According to the U.S. Department of Education, “…it’s more important than ever that our nation’s youth are prepared to bring knowledge and skills to solve problems, make sense of information, and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions.
These are the kinds of skills that students develop in science, technology, engineering, and math—disciplines collectively known as STEM. If we want a nation where our future leaders, neighbors, and workers have the ability to understand and solve some of the complex challenges of today and tomorrow, and to meet the demands of the dynamic and evolving workforce, building students’ skills, content knowledge, and fluency in STEM fields is essential.”
Through creativity, innovation, and critical thinking, students practice STEM through real-life applications both in and out of the classroom.
STEM courses in middle school and high school serve as a stepping stone for students who are interested in taking STEM related pathways through the Sioux City Career Academy or AP courses in specific business or marketing subjects.
The STEM standards for grades 6-12 illustrate what your child will learn in middle school and high school. View the STEM learning outcomes below to learn why STEM education is so important to our young learners.