The pace of change is accelerating in the modern world. Today’s citizen needs to be adaptable and innovative, making it more important than ever that creating a life-long learner be the goal of education. More than facts, students will need problem-solving skills to overcome the challenges that lie over their horizon.
Many innovative solutions in the real world integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Rather than focusing on these four disciplines in isolation, learning within the integrated STEM mindset hones adaptability and creativity. Providing authentic learning experiences with inquiry or engineering design approaches develops students’ critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
Educating all students for success in life is the mission of the Anchorage School District. Because career opportunities for graduates are increasing in STEM fields, exposure to STEM learning is emphasized in K-12 curriculum and CTE pathways.