ST 1.1

ST 1.1 - The STEM school/program supports non-traditional student participation through outreach to groups often underrepresented in STEM program areas.

Red Cedar is a Project-Based Learning school which helps us bring learning to life through real-world learning experiences.  As a Title-One School, we seek to involve every student and every family in STEM experiences; all grade levels from pre-k through 5th grade learn through interdisciplinary project-based units of study throughout the year.  In addition to those units, all of our K-5 students participate in a Computer Technology related arts course.

Also, all students visit our maker-space/media center where they can build with Legos and use Clear-Touch boards in The Imagination Playground.  Students individually have their own device to use in classrooms and our 3-5 grade students take their devices home with them.

Red Cedar Elementary provides the opportunity for all students, regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status, to participate in learning through STEM.  The current population for Red Cedar consists of 665 students. The demographics can be seen below:

The Beaufort County School District’s school choice program allows students and their parents to select specialized academic approaches that are tailored to individual students’ talents and interests. In Project Based Education, the project is the source of the learning, not the culmination of it. Comprehensive Project-based Education:

  • is organized around an open-ended driving question or challenge.

  • creates a need to know essential content and skills.

  • requires inquiry to learn and/or create something new.

  • requires critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and various forms of communication, often known as "21st Century Skills”.

  • allows some degree of student voice and choice.

  • incorporates feedback and revision.

  • results in a publicly presented product or performance.

Choice Opt In
*This graph represents the number of students who opt in to Red Cedar based on choice. 

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STEM and Red Cedar Early Learners Preschool students discuss and build shelters for animals that would keep them warm, dry, and give them the ability to enter the fields. Students discussed the structure and materials they would need to complete the task and then used magnetic blocks to build their shelter.
Shelter Building
Clubs and Foxes til Five One way our STEM program supports all of our students including our underrepresented groups of students is through the variety of clubs we offer outside of the school day.  Because not all parents can transport students following participation in an after-school club, we also make some clubs available to students in the morning beginning at drop-off time.  Another way we’ve made clubs available to all groups is by offering after-school care, called Foxes Til Five, following club participation so parents who work late into the afternoon can allow their students to participate. Club Chart