Rowan-Salisbury School System hosts STEM Matters showcase Saturday
By Sarah Campbell
SALISBURY - Parents and community members will get a chance to see learning in action Saturday during the Rowan-Salisbury School System's first STEM Matters showcase.
"Teachers and students will be showing all the creative, innovative ways science, technology, engineering and mathematics are currently being taught," said Phil Hardin, the district's executive director of technology.
Hardin said between 35 and 40 classrooms will be set up at Knox Middle School and Horizons Unlimited to demonstrate a broad range of hands-on learning that spurs the district's STEM initiatives.
"All the things they're learning, and how they're learning it, is different than years past when science was taught out of a book," Hardin said. "Most folks wouldn't realize the innovative things that are being done in the classroom in this subject area if they haven't been to one recently."
Hardin said the event is being hosted in response to community interest about STEM.
"STEM is on the forefront of education nationwide, so I think it's important to bring a level of consciousness to the community in terms of how important STEM areas are and all the ways Rowan-Salisbury is trying to teach those areas through very innovative, student-centric methods," he said.
During the event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Hardin said, visitors can enjoy a free laser show in the planetarium at Horizons and climb aboard the new STEM mobile exploration lab that will be parked outside Knox Middle.
"The STEM bus is the newest way the system is going to help teach some of the STEM content at the school level," Hardin said. "It will be taken to different schools and students will have the opportunity to receive instruction in those STEM areas by a teacher who is a full-time STEM teacher."
The event Saturday will be similar to the district's Technology Matters showcase that took place in May 2011.
"It should be an exciting day for the community, as well as parents, to see all the creative ways that we are teaching STEM in the schools," he said.
Contact Sarah Campbell at 704-797-7683.