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Middle school adds robotics and flight dynamics instruction

By Shelia Cumiskey

Curriculum, Instruction and CTE Director

Tyrrell County Schools

Columbia Middle School Career and Technical Education (CTE) has added Pitsco Education STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) units to the CTE program starting this school year.

During the 2020-21 school year, students in grades 6-7 will have daily classes with the new CTE STEM teacher, Mr. Johndre Bowser. The units for these classes will focus on activities in ROBOTICS and FLIGHT DYNAMICS.

The Career and Technical Education Department has developed a three-year plan for expansion of the CMS STEM program to include all students in grades 6-8 as well as an active STEM student club with many additional STEM activities and experiences outside of the school day.

STEM provides hands-on exploration and problem-solving across the curriculum and connects the classroom to careers. The best way to educate students and prepare them for college and careers is to provide socially interactive, learner-centric environments where they can exchange and test ideas, work with others, and lead open-ended projects.

Although remote instruction has forced us all to rethink how we are delivering STEM content to our students, the Pitsco STEM units and the dynamic new CMS STEM teacher, Mr. Johndre Bowser, certainly have made the first few months of this class fun, interesting and engaging for our students. We are eager to return to campus to have all students benefit from this wonderful cross-curricular learning experience!

(Note: To learn more about Pitsco Education , go to pitsco.com).