Our vision for STEM-focused innovation calls for schools that provide the tools and space for exploration and invention and that foster a culture of inquiry among students and teachers. STEM curriculum emphasizes connections in the fields of math and science, meaningfully integrates technology, and introduces and engages students in the engineering design process. The arts and humanities further support the STEM focus, and all courses highlight the role of STEM in our global society.
STEM-focused schools value and cultivate creativity and develop the problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills that drive innovation. Extracurricular activities, summer programs, virtual opportunities, and internships provide learning experiences that increase students' awareness of and interest in STEM and its importance in sustaining and improving our lives.
In addition to our typical measures of achievement, STEM indicators of success include student excitement about coming to school, enthusiasm for learning, and a passionate interest in the world. Student show confidence and perseverance when faced with a challenge. They can gather and analyze relevant information and synthesize knowledge and skills to solve real problems in thoughtful and ethical ways.
For more information about North Carolina New Schools' work in STEM education and how we are building a cadre of STEM schools across North Carolina, visit our STEM site or download our 12-page overview.
Click here to download the "NC STEM Education Strategic Plan" from the Department of Public Instruction.