STEM & TECHNOLOGY
Kindergarten students receive instruction in science through their weekly thematic units. First through sixth grade students engage in hands-on STEM explorations and activities using Pitsco Education curriculum. Through a variety of inquiry-based activities and projects, students will explore and enhance their skills in life science, Earth science, physical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Pitsco Education’s curriculum is linked to the current standards developed by various national, state, and local science, math, and technology educational organizations. With this hands-on, student-centered, cooperative-learning system, we will create an atmosphere that is engaging, informative, and enjoyable for students.
Extreme Engineering Club
Are you a 5th or 6th grade student and interested in becoming a member of the Extreme Engineering Club? We would love for you to join us as we explore the engineering process with new projects and challenges. In addition to engineering projects, we will build new robots using TETRIX Prime. We will have robotic competitions that will allow teams to qualify to compete in the final competition at the end of the year. Extreme Engineering Club will meet in STEM Lab each Wednesday. Club A will meet from 2:30-3:15 (during Study Hall) and Club B from 3:15 – 4:00. (Your time will be assigned.) Applications must be filled out entirely and submitted electronically. If you experience difficulties with the electronic application, you may answer all of the questions on the application by email and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technology & Integration at Starkville Academy
Technology is a tool. It’s a tool that if used effectively, students will become more actively engaged in the learning experience. John Dewey reminds us that, “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” Therefore, the Technology Department at Starkville Academy is NOT simply about acquiring the latest and best technology that will enable our students to learn better and more than ever before, although we do strive to accomplish that goal. Our more important goal is helping teachers and students learn to integrate the technology into the learning experience so that they become ready to be learners and leaders in a 21st century world. The mission of the Technology Department at Starkville Academy is: “To equip and enable teachers to effectively use technology in the classroom and to enhance and empower the student’s ability to create, collaborate, communicate, and to think critically.”
Starkville Academy currently has the following technologies in place:
- 1:1 program of iPads for freshmen through seniors
- 2 dedicated carts for iPads- one for grades 5th and 6th; one for grades 7th and 8th
- iPads in each classroom for PreK through 4th grade
- Dedicated set of iPads for Dyslexia Therapy Program
- 3 computer labs of 25 computers each
- STEM lab with 5 computers, a 3D printer, and LEGO Robotics
- Discovery classroom lab with 6 computers
- Interactive white boards in elementary classrooms
- Multimedia projectors in all classrooms
- Faculty have both a classroom desktop/laptop and an iPad for lesson preparation and presentation
- 29 Apple TVs across campus for lesson presentation
- High-speed wireless internet access throughout campus
Student Technology Team
Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, Starkville Academy will launch it’s Student Technology Assistance Team (STAT). STAT will be charged with assisting the Director of Technology & Classroom Integration by helping the faculty and students of Starkville Academy to solve technical issues and challenges so that the technological tool in question can be used to facilitate and advance learning. STAT members must be in at least the 9th grade and are enrolled in the IT Essentials course. This allows them to receive a full Carnegie credit that counts as an elective towards graduation requirements. In addition, STAT members have the opportunity to earn real world Microsoft credentials and present to their peers, faculty, and at regional conferences.