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Expanded Learning Opportunities in STEM

A Partnership Program with Windham Central, Windham Southeast, and Windham Southwest Supervisory Unions

In summer 2016, Landmark College introduced a new non-residential program designed for local area middle school students who learn differently: Expanded Learning Opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The introductory session was called “SharkBytes” and was focused on computer science, introducing students to coding, programming, and robotics. This program is grant funded, and priority enrollment is given to students attending school within the Windham Central, Windham Southeast, and Windham Southwest Supervisory Unions

In addition to academic content, this program is designed to encourage students to better understand their learning differences and develop strategies for greater academic success.

In 2018, we offered 2 modules:

Module 1—Ecology of Field and Forest: (Monday, June 25, through Friday, June 29) Inquiry-based lessons and hands-on learning will be combined to offer students a dynamic learning experience. Focused on the interactions that balance Vermont’s natural world, much of this program will take place outdoors on Landmark’s campus. Food Web and Ecosystem topics may also be included.

Module 2—Creative Coding Using Javascript: (Monday, July 2, through Friday, July 6—program will not meet on July 4) Students will learn the fundamental of computer science and coding in Javascript, one of three core technologies of the World Wide Web. Coding skills will be taught through an immersive experience of creating digital art. Students learning will be project-based, with each project culminating in the creation of a piece of generative or algorithmic art.

Check back here for 2019 information, coming soon!

Most classroom experiences are held in the MacFarlane Science, Technology & Innovation Center on Landmark College’s campus in Putney, Vermont.

This program has been developed in collaboration with Windham Central, Windham Southeast, and Windham Northeast Supervisory Unions, and students from schools within these supervisory unions will have first priority with regard to enrollment. The ELO-STEM program is grant-funded, and funding is contingent upon serving our local partners. Each program module is limited in size. Transportation will be provided to and from the identified supervisory unions, dependent on enrollment. Lunch on campus, as well as daily snacks, are included. The expected cost per student for 2017 was $200 per student, per module for our partner Supervisory Unions and $600 per student per module for students outside these partner Supervisory Unions. Landmark College will work directly with local area schools to identify individual students for whom this program would be appropriate.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Susan Grabowski, Director of Short-Term Programs.

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