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    STEAM Elementary School

    Oakdale Elementary School

     

    Program Type:

    Whole School Program

     

    Grades:

    K5 - 5

     

    Eligibility Criteria:

    All students grades 4K-5th grades residing within the Rock Hill Schools attendance zone.

     

    Program for students with gifts/interests in:

    Our STEAM program is geared towards students who have a curiosity about how the world around them works.   They are risk-takers who grow to understand that when an idea does not work, or FAILs, that it is simply our “First Attempt In Learning. “ Students often have a keen interest in for science, technology, engineering and math, and are drawn towards hands on learning.

     

    Benefits/Goals of the Program:

    STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.  Oakdale STEAM Elementary School focuses on these subjects to help ensure our children and youth gain the skills required to succeed in today's challenging world. Our school vision statement is “Preparing ALL Students for a Successful Future.”  Thus, our STEAM program is fueled by America's high demand for educated and highly-skilled workers in order to keep our nation's most innovative companies here in the U.S. Our STEAM curriculum offers integration across subjects and in related arts, ensuring our students receive a solid foundation. Students think critically, solve problems, hypothesize, research, experiment, draw conclusions, apply their knowledge in each subject, and demonstrate effective communication.  Oakdale’s classrooms use real world applications to blend the three R’s (reading, writing, and arithmetic) and the four C’s (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity).  Oakdale students are prepared to for the demands of the middle school and high school STEAM programs.

     

    Program Continuation:

    Students progress to Saluda Trail STEAM Middle School and South Pointe High School’s STEAM Program.  The staff and administration at all three schools collaborate to ensure students are prepared for their unique program features.

     

    Program Specific Course Offerings/Instructional Models:

    Students are challenged to evaluate real-world problems and potential solutions through the engineering Design Process, inquiry, and problem-based and project-based learning (PBL).   Additionally, Oakdale uses a wide variety of hands-on materials in teaching STEAM, such as Full Option Science System (FOSS), Engineering is Elementary (EIE), and Discovery Education.  Additionally, all students attend their weekly STEAM related arts class in our STEAM Makerspace. They engage in completing design challenges and connecting what they are learning in their classes to the real world. 

    All students, 4K-5th grade, participate in our Annual STEAM Fair.  Projects in 4K – 2 are typically whole class, and grades 3-5 transition to individual projects for competition.  All students participate in our Annual Relate Arts Showcase, which highlights STEAM.  A variety of clubs are available to students, such as Girls Who Code and Robotics.  Students in grades 3-5 participate in local and state STEAM-related competitions.

     

    Awards/Recognition/Designations Received:

    Winthrop Partner School

    Teachers trained in PBL through Winthrop University and nationally acclaimed Buck Institute of Education

    Recipient of $162,000 Math Science Partnership Grant in collaboration with Saluda Trail and South Pointe

    2014 – You Be the Chemist Competition state finalist

    2015-2016 USC- Upstate Piedmont Regional Science Fair; 22 students competed; three students placed – first place physics, second place physics, honorable mention biology -  out of 800 entries

    2016-2017 USC- Upstate Piedmont Regional Science Fair – 10 students competed

    2016-2017 SC 4-H Engineering Challenge -19 students competed; received 1st place for energy house, 3rd place and honorable mention for energy oven out of 200 student participants

    2017-2018 USC- Upstate Piedmont Regional Science Fair; 21 students competed; three students placed  out of over 400 entries – 1st place, 3rd place, Honorable Mention 

    2017-2018 SC 4-H Engineering Challenge – 14 students competed; one team earned 3rd place out of over 200 student participants from SC elementary, middle, and high schools

     

    Contact for Program Specific Questions:

    Denise Khaalid (dkhaalid@rhmail.org) or Derek McQuiston (dmcquist@rhmail.org

     

    Host School Website:

    https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/oakdale

     

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    STEAM Middle School

    Saluda Trail Middle School

     

    Program Type:

    Whole School Program

     

    Grades:

    6 - 8

     

    Eligibility Criteria:

    All students grades 6 - 8 residing within the Rock Hill Schools attendance zone.

     

    Program for students with gifts/interests in:

    science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics; hands-on Project/Problem Based learning techniques; specialized related arts

     

    Benefits/Goals of the Program:

    The program develops steam-minded students that are able to utilize an engineering design process to solve higher-order, real-world problems.  Problem/Project based instructional strategies are implemented in all classes and integrate subject matter across all contents.  Our STEAM program also utilizes a blended and personalized learning approach to ensure the needs of every child are met and encourage student agency and self-direction.  Arts are infused within the core content in a manner that provides voice/choice to students as they develop hands-on products and solutions.

     

    Program Continuation:

    South Pointe STEAM High School

     

    Program Specific Course Offerings/Instructional Models:

    Instructional Models: Blended, Personalized Learning approach; Project/Problem based learning

    Special Programs/Course Offerings: Robotics/Engineering, Digital Piano, Sculpture, Animation, Theatre, Fashion Design, Photography, Web Design, Broadcasting; Science courses utilized Project Lead the Way (Gateway) units to supplement curriculum;

    Special resources: Broadcasting room; One-Button Studio; Makerspace; Engineering lab (all with high quality, advanced equipment)

     

    Awards/Recognition/Designations Received:

    AdvancED STEM Certification; P21 Innovative School; Winthrop Partnership School; Transform SC School; Personalized Tier School

     

    Contact for Program Specific Questions:

    Elissa Cox (ecox@rhmail.org) or Becky Funderburk (bfunderburk@rhmail.org)

     

    Host School Website:

    https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/Domain/28

     

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    STEAM High School

    South Pointe High School

    Program Type:

     Whole School Program

     

    Grades:

     9-12

     

    Eligibility Criteria:

     1) STEAM Course  Content 2) Core Course Content 3) STEAM Academic Engagement

     

    Program for students with gifts/interests in:

    South Pointe High STEAM School is designed to engage students with strengths in thinking creatively through the engineering design process. Students with foundational academic skills and interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math are students who may elect to attend South Pointe High STEAM School to develop their academic progress and foster their passion and interest in STEAM.

     

    Benefits/Goals of the Program:

    The goal of South Pointe High STEAM School  is to prepare students for awareness, exposure, and college and career preparation in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. South Pointe High School's Design Process allow students to collaboratively assess, research, create, design, solve problems, and apply critical thinking and analytical concepts through our STEAM Immersion and STEAM Pathways.

     

    Program Continuation:

    The High School STEAM program is the final Choice option for students with an interest in STEAM. 

     

    Program Specific Course Offerings/Instructional Models:

    South Pointe High School Instructional Model  have two distinct academic design models to engage our students in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math curriculum and learning opportunities. These two models are: 1) STEAM Immersion -the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math critical thinking and analytical concepts through the engineering design process in our core and elective courses, and 2) STEAM Pathways - STEAM academic course offered in a sequence order in an distinct STEAM field of study. 

     

    Awards/Recognition/Designations Received:

     League of Innovative Schools 2018 Site Tour

     

    Contact for Program Specific Questions:

    Dr. Marty Conner (mconner@rhmail.org)

     

    Host School Website:

    https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/Domain/33

     

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