STEM education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The STEM Academy is a challenging program for students planning to enter college and prepare for careers in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field in a changing society. Students accepted into the program will be offered a rigorous, accelerated curriculum, beyond the regular high school curriculum rich in lab and work-based experiences. The STEM Academy courses are designed to challenge students with integrated technologies and extensive problem solving.
Opportunities to work with experts in the field and current technology both within the school and the community will be an essential part of the program and prove invaluable as students complete their capstone projects. “There are half a million jobs that can’t find Americans to hire because they don’t have the skills level. These are the jobs you most want to have in the future.” -Dr. S. James Gates, Jr. (2012 speech at Philander Smith College in Little Rock) STEM opens up a lot of opportunities for students applying for colleges and applying for jobs after college. It also provides students with the skill levels many jobs require that millions of people can not fulfill.
STEM Mission Statement: The mission is to promote and improve STEM education in order to inspire and prepare Maryland’s students to be career and college ready and STEM proficient members of society
STEM Vision Statement: Maryland’s vision is to be a leader in STEM education, preparing and inspiring generations of learners to meet the challenges of the global society through innovation, collaboration, and creative problem solving
Major Focus Points of the Maryland Education Strategic Plan:
- Professional learning
- STEM resources
- Learning experiences