Middle school can be a hard time for students, and social priorities can outweigh academic ones. Unfortunately, during middle school students can form negative opinions of math and science and often retain those biases – permanently. By the time students reach high school, many view science as “uninteresting, unimportant, and irrelevant to their lives.” But programs in middle school that help “connect the dots” between STEM and real life make science and math feel relevant for kids, keeping them engaged and interested
While academic interest can wanes in the middle-school years, students are already forming serious opinions about future career paths. Exposure to STEM programs during this time helps students to seriously consider jobs in engineering, technology, manufacturing, biology, etc. Many are perhaps looking at these career possibilities for the first time. These aspirations inform critical future choices, such as choosing STEM classes in high school or even applying to STEM-centered magnet schools. These small decisions are what lead to adult careers in STEM fields
Not every student who takes STEM classes in middle school will pursue a STEM-related career, but the skills they gain can be applied to any field. Since STEM programs specifically hone analytical reasoning and problem solving, all students stand to benefit!
Engaging in hands-on learning is critical to reaching middle-school students – and, STEM education is the perfect vehicle. Instead of boring long classes, students should be inspired to fully engage in projects: conducting experiments, making decisions, and learning through trial and error.
Here is a fairly comprehensive list of supplies we can use for the Foot Orthosis (brace) and the new Rube Goldberg Machines project.
Students are dissecting a sheep brain in their Medical Detective class.
Our STEM department is collecting recycled items for use in projects and would love to give your used items a home. Boxes, bubble wrap, paper towel rolls, foam, fabric, and 2-liter bottles are just some of the materials we need.…Continue Reading
It’s that time of year again – Our Design and Modeling students will complete a design challenge at the beginning of the semester using repurposed and recycled materials. If you are in the market to de-clutter please bring your donations…Continue Reading
Hamilton band students, We are having a FREE percussion clinic for ONLY percussion students next Wednesday, Sept. 8th right after school from 4:15 pm-5:45 pm. Parents don’t need to do anything except make sure to pick up their child from Hamilton MS at 5:45 pm. Our guest…Continue Reading