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1 Build, Create, and Hack: Bringing STE(A)M into K-12 Amir Abo-Shaeer Dos Pueblos High School Patty Quinones St. Vrain Valley School District Bruce Wellman Olathe Northwest High School Brian Huang SparkFun Education (moderator)

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3 STEAM Rising: New Standards in K-12 Learning The US is facing a crisis in its education system. Our standardized test-based approach is leaving new generations of American students at a disadvantage in a global economy that requires 21st century skills like innovation, curiosity and critical-thinking. The emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) and project-based learning (PBL) to close the gap has grown in success in several schools and school districts across the country. Meet our panel of educators and administrators that have developed successful STE(A)M programs at their respective schools.

4 Amir Abo-Shaeer B.S. in Physics, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education.PhysicsMechanical EngineeringSecondary Education Director of Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy - within Dos Pueblos High School Key Awards / Accolades: 2008 Goleta Educator of the Year 2008 Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition 2009 Santa Barbara Rotary Outstanding Service Award 2010 MacArthur Fellow 2011 FIRST Woodie Flowers Award – Los Angeles Regional

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6 Executive Director, Innovation Programs - St. Vrain Valley School District Former Principal at Skyline High School (5 years) Race to the Top grant recipient ($16.6 mil) i3 (Investing in Innovation) grant recipient ($3.6 mil) Co-Director of Colorado Collaborative for Girls in STEM ASEE HS and Higher Education(CU) Partnership winner 2012 Patty Quiñones spent five years leading change at Skyline High School creating the STEM Academy & Visual Performing Arts Academy as a focus school for St. Vrain. She was asked a year ago to direct the Race to the Top grant programs. The transition to her new post, Executive Director will allow her to impact 11 schools in the Skyline feeder. Patty Quinones

7 St. Vrain Valley School District Innovation Center

8 Bruce Wellman Teacher, Department Chairperson, Program Facilitator Aerospace & Engineering Department Olathe Northwest High School, Olathe, KS. National Board Certified Teacher, AYA Science, Chemistry Key Awards / Accolades: 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching 2011 Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education 2011 Penn State, Eberly College of Science Outstanding Alumni Award

9 Comparison of STEM Programs Dos Pueblos High School / Engineering Academy Olathe Northwest High School / Aerospace Engineering Program Skyline High School / St. Vrain Valley Schools Innovation Center Location Goleta, CA (Santa Barbara) Olathe, KSLongmont, CO Inaugural Year 2002 (2012) District Size 14,000 4 high schools, 4 middle schools, 21 elementary schools 29,000 4 high schools (building the 5th in 2015)high schools 9 middle schools,middle schools 34 elementary schoolselementary schools 31,000 8 high schools, 10 middle schools, 26 elementary schools School Size2,3001,9001,360 Program Size100 per grade level96 per grade level integrated chem & physics 400 STEM students 210 VPA students Funding Structure DPEA Foundation, $400k / year, 40:1 FTE District Funding + small grants to fund equipment MiIl Levy/Bond, Race to the Top, i3 Grant, Industry Partners

10 Olathe Northwest High School Aerospace & Engineering Program

11 Olathe Northwest High School Aerospace & Engineering Program

12 Open Q & A

13 Thanks! Link this this presentation & all resources: Brian Huang SparkFun Education (moderator) Amir Abo-Shaeer Dos Pueblos High School Patty Quinones St. Vrain Valley School District Bruce Wellman Olathe Northwest High School


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