Our school community is a set of diverse learners who come from many different backgrounds and offer a unique perspective in the classroom. With over thirty languages represented, almost twenty percent of our students enrolled as English learners, and a diverse special education population, students are encouraged to develop their scientific skills through technology and other resources. We base our instruction on the motto, “Great expectations for every kid, every day, in every class.” Spruance is also a Title I school that will greatly benefit from Philly FUNDamentals. Our goal for Spruance students is to encourage the exploration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects and occupations through project-based learning and technology.
Through the funding of this project, we will acquire the rights for our students to operate STEM Fuse, a program that facilitates topics that align with STEM principles. In addition to the program, the classroom materials necessary for in-person learning will be purchased. This program will blend online learning with activities that students will complete in person. During the implementation of this program, our students will have the opportunity to conduct research for experimentation, participate in hands-on activities, engage in problem-solving exercises, record and analyze data, collaborate together on and offline, examine specimens that are not typically available in the classroom, and much more. With an increasing demand for more individuals to enter STEM fields, our students deserve the opportunity to explore these possibilities and become excited about them.