Explorer will continue our STEM Friday program this year in order to further interest and advance our students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Each Friday, one grade level will spend the day visiting the computer labs, Makerspace, and science rooms to complete hands-on projects while working in small groups. Mrs. Hays, Mrs. Dlarymple and Mr. Nelson will be leading the classes and using each grade level's curriculum focus to allow the students to use their creatvitiy and problem solving to conduct experiments and integrate the scientific method into their daily lives. Guest speakers from the science, technology, engineering, and math fields will visit the students during this time to relate their learning to real life experiences.
What is STEM?
STEM is an acronym for SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATH, and STEM in the school will focus on these subjects to help students gain the skills required to succeed in today's challenging world. This includes the ability to think criticially, solve complex problems and assist in advancing the nation in science and technology. It is a real world, problem-based approach to learning to improve the nation's competiveness in technology development. The term originally came from the National Science Foundation in the early 2000's.
"A STEM-literate student is not only an innovator and critical thinker, but is able to make meaningful connections between school, community, work and global issues. A STEM-litererate high school graduate can enroll in a college level course of study in science, technology, engineering, and math without the need for remediation. STEM skills are increasingly necessary to engage in a knowledge-based economy. There is solid evidence to suggest that the fastest growing and highest-wage jobs in the future years will be in STEM fields and all employees will need to utilize STEM skills for problem solving in a wide range of industries."