How did the program come to GCISD?
Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School received a $10,000 grant from the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation to create this new program in the spring of 2013. GCISD designated Cannon Elementary as a STEM school during the 2013-2014 school year. K-5 students who attend any GCISD elementary schools are eligible to apply to attend Cannon's STEM program through GCISD's Special Programs lottery each year.
What is STEM?
- STEM education integrates each of the content areas (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) into the regular curriculum.
- At Cannon, students participate in a project-based learning model, which is a leading instructional standard for GCISD under the district's LEAD 2021 strategic plan.
- Cannon’s program features a unique emphasis on the “E” in STEM, by incorporating an elementary engineering curriculum that is centered on teaching students about the design process.
- Students will have the opportunity to participate in STEM-based extracurricular opportunities, such as robotics, design, and environmental clubs.
- Cannon was the first school in the district to implement a 1:1 technology initiative to support STEM learning. All K-5 Cannon students are assigned an iPad to use at school and home, as a tool for learning.
The STEM program at Cannon not only supports the district's LEAD 2021 strategic plan to best prepare students for life beyond GCISD, but also provides greater choice in education for our students.
STEM Habits of Mind