Essex High School STEM Academy
The first STEM lecture series of the year is Tues, Sep 25 - Polly Mangan will be speaking. Polly is the Lead Data Scientist at a local tech start-up called Social Sentinel. She has worked as a Data Scientist in many fields throughout her career, but the common theme is turning huge quantities of data and into useful insights and predictions. She will discuss how she got to where she is, as well as what exactly it is that a Data Scientist does.
Inspiring the next generation of leaders and innovators in a globally connected world.
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. The STEM Academy is open to students in 10th through 12th grade. Students who wish to obtain a STEM Endorsement may sign up at the end of their 9th, 10th or 11th grade year.
STEM Academy Leader - Lea Ann Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.