In short, we all need to work together to bring STEM to Lakeshore Public Schools. So it’s no surprise that the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation has pledged to fill the funding gap that can make STEM learning opportunities within the reach of every Lakeshore student.
Our nation needs STEM.
We face challenges as never before in complicated issues such as cybersecurity and diseases that stubbornly resist cures. We need future leaders who can collaborate, gather evidence, take risks, and solve problems—exactly the skills acquired by students who study STEM.
Local business needs STEM.
Our employers want to hire a stellar workforce. Our community would be far different without the economic stimulus of companies like Whirlpool, LECO, Bosch, Gast, Lakeland Health, and many others who need employees skilled in STEM. As many as 26 million jobs in the U.S. require significant STEM knowledge, yet too few students choose STEM career pathways.
Lakeshore needs STEM.
STEM will begin at the middle school. We are evaluating the plan on transitioning into the high school and the elementaries over the next two years. The first courses will be in engineering and will provide hands-on experience for students in everyday problem solving.
We are prepared for STEM.
Our students have proven they have the ability to be innovative leaders. A well-designed STEM curriculum taps into students’ natural curiosity, using activity and project-based learning to spark interest that leads to well-paid, stimulating and secure careers.
Our teachers have the passion and talent to provide a rich learning environment. They need additional support, new strategies, and resources to bring STEM alive.
Our parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends want the most relevant education for students who will strengthen our communities.
Our school system has prepared well for this next project. We have recognized that education has taken a major shift. By transforming our libraries into 21st Century Learning Centers, we created information hubs that promote collaboration and creation. The STEM project complements the Learning Centers project, extends the concept of our existing Math/Science Center to all students, and fosters excellence and innovation in the areas of study that have made the U.S. a world leader.
Project Lead the Way
Facilitates the Implementation of STEM
Fortunately, a nonprofit organization called Project Lead the Way (PLTW) has already done exactly that – led the way! PLTW transforms the learning experience for K-12 students and teachers, making learning relevant and personal. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources enable teachers to engage their students in real-world learning.
More than 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the U.S. offer PLTW programs.
We’ve said it before . . . we’ll say it again: quality education has a high price tag.
We anticipate the total LEF spend on STEM will be approximately $425,000. This is based on what similar sized districts have experienced. Over the next year, we will understand the additional equipment, training, and curriculum that will be required, the timeline, and the costs associated with implementation of STEM.
Join us in engaging the minds, spirits and talents of our students and teachers. Help us build a workforce ready to meet the challenges of both today and tomorrow.
Plan now to contribute to the STEM project, not just this year but every year for three years!