Are you interested in Math, Science or Engineering? Join us this year for our STEM Academy!
The goal of the STEM Academies is to increase STEM opportunities for Pinellas County students.
The STEM Academy will offer your child opportunities to conduct hands-on STEM investigations, explore careers in STEM, improve teambuilding and leadership skills, learn about business planning, and interact with community business partners!
This 26-week program will begin on October 4th and run through late April.The Academy at Bay Point will be held from 4:10 to 5:10, on Wednesdays. The Academy will be held at Bay Point Middle and transportation MUST be provided by the parent/guardian each week. You must wait in the car circle and your child will be escorted out by the STEM Academy Facilitator at 5:10 pm. Please be in the car circle waiting to pick up your child on time.
Environmental STEM Academy will focus on the environmental issues we face across the United States and the world through problem based learning, design challenges, and experiments. There will also be two field trips to learn about the ways our city balances the needs of the people who live in the city with protecting the environment.
Future Cities STEM Academy will focus on the Future City competition which is a project-based learning competition where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. This year’s challenge is “The Age Friendly City”. Each team presents their solution via a project plan; a virtual city design (using SimCity), a 1500 word city essay; a scale model, and a presentation to the judges at the Regional Competition in January. Regional winners then represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in February.
Robotics and Coding STEM Academy will focus on learning how to build and design with Lego NXT robotics, as well as how to program the robots using Mindstorms software. The students will have an opportunity to learn to code in Swift playgrounds, an app which can design an app or control a robot. We will have mini-challenges throughout the year, sharing results with other Robotics-focused STEM Academies.