Computer Programming and Coding
Teachers at Newton South planned the transition of the programing classes to the Swift Programming Language, building capacity to teach the new program; while middle school math teachers and information technology specialists explored integrating coding into curriculum for next school year.
This three-year multidisciplinary curriculum at Newton South High School inspires students to examine life’s big questions through science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
Schools: Newton South
Elementary Research and Writing Institute
Newton South developed new curricula that use new equipment in the STEAM lab to design a capstone experience for seniors working toward an Engineering Certificate.
Focus on Art
The goals of this grant included bringing the art world into the classroom and having the equipment to share student work across the grades. Students were able to access the electronic libraries of museums and galleries worldwide. Images and information enhanced the curriculum through the study of individual artists and artistic movements.
NSF funding enabled Newton North High School to purchase two new etching presses for fine arts printmaking. Printmaking is a very old process; it is infinitely variable and an excellent media for high school students. Few high school art departments are willing to teach this challenging process both because of the equipment demands and the expertise needed to teach it.
Schools: Newton North
NSF funds helped launch a Greengineering program at Newton North High School. Students use design thinking to integrate science and engineering to discover new solutions for known problems and issues that affect local and global communities. With NSF’s support, the program has grown and expanded into the Newton’s Lab, the incubator for innovation in the Newton public schools.
Historic Newton Research
A middle school social studies teacher will conduct research to develop a 5th-6th grade curriculum that explores the history of the public schools, expands on the Summary of Newton History timeline, and expands the Google Map of Newton adding layers from 19th century maps, and create correlating curricula.
Middle School Engineering and Sustainable Energy Generation: Wind Turbines and Blade Design
The middle school engineering teachers designed an integrated and innovative curriculum with a focus on energy generation through new blade design for wind turbines. This program will engage students in hands-on STEM projects that haven’t been offered before. NSF funded probes, measurement tools and curriculum development materials at all four middle schools.
Nutrition and Health
This professional development program will enable middle school teachers to develop more effective ways of inspiring their students to make better choices about nutrition.
NSF support enabled Newton North High School to offer a capstone course—a special research course for seniors—in the sciences: Oceanography. The Oceanography course explored the complex physical, chemical, and biological relationships that affect our oceans and in turn our coastlines, our weather, and our food. Through the course, students gained a deep understanding of oceans, their impact on us, and strategies to protect them and keep them healthy.
Schools: Newton North
Pilot Diversity Facilitation at Elementary Schools
This program, which will be piloted in several elementary schools, will engage parents to work on racial justice at their respective schools.