The STEM program at CC Grfiifin is based on student interest. There are no eligibility criteria for STEM. Only students within the CCGMS attendance zone can participate in STEM (i.e. it is not a magnet program). STEM and Traditional pathways exist on all grade levels for the 2017-2018 school year.
PBL stands for Problem Based Learning.
Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered approach in which students learn about a subject by working in groups to solve an open-ended problem. The problem is what drives the motivation and the learning. Rather than teaching relevant material and subsequently having students apply the knowledge to solve problems, the problem is presented first. Students generally must:
- Examine and define the problem.
- Explore what they already know about underlying issues related to it.
- Determine what they need to learn and where they can acquire the information and tools necessary to solve the problem.
- Evaluate possible ways to solve the problem.
- Solve the problem.
- Report on their findings.
- PBL assignments can be short, or they can be more involved and take a whole semester.
- PBL is often group oriented, so it is beneficial to set aside classroom time to prepare students to work in groups and to allow them to engage in their PBL project.
Yes, CC Griffin is a part of the Empoewr Grant. This has alloted us two additional staff members to support STEM implementation:
- STEM Coach – Ms. Caligan will be supporting STEM PLC’s, providing ongoing professional development, and coordinating STEM events.
- EMPOWER Counselor – Ms. Gray will be supporting individual student needs within the STEM pipeline.
Due to district-wide interest, Cabarrus County Schools has transitioned the STEM program to increase the opportunity for all students to participate. Our program is inclusive of all students and differentiated to support and push students of all ability levels. We are part of building a kindergarten through 12th grade STEM pipeline, one of the first of its kind in the United States.