Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics
STEM education is an approach to teaching and learning integrating the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Along with content knowledge, a strong STEM program establishes student behaviors, which include engagement in inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and investigation. The goal of STEM education is to prepare students for post-secondary study and the 21st century workforce.
STE(A)M fuses art and creativity with STEM to engage the whole child, and foster high achievement in all areas, by blending the arts, and sciences. Both STEM and STEAM employ the artistic process and scientific method of relying on exploration of ideas and possibilities. Both require high student engagement in exploring creative and critical thinking, which supports collaborative learning, STEAM compliments 21st century skills, particularly the “4 C’s:” creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication.
- Goshen Elementary School
- Dorothy Hains Elementary School
- Spirit Creek Middle School
- Wheeless Road Elementary School
The Robotics and Computer Programming Program at Spirit Creek Middle School furthers the concept of STEM education and narrows the focus to the fields of robotics and computer programming; through these programs, students will develop concrete skills and a knowledge base making them more competitive in a global and digital world. Students participating in this program will further focus on robotics and programming principles during connections coursework. Students learn to develop a computer programming mindset through a variety of object-oriented programming languages such as Java, C++, and Python. This knowledge base will then be used in the middle school years to control and manipulate competition robots for academic and extracurricular endeavors.