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  • STEM

    On September 2010 the nation's educational community was challenged by the Presidential Initiative to "Educate to Innovate". York Elementary accepted this challenge by applying for and receiving a "STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) grant to develop and incorporate STEM concepts within York's curriculum.  Over the course of a few years, in 2016-2017 we became recognized as a NC STEM School of Distinction.  

    The STEM concept is achieved by integrating the critical STEM disciplines while maintaining a focus on peer learning and student projects. York's evolving classrooms creatively use STEM concepts to redefine the 21st century classroom.  Teachers and students around the school take the opportunity to use the collaborative spaces and STEM lab in order to enhance the student's experience.  

     Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth grade student products will be featured at York's STEM Expo, March 31st from 6-8 pm.  

    As a country, we need to improve the STEM skills of our students, for this is the foundation of a technically proficient workforce capable of meeting future employment needs. As history has taught us, the solution to every national program is achieved locally. We at York believe that we are taking the right step in preparing our future workforce to successfully compete in a global environment.

    STEM links for ENGINEERING anytime!

    Ms. Osterhoff's Website:

    Interactive Websites on STEM:

    BBC Clips (Literacy, Math, and Science):

    Teacher Resources:

    Teacher Interactive Science and STEM lessons

    Science for Kids

    Bill Nye

    Dream Big: Engineering Our World

    Everything you need to know about Bridges

    Grades K-2

    • NASA Kids’ Club – This website has interactive games for students involving different science topics and levels.
    • PBS Kids Go Design Squad – Design Squad Nation offers activities, animations, videos, and episodes for teachers and students.
    • Strange Matter – Strange Matter is a great place for students to learn while having fun. The activities pertain to materials science or the “study of stuff”.

    Grades 3-5

    • Engineering Interact – This website provides fully interactive, engaging game environments with information about real world applications to introduce students to the exciting world of engineering.
    • Science Kids – On this website, students can find experiments, games, videos, and lessons to help them better understand science and technology subjects.
    • The Kids Science Challenge -Visit the games and video section of this website to help them conceptualize information in an engaging way.