Hutchinson’s STEM initiative began in the 2016-2017 school year. Under the new charter system, the Atlanta Public School District developed plans and allowed school leaders to choose programs of study. The South Atlanta Cluster which is composed of five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school decided to choose STEM as our program of study. Our students come from a diverse background and many are English Language Learners. Over ninety-five percent of students receive free lunch, therefore our students are economically disadvantaged and we are labeled a Title I school. Through the use of STEM we can provide students with exposure to unknown careers choices and students will gain more real world experiences with the hopes of increasing their chances of success.
What Does STEM Look Like at Hutchinson Elementary School?
At Hutchinson Elementary School, we are integrating STEM through the use of Project Based Learning. We have designated times where we visit the STEM Lab weekly. Non homeroom teachers collaborate with homeroom teachers to provide a variety of opportunities for students. We are currently using two Engineering Design Processes – one for K-2 and the other is catered for 3-5. We have a plethora of technological resources such IPads, Maker Space, IMac computers, 3D-printers, Smartboards, Ozobots, FIRST Lego Robotics, Snap Circuits, Code & Go Mouse Sets, Super Magnet Labs, Sprout, Merge Cubes, Tower Gardens, The HES Greenhouse, and Outdoor Learning Spaces with Weather Stations.