Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are vital to the success of all Flagstaff Unified School District students. STEM is integrated in all classrooms and used in many different ways. All students have access to technology through Smart Boards in every classroom, iPads, and computer labs. Technology is used in the classroom through projects, presentations and research, and is an effective tool in gathering and disseminating information for both teachers and students.
Science and math are interwoven into every subject taught at FUSD schools. Many FUSD elementary schools have added a science position that allows students to have a hands on science learning experience at least once a week and assists with incorporating science into the other core subject areas. Secondary schools have many choices for science classes which allows students to pursue the area of science that interests them.
Whether it is a class, club or team, STEM activities are very popular with FUSD students. Robotics and chess teams can be found at most FUSD schools as well as Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses and competitive teams at the secondary level, that are very popular and showing great success in state and national competitions.
FUSD’s magnets and academies are very popular and offer unique opportunities for students in the area of STEM. The Middle School Institute of Technology and Engineering (MIT-e) at Sinagua Middle School offers students engineering courses beginning in 6th grade and the option to continue through the Coconino Institute of Technology (CIT) at Coconino High School.
Alpine Leadership Academy at Mount Elden Middle School (MEMS) incorporates all aspects of STEM into the curriculum of their expeditionary learning program. In the Pre Advanced Placement Academy also at MEMS, and the Advanced Placement Academy at Flagstaff High School students are given several opportunities for advanced classes in science and math.
In a recent study, test scores for FUSD students in the academies reflect student achievement, excellence and were shown to be the highest of any program in Flagstaff and has proven that these programs are extremely competitive as well as popular.
Applications for all FUSD secondary magnets and academies are now available and due in March.