The fellows — a cohort of ten Baltimore City Public Schools teachers ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade — will be taking on roles as coaches in this academic year’s STEM League. The league — designed to bring a healthy dose of competition and collaboration to STEM learning — will feature events in cyber security, web design, rapid prototyping, mobile app development, and more. Running through a series of six-week sessions, students will work with their coaches and mentors from the tech community to take on challenges designed specifically by local technology companies. Among the prizes will be highly sought after paid internships in many of those companies.
So, this Monday, the fellows will be coming in to discuss what the training season will look like for students. Elementary and middle schoolers — our junior varsity — will be learning skills to apply in robotics competition; our high school varsity all-stars meanwhile will be honing their coding skills and taking on out-of-the-box thinking challenges to stay sharp and hone themselves to be competitive in the innovation game.
All of this year’s students will be earning digital badges to be collected in portfolios that will demonstrate progress through intensive STEM learning objectives. More on that later.
For now, we’re in the pre-season. Imagine yourself as a tech coach brushing up on code before you get your first look at this year’s crop of STEM athletes.