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Judy Shafer, Director of Development
As a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-focused middle school, we are emphasizing digital literacy through our curriculum while preparing and inspiring our students to engage in 21st Century technology career paths. World-renowned high tech companies are in our backyard; through our dedicated Board of Directors and Development Committee members we are connecting with great talent and technology. With the learning trajectory of our students, (over two years of growth in math and science in one academic year), coupled with local philanthropic partnerships, we see a new world opening for young minds that will indeed change their lives.
The month of December was filled with great Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities. First, we were selected by a Microsoft Team for a Day of Caring. A Microsoft Team arrived early one morning armed with new Surface tablets, and lots of energy. It was truly like Christmas morning! The team of ten spent several hours with our students demonstrating and teaching how to use the devices for the best results. The Day of Caring was just thatâ€”our students felt cared for and were very grateful and inspired that Microsoft selected them for this event.
Second, the Hour of Code followed with a team of Microsoft and Facebook professionals who volunteered to help our students code in MineCraft. The Hour of Code is a worldwide event during Computer Science Education Week when millions of students (of all ages) spend 60 minutes working through a lesson on coding. It was an amazing hour with professionals and teachers working alongside students to problem solve, create, explore, collaborate and implement. Following the Hour of Code, our students were delighted to listen to the volunteers describe their careers and path in life, inspiring our students to think big about their futures. One student in particular has now added a suffix to his name, "..., the Coder." As we continue to expand our Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum, we welcome professionals to contact the school to support the students through a career visit!
The Redmond Reporter highlighted our story this month. Click here to read the online article.