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What is STEM?

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Promoting Curiosity and Nurturing Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics… As educators we know providing learners with unique experiences increases their classroom interest and eventually influences their academics while in school. The STEM Club at St. Michael’s School introduces students to interesting concepts that involve science, technology, engineering, and math – all cleverly disguised as “fun,” sparking their intellectual curiosity beyond the classroom. The SMS STEM Club undertaking is to advance high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education by providing a myriad interactive STEM real-world applications. The club emphasis is on interactive lessons and activities that teach the engineering design processes, develop problem-solving skills, and build learners for life. Beyond focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, the STEM Club provides the opportunity to teach students what to do when they do not know what to do, how to process and take action in new and uncomfortable situations, and how to understand, interact, and lead in the jobs, communities, and the world in which they live. With peer collaboration and participation in fun hands-on labs and projects that mirror the real-world work of scientists and engineers, SMS students experience creativity and innovation, practice communication and collaboration, conduct research, apply information, think critically, solve problems, make decisions and use technology effectively and productively. Over the course of the year, students will participate in Lego Mindstorms Robotics, become knowledgable of the engineer’s (student’s) tool box, learn how things work, complete engineering design projects, reverse engineering, root cause analysis of past engineering disasters, engage in electronics, forces and energy, partake in field trips and learn from guest speakers.