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Buckingham Elementary Gets the GOLD!

Buckingham receives GOLD level for their efforts to transform STEM education

Article Date: Oct 06, 2023

Congratulations to Buckingham Elementary! The school was awarded the GOLD level for their efforts to transform STEM education and elevate themselves as a STEM school. This was the culmination of a four-year grant through the Oregon Department of Education.

The award was presented at the STEMPOSIUM by Portland Metro STEM Partnership. Tracy Wilson Scott at the High Desert Education Service District is the Central Oregon STEM coordinator and has been integral to supporting Buckingham’s journey.

STEM learning (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) provides a range of collaborative opportunities for students. “Through STEM we practice curiosity, collaboration, critical thinking – important skills and mindsets for life and career readiness,” said Buckingham Elementary Principal Michelle Wilson.

Principal Wilson added, “In our rapidly changing world, STEM learning has the power to build equitable opportunities and meaningful learning for every student. It is fun, engaging, and lays an important foundation for pathways in career and technical education.”

We are proud of the educator leadership demonstrated by the Buckingham staff and to their continued commitment to this important work for our students.

Pictured: Katy Wyant (first grade teacher) and Kristine Hable (kindergarten teacher) representing the Buckingham Elementary team at STEMPOSIUM in Portland. September 2023.