SKY and STEMsmart
Sep 06, 2012 02:47PM
SKY Academy, the wellness-focused public charter middle school at the South County Family YMCA’s Venice branch, is the latest school to join Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s STEMsmart initiative. As a STEMsmart school, SKY will benefit from new technology for students, such as TI-Nspire handheld devices for use in math classes, along with the teacher training needed to integrate it into their classrooms. SKY also will participate in other STEMsmart activities including additional professional development for teachers, Gulf Coast’s annual STEMsmart Summit for students, and summer math and science camps.
STEMsmart is a multiyear partnership between Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Sarasota and Charlotte county school districts to transform teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and math. Gulf Coast helped the South County Family YMCA launch SKY Academy with a start-up grant in 2010.
SKY Academy is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and still has spots available for the 2012-13 school year.