Appalachian STEM Collaborative
Our STEM Learning Ecosystem builds on developing or established activities and relationships with the K-12 and higher education institutions in the Saint Clairsville area. Educational institutions include Belmont College, Belmont-Harrison Career Center, Ohio University Eastern, Saint Clairsville-Richland School District and Union Local School District. Additional stakeholders in the Belmont County Community Improvement Corporation (private non-profit economic development agency) and corporate partners from the two leading industries in the region, energy and health.
The shared vision can be summarized with the title “Making Math Real: Connections to the Future”. The objective will be to foster interest in mathematics through its application to project-based STEM learning activities in a variety of subjects; for example, robotics, GPS tracking; 3D printing; engineering, science and health labs; historical reconstruction; gaming and animation and drone technology. Our initial overall design is to share and coordinate existing resources and expertise, develop a base of student interest through school clubs and teacher/mentors, provide project-based STEM learning activities and culminate with a science/math fair.