The STEM Education focus evolved from our quest to meet the needs of our diverse student population. Our journey began in 2003, when
Through a joint effort of all stakeholders, the STEM Education focus came to light. Additional research, site visits (McCants, HWEC, Marietta Center of Advanced Academics, North Springs Elementary School, Richmond, Virginia, etc.), collaboration with Gateway to Technology and Project Lead the Way teachers, participation in workshops and symposiums, book studies, conversations with state and national leaders in STEM education, and partnerships with local universities and businesses prompted us to pilot the Engineering by Design program with our Project Challenge students and to implement an after-school STEM program for other students. The impact of STEM Education in these programs, the results of a faculty survey (99% “buy-in”), coupled with the overwhelming support of our PTA, SIC, and other community members inspired us to take this concept school-wide.
We believe that our STEM Education focus fits perfectly into a framework that fosters and encourages interdisciplinary instruction for our students. The integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through problem and inquiry-based learning and a solid core curriculum is resulting in a truly relevant, real-world educational experience for our students – one that should prepare them well for the future occupations they will hold.
It is our desire to prepare students to become global citizens who use problem solving skills and the inquiry process to think divergently. A focus on STEM Education is the means by which we are accomplishing this mission. As the Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering, we are... Investing in today and inventing tomorrow!