The Morris School District has designed and implemented an integrative STEM program that allows students to fully immerse themselves in hands-on, inquiry based learning. Each elementary building within the district employs a science specialist faculty member responsible for delivering STEM curriculum to all students. In the Morris School District program STEM education is not an "extra" add-on left for the homeroom teacher to plan. This program is a separate class experience taught by science specialty teachers throughout the school week.
The elementary STEM curriculum is fully aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and exposes students to critical thinking activities, engineering design inquiry, and scientific data investigation. Students are introduced to basic STEM skill sets through the Defined STEM learning program; they are introduced to computer science and basic coding skill sets using programs like Scratch, Makey Makey and Bee-Bots; they collaborate through design using Engineering Is Elementary project based kits; they develop thought innovation in building designed "makerspaces"; and dive deep into the exploration of living organisms through hands-on learning in each of the school-based outdoor garden centers. District partnerships with Bayer and BASF allow our students the opportunity to engage in real scientific inquiry while working with professional science mentors.
In the Morris School District we believe that STEM education should be integrated into every child's learning experience. Introducing students to STEM skill sets at a young age helps develop the "whole child" and lays a foundational support to promote the love of learning. This program provides all students with the tools to be successful throughout their educational journey.