Exploding things in the parking lot, dropping eggs from the second floor, growing and experimenting with plants and testing erosion with dirt are just a few examples of the hands-on learning that is the basis for our program. The real world science applications and Next Generation Science Standards are applied through energetic, creative, project-based, collaborative engineering activities. Students engage in the scientific method and keep detailed notes while writing observations in journals. We value curiosity, exploration, mistakes, and student-led inquiry.
Integration of our STEM program has made a big impact on the way our students think about science and what it means to incorporate real world experiences day in and day out. Our Science teacher, Forest Campbell produces real-world meaningful learning for our students. He lets them develop thinking, reasoning, investigative, and creative skills, so they can function and thrive in our highly technological world.
What is STEM education?
STEM education refers to the integrated teaching and learning of the subjects science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM education is usually presented through hands-on and relevant real-world learning experiences.
Why is STEM important?
STEM is important because our world depends on it. The economy, our general well-being—it’s all backed by science, technology, engineering, and math.
2.4 million STEM jobs projected to go unfilled this year. There wouldn’t be a severe underrepresentation of women in STEM fields. There wouldn’t be just as much of an underrepresentation of minorities.
STEM and innovation go hand in hand. So while this might be the latest STEM job vacancy multiplier, it surely won’t be the last. It’s not out of the question to think that kids will be working jobs we haven’t even dreamed of.