STATION Initiative

Made possible by a grant from Cognex and additional funding from Needham Bank

STATION Students and Teachers Accessing Technology •Innovation•Opportunity in Natick

Through generous grants from Cognex and Needham Bank, NPS is also pleased to announce the launch of the STATION (Students and Teachers Accessing Technology, Innovation, and Opportunity in Natick) Initiative. This project is designed to provide access and opportunity for Natick Elementary staff and students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The structure of the STATION initiative promotes access and exposure to STEM instruction, tools, and technology through the creation of Library Lending Shelves at each elementary school as well as Classroom STEM Leadership Kits.

STEM challenges, design-thinking, makerspaces, and digital learning opportunities to code/program robotics provide students learning experiences that foster creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking (the 4 C’s). Students identify and explore passions, set and achieve goals, and become creators and designers of their learning. Natick’s students become empowered thinkers while their teachers enhance their instructional design to integrate Deeper Learning, Blended Learning, and Project Based Learning.

The STATION Initiative includes “Pathway Partners,” a program goal to inspire and facilitate teacher-leadership among Natick’s faculty in a peer mentor/train-the-trainer model. Each partner receives a STEM classroom kit as well as personalized training and professional development on their use and innovative integration in a blended classroom environment. This leadership opportunity will enable educators to integrate and model new strategies and practices to enhance learning across the curriculum through modeling and best-practice demonstration.

The STATION initiative reaches every K-4 learner in the Natick Public Schools as well as every elementary teacher through the management and training of classroom materials and access to lending kits to be “checked out” by school faculty and staff to be used with students. Through the generosity of these grants, programming is scaled across our elementary schools to ensure consistency in teaching and learning, and ensures we're equipping all of our students with the best skills for 21st-century learning.