MST Magnet brochure
Beaver Technology Center is a K-5 magnet school with an emphasis on math, science, and technology. Our mission is to provide a positive, diverse, collaborative, and interactive learning environment that supports 21st century learners.
For Beaver Tech kids, school is a fun, exciting, and an engaging place to be, where learning is connected to their world. We integrate technology to address the learning needs and styles of all students. Technology is incorporated throughout the day to engage students at high levels of critical thinking and for students to create quality products that are relevant and demonstrate real world problem-solving skills.
The magnet qualification process is separate from the district’s choice process. The requirements to qualify for the Math, Science, Technology magnet program are:
- 75th percentile on reading and math achievement tests
- Report card grades of 80+ in math and science
- Pass all other subjects on report card
- Pass STAAR (grades 3-5)
- No serious discipline problems
Visit the Magnet Programs section of the GISD website for more information on qualification and application.
The majority of the population are selected from a pool of qualified applicants. To encourage diversity, children from the surrounding neighborhood are also included in the school.
What makes us different?
Beaver is a Math Science Technology Magnet. We use our one-to-one ratio of iPads and MacBooks daily. Our classrooms are equipped with SMART Boards. That said, our technology is not what defines us. The way we use our technology is what sets us apart.
We are educating 21st Century students to be successful in a 21st Century world. To that end, three skills are essential, and these are skills we emphasize at Beaver.
- Each person responsible for quality of work, staying on task
- Strategies for discussion and decision-making
- Project management by prioritizing tasks, self-monitoring progress
- Work with diverse group members.
- Develop content for audience
- Effective oral presentations
- Use visuals and multimedia to enhance presentations
- Respond to audience questions
Critical thinking/problem solving
- Define problem, ask relevant questions
- Gather pertinent information, evaluate quality and validity of information
- Organize, analyze, synthesize information into defendable conclusions
- Consider alternative
MacBooks, iPads, wireless technology
Beaver Tech students and staff use 21st Century technology skills to problem solve. Our students use MacBooks and iPads to create projects, and to work with apps that reinforce skills taught in class. Our wireless network allows students to share information and interact with teachers and peers digitally throughout the building.
SMART Boards: interactive technology
Interactive Whiteboards are phenomenal tools that are changing the way teachers and students teach and learn. Beaver classrooms are outfitted with SMART Boards which create an interactive digital learning environment. Anything that can be done on a computer monitor, can be replicated on the interactive white board. This technology makes the traditional white board or projector come alive. Students love it!
Project based learning
Beaver MST students from kindergarten through fifth grade work together to solve real-world problems and to develop projects relevant to today’s society. This instructional design is known as Project Based Learning, and it is often referred to as PBL.
Career and college readiness
The Beaver STEAMschool Electives Program provides students opportunities to explore new areas of interest or to study a particular area in depth. The program offers courses in the following disciplines: basic engineering, computer science, science studies, multimedia, and interdisciplinary studies.