CT STEM Academy was established in 2012 as a collaborative program between the Wallingford Youth and Social Services and the Spanish Community of Wallingford (SCOW) with support from the Wallingford Rotary Club and Connecticut Education Association. The Academy is open to the general population, and 50% of the students are Hispanic.
The program is designed to excite students in grades 4 through 8 about science, technology, engineering and math, who are interested in deepening their knowledge of STEM concepts. It includes activities at SCOW, as well as field trips to laboratories and planetariums in schools and universities in the area. It also includes monthly Family Science Nights at a Planetarium. The purpose of the program is to build community (and parent) partnerships and coalitions by initiating STEM education reform as it aligns with the New National Science Frameworks.
The programs place a special emphasis on gender equity, cultural diversity and direct family involvement. Most recently, STEM programs at the Spanish Community of Wallingford have included STEM programming for Pasos Adelante and Adelante, Summer 2016 STEM Camps, evening STEM Academy programs and Family STEM Nights open to the public.
Current, and past, supporters of this program include: 3M, NASA Summer of Innovation Project, Clorox Foundation, AT&T, the Wallingford Education Foundation and the National Education Association Foundation.
For additional information on STEM Academy please visit the website www.ctstemacademy.org, Like Us on Facebook at CT STEM Academy and Family STEM Nights, or follow us on Twitter @ctstem.
NASA ARISS Event
On Saturday, January 18th, 2015 Wallingford STEM Academy hosted a NASA ARISS Event at the Spanish Community of Wallingford. Our students talked to Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakatan from the International Space Station. For full article, please go to our News tab.