"We applied a methodology to rural and urban areas of below average and average students and were able to produce globally competitive innovators that have received national and international recognition."
-Dr. Lorna Finman, Founder STEM Charter Academy
What is a STEM School?
STEM schools are the perfect model for an innovative age. The curriculum puts a special focus on problem-based learning so that the students can instantly apply the knowledge they're gaining. This integrated system is key to long-term memory of the subject matter.
What is Integrated STEM Curriculum?
It is learning that is cross-curricular and brings together interactive concepts from multiple disciplines versus keeping them in “silos”. It represents the real world where disciplines are not isolated and in fact, is more natural. Integrated STEM has been shown to improve student achievement, and help students to develop more confidence and competence in the process.
How do I get started doing STEM in my School?
Our team of STEM professionals has extensive knowledge of Best Practices in STEM at all levels. We know what is out there, what has worked and what has not worked. We have not only researched worldwide best practices in curriculum, STEM projects, and after school programs, but we have been hands-on with many of them -- including building our own STEM schools from the ground up.
We can customize and work with your school or district to implement a multi-year strategy and road map depending on what level you wish to achieve. We can provide ongoing support to keep you up to date with new programs, and help with tractability to standards.
Characteristics of a Fully Integrated STEM School and STEM Teachers
North Idaho STEM Charter Academy is an award winning school, and an excellent example of a Fully Integrated STEM Curriculum. Here are some characteristics of this Level 4 STEM school:
Opportunities to showcase student work (community events, competitions)
Classrooms designed for more student collaboration
Virtual learning is incorporated to promote more collaboration
Positive culture of innovation, creativity, inquiry among students, teachers and administrators
Technology incorporated as relevant tools
Easy access of progress for students, parents
Professional Development for teachers ongoing for growth
Connection to STEM careers built in to regular instruction
Students participate in goal setting
Opportunities for extended learning and after school STEM programs
Students have direct experience with STEM professionals
Project/Problem based learning is an interdisciplinary teaching strategy
Teachers facilitate, guide and help students investigate
Students work more in teams on a daily basis in projects
Student discussion is encouraged
Real world projects/problems incorporated
Decision making made by all school staff
Schedules allow for teaching of individual subjects, ample time for projects which integrate them, teacher planning, co-teaching, and non traditional courses.
Teachers observe their colleagues
Partners with community