Amherst Central High School was named a 2018 School on the Move by the WNY STEM Hub. The competitive recognition is open to any school that embarks on transformational changes in STEM learning across three levels of achievement – emerging, engaged and accomplished.
The recognition encourages sharing and scaling up by example as it identifies individual schools that have demonstrated marked progress in STEM integration, connections to non-STEM disciplines, project based learning, connections to STEM careers, and application of engineering design process.
The award was accepted by Christina Evans, a business teacher and Lead for the Amherst Academies program, along with Assistant Principal Nan Ables, and teachers Mark Jones, Kim King, Robert Clendening, Anne Marie Will and Jon Himes.
The ACHS application focused on programming, curriculum and technology integration elements that broadly includes flipped classrooms, coding projects, collaborative problem solving in geometry, use of the Inquiry Design Model for many history classes and teaching historical thinking skills, project-based learning in Project Lead the Way Computer Science Principles courses, career exploration in the Career and Financial Management class and student participation in six career-interest assessments, STEAM Career Expo and guest speakers, seven classes focused on the engineering design process, student access to desktops, chromebooks and 3D printers, and teachers using the latest e-tech tools to make lessons engaging.
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