What is STEM?
STEM education refers to science, technology, engineering and math, disciplines that are important not only for students but for the country in general. As these classes are often more demanding on students, STEM programs encourage students to enroll in and learn these subjects to improve international competitiveness in important fields.
The question of "Why STEM?" comes up in conversation quite often. The answer is complex, and often elusive. It can be qualified in regard to students practicing and using the 21st Century skills that are highly sought after by employers such as creativity, innovation, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, self-direction, etc. It can be observed in classrooms and labs where students who are immersed in STEM learning are highly engaged in rigorous and relevant learning utilizing industry-grade tools, software, and output devices. But it can also be quantified with data.
Did you know that...
- Sixty percent of the new jobs available in the 21st century will require skills possessed by only 20 percent of the current workforce. (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce)
- STEM occupations are expected to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared with 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations. (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce)
- Eighty percent of jobs created in the next decade will require some form of math and science skills. (Source: National Science Foundation)
- Colorado has one of the highest per capita concentrations of science, research, and engineering facilities in the nation, with 24 federally-funded research labs. (Source: Colorado STEM Education Roadmap)
Schools with STEM Programming
- Abrams Elementary
- Mountainside Elementary
- Patriot Elementary
- Fountain Middle School
- Carson Middle School
- Fountain-Fort Carson High School
Secondary Course Offerings
Fountain Middle School:
- STEM Exploratory (6th grade only)
- PLTW Design and Modeling
- PLTW Computer Science for Innovators and Makers
- PLTW Automation and Robotics
- Advanced Arduino and Robotics
Carson Middle School:
Fountain-Fort Carson High School:
- Intro to Engineering Design
- Principles of Engineering
- Computer Science Principles
- Principles of Biomedical Science
- Human Body Systems
- Medical Interventions
(Click on the links above for course descriptions from Project Lead The Way)
Project Lead The Way
Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 is excited to implement Project Lead The Way (PLTW) in our schools. PLTW is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. PLTW gives students hands-on, project-based experiences to help them lead their own learning.
Our goal is to help students develop the skills needed to succeed in higher education and today's global economy.
Learn more about Project Lead The Way by visiting their website.