Curriculum-Embedded STEM Experiences

Field trips are fun and educational.  Curriculum-embedded STEM experiences are field trips and more.  The difference between a standard field trip and a curriculum-embedded STEM experience, it that with a curriculum-embedded STEM experience, the experience is embedded right into the City School’s curriculum.  In the classroom before and after the experience, the curriculum calls for instruction that supports and magnifies the experience. 

  • Need: Students should have equitable access to meaningful STEM learning experiences.
  • Objective: Create a citywide registration, ticketing, and transportation system for curriculum-embedded STEM experiences that is user-friendly, centralized, and sustainable.
  • Strategy/Activities: The effort will build on the Curriculum Aligned STEM Field Experiences pilot from the 2018-19 academic year. In subsequent years, we will work to provide equitable access to more schools (in the longer term aim of reaching all City Schools students). Additionally, we will work to engage more STEAM partners and curate more curriculum-aligned STEAM field experiences. In turn, this will create a more centralized resource and reinforce an integrated approach.
  • Metrics: We will measure our success by collecting and analyzing:
    • Number of students participating in each experience
    • Number and distribution of participating schools
    • How teachers rate each experience.
  • Current Status:
    • Number of schools/student participants: 5,671 (3,916 students in 2018-2019, ~1,755 students in 2019-2020 with trips booked for 3,885 students prior to COVID-19 disruption)  
    • Eleven in-person experiences available for students from Kindergarten through 9th grade (K: Science Center, 1st: Baltimore Museum of Industry, 2nd: Great Kids Farm & Clyburn Arboretum, 3rd: Maryland Zoo, 4th: National Electronics Museum, 5th: Waterfront Partnership, 6th: National Aquarium, 7th: Science Center, 8th: BioEYES, 9th: Great Kids Farm or other water testing locations)
    • Five virtual experiences available for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 8th grade (1st: Baltimore Museum of Industry, 2nd: Great Kids Farm, 3rd: Maryland Zoo, 6th: National Aquarium, 8th: BioEYES)

Co-Chairs:

William Redmond

William Redmond

Symone Barkley

List of Members:

  • Mia Blom,  Visit Baltimore
  • Leticia Enos,  Visit Baltimore
  • Kevin Garner, Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Joanna Pi-Sunyer, Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Bonnie Legro, Abell Foundation
  • Stacey Van Horn, T. Rowe Price
  • Susan Dorsey, The Walters Art Gallery
  • Julia Di Bussolo, Art Everyday
  • Kelly Oglesbee, United Way
  • Eric Davis, UPS

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