Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs
The goal of the STEM magnet school program is to encourage the best and brightest students to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Colleges and universities in the United States do not currently graduate enough students to fill the available jobs in these fields.
In addition, STEM programs also benefit children who may one day decide not to pursue a STEM career field. Through a curriculum that teaches students to think critically, to create, to build and to solve problems, STEM magnet schools help students learn skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.
At STEM magnet schools,
- Students use advanced technology in all their classes, such as interactive whiteboards, ActiVotes, interactive slates, laptop computers with wireless Internet, flat-screen monitors and handheld technology.
- Science, technology, engineering and math are included in all subject areas.
- Decisions at each grade level are considered in light of the goal of encouraging students to pursue STEM careers.
- Students are encouraged to participate in after-school clubs such as Technology Student Association (TSA), Science Olympiad, FIRST Robotics Competition and rocket clubs.
- Field trips, shadowing experiences and internships provide opportunities to explore STEM careers.
STEM Programs are offered at:
Brunson Elementary School (Grades K-5): Foundations in Engineering
Hanes Magnet School (Grades 6-8): Math, Science and Pre-Engineering
Atkins Academic and Technology High School (Grades 9-12): Biotechnology, Scientific Visualization/Computer Technology, and Pre-Engineering