Through partnerships with local businesses, educational organizations, and neighboring school districts, we have expanded our base of knowledge, resources, and allies in learning. We made great strides in the 2016-2017 school year towards transforming our learning spaces and instructional practices. We continue to engage our students and teachers in hands-on, minds-on learning opportunities that promote creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. To follow our efforts in S.T.E.A.M. integration, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) follow this blog!
Destination Inventionland: Reflecting on the JourneyPosted by Mandi Figlioli at 7/11/2017
As a final requirement for receiving an AIU STEAM grant, we had to produce an artifact for the project. We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of the Benedum Foundation, Grable Foundation & Chevron for supporting our transformational journey. We also want to thank Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 for being a hub of innovation! Click here to view a slideshow featuring the implementation of the Inventionland Institute Innovation Course during the 16-17 school year.
Book Study: The Innovator's MindsetPosted by Mandi Figlioli at 7/5/2017
One of my summer learning goals is to better utilize social media to share our story on a local, regional, and national platform. I am participating in a book study on Twitter this summer with educators from across the country. I am excited to continue our transformational journey in the 17-18 school year. We aspsire to engage, equip and empower all learners in our school, including the staff!
"Change is an opportunity to do something amazing." ~G. Courous
Word is getting out! BASD embraces innovation!Posted by Mandi Figlioli at 6/25/2017
Burgettstown Area School District's partnership with Inventionland has now been featured on two national websites! We are proud of the progress we've made and the setbacks we've overcome!
Click here to view our article on Eschool News.
Click here to view the brief of our article by EducationDIVE.
Swapping Seats: Teachers as Learners at the Google AcademyPosted by Mandi Figlioli at 6/14/2017
We hosted a Google Academy on June 13 & 14 at BASD. Over 20 of our teachers attended! It is a joy and inspiration to work with educators who are truly committed to lifelong learning! We expand our capacity for using Google Classroom & Apps each school year. I can't wait to see what the 17-18 school year brings! I want to sincerely thank our Director of Staff Development, Mrs. Jacqueline Goodburn, for organizing this event, and also the teachers and administrators who attended.
The Escape Room ExperiencePosted by Mandi Figlioli at 6/12/2017
On June 12, the BASD Administrative team took on the Escape Room Experience...
We are a focused, collaborative, and innovative group of educators! We survived the warm-up clues with ease...
After an hour of teamwork and only asking for three clues, we didn't make it out. The faciliator graciously showed us our missteps and the remaining connections we had not made.
What a unique and challenging experience! I can honestly say I never lost focus for the entire hour. I am determined to offer these type of engaging, collaborative, and interactive experiences EVERY day for EVERY learner.
Remake Learning Days at BMHSPosted by Mandi Figlioli at 5/25/2017
On May 25, BMHS hosted a Remake Learning Event to showcase our students' learning journies this year. What an impressive gallery of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics!
Projects Featured Included:
Physics Club Projects
Pi-Day Projects & Probability Games Using Hummingbird Robotics Kits
Rube Goldberg Machines
Painting & Ceramics
The Sweet Jazz Music of Mr. Roth
Manual Communications Research Projects
Remake Learning Days at BAECPosted by Mandi Figlioli at 5/18/2017
On May 18, BAEC hosted a Remake Learning Event to showcase our students' learning journies this year. We had a great turnout! Thank you to all that attended. Congratulations to the Sestric Family for winning the Family Design Challenge!
A slide show of photos is in the works!
Burgettstown Brings Home "Best Inventor" TrophyPosted by Mandi Figlioli at 5/17/2017
Congratulations Joseph Demario for bringing home Inventionland's Regional Overall Best Inventor trophy! We are so proud of your innovation and perseverance in the STEAM course this year. The sky is the limit for you, Joe!
Click here to learn more about the Regional Contest on Inventionland's Blog!
PJAS State Competition WinnersPosted by Mandi Figlioli at 5/15/2017
The Burgettstown Area Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science ( P.J.A.S.) students continued a tradition of success at the State meet at Penn State University. Five of our seven students presenting projects earned a first place award with the remaining 2 winning a second and third place award. Madison Tournay (10th Grade), Erin Smith (10th Grade), Turner Lehman (8th Grade), Miranda Schramm (8th Grade), and Madeline Newark (7th Grade) brought home 1st place awards. Desiree Bouch (10th grade) received a second place award and Ashley Cunningham (10th Grade) received a third place award. Congratulations to Mrs. Ward, Mr. Tropeck and all of the participating students!
New Addition to the BAEC Makerspace- The Maker's LibraryPosted by Mandi Figlioli at 5/1/2017
Through the generous donation of the William's Energy Company, we were able to add nearly 100 STEAM-related books to our Makerspace. The "Maker's Library Collection" includes fiction, non-fiction, technical guides, teacher resource books, and historical fiction. We are excited to use these books as a launch point for great dialogue and authentic making experiences. Click here to access a list of the entire collection.