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STEM

STEM is an acronym for a curriculum approach integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM courses and programming typically involve students using and applying knowledge of these four disciplines to think critically, solve problems, and find new solutions for real-world applications. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM will drive innovation and competitiveness in the United States as new companies and industries strive to innovate and incorporate new technology. However, the supply and availability of STEM workers is at a tremendous deficit. Additionally, according to the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce, 47% of STEM graduates with a bachelor’s degree earn a higher salary than PhD students in non-STEM areas. As Jackson County Schools prepares students to be globally competitive, STEM programming will be a distinct district initiative.

Current STEM Initiatives in Jackson County Schools:

  • Science Olympiad
  • First Lego League Robotics
  • S.M.A.R.T. (Smoky Mountain Area Robotics Teams)
  • STAC (Student Technology Advisory Councils)
  • 3-D Printing
  • STEM Classrooms

Course Offerings (varies by school):

  • Technology, Engineering & Design
  • Technological Design
  • Principles of Technology
  • Technology, Design & Innovation
  • Computer Skills & Applications
  • Genetics
  • Honors Physics
  • Ecology
  • North Carolina Wildlife
  • Forensic Science
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Biomedical Technology
  • Health Science I
  • Health Science II
  • Nursing Fundamentals
  • Multimedia and Webpage Design
  • Digital Media I
  • Digital Media II
  • Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, IT Academy
  • Horticulture I
  • Horticulture II
  • Agriscience Applications
  • Agricultural Mechanics I
  • Agricultural Mechanics II
  • SREB College Math
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Honors Calculus
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus
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