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Check out what our students are learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math!
What is STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATH)?
Despite the global recession, the United States continues to face a workforce shortage in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. We must do a better job of tapping the talent of citizens who are underrepresented in STEM Fields: women, African Americans, Hispanics and American Indians. Our global competitiveness depends on our ability to attract and retain future generations in areas such as chemistry, engineering, the physical sciences, mathematics, and the computer sciences. (Source: Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy)
Competency–driven learning experiences allow students to acquire, use, and apply knowledge in solving real world problems.
Inquiry–based learning experiences foster and take advantage curiosity in order to develop analytic thinking, knowledge generation and application, and construction of meaning.
Problem–centered learning experiences allow students to find creative solutions to complex, open-ended problems.
Integrated Learning Experiences- serve to highlight connections within and across subject areas and real-world scenarios.
STEM education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM Standards of Practice guide STEM instruction by defining the combination of behaviors, integrated with STEM content, which are expected of a proficient STEM student.
The school’s educational approach is framed around four guiding principles:
An interdisciplinary program integrating the four areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
Inquiry-based instructional program with real world context
Emphasis on design and problem-solving leading to applications
Child-centered, community-based school focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics
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