STEM in the jr high Setting

STEM Looks a lot different in the Jr. High Setting

  • No 3D printing STEM Classes
  • No Minecraft STEM Classes
  • No individualized STEM clubs during the periods
  • etc.



Is engineering the driving force behind our STEM problem-solving?

Heavy focus on an engineering design process – an organized method of approaching and solving problems.

We've been covering this all year!


Will our students gain a deep understanding of the content areas?

The STEM curriculum you choose should strongly connect the disciplines and eliminate forever the student question

“Why do I need to learn this?"


Do our students work to solve real-world problems?

Science & Engineering Fair, Genius Hour, etc.

Throughout their Jr. High school years, students should learn how to

ask and investigate

questions about the world they experience through daily living.


Are our instructional approaches engaging?

STEM teaching should involve

inquiry-based lessons

where kids carry out hands-on investigations that encourage critical thinking and problem solving.


Does our curriculum address ways of successfully engaging students in teamwork?



Is technology used appropriately in addressing our STEM challenges?

Technology should be presented as more than computers; technology includes all tools used to make life easier and better.

The curriculum will likely acknowledge that students actually create technologies as they create products to address real-world problems.


Are our students taught communication skills?

STEM coursework should help them learn and value productive communication at personal, team and public levels


Does our curriculum include authentic assessment?

students need to be tested in practical ways

Look for curriculum that suggests ways to assess changes in creativity, student attitudes, student participation, the classroom environment, teamwork skills, communication skills, and so on.

Assessment=Collecting information

A great STEM curriculum, taught by teachers who know how to engage kids and “guide on the side,” will not only produce more young scientists in the future, it will serve as a true antidote for the most dreaded middle school malady:


The truth is that STEM encompasses the most engaging, hands-on subjects in our schools. Strong STEM skills lead to more beautiful art, more engrossing performances, and more polished productions.

STEM classes develop those soft skills that so many careers need, and so many students lack – skills like communication, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and data analysis.

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