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Local school shines with STEM

By: Irene Hilsendager
January 17, 2020

What do we know about STEM? STEM is a blended learning which separates it from the traditional science and math education and at the same time shows students how the scientific method can be applied to life as it is lived every day.

STEM education should begin while students are very young and in elementary school. This first step provides a real-world problem-based learning connecting all four of the STEM subjects. The goal is to get a students’ interest that they want to pursue the courses. There is an emphasis placed on bridging in-school and out-of-school STEM learning opportunities. 

In middle school the courses will become more challenging. Students will explore more STEM related careers.

During the high school years, the program focuses on the application of the subjects in a more challenging and rigorous manner. Courses are being prepared for post-secondary education and employment. 

Much of STEM curriculum is now aimed toward attracting underrepresented populations. Female students, as an example, are less likely to pursue a college major or career. The gap is increasing at a significant rate. Male students are more likely to pursue engineering and technology fields and stats show that female students prefer science fields, like biology, chemistry and marine biology. Overall, male students are three times more likely to be interested in pursuing a STEM career. 

 Information was found last week that our own local Technology High School is at number 857 out of 1,000 nationwide schools. Hurrah for Tech!