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What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM will use innovation, collaboration, and problem-based learning to cultivate students' science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills. Considering predictions that 80% of new jobs will require math, science, and engineering, and more than 50% of the technical work force will retire soon, it is more important than ever to inspire students to pursue careers in all of these fields.


Program Description

The program revolves around solving global problems utilizing a problem-based learning model that begins with a global issue and works toward finding solutions to that issue. The curriculum emphasizes connections within and between the fields of mathematics and science with heavy and meaningful integration of technology. The arts and humanities further integrate the STEM disciplines, and all courses highlight the role of STEM in the global society and economy.

Theme-based schools provide the opportunity for students for advanced learning as well as hands-on learning and enrichment experiences. Each student will continue to study the DPI's Standard Course of Study, however, the focus of the curricular experiences will be theme-based. All students will be measured at the end of each year by the current End of Grade and End of Course exams. Schools will also be held accountable for making Academic Yearly Progress in all subgroup areas.

The STEM experience can begin or continue at J. N. Fries. This grade 6-8 program will continue the use of problem-based learning approaches to delivering the curriculum. This program will again focus on global issues that require the use of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to find solutions.



STEM Curriculum
• Science
• Technology
• Mathematics
• Language Arts
• Social Studies
• Health/Physical Education
• Arts (Band, Chorus, Art)