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Community Partners continue to help build STEM Integration in Holmes County Consolidated Schools in wake of COVID-19

The lockdown due to the COVID-19 situation has presented a whole new set of challenges for schools, with the predicament of teaching being continued so that students are not left in lurch. The schools have re-opened virtually, but the impasse still exists under strict social distancing measures. The teachers of Holmes County Consolidated School District have been unexpectedly hard-pressed into the unfamiliar territory of virtual teaching, where they are facing an excess of disparity. Furthermore, there is a huge difference between face-to-face communication and remote/ online learning since there is no direct connect.

 

With the help of Nissan of North America, Mississippi State University's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems-Extension (CAVS-E), and Ray Holt, the founder of Mississippi Robotics and founder of the first microprocessor chip set for Garrett AiResearch’s Central Air Data Computer, teachers have directly connected with STEM Learning. The teachers are being trained virtually unceasingly as a fulfillment of assurance of sustainability of the $120,000 dollar K-8 DeltaSTEM Grant Initiative awarded for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

The DeltaSTEM Initiative supports teachers and schools in:

  • implementing personalized instructional strategies to increase achievement in math and science;
  • integrating instructional technology tools as a resource to enhance personalized learning;
  • utilizing ongoing professional support in the form of modeling and coaching to increase the effectiveness of the district’s teaching staff

 

The DeltaSTEM Initiative partnership has provided an innovative curriculum and Educators' Guide including 2,000 hours of instruction and equipment kits that will help students develop problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and skills in communication and collaboration through hands-on learning and activities that promote exploration, design, and problem solving. Learning will not be limited to classroom experiences, but will also include virtual student workshops, Saturday and afterschool sessions, and annual competitions across different counties in Mississippi as well as the opportunity to compete in robotics competitions nationally.

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