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STEAM Education Success

Thanks to a $350,000 fundraising campaign, the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation has unveiled its Middle School STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Labs Initiative. Funds will cover seven middle school labs outfitted with new desktops, 3D printers, drafting software, construction and robotics …

Program enhancements are coming next year to all Ann Arbor Public Schools under the plan the Board of Education discussed at this week’s study session. Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the theme this year is to bring improvements to every classroom in the district.

How many students get the chance to design their own playground? That’s exactly what’s happening at A2STEAM @ Northside, where students on Saturday will present a large-scale model of the playscape they’ve designed to a landscape architect. “It was an easy connection—what child wouldn’t want …

Newly enhanced lab supports STEAM initiatives

December 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Seniors Ben Halligan, left, and Kevin O’Brien talk robotics with IMRA’s Kazuo Ishikawa. Tom Pachera, Skyline’s lead teacher for the Design Technology & Environmental Planning Magnet, is excited about the opportunities the enhanced lab creates for students. Story and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News …

New school community likes what it sees at expo

November 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

When you have a brand new school where staff and students are doing all kinds of exciting things, you naturally want to show off a little. A2STEAM at Northside did just during its first Fall Expo, Catalyst: The Spark. Families filled the school on a …

World of Motion is a program created by the Society of Automotive Engineers, and Toyota (and other auto companies) take part. Employees volunteer to spend 1-2 hours a week for 6-8 weeks teaching students SAE science and technology curriculum.

Skyline students Albert Foo and Sharath Anand show off the prototype ExtinBreachR with Design, Technology and Environmental Planning teacher Tom Pachera and student teacher Frank Norton. By Tara Cavanaugh It doesn’t get much more traditional than a fire department. The unofficial slogan is “300 years …

Washtenaw Community College students teach Burns Park fifth graders about ratios Wednesday at the Math Carnival. By Tara Cavanaugh At the Burns Park annual Math Carnival, everyone’s a winner. Washtenaw Community College education students practice giving math lessons. Burns Park students learn new concepts and …

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