Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Thank you for visiting the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Department.
A sound STEM education is grounded in principles of inquiry, rigor and relevance. Students in STEM education are actively engaged in learning as they use real-world skills to gain knowledge. They have ample opportunities to manipulate materials and solve problems in ways that are developmentally appropriate for their age. Students work in an environment that encourages them to take risks, think critically, build models, observe patterns and recognize anomalies in those patterns.
Students are encouraged to ask questions, including not just the “how” and the “what” of observed phenomena, but also the “why.” They develop the ability, confidence and motivation to succeed academically and personally.
STEM literacy requires understandings and habits of mind that enable students to make sense of how our world works. As described in Project 2061’s “Benchmarks in Science Literacy,” “The Standards of Technological Literacy” and “Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics,” literacy in these subject areas enables people to think critically and independently. Scientifically- and technologically-literate citizens deal sensibly with problems that involve mathematics, evidence, patterns, logical arguments, uncertainty and problem-solving.
For specific information about math and science initiatives and programs, please see the toolbar on the lefthand side of this page.
STEM Supervisor, Grades 6-8: Mrs. Anne V. Richardson
(973) 361-0808, ext. 5256