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  1. 1. Salk Middle SchoolPre-Engineering Magnet Program Grades 6-8 Julie Athman, Principal Elk River Area School District
  2. 2. Welcome to Salk Middle School Our Mission: Salk Middle School will provide a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment that prepares all learners to achieve their personal best, become responsible and productive citizens, and embrace lifelong learning.
  3. 3. STEM Magnet ProgramCurriculum GoalPromote 21st century communication and literacy skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.
  4. 4. Curriculum State standards determine the learning outcomes STEM theme drives the curriculum and lesson planning Each quarter is assigned a “STEM Theme” Teachers work together, across content areas, to develop units that reinforce the STEM theme and are hands on and inquiry based projects.
  5. 5. Quarterly ThemesQuarter 1: Quarter 2:Technology ScientificApplications Communication sQuarter 3: Quarter 4:Nature of S.T.E.M.Science and In SocietyEngineering
  6. 6. Project Lead the Way Inquiry-based engineering curriculum created by educators and engineers Utilized in Industrial Technology and Sixth Grade Science Courses Modules include Science of Technology, Design and Modeling, and Automation and Robotics Projects include Rube Goldberg Machines, Machine Disassembly Labs, CO2 Cars, Air Racers, Mag. Lev. Vehicles, and Robots
  7. 7. Field TripsFriendship  Space Camp Ventures  Washington, D.C.Science Rocks  MN ZooProject Earth  Biz TownMN History  Math Mentors Museum  University LibrariesScience Museum
  8. 8. Technology Tools 4 computer labs  Classroom Sets of I-Pads 3 laptop carts  Smart Response Systems Digital Cameras  Garage Band, iTunes, iMovie, PowerPoint, Excel Vernier Probes  ProScopes SmartBoards  EasyBib TI-Nspire Calculators  Online Databases Project Lead the Way Equipment
  9. 9. Guest speakersCulture STEM Motivational Speaker from  Humane Society the Hmong Culture  MN School of Business Jewish Faith  Computer Engineers Muslim Faith  Civil Engineers Buddhist Faith  Bio-Engineers Native American  University Media Specialists Mixed Blood Theater  Science Express
  10. 10. Family OutreachMagnet Specific Salk M.S. Magnet Program  Family STEM Night Information Nights  Open Houses History Day Information Nights  Parent Teacher Conferences Science Fair Information  School and Teacher Nights Websites History Day Celebration  Digital Newsletters Science Fair Celebration  Parent Volunteers
  11. 11. S.T.R.I.D.E. Students are directly taught positive behaviors as they relate to Respect Responsibility Reliability Students are recognized for demonstrating positive behaviors throughout the school day
  12. 12. Celebrations 2009 Magnet School of Excellence (Magnet Schools of America) 2010 MN Magnet School of Merit(Minnesota Magnet School Association) 2010 Best School Award(Central MN Regional Science Fair) 2011 MN Magnet School of Merit (Minnesota Magnet School Association)
  13. 13. Volunteer Opportunities If not you, then who? Science Fair Judging History Day Evaluations Guest STEM Professionals Field Trip/Tour Opportunities Mentors
  14. 14. Contact Information: SALK MIDDLE SCHOOL 11970 Highland Rd. Elk River, MN 55330 763-241-3455 ext 2506