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A brief history of STEM

The origins of STEM are rooted in the space race of the 1950’s between the Soviet Union (Russia) and the United States. From the launching of the first unmanned satellite in 1957, winning the race for supremacy in space was seen as essential for technological superiority and for national security.  A succession of Presidents, to the present day, has echoed the sentiment. In 2010, President Obama spoke thus:  American students must move… “from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math over the next decade – for we know that the nation that out-educates us today will out-compete us tomorrow.  Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today—especially in science, technology, engineering and math.” This need to educate our students in these subjects, and the difficult time schools have had at improving student scores in these areas, have been a constant source of concern, and of educational reform. Among the most recent reforms are the Common Core State Standards and the Next generation Science Standards. These standards encourage the integration of the disciplines, and the shift away from a teacher-centered classroom to a problem-centered one, where the application of knowledge takes precedence over the simple recall of facts, and where engineering and design knit together to produce concrete, creative results. STEM is under a year old at Village Glen, but in that time we have propelled the curriculum and the manner of teaching it into the 21st century. We are driven to graduate students who are capable of embarking on STEM careers, and we are actively engaging them to do so. From programming to Computer Science, from 3D modeling to 3D printing, Village Glen graduates are educated for careers where technical expertise and hands-on problem-solving count. That these are areas where those on the spectrum have not traditionally shone only makes the outcome that much more sweet.

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