STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

In Spring Lake Park, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education engages students in interdisciplinary, inquiry based, real-world problem solving.  Students use higher order thinking skills to ask questions, investigate and create solutions. They use data to reflect, analyze and refine their solutions.  Finally, they evaluate and communicate those results.  Our approach to STEM is both programmatic and integrated within all courses.

Here is what STEM looks like in Spring Lake Park Schools:

  • Students are “STEM literate” and communicate, think, read and write like professionals in and across all content areas and courses
  • Students use inquiry and the design process to ask questions, design and refine to solve a real-world problem
  • Students collaborate through learning from and working with each other across content areas
  • STEM learning experiences include connections made with community and global enterprises
  •  STEM learning experiences integrate technology into learning
  • Students experience multiple opportunities to create and recreate with the understanding that failing is part of the learning and revising process
  • Inquiry in STEM learning allows for student inspiration, choice and voice
  • STEM learning experiences include at least one of the core areas of STEM
  • The district’s 3D Design process is used as our engineering cycle and guides learning
First page of the PDF file: 3DDesignfinal

Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings

Students with science goggles on
Student building hydraulic crane
Students designing Lego machines