Woodrow Wilson Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academy (STEM)
Goal of STEM
The mission of the STEM Academy is to engage in the application of knowledge of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Students are our focus and success is an expectation for all.
Teachers and students will have 21st century technology available on demand to support their learning. The Academy will provide the students with knowledge and skills to continue their STEM foci in higher education and prepare them for the global workforce.
Woodrow's STEM Academy will provide a rigorous, well-rounded education through
- Requiring all students to take four years of high school math: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus or another advanced math elective, such as Statistics
- Requiring all students to take four years of high school science: Life Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics
- Incorporating work-based, contextual learning with a global perspective into the curriculum
- Participating in existing extra-curricular academic activities centered around math, science, and technology, such as UIL competitions (robotics, math) or science fairs
Additionally, all students are required to complete an internship primarily focused in the state's economic development clusters and/or a senior or capstone project.
Project Lead The Way
Woodrow's STEM program is part of Project Lead the Way (PLTW). This program prepares students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to our world.
PLTW partners with middle schools and high schools to provide a rigorous, relevant STEM education. Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning, and a love of learning.
The PLTW middle and high school STEM education programs give students a brighter future by providing them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success in STEM-related fields. STEM education is at the heart of today's high-tech, high-skill global economy. For America to remain economically competitive, our next generation of leaders must develop the critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make them the most productive in the world. PLTW sparks the ingenuity, creativity, and innovation within all of our students.
More information about PLTW can be found on the PLTW website