Dublin Villager

Clavin named district's new STEM initiatives manager

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Kimberly Clavin is the Dublin City School District's manager of STEM initiatives and the new position aims to increase STEM programs and interest in STEM subjects among students.

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, programming this year.

The position is funded by federal Race to the Top money.

"We have a Race to the Top STEM grant and as we were looking forward on how to expand programs we were looking for someone who has experience in the industry and instruction," said Eydie Schilling, Dublin City School District executive director of learning and teaching..

Clavin boasts experience as a mechanical engineer and worked at Honda and as an instructional development specialist at Ohio State University.

"Kimberly Clavin has the right balance of industry and educational experience to take our STEM program to the next level," Schilling said.

"She is an enthusiastic instructional leader who will work collaboratively with our teachers and community to provide rich STEM experiences for students."

Right now, students can start STEM programs in eighth grade and at high school have access to the Engineering Academy, Business Academy and Biomedical Research Academy.

At the Business Academy, students learn the ropes of business by running a printing and design company.

The Biomedical Research Academy gives students a half day look at the biomedical profession with career-based rotations and a research investigation.

An Energy and Environmental Academy is also in the works.

Clavin's job will be to find other programs at the high school level by forming relationships in the community. She'll also work to expand programs and interest to younger grades.

"She'll work on opportunities for students more centrally based and some programs to excite younger students," Schilling said. "She's going to build a K-12 program."

With a past in the STEM industry, Clavin has seen the importance of a STEM education.

"Careers in science, technology, engineering and math are expanding rapidly resulting in a need for students to fill a much needed gap in the workforce," Clavin said.

"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,careers in STEM fields will grow 29 percent by 2020," Clavin said.

"The STEM field continues to grow rapidly and provides high paying, stable careers."

Clavin is considered part of the district administration, but will be based at Karrer Middle School.

"She'll have a location for training there," Schilling said.