target young adults.
Emily is the sole entrepreneur of a family-style entertainent center which would allow kids to have birthday party packages in a fun X-Box style arcade.
GROWING the BRANCHES of a Successful STEM Program
Martha Milam, Stefanie Easterwood, and Cathrine Nolan conducted a presentation at the West GA RESA STEM Conference held on March 6,7 in Peachtree City. We spent two days learning with other educators as well as sharing all that we have accomplished at ECHS. Teachers, counselors, and administrators enjoyed the story of our ongoing journey, and educators from as far north as Cumming, GA want to visit our school and use some of our ideas! We also learned about a great new activity called the STEM Cafe, which Fulton County offers as a lively professional development opportunity. (Gourmet food is served.) Next year, we just might have a STEM Cafe right here at ECHS!
SEE the Prezi at: http://bit.ly/1chb9Wj
Gold Name Badges - For YOU!
We have secured a price of $6 each for the badges. Please email email@example.com by April 4 if you would like to order a badge. Make checks payable to ECHS. Also include the pertinent information, using the template below.
First, Last Name
East Coweta High School
"Department" Teacher - or Your TITLE
2nd Annual STEM Symposium
The STEM Sympsoium is our pep rally for all things math and science! Last year, Dr. Barker introduced the symposium, which is directed by Dr. Donald White. A representative from Congressman Lynn Westmoreland’s office also spoke, and then we had 4 student speakers, including one of our STEM interns from ECHS. The event is held at the Center for Performing and Visual Arts. Students present activities like Science Fair, robotics, Science Olympiad, Science Bowl, Math Team, Academic Bowl, etc. are all represented.
New this year will be the celebration of all the new STEM-certified teachers in Coweta County Schools. Anyone who qualifies as a STEM teacher by March 31 will be recognized. We will have at least 5 teachers from ECHS who will be honored, but it looks like we are adding a few more within the next couple of weeks!
The Latest Tweets on the EC Streets
From @eccoacheast: Everyone in my mentor group .... Remember I am in trailer 10 .. See u tomorrow @echs2012
From @scondov: Back to work tomorrow on Haralson Island! You'll get my meaning when you get to school tomorrow! Good luck finding your way around kids!
From @ECHSBANDINFO: Rise and shine marching Indians it's BOA day.... Bring it today - leave NOTHING to chance. You guys got this #hooked
From @mickijbyrnes: Guess who wrote a fabulous Chaucer paper?! This gal-----> @ToriHunt3
The ECHS Science Olympiad TEAM @echscioly
ECHS Students Visit LEE Middle School
Lee Middle School just started its first Science Olympiad team this year. Our students went to Lee to speak to them to answer their MANY questions!
Smokey Road Middle School (Principal: Jose Casablanca)
ECHS students volunteered to run the middle school tournament - schools from across Georgia participated. Mr. Casablanca warmly welcomed all of us at the event, and he even broke out his electric saw to assist in some last minute building competition needs!
Invitational Tournament at Brookwood HS
In January, Science Olympiad traveled to Brookwood HS to compete against 50 other teams in Georgia!
In November 2014, we will HOST an invitational tournament right here at East Coweta High School.
ECHS Students Visit LEE Middle School
Smokey Road Middle School (Principal: Jose Casablanca)
Our Big Tournament on Feb. 22 at Middle Georgia State College (formerly Macon State)
The Building Team
The Boomilever Device won a 3rd Place Medal! Our Scramber device won 2nd Place.
Students won medals 3rd and 4th place in Designer Genes! Also 2nd Place in Anatomy & Physiology, Dynamic Planet, and Experimental Design.
Who knew that creepy & crawly insects could be so much fun?! 3rd Place Medals!!
A STEM Lesson by Dr. Karen Pompeo
Karen shared a STEM lesson on Edmodo, on the High School STEM Page. Her lesson was titled "The Build a Boat & Hope it Floats!"
The best part of this lesson is that YOU could use it to address your own class standards. You could focus on various parts of the lesson, including WRITING-COMMUNICATION, HISTORICAL-CULTURAL aspect, FINANCIAL outlook, etc. It does NOT have to be a science-engineering lesson. Students could design a boat that travels down the Thames River, or a WWII bomber plane. Think about your subject, and modify the lesson to suit the needs of your classroom. The reason that this is a lesson is that students are creating an original design to address a real-world need.
Those of us who have already used the lesson can include this as one of our 5 STEM lessons for the year. Thanks, Karen!
STEM Intern of the Month: Tori Hunt
Since her internship, Tori has obtained a job working in the Publix Pharmacy as a Technician. Her employers have been impressed with her, and she has learned many of the real-life skills associated with working in a STEM field. Her internship is an awesome opportunity that she has the opportunity to demonstrate "Performance" and "Readiness" for life after high school.
In Her Own Words
In this picture I am redistrubuting the sterile water that I have drawn into the syringe and reconstituting the product that is in the vial. It is cruicial to clean every vial top when reconsituting any product. An alcohol wipe can only be used three times when cleaning the vial tops.
I am a senior at East Coweta High School, and I have committed to the University of Georgia. My major is declared as pre-pharmacy and I plan to earn my PharmD. at the University of Georgia School of Pharmacy.
In this picture I am releasing the pressure off of the syringe so that it will be easier to draw up sterile water and put it into the vial with as little resistance as possible. Some of of vials of product have a negative pressure.
Student Interviews by Drew Roberts
12th Grade Student Drew Roberts, a famous ECHOStager and aspiring journalist, has interviewed some of his ECHS teachers and classmates.
He posed the following QUESTION:
"What STEM activities are available to students at East Coweta HS?"
Jacob: STEM Internship for seniors
Ashley: Science Olympiad
Michael: Robotics Class, Pre-Engineering, or Aviation at the CEC
Mr. Post: All math and science classes at ECHS, CEC, or through dual enrollment
Courtney: Math & Science Academy (officially now the "STEM Academy") with Mrs. Nolan
Kayla: Healthcare Classes at the CEC (dental hygiene, first responder, nurses' aide)
Chandler: Environmental Club with Mrs. Ahmann
Presley: Mu Alpha Theta with Dr. Robinson
Andrew: Math Team with Mr. Joo
Mrs. Mohabir: The new science research course at the CEC
Ms. Conlin: Academic Bowl with Coach Crafton
Staying Current with Our Professional Communities
For our January session of the Technology Professional Learning Group, Micki Byrnes and Martha Milam presented a lesson called "Staying Current with Our Professional Learning Communities". Our learners learned how to use Edmodo to stay in touch with other teachers in their subject matter. Great tools we discussed are Twitter, Pinterest, and websites like Edudemic and Edutopia. Yes - Twitter and Pinterest are really useful for education!
Check out the POWER POINT "Staying Current with Our Professional Learning Communities": ttp://bit.ly/1fQ558h
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Dates for Your Calendar
April 4 - deadline for ordering a Gold STEM Name Badge
April 17 - STEM Symposium (6-8 pm)
May 30 - deadline for Coweta STEM Teacher Certification for the 2013-14 school year