Each year, the Future of Education Technology Conference in Florida selects three elementary, middle school and high school finalists for their North American STEM awards. (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.) Of the nine schools, the judges in Florida determine the winners of the award for best STEM school in North America. The judges said this year was super competitive, more than they had ever seen before. Caledonia Regional High School in Hillsborough won the award for the best STEM High School in North America!
According to an article in District Administration published January 17, 2020, Caledonia Regional High School’s “‘STEMpathy’ programming represents the two most important skills with which students can graduate. The school’s motto is: ‘The world has enough flashlight apps!’ STEM experiences are enriched with an empathy focus.”
“Caledonia Regional was the first school in Canada to have a K-12 Dronography (Academic Drone Applications) program. Students use drones to survey flood damage, practice first-aid delivery during mock disasters, and inspect structural integrity. It was the first Canadian school to have its own Microsoft HoloLens, which was used when technology and skilled trades students collaborated to design and sell New Brunswick’s first K-12 Tiny House. STEM program students also created the first iOS apps in eastern Canada. The world has enough flashlight apps, so these students focused on apps to support inclusion and ‘New-Comers’ to Canada.”