The STEM program provides students with education in applied Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It relies on a combination of state CareerTech and federal Carl Perkins funding, along with local district funding. The Phillips 66 Innovation Labs at each secondary school are utilized by the program.
STEM DEPARTMENT CHAIR:
Granger Meador, Bartlesville High School
STEM 9-12 COORDINATOR:
Betty Henderson, Bartlesville High School
Five courses at the high school address all areas of STEM:
The district has been expanding its offerings through the national Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program.
The district has offered PLTW Gateway to Technology courses at its two middle schools for many years, with one instructor at each site. A second instructor is being added at each school so that students can select from a variety of courses, such as:
Lolly Williams, Shannon McKinney, and Rachel Hough each completed three PLTW module trainings in the summer of 2016
The district now offers PLTW Computer Science Principles at Bartlesville High School in its Phillips 66 Innovation Labs. This program follows the Project Lead the Way curriculum and is approved by the College Board to give students the opportunity to earn college credit.
Students who take Introduction to Computer Science at middle school should be able to easily transition to the Computer Science Principles course, but the middle school courses are not a pre-requisite.
Students in grades 10-12 are able to take technical education classes at the Tri County Technology Center (TCTC) in Bartlesville, which is part of the state CareerTech system.
One STEM program at TCTC is its Pre-Engineering program. Bartlesville Public Schools has partnered with them to offer the initial course, Introduction to Engineering Design, to freshmen in the high school's Phillips 66 Innovation Labs.
Students who wish to can then take additional Pre-Engineering courses at TCTC in grades 10-12.
The purpose of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act is to provide individuals with the academic and technical skills needed to succeed in a knowledge and skills-based economy. Perkins funding is used to develop more fully the academic and career and technical skills of secondary education students and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll career and technical education (CTE) programs.
The current Carl Perkins focus is on preparing students for high wage, high skill, high demand occupations. Federal resources help ensure that CTE programs are academically rigorous and up-to-date with the needs of business and industry. The Perkins federal funding supports innovation and expands access to quality programs. The Oklahoma State Department of Career and Technical Education is responsible for managing the Perkins funding in Oklahoma.
Perkins Funding in Our District
Perkins funding in the Bartlesville School District is used to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Students enrolled in quality CTE STEM programs are motivated to learn because they are challenged by the rigor and engaged by the relevance.
At Central Middle School and Madison Middle School, Perkins funding provides resources for the Gateway to Technology teachers and STEM Project Lead the Way courses. At BHS, Perkins funding provides resources for the STEM teachers and the Project Lead the Way courses in the Engineering and Computer Science programs of study.
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