STEM is the top buzz word in education today. Why is it relevant? According to the Economics & Statistics Administration, STEM occupations are expected to grow 17% by 2018. They also state that STEM workers earn 26% more than non-STEM workers. With such growth in the number of STEM careers in the very near future, Massanutten Military Academy decided it was pertinent to add a STEM program to its academic curricula.
Once the decision was made to implement the hands-on, problem-solving curriculum , faculty members were sent to training and equipment was purchased to ensure the program was up and running for the 2014-15 school year. The first year of STEM was a huge success and a fantastic learning experience for all teachers and students.
As of the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, MMA has three STEM tracks for cadets to choose from- Biomedical, Computer Science and Engineering. Each track has 4 courses that allow cadets to think critically, collaborate, and explore new concepts. By the end of the 4th class, all cadets will have participated in an internship and developed a product.
MMA is adding a new STEM track spring 2016- Energy and Environmental Studies. This STEM track will present cadets with environmental issues and encourage them to find solutions.
We look forward to adding on to the STEM program and reaping the benefits of a cadet corps with critical thinking skills and a huge advantage in the workforce!
“Economics & Statistics Administration.” STEM: Good Jobs Now and For the Future. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2015.