Thursday, February 12, 2015

STEM Education at Summit

"... Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today—especially in science, technology, engineering and math." President Barack Obama, September 16, 2010

There are many acronyms in education, and one that you may have heard of is STEM. STEM simply stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education.

Because knowledge as well as application of STEM is becoming increasingly necessary for 21st century careers, Summit focuses on STEM through both our Project Time classes as well as Expedition electives, such as with Design Engineering, Music Studio Production, and Computer Science. In our classes, students get a chance to tackle some of the real-world problems they would face in their careers. For example, our 7th graders had their chemical engineer hats on and just finished designing an innovative product for their clients. One client had athletes suffering from heat exhaustion and needed a way to keep them cool. Another client needed a heating device to make the arduous climb up Mt. Shasta.

Below, students at Summit K2 in Richmond, CA are presenting their thoughtful designs. Go Summit K2 Dragons!

Check out some interesting careers in STEM from robotics engineers to crime scene investigators, and explore PBS' STEM Resources for engaging STEM activities.

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