The STEM Academy will build on the solid foundation that the k-6 Core Knowledge delivers. The goal is to integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics into every subject in grades 7-12, incorporating mastery- and project-based learning to empower and engage students in directing their own education. The goal of the STEM Academy is to increase students’ interest in science, engineering, and math through technology, and to prepare them for success in the 21st Century workforce.
The STEM Academy expects the following for students in grades 7-12:
The STEM Academy will help students apply what they learn and develop key cognitive skills through the integration of core academic subjects with project-based learning (PBL). Teachers will lead inquiry-based explorations, where student learning will be driven by a guiding question in a real-world application of knowledge. Students will work individually and in groups on projects that demonstrate knowledge, innovation, creativity, communication skills, collaboration, and problem-solving ability. Some projects will be created and/or curated by teachers, some will be conceived by the students themselves, and many will come from STEM community partnerships and local industries and community leaders, giving students an opportunity to learn by solving real world problems.