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
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.
ISIS Program from NASA
APS STEM Students Featured at CCA STEM Fair. Read Sentinel article.