A new initiative at Regina this year is STEM, which is a method of teaching and learning that provides our students with the skills they need to make them the most productive in college and careers. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math, but there is much more to STEM education. STEM is a collaborative, interdisciplinary, authentic, hands-on approach where students lead the learning for real-world applications. We are focused on implementing STEM across the curriculum through teacher collaboration. A major goal that we have is for Regina to become a STEM certified school, a process that will likely take 3-5 years.
In addition to an increase in STEM teaching in our classrooms, we are excited to adopt two new programs this year that we feel will provide unique and tangible experiences for our students. Both programs will take place during the Advisory Period, 1-2 days a week.
PatentDive is a program that engages students with real-world problems and challenges them to invent solutions. Through PatentDive, our students will utilize their software to design and build prosthetic hands, with an opportunity to patent their work upon completion. To find out more about PatentDive, see the attachment to this email or check out their website: https://www.patentdive.com/educator/(link is external)
Another program that our students can participate in is GET IT, which stands for Girls Exploring Together Information Technology. This program will be sponsored by the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation, specifically by Flagstar Bank, one of their business partners. In addition to learning HTML programming, students will also learn coding and app development. Students involved in GET-IT will explore a growing technological field while enhancing their math and science skills. To find out more about GET-IT, check out their website: https://mcwt.org/programs/list/K-12-Initiatives/GET-IT-PROGRAM(link is external)
If your daughter is interested in engineering, design, technology, or is unsure what she wants to do, we believe these programs will provide excellent exposure to exciting career opportunities for them. Please have her see Mrs. Michels to sign up or learn more.
Thank you for your time and support. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the Regina STEM Initiative. Follow us on Twitter @ReginaHighSTEM
Rosemary Michels '04
Regina High School STEM Director
(586) 585-0500 x248