Hillel Community Day School recently received the Special Recognition Award for elementary science, technology, engineering and math programming from Finger Lakes STEM Hub.
Finger Lakes STEM Hub presented organizations in elementary, middle school, high school and community categories with STEM Innovation, Special Recognition and Honorable Mention awards during a ceremony at Rochester Museum and Science Center.
Hillel Community Day School made STEM a focal point in its teaching curriculum with the addition of art as an integral and essential consideration to any design. The school expanded its curriculum to include ascetics, and students often explore elements of design alongside a build.
Students in grades K-8 can explore, tinker and create original masterpieces using multiple platforms at the school’s new STEAM laboratory. Using technology supplied by Creative Learning Systems and physical tools, students embrace the connections between 2D and 3D designs and simply create.
Hillel Community Day School strives to provide its students with an education anchored in STEAM principles. Students are enrolled in a weekly gardening and sustainability class to further cement ecological and scientific doctrines. Hillel school utilizes the STEAM lens to solve real-world problems. Its STEAM lab gives students a strong foundation in science, and helps to incorporate learning and life skills to build a better foundation for the future.
Accepting the award on behalf of Hillel school was Andrea Reinhardt, STEAM and media facilitator; Sue Fregoe, middle school science and STEAM facilitator; Noah K, sixth-grade student ambassador; and Jayden S., third-grade student ambassador.
Finger Lakes STEM Hub is a network of K-12 and college educators, businesses, family/youth providers, advocacy groups and funders that covers the nine-county Greater Rochester-Finger Lakes region. It promotes quality STEM education and career exploration opportunities for youth to make them college and career ready.