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STEM Academic and Career Pathway
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Why is STEM education important?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in science and engineering occupations will grow 70% faster than the overall growth for all occupations.
Source: Tapping America's Potential: Progress Report 2008

Our STEM pathway offers an intermediate and advanced engineering plan of study, Project Lead the Way, which is a hands-on challenging curriculum that provides students contextual learning experiences using math, science and technology in meaningful ways to solve real-world problems.  Various career-based experiences and opportunities are provided to reinforce the connection between school and work.  Students also have the opportunity to choose specializations such as Aerospace.

Participating Elementary Schools: Fletcher Intermediate Science & Technology School
Participating Middle Schools
: Aurora Hills, Columbia, and Mrachek
Participating High Schools: Gateway, Rangeview, Vista PEAK Preparatory, Pickens Technical College

STEM News

Lt. Governor Joe Garcia talks about APS Academic & Career Pathways

More than 200 people recently attended the Aurora Public Schools Pathways to Results Celebration that highlighted how APS Academic and Career Pathways are impacting student learning. 

Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia joined APS Superintendent John L. Barry, APS Board of Education members and community partners at this special event to see the results of the community’s contributions to APS student learning.

"APS is one of the leading districts in the state of Colorado demonstrating what's possible with P-20 education and academic and career pathways."
- Colorado Lt. Governor Joe Garcia 

Students presented hands-on and visual demonstrations from all four pathways.  

Health Sciences students worked in a simulated hospital room and developed anatomy sculptures in clay. Business students showcased their work on the stock market, Microsoft certifications and business blogging. Arts and Communication students showcased the teaching of primary reading skills and highlighted their partnership with the Denver Art Museum. Students in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programmed maze-running robots, tested a 21st century classroom and developed complex 3-D animations.

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ISIS Program from NASA

APS STEM Students Featured at CCA STEM Fair. Read Sentinel article.

Pilot Jamail Larkins Presents to APS Students Promoting STEM Careers
APS Students Participate in Aviation Ground School

United Launch Alliance $25,000 Donation Could “Kick-Start” Technical Careers

Every engineer, scientist, doctor, nurse, technician and mathematician can point to a person, place or event that prompted her or him to embark on a fascinating journey that led to an exciting, meaningful career.  Invariably, achieving that goal involved critical assistance of some kind-encouragement, motivation and, more than likely, a financial kick-start.

United Launch Alliance (ULA) recently provided a tremendous "kick-start" for hundreds of public school students in Aurora and Falcon, Colorado, by donating $25,000 to the Challenger Learning Center of Colorado.  The grant will support the Center's delivery of Earth-science and space-focused distance-learning programs to schools serving an ethnically diverse population, including military families living near Buckley, Schriever and Peterson Air Force bases.
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