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STEM Education

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education.  STEM is an interdisciplinary and applied project-based approach that integrates and focuses on real-world applications, interdisciplinary and cohesive learning, creativity, problem-solving, higher-order thinking skills, collaboration, teaching innovation, and exploration.  
 
“The future of the economy is in STEM,” says James Brown, the executive director of the STEM Education Coalition in Washington, D.C. “That’s where the jobs of tomorrow will be.” Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) support that assertion. Employment in occupations related to STEM is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. That’s an increase of about 1 million jobs over 2012 employment levels.  
 
All Saints Catholic School recognizes the importance of STEM education and is committed to technology and its use to prepare students for tomorrow's world.  Many teachers incorporate STEM education into lessons and special projects throughout the year.  In addition, new STEM technologies have been added and incorporated school-wide. 
  • 3D Printing: 3D printing - allows users to turn any digital file into a three dimensional physical product or create their own
  • Robotics: Dash & Dot, Ozobots, LEGO Mindstorms EV3
  • Coding: Coding apps integrated with robotics
  • Virtual Reality: zSpace - an Immersive and interactive desktop experience that brings learning to life 
All Saints middle school students and teachers are participating in the STEM Inventor’s Challenge with the South Florida Science Museum and the Stiles-Nicholson Foundation.  The purpose is to introduce our students to a range of emerging technologies and inspire them to take an active role in solving real world problems.  As a result we were provided with the following:
    • 3D printer and enough filament to introduce students to 3D printing
    • Online resources including video tutorials, printable resources, and an Edmodo support group
    • Participation in live events (MakerSpace workshops)