About 100 elementary school children from the Seaford School District will be the first in Delaware to take part in Engineering is Elementary, a six-week Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or STEM-focused program.
The Seaford Junior Tech Academy began this week at Blades Elementary, targeting rising first through sixth graders, with help from Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) science education specialists who are modeling the curriculum for district teachers. The summer learning program includes thematic studies and weekly field trips to places such as Dover, Frontier Town in Ocean City, Md., Trap Pond, Assateague Island and the Salisbury Zoo.
The students who were selected based on their need for extra help in reading, math or writing will also learn about citizenship, have the chance to be an artist-in-residence, create their own books and much more.
Seaford Junior Tech Academy is sponsored by the Seaford School District Parent and Family Resource Center. Transportation and lunch are provided each day.
DDOE staff says it will launch Engineering is Elementary training for all elementary science teachers statewide on Aug. 21.