Mount Laurel’s Science,Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program
began in September of 2010. Superintendent Dr. Antoinette Rath set the
goal for that year after studying startling statewide data on the low
numbers of young women entering the workforce in Science and Math
professions. With state aid to schools dwindling, she sought and
received a $15,000 grant from Lockheed Martin to begin the program.
We started in our fifth, seventh and eighth-grades. By November of that
first year, Lockheed granted an additional $5,000. In January of 2012,
we received our first grant of $15,000 from The Sallie Mae Fund, a total
we have continued to receive.
That allowed us to create the sixth-grade
Robotics component, and the middle school STEAM Program, which
incorporates the Arts into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
In 2013, we maximized learning by replacing a study hall period in all Harrington Middle School students’ schedules with a full-year elective course of study.
The 2014-2015 school year marked the introduction of Computer Coding to our middle-school curriculum. When students learn to code, there is no limit to what they can create in the virtual world. It allows them to move from consumer to innovator in the field of technology.
Additionally, through the generous support of the Mount Laurel Public Education Fund, Inc. and our seven Parent-Teacher Organizations, a number of after-school clubs support our commitment to STEM Education. Extra-Curricular Activities Based on STEM at Harrington include our Math Matters Club,
Underwater Robotics - Levels I and II, the Eco-Wild Club, and our Annual Math League Competition.
Our future goals involve retooling our labs and providing one-on-one technology to broaden collaboration with students across the world via Skype.