This webinar focused on partnerships between K-12 schools and STEM industry and business at the A.J. Wittenberg Elementary School of Engineering and the Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) at Paradise Valley High School.
The A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering is the most technologically advanced elementary school in Greenville County. The innovation is apparent in many ways — from its downtown location on the Reedy River, to the partnership with the Salvation Army's Kroc Center, to the learning emphasis as an engineering school and it is the first elementary school in South Carolina with a school-wide engineering curriculum. The school is named for A.J. Whittenberg, a pioneer for civil rights who is best known for his stand on the integration of Greenville County Schools.
The Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) is a four year program of studies focusing on the practical application of knowledge and work place competency skills in three areas of scientific research; Engineering, Biotechnology and Sustainability. The school is located on the campus of Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix, Arizona. High school students from the Paradise Valley Unified School District as well as across the north valley of Maricopa County enroll to participate in a focused curriculum of study accompanied by a complete array of honors-AP courses, college and dual enrollment classes, electives, and traditional school activities. This unique school, housed in a newly constructed (2010) green building, was initiated with funding from a City of Phoenix block grant to support small learning communities focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiatives. The goals of the school are supported by several university and business partnerships that will enhance the curriculum and provide relevant learning opportunities for students.
Ansel Sanders- Program Director, A.J. Wittenberg Elementary School of Engineering, Greenville, SC
Linda Coyle- Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST)/CTE STEM Curriculum Specialist, Paradise Valley High School, Phoenix, AZ
Alison Smith-Community Outreach Coordinator for Educational Services at Salt River Project (SRP), Phoenix, AZ