ST1.10: Community, post-secondary, and business/industry partners and/or families actively support and are engaged with teachers and students in the STEM program.
Okatie Elementary School is actively involved with business partners, family members, and other stakeholders to promote STEM learning and authentic learning opportunities during and after school hours. Examples of the present working relationships include The Low Country Regional Science Fair judges, Callawassie Garden Club, Oatland Island, NASA, Driftwood and Coastal Discovery. A variety of professionals have been invited into the building to share their expertise and introduce children to careers involving math, science and engineering.  These adult-world connections, include visits from Gulfstream employees, local naturalists, and raptor rehabilitators.



Fourth grade students have the opportunity to participate in stimulating activities focusing on the principles of space exploration and flight.  Activities include paper airplane design and construction, egg drop, designing and creating mock space shuttles.  Students also participate in an overnight adventure trip to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral.  This program engages students through science and space technology.  

 Spring23.jpg   Members of a local neighborhood teach students how to cultivate and maintain our courtyard with native plants.  Students work with these community members during the school day, broadening participation opportunities.


 WP_20151209_16_15_07_Pro.jpg   With the guidance of our science lab teacher, students participate in the process of growing corn, squash, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, broccoli, and cucumbers.   Students participate in the planting, weeding, and harvesting of vegetables grown in the school garden. 




 Debby Way, an education specialist, brought an EnviroScape Model to guide students through the process of run-off using an EnviroScape®.  The purpose of this hands-on tool is to demonstrate real-world issues of water pollution and how it effects the environment.   It reveals ways to prevent water pollution in our community.


a First grade teachers accept 5,000 check from Century Link Foundation’s Teaches and Technology Grants.  This grant is designed to help fund projects that advance student success through the innovative use of technology.

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Nancy Owen communicates with the third graders about the importance of raptors in our ecosystem. She teaches them about protecting the environment because many birds on the endangered species list. Students then take a pledge to protect the environment and become a part of the solution.