Creating STEM schools is not yet an exact science. Feeling our way down this path, we awaken to the fact that this experience seems different. Not as familiar to us, the way is not clearly marked. Presidential goals for the nation are published. States are drawing up Visions, funding initiatives. School systems are raising the STEM flag.
Awakening Your STEM School just for teachers, principals and business leaders who are daily cobbling together their STEM school, seeking inspiration and valuable suggestions. A bright, informative narrative, here are actionable ideas – proven to be very successful, evolving a pioneering STEM school surrounded by breathtaking technology. Awaken the faculty, the business community and the students to the amazing transformation that awaits with STEM schools.
The school from which the book is centered around is located in the old terminal building of a major international airport, surrounded by the high technology of modern aviation. The foresight of local educators choosing this location of this Aviation magnet STEM school contributed to its early pioneering transformation over 15 years ago.
The neighborhood is surrounded by some of the most amazing technology on earth. Students interact with these high technology employers regularly. Local community leaders constantly advance STEM education to meet the needs for candidates for this high-tech workplace. NASA Langley Research Center, Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command and Canon Virginia surround this Academy.
The approach is simple and focused. Bring industry to the school where the culture and curriculum are integrated to model real world applications. Make your actions deliberate and focused on the students. Enable the teachers and faculty to become inspired, playing key roles in the planning and implementation.
Just remember, no matter where a school or program is in the advancement toward STEM education, the catalyst for transformation is already there – residing in the heart of the teachers and leadership.
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