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STEM Curriculum in Broken Arrow Schools

Grants provide educators with tools to integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics into classroom instruction

By Teree Caruthers on February 18, 2016

Broken Arrow, OK
Broken Arrow / Courtesy of Tactical Electronics

Broken Arrow educators are introducing local students at an early age to science, technology, engineering and mathematics with fun, hands-on projects, field trips and demonstrations. These subjects, collectively called “STEM,” have been part of the local elementary school curriculum since 2013.

Activities such as building structures out of playing cards and Legos, creating marshmallow towers, paper airplanes, rockets and parachutes or constructing a replica of the Keystone Pipeline help students learn engineering, math and science concepts. In the coming semesters students will participate in even more projects designed to get them excited and interested in STEM.

Twenty-one teachers from Broken Arrow, Jenks and Owasso public school systems attended the 12-day workshop STEM-ulating Teaching!, which was led by professors at the University of Tulsa College of Engineering and Natural Sciences. During the workshop, teachers were able to brainstorm ideas and get feedback from the other participants, and by the end of the workshop, teachers had learned some 70 interactive activities for students that not only emphasize math and science analytical skills but also can be applied across other subject areas.

The workshop was funded by a Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) grant worth more than $146,000 and geared toward helping primary and secondary teachers integrate STEM-related content into their classroom instruction. Broken Arrow was the only school district in eastern Oklahoma to receive the grant.

“The grant will greatly contribute to the needs of our teachers and staff, and I certainly appreciate all the instructional specialists have done to support this endeavor,” says Dr. Jarod Mendenhall, superintendent for Broken Arrow Public Schools, in a press release.

The MSP grant was not the first STEM grant awarded to the school district. Rhoades Elementary STEM lab instructor Andrea Sagely was awarded a Partners In Education grant for a STEM Imagination Mobile Playground. The playground helps Sagely, who was the district’s first elementary school STEM teacher, use life-size building blocks to improve her students’ math skills.

Schools in the Broken Arrow, OK Area:

Early Childhood Education

Arrow Springs Early Childhood Center

Aspen Creek Early Childhood Center

Creekwood Early Childhood Center

Park Lane Early Childhood Center

Broken Arrow Public Schools

Arrowhead Elementary

Aspen Creek Elementary

Country Lane Primary

Country Lane Intermediate

Creekwood Elementary

Highland Park Elementary

Leisure Park Elementary

Liberty Elementary

Lynn Wood Elementary

Oak Crest Elementary

Rhoades Elementary

Spring Creek Elementary

Vandever Elementary

Wolf Creek Elementary

Centennial Middle

Ernest Childers Middle

Clarence G. Oliver, Jr. Middle

Oneta Ridge Middle

Sequoyah Middle

Freshman Academy

Broken Arrow High School

Broken Arrow Academy

Union Public Schools

Peters Elementary

Rosa Parks Elementary

Moore Elementary

McAuliffe Elementary

Jefferson Elementary

Jarman Elementary

Grove Elementary

Darnaby Elementary

Roy Clark Elementary

Cedar Ridge Elementary

Briarglen Elementary

Beevers Elementary

Andersen Elementary

Union 6th/7th Grade Center

Union Alternative School

Union 8th Grade Center

Union 9th Grade Center

Union High School

Private Schools

All Saints Catholic School

Immanuel Christian Academy

New Covenant Academy

Summit Christian Academy

Higher Education

University of Tulsa

Oklahoma State University – Tulsa

University of Oklahoma – Tulsa

Oral Roberts University

Tulsa Technology Center

Tulsa Community College

Northeastern State University – Broken Arrow

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