Over the last few years, the Plainfield Schools team has embraced STEM-based learning. A focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) does not mean we’re ignoring things like reading, writing, and language arts. By embracing new and innovative ways of delivering instruction, we continue to equip them with skills that have been identified as the Four C’s: collaboration, communication, creative thinking and critical thinking.
By adding a focus on STEM-based learning, though, we’re incorporating the Four C’s while adding a depth of excitement and ownership to the learning process. There is a new energy in classrooms, and students are finding their voice, discovering new passions experiencing joy while learning.
The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) began a STEM-Certified School program a few years ago, and we are thrilled to announce that Brentwood Elementary, Guilford Elementary, and Van Buren Elementary were announced today to be part of Cohort 8.
PCMS was honored as part of their Cohort 5 in 2019, and Central Elementary and Clarks Creek Elementary are part of Cohort 7 (2021). Today's accomplishment solidifies that all elementary schools in PCSC are STEM-certified, a fact that we are extremely proud of.
The IDOE has an extensive application process that this year culminated with several hours of meetings and interviews, and full building tour. Schools must complete an in-depth application that demonstrates successful implementation of STEM-based principles. The certification is valid for five years, after which schools must complete the application process again.
To the students, staff and administrators at Brentwood, Guilford. and Van Buren, we are shouting our congratulations on your achievement. Not only does this represent hours upon hours of hard work, but more importantly, it symbolizes an exciting future for students.