Innovation is impossible without the ability to dream and discover. The inventors of tomorrow are today's dreamers. Columbus Public Schools STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Academy wants to help them branch out and grow roots in their career. STEM fosters creativity and innovative thinking and teaches students to become problem-solvers.
STEM education prepares students to become the next innovators, doers and inspiring minds of the future. STEM Academy graduates will have a better ability to assess problems, employ STEM concepts and apply creative solutions in their daily lives.
The STEM Academy will affect the future by meeting the needs and wants of industry. Columbus has the distinction of being the birthplace of public power and the first designated industrial site in the United States. Carrying on that proud heritage, STEM Academy will provide a wealth of trained technicians for those industries in Columbus requiring skilled workers. STEM Academy will inspire students to grow roots where they are planted, by obtaining jobs in the community and stimulating local economy.
Families will prosper much like a growing garden of infinite possibilities. Students will discover new realms of learning and infinitely grow through inquiry and investigation. By studying their natural world through science and creating solutions to problems using technology, STEM students will change the world. They will use the language of numbers, shapes and quantities in math to solve problems and use the design process to find solutions in engineering. Parents will see their children thrive and grow in their chosen profession.
STEM education will be integrated throughout the school with an emphasis on a team approach where math and science come alive due to the technology and engineering principles being used. STEM Academy will build learning connections among subjects with a focus on problem-solving, innovative thinking, communications, productive teamwork, generating multiple ideas and decision-making.
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STEM emphasizes the engineering design process and the scientific method. In a traditional setting, subjects are treated as separate entities, but with STEM the subjects connect across disciplines. STEM branches out and connects education with businesses and community through internships. Overall, STEM connects classroom learning to the outside world.
The NASA SCI Files
How Stuff Works
Society of Women Engineers
Association for Women in Mathematics
Association for Women in Science
The Jason Project
The National Inventors Hall of Fame
The Tech Museum of Innovation
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration provides the following information on encouraging your child’s interest in STEM: