January 2015


STEM


What is STEM?


STEM, which stands for Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics, is an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, using rigorous academic concepts and real world experiences, to prepare students for success in higher education and an increasingly competitive global workforce.


Why STEM?


*70% of all existing jobs have a technical component and 90% of all future jobs will require technological knowledge. (Center for Educational Policy and Analysis)

*Careers in STEM fields are the fastest-growing and highest-paying positions in the 21st century global economy. (U.S. Dept. of Labor)


Our STEM Commitment


The Cherry Creek School District is committed to providing comprehensive, cutting-edge STEM Education in every school, for every student, so all students may engage in:

*Critical/creative thinking

*Collaborative problem solving

*Career exploration and preparation

*Using technology to create and communicate innovative solutions Our STEM Values *Inspire student interest and passion for STEM career paths.

*Foster creativity, invention, and critical thinking.

*Incorporate project-based, interdisciplinary curriculum supported through teacher and technology.

*Provide students with authentic STEM experiences including research opportunities and internships.

*Promote collaboration and partnership in STEM fields among students, partners, higher education, and industry.


December 2014

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.


That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history. Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week. This year, we're joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students!


Our Hour of Code is a statement that Indian Ridge is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we invite you to check out the video below. We also encourage you to try an hour for yourself.


See www.code.org for details. Happy Coding!

Hour of Code

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