Science • Technology • Engineering • Math

A cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications

STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The term is somewhat new, but the foundation of knowledge in the area is older. The STEM curriculum encompasses the desired learning that students will need to prepare them for their lives in a future that perhaps they don't quite understand themselves.


A primary objective of STEM is to integrate the teaching of the four composite areas so that students better understand the connections among the areas. Most students already understand this concept, but all students must understand it.


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STEM objectives


The STEM Department is using a variety math and science initiatives in order to achieve the goals of:


  • Partnering with the local organizations to offer community-based STEM opportunities for all ASD students 
  • develop in all students the content, skills and practices of STEM disciplines that will prepare all students for future success in STEM college programs and/or careers.
  • Assisting students in understanding the connections between scientific inquiry and engineering design and their ability to read, write and apply math and science skills.
  • Building student confidence, strengthening their abilities to question, research, design, engineer and present solutions to local programs and issues.





Having the methodology of science to turn our native curiosity into knowledge gives us the power and possibility of invention, of finding solutions to problems. 





Math is about much more than enrolling in advanced classes in high school. It is about the skills students need in order to accomplish daily tasks and set and reach their goals




Find a variety of resources available to parents, teachers and students interested in exploring local activities, websites and contests related to STEM topics.







TrophyNo program is successful without teachers to support it; check out these award-winning STEM teachers:


Biology teacher honored

Congratulations to Chugiak High School's Aaron Kallas who is the recipient of the 2013 Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award. Read more about Aaron and the award »


Math and science teaching award finalists

Six ASD educators were selected as state-level finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Program. Congratulations to these outstanding teachers:

  • Leesa Wingo, KCC
  • Ben Walker, Romig MS
  • Amy Laufer, Title I Dept.
  • Kathryn Kurtz, STEM Dept.
  • Tasha Barnes, Wendler MS
  • Joshua Hall, Dimond

Learn more about what makes these educators so outstanding »