STEM is an acronym for the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In today’s competitive economy, more and more employers are searching for high-skilled workers with STEM-related skills: problem-solving, critical thinking, innovation, multi-tasking, and the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of colleagues.
The NYC Department of Education's STEM Education Framework describes STEM education as a methodology that "involves the study of science and mathematics, and the meaningful integration of technology and engineering to provide opportunities for innovative problem-solving. Using the engineering design process, students identify problems, develop and test possible solutions, and ultimately reach a solution."
"Studies have identified the elementary school years as the period when students develop their interests in STEM and STEM careers..."
Improving STEM Curriculum and Instruction: Engaging Students and Raising Standards, successfulSTEMeducation.org
By incorporating STEM education into the regular curriculum, elementary schools are in the perfect position to foster in girls and boys, at a young age, an interest in these subjects that continues through to high school, college, and the workplace.
Good Shepherd School’s STEM education program focuses on a student-centered learning environment that is engaging, solution-minded, and fun. On a daily basis, students participate in classroom activities that encourage them to engage in questioning, problem-solving, collaboration and hands-on activities while addressing real life issues.
At Good Shepherd School, we provide our students with a technology-centered education through our Blended Learning Program. Blended Learning is the use of both online and in-person learning experiences to enhance student achievement. Students develop a unique learning path catered to their individual needs, while teachers have instant access to data about student learning and understanding that helps them better address students’ strengths and weaknesses. Our technology allows for personalized lessons in math, science, and ELA. All classrooms, including our Early Childhood classrooms, are equipped with SMART Boards and students in Grades 3 - 8 utilize Chromebooks on a daily basis.
Students meet in our newly renovated Computer Lab for programming classes taught by a college-level instructor with a Masters in Computer Engineering. The highly interactive curriculum engages young minds and encourages critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration.
Our Mathematics program is designed to motivate every student to learn, understand, and love math. Through Blended Learning, students utilize technology that allows for individualized lessons. In Grades 5-8, students are placed into one of two Math classes, taught by certified teachers holding Masters degrees, in order to provide personalized instruction for their targeted ability level. 8th Graders who satisfy the necessary prerequisites have the opportunity to participate in our Regents-level Algebra class. Students who pass this class are able to place out of their mandatory high school Algebra 1 class.