“STEM” is a model of learning that blends four disciplines– science, technology, engineering, and math. Our core science and math courses are based upon the rigorous Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards in math. The time limitations of the school day do not always allow students to play with these ideas via the integration of technology and engineering to real-world applications.
In 2015-2016 our district began developing a STEM implementation plan that will result in adding STEM to the specials rotation at McCracken Middle School. Due to some exciting scheduling shifts we were able to make STEM an offering for our 6th grade students beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. During this time we also will be developing ed programming for our 7th and 8th grade students as well. Specifically, we have selected the “Project Lead the Way” program. All students will be enrolled in this specials course, which replaces the Probability and Statistics courses that were formerly a part of the specials schedule at McCracken.
For our younger students we offer after school enrichment in the form of coding and our district families have enjoyed attending winter and spring “Hour of Code” events held in the evening. Please watch the school websites and Weeklies for exact dates and times.
Learn more about STEM education by visiting the Live Science blog post “What is STEM Education?” or enjoy the video below.