Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organizing our curiosity.
The object of education is ….
to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
Robert M. Hutchins 16
STEM Certificate Overview
This program, offered exclusively at Piner High, school is to publically recognize students who go above and beyond in their extracurricular exploration of Science Technology Engineering Art and Math
Although there are 3 levels of the STEM certificate, there is no particular order in which the levels need to be completed, and students can be awarded levels multiple times ! In order to get the STEM Prospect Award as a Senior..you must have completed Level 1 ( all 4 years) Level 2 ( two separate projects) and one Level 3 experience.
Here are the 3 levels with recommended grades:
Your STEM incentive will take you places….
From Piner High to Infinity
STEM College and Career Resources:
2015 Ranking of college programs for STEM jobs:
Very thorough website regarding careers and
reasoning for STEM education. http://stemcareer.com/
School of Science & Technology ( SST)
Kinesiology Dr. Roberts taking biometric
Math & Statistics during SSU Showcase
Physics & Astronomy
Santa Rosa Junior College
Earth & Space Sciences
Chemistry and Physics
Advantages of the STEM Certificate
This is a unique designation exclusively for Piner High students. That in itself will provide academic fodder for scholarship and advanced opportunities that set STEM students apart from the rest on paper !
Tangible acknowledgements for this STEM endeavor are as follows:
Students engaged in Stem Cell-a-bration
STEM Certificate Sponsors
These agencies might be able to assist with your level 2 or 3 project and they respond best to students who show initiative and commitment...so here’s how to get started…
S4 Rockets...see Mr. Kruger !
Waters Collaborative- Many water quality and watershed projects
STEM Certificate Level I
Level 1: Ongoing Personal Involvement
2 events from this level EACH year
Students earning the PHS STEM Certificate must demonstrate a consistent commitment to STEM activities on campus. A wide variety of opportunities for ongoing involvement in STEM activities exists at Piner. Numerous science and engineering related clubs meet regularly on campus and host frequent fun and educational events for students. In addition, a number of regular events are sponsored by the PHS Science Department that allow PHS students to interact with professional scientists and give opportunities to learn more about STEM careers through guest speakers and field trips. Consistent participation in clubs and these STEM events will provide students with valuable learning experiences and will significantly shape their academic future.
*** EdModo STEM code: he6qga….complete progress log
turn that into science teacher and you are ready !!
Level 3: Original Science or Engineering Inquiry Project
Students completing the PHS STEM Certificate will demonstrate the ability to design and carry out an original, independent project. This project will allow students to experience science and engineering practices first hand. Students will design an original scientific study or engineering project while working closely with adult mentors on campus and/or in the community. Emphasis should be placed on addressing real-world problems. Students will present the results of their work publicly, demonstrating a deep understanding of scientific and/or design processes. Required for the STEM symposium are a 10 minute presentation with slides/graphics reviewing project and its findings to be presented to the STEM advisory panel as well as an official poster of results to be displayed and casually presented to public. Written work for STEM portfolio can be reformatted poster pages.
STEM Certificate Level 2
Level 2: Community Involvement
Many STEM careers include a strong community service component. Students completing the PHS STEM Certificate must demonstrate a strong commitment to interacting with and serving our local community. This involves two components: community service and interfacing with local professionals in a professional setting. Working with local elementary or middle school students and job shadowing are examples of the opportunities that exist at Piner. It is crucial that students completing the STEM Certificate are aware of the importance of community service and that they gain significant experience working alongside professionals in our local community. Project hours will vary but no less than 10 hours are required. Students must write up their experience with a STEM focus and submit documents to their STEM portfolio. If a student completes 25 hours, they can apply for SRJC Community Involvement credits.
STEM Course Requirements
6 classes are required of all STEM students as part
of the requirements for STEM certification on your
transcript. As our STEM venue expands, we will
accept classes that meet the criteria:
How to get started….…
Sign up on Ed Modo: he6qga, complete the progress
log, make a copy to give to your science teacher
Bodgea Marine Laboratories- Ocean research in our own backyard
Pepperwood events for this fall
Research projects happening on/with the Preserve
Find potential projects & mentors at..
North Bay Discovery Day at the Fairgrounds
October 29th….Piner always has a STEM booth !!
Diving Reflex tested at Marine Dr. Sokmen (SSU) shows
Mammal STEM cafe VO2 max test at Kinesiology Lab
Sign up using EdModo STEM code: he6qga