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Avon Grove School District, West Grove, Pennsylvania

Challenge: Avon Grove School District wanted to provide additional STEM opportunities to its youngest learners, and to “ignite a love of STEM for girls,” says Director of Technology Gary Mattei.

Upper Merion Area School District, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

Challenge: A new framework for science standards from the Pennsylvania Department of Education required a change in seventh- and eighth-grade curriculum, which also provided an opportunity to implement STEM-based instruction.

Plainville Community School District, Plainville, Connecticut

Challenge: Students have a responsibility to positively impact global society. Educators must therefore provide authentic and innovative learning experiences that engage students and that promote success in a technology-driven world.

Fond du Lac School District, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Challenge: The Fond du Lac School District did not have any schools dedicated to encouraging girls to explore careers in STEM-related fields.

Comstock ISD, Comstock, Texas

Challenge: Like in other small, rural districts, Comstock ISD administrators wanted to offer students advanced science classes that teach higher-level problem-solving skills. They also wanted to provide more opportunities to serve the community.  

Highline Public Schools, Burien, Washington

Challenge: In a district located amidst more than 200 aviation and aerospace businesses, a constant high demand exists for well-educated and highly skilled workers.

Encinitas USD, Encinitas, California

Challenge: Because of its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Encinitas is deeply affected by water pollution, marine debris and, particularly, storm water runoff that can close beaches for as many as three days after a big rain.  

South Texas ISD, Mercedes, Texas

Challenge: A senior-level engineering course at The Science Academy of South Texas (a regional magnet school) called for students to research and develop projects in order to use cumulative knowledge and skills. However, student motivation and accountability were lacking.


Administrators at Downey USD faced a challenge: How could they create sustainable professional learning communities with 500 elementary school teachers and nearly 23,000 students? Their solution was STEAM Team.

Lennox Schools of Engineering

When the Lennox Elementary School District learned that few Hispanic and female students were applying to university engineering programs, school leaders acted.