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by Beth Cheu

Building Bridges to Engineering Charlottesville High School (CHS)

concepts, assist teachers in making

and Buford Middle School have received

math-science-technology connections,

national and international recognition

and build strong pathways into the

for

division’s

their

innovative

engineering

cutting-edge

engineering

programs. But by the time students

programs at Buford Middle School and

enter

CHS.

seventh

grade,

many

have

already decided, “Engineering is not

The

iSTEM

now developing an elementary iSTEM

boundaries to bring “sciencey” skills

program to help all of its students

to art, history and reading. History

become familiar and comfortable in

students at Walker Upper Elementary

the tech and engineering world, even in

School have designed their own cotton

kindergarten.

gins when learning about the Industrial Revolution.

projects

focuses

on

From maker spaces to coding clubs,

hands-on

program

for me.” Charlottesville City Schools is

that

Kindergarten

students

our City elementary schools have

have constructed bridges when reading

always

students

Three Billy Goats Gruff. Art students at

(Science,

CHS have used circuits to add lighting

Technology, Engineering and Math)

to sculptures. Other recent projects

skills. But starting last year, the schools

range from wind turbines and solar

began implementing a more systematic

ovens to working models of the human

approach.

respiratory system.

to

been

introducing

21st-century

“When

you

STEM

survey

national

Ramsey

adds,

“We

want

our

curricula, it’s surprisingly hard to find

elementary student to be ready and

a thoughtful, well-organized approach

excited to take advantage of the full

that starts in elementary and leads to

array of science, math and engineering

high school STEM and beyond,” explains

courses at Buford and CHS. But more

Science Coordinator Dr. Susan Ramsey.

than that, the economy of the future

“So we created our own.”

will reward citizens who can apply

The division’s iSTEM teachers work in all schools to teach foundational

STEM principles in any number of workplaces and professions.”

Beth serves as a community liaison for Charlottesville City Schools.

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October 2017

The Albemarle School Division’s New Bus Program With the addition of extended stop signs on area school buses, parents can now feel safer about sending their kids to school. The Albemarle school division began a new program that will put extended stop signs on 10 of its buses in order to stop drivers from illegally passing stopped buses. The buses with altered stop signs will mainly run along Earlysville and Georgetown Roads, both of which have seen several cases of motorists failing to obey stop signs. North Carolina schools that have also started similar programs have already seen improvements.

Charlottesvillefamily's BLOOM October 2017  
Charlottesvillefamily's BLOOM October 2017  

Volume 18 Issue 10