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The STEM Academy is designed to support students interested in building a strong foundation in the STEM content areas and to provide students with the opportunity to explore connections across different disciplines through additional experiences. All STEM Academy students will be enrolled in a STEM Advisory which will emphasize teamwork and peer to peer connections. Independent, creative thought will be encouraged through a personalized portfolio and a final culminating project.
Students who complete all of the components of the STEM Academy will receive the STEM Endorsement on their diploma to indicate that they have gone above and beyond in the areas of scientific exploration and creativity.
Students who wish to obtain a STEM Endorsement may start at any time in their high school career, however it is recommended to sign up at the end of 9th grade.
Course Numbers: Fall M130, Spring M132, or Online M131 .5 Elective credit Grades 11-12
This one semester course is for 11th and 12th grade students who need to meet the internship requirement of the STEM Academy. Pre-employment skills will be taught in conjunction with our Career Center. Students will then participate in a 40 hour internship at a local STEM business. Google Classroom will be used for keeping track of assignments.
If STEM Academy students are unable to fit the STEM Internship course into their schedule, they may sign up for Course Number M131 (the online option) to earn the 0.5 credit and meet the STEM Academy requirement. Students participating in the online version of this course will meet with the STEM Academy Leader to create a plan for the course and for participation in at least 40 hours of off campus career experiences.
It is also possible to complete the 40 hour internship requirement in the summer. This will require instructor approval and the completion of some preliminary coursework during the previous spring.