Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
The Buckeye Union School District has a variety of STEM offerings that are currently in place and expanding.
The Buckeye Union School District is currently aligning instruction with the Next Generation Science Standards. Our plan is to adopt a formal curriculum for all grades by the start of the 2018-2019 school year. This program will be digitally based and will have a significant hands-on emphasis at all grade levels. Complimenting our science curriculum are school garden projects that can be found at each elementary school site.
Technology use as a tool for learning and creativity is an integral part of each Buckeye student's learning experience. Students in grades 3-8 are provided access to a Chromebook device in all core subjects. The use of these devices is embedded in teacher lessons, and a variety of online learning tools are provided to students at each site. In many classrooms, teachers have begun to introduce students to programming through sites such as code.org. In addition, our middle schools offer technology electives.
In recent years, many of our sites have begun to offer STEM enrichment opportunities that engage students in design-and-build processes. Robotics, coding, and natural science themes have been a component of these experiences. With our generous parent support, we anticipate these experiences increasing further in coming years.
The Buckeye Union School District does offer an advanced and accelerated math pathway beginning in middle school. Additionally, elementary teachers have been trained in a small group instructional model that supports greater levels of differentiation for mathematics instruction for all students.