Welcome to Gilford School District STEM Resources! 

This page is intended to be a meeting point for the many different learning opportunities in these areas across the Gilford School District and beyond. Below, please find a description of the many activities and resources available to our students and teachers.  Anyone who would like to post offerings on this web page is asked to contact Tracy Bricchi, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, at: tbricchi@sau73.org

There is no question that the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math now hold a place of importance in the District Curriculum. 

Learn an Hour of Code: 
Students throughout the Gilford School District participated in the 2015 Computer Science Education Week "Learn an Hour of Code" activities. Our students explored different types and degrees of coding, taught by GSD Tech and Math Teachers in all three buildings.The desired outcome of this exposure to coding is to generate interest in computer science programs, and to allow students to experience the process first hand.  

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 7-13, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Is it one specific hour? No. You can do the Hour of Code anytime during this week. Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See more stats on code.org

In the following report, Hanover Research provides an overview of best practices in elementary STEM education. The first section of the report offers a definition of STEM as it relates to K-12 education. The second section discusses best practices in elementary STEM initiatives including instructional techniques, curriculum and programs, out-of-class activities, the importance of highly-qualified teachers, and long-term program sustainability. The third section of the report discusses professional development for STEM educators. The final section of the report details exemplary elementary STEM school models.