Show 129 – AMSTI | Career Exploration
/ Daniel Pratt – AMSTI / Chelsea Middle School – Career Exploration /
The Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative, commonly referred to as AMSTI, is the Alabama Department of Education’s initiative to improve math and science teaching statewide. AMSTI was designed by a Blue-Ribbon committee comprised of K-12 educators, higher education representatives, and business leaders. The committee pursued every step possible to design the most effective statewide initiative for improving math and science teaching. AMSTI is research-based and incorporates best practices for math and science teaching. The initiative provides three basic services: professional development, equipment and materials, and on-line support. The On the Job team decided to find out more about this lucrative program, so with a little bit of help, the crew spent some time with some fourth graders involved in the AMSTI curriculum at Daniel Pratt Elementary, in Prattville. Needless to say, with programs like AMSTI, Alabama has gained the leading edge in K-12 initiatives, and technology.
Last year, a team of students from Alabama made and very impressive showing at a National Engineering competition at the Institute for Affordable Transportation. Just how impressive, You may ask? Not only did they win this competition the year before, but in this years competition, they took 1st and 2nd place among a field of competitors that included, Miami University, Purdue University, John Brown University and 7 other Nationally recognized colleges. But even more impressive than that, they did it all with a team of students who aren’t even old enough to drive….We’re talking about the students in Brian Copes Career Exploration Class at Chelsea “MIDDLE” School.