STEM is an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM education is at a critical point in the United States. The U.S. lags behind other nations in STEM education at the elementary and secondary levels. Home to Thomas Edison and the first R&D facility in the world, New Jersey has thrived in STEM-based advancement of society at large. HPMS’s STEM program will result in the first convergence of Montessori education and STEM in New Jersey. Hamilton Park Montessori School is committed to supporting excellence in science, technology, engineering and math education in Jersey City. We believe this will provide an inspiring educational platform to prepare Jersey City’s youth for success in self and in life.
The HPMS STEM curriculum has been developed to begin the integration of a STEM-based platform across HPMS as a reinforcing tool for realization of expected Math and Science outcomes. The program is intended to engage the students in independent and team-based projects which utilize their mathematics capabilities, strategic thinking and problem solving. The HPMS STEM Program supports and reinforces the concept of “The Growth Mindset” where students create new knowledge, understanding, and talent by exercising the mind to grasp educational concepts through engagement. This develops a rigorous ‘can do’ attitude toward learning which has been clinically proven to provide a sound foundation for success in school and in life.
In addition, HPMS is building an integrated Computer Science curriculum which will further reinforce the Technology aspects of the STEM program. The Computer Science curriculum and extracurricular activities include robotics, programming and coding platforms to engage our students in creating and authoring computer programs, Apps and their interface with the real world. Thus, STEM and Computer Science will be appropriately integrated across all of the grades of the school to provide a rich experience for HPMS students to thrive in a fun, exciting, hands on environment.
HPMS is investing in its STEM program facility by constructing a state-of-the-art lab space to support the instruction and facilitation of the STEM projects as well as a state-of-the-art computer and 3D printing lab space to support the technology needs of the program. These areas will be scaled up as HPMS grows toward Middle School.
HPMS Parents, Teachers, Administration and, most importantly, its students are excited for the coming school year (2015-16) when the STEM Program, facility modifications, technology purchases and materials are all in place for the students to use. This, of course, does not come without significant investment from the HPMS community and generously directed contributions from businesses and organizations focused on endowing technical education of our youth. The following represents a portion of the technology, equipment, and software being purchased to support our program.
CAD/3D Printing “Maker-Space”
MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer
MakerBot Digitizer 3D Scanner
All-In-OneTouchScreen PC Workstations
Large Quad HD Monitor
Large Format Printer
6 Movable Worktables
ProEngineer Creo 3D Solid Modeling Software