Harmony Public Schools hosting STEM festival
Administrators at Harmony Public Schools are inviting the community to attend a STEM festival and open house this month to show off their students’ talent.
The festival, which features student demonstrations and local vendors, is scheduled for at 10 a.m. Jan. 26 at Harmony Science Academy-Katy in Cinco Ranch at 22400 Grand Corner Drive.
During the festival, those interested will have the opportunity to tour the campus and explore additional STEM demonstrations.
Harmony School of Innovation-Katy teacher Yavuz Bulut said students at his school have been working hard on short-term and long-term projects in preparation for the festival and open house.
One of the focuses of the long-term interdisciplinary projects is “connecting STEM curriculum to the humanities through rich, meaningful, and rigorous cross-disciplinary and multi-sensory projects that allow the applications and development of critical 21-st century skills,” Bulut said.
“These projects also contain integrated Social Studies and ELA components,” Bulut said. “Upon completion of project, students present their findings through their e-portfolios as a short presentation video and web content.”
Harmony Public Schools believes its important for students to engage in STEM-related projects, Bulut said.
Through a “Share and Shine” program, students become more actively engaged in STEM studies, he added.
“The Harmony STEM Share and Shine approach makes STEM engagement socially desirable for students, he said. “Through this “Share & Shine” approach, STEM festivals at each Harmony campus have become annual public events to showcase student work and PBL artifacts shared with the entire school community.”
Harmony Public Schools is a K-12 system that contains 56 Texas public charter schools campuses, 35,000 students; and 4,000 teachers and staff, according to information from its website.
Last fall, Harmony Public Schools received a $8 million federal grant from the United States Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement to begin a early-education STEM program for elementary-age students.
The programs builds upon the project-based learning STEM model for grade 6-12 students by introducing similar curricula to students in grade K-5, according to a Harmony news release.
Harmony was the only school system in Texas to receive an EIR grant for 2018.