You’ve probably heard it…STEM education, and it’s more than just one of those educational “buzzwords” or a passing fad. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and school systems worldwide are heavily investing resources in the development and advocacy of programs that promote it. (You can read Tennessee’s Strategic STEM Plan here.) STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to teaching students these subjects in an integrated, hands-on way that promotes student inquiry, collaboration, and problem-solving. And although current and projected job data may drive the urgency of STEM ed, it is so much more than producing a technologically literate work force. It has at its heart providing students with the opportunity to experience these subjects in a way that’s authentic, relevant, and engaging. STEM education programs, by nature, are project-based and use the engineering design process and latest technologies to reinforce math and science skills.
In the May Board Meeting, RCS made its own commitment to STEM. What does this mean for your child?
First, your student will receive direct instruction in STEM, in addition to the high quality math, science, and technology instruction she already receives.
Second, expect school-wide STEM events to inspire students both in and outside of school.
As RCS completes its 1:1 technology initiative, each student will have the opportunity to use his iPad or laptop to support various STEM projects throughout the school year.
As we build this program from the ground up and develop a plan for STEM education that best meets the needs for our students, stay up-to-date with what’s going on by visiting this site or following us on Twitter