BELOIT – West Branch Local Schools this week opened its doors to show off students’ efforts in its STEM courses.
The STEM Community Night event was a chance to see what students have been working on and learning in the district’s growing STEM program. The district also took time to hail the program’s sponsors.
Officials said the district’s old gym was abuzz with activity as dozens of students displayed projects and gave demonstrations for guests.
Students from the Intermediate School STEM classes all the way through the High School Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles class offered a peek into the knowledge gained in the classroom. Visitors learned about 20 student projects, including robot demonstrations, coding projects, 3D printing, a prosthetic hand, hand sanitizer, and more.
In 2020, West Branch expanded its STEM offerings through the support of generous donations from community members, local businesses and organizations. The newly introduced curriculum includes courses from Project Lead the Way and InventorCloud. These courses offer students an introduction to medical science, computer science, engineering, and more.
During the event, the district recognized the STEM program sponsors for the 2020-2021 school year – Aultman Alliance Community Hospital, BOC Water Hydraulics, Butech Bliss, CTM Labeling System, Damascus PIE, FedEx , MAC Trailer, Morgan Engineering, Middle School PIE, Salem Community Hospital, SES, Simmers Crane, Sebring West Branch Foundation, and an Anonymous Donor.
Human Body Systems, Principles of Engineering, and another Computer Science course, are targeted to begin next school year.
A number of sponsors have already extended their support for 2021-2022 – including Aultman Alliance Hospital, Butech Bliss, CTM Labeling System, Simmers Crane, and an Anonymous Donor.
Organizations and individuals interested in sponsoring, providing mentorships or internships, or other ways to support the West Branch STEM programs should contact Evelyn Woods, High School assistant principal and STEM coordinator, at email@example.com.