STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy. (Tsupros, 2009)
UMS-Wright has for many years made a commitment to the teaching of science and mathematics. Students are required to earn a minimum of four credits in both science and mathematics as a condition of graduation. We offer Advanced Placement (AP) Biology, Chemistry, Physics I, and Physics C, as well as Honors Anatomy and Physiology. In mathematics, a majority of our students complete either Introduction to Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, or AP Calculus BC during their senior year. In addition, we offer AP Environmental Science, AP Statistics, and AP Computer Science A through our Virtual Learning Program in collaboration with the Florida Virtual School – Global School.
For the 2014-2015 school term, UMS-Wright is delighted to announce the introduction of a broad based STEM initiative that will impact students in all three divisions of the school. This initiative is being completed through a partnership with Pitsco Education – a noted leader in the area of STEM education. Students will participate in “hands-on” experiences in which they will have the opportunity to reinforce those academic concepts they are learning in the classroom. In addition, they will gain valuable experience in the application of soft skills – teamwork, collaboration, and problem solving to name a few. Students are required to think critically and communicate outcomes effectively. Career connections are constantly reinforced to aid students as they begin to think about college and beyond.
For more details and a brief overview of our new STEM programs by grade level, please click here.