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Austintown Middle School STEM
Austintown Local School District STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program housed at Austintown Middle School. This program, in partnership with the Mahoning County Educational Service Center, offers 7th and 8th grade students a project-based and student-centered learning environment with a focus on 21st century skills.
Austintown Middle School’s STEM program is the only self-contained STEM program in Mahoning county. This means that students are engaged in hands-on, stimulating interdisciplinary projects for most of their school day. The core subjects such as Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts are blended together within the STEM curriculum . This interdisciplinary approach to education requires the students to think critically and apply their research along a broad spectrum of content area measures. The program has been very successful since it’s implementation last year. Student and parent interest has allowed the program to double in size pairing an 8th grade class with the existing 7th grade for the 2013-2014 school year.
This program is also in partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), which is the nation’s leading provider of STEM curriculum. Each STEM class consists of four PLTW units, which are strategically selected to align with the common core standards for each grade level. Student will engage in a variety of exciting projects from designing playgrounds using computer-aided design software to solving medical mysteries by isolating DNA. The STEM curriculum has a strong focus on 21st century skills and technology all while blending a rigorous foundation in the core content areas.
In the spring the STEM students also compete in the STEM Gravity Challenge held at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. The AMS STEM students have received sponsorships from several local businesses, parents, and various members of the community to enable them to build the Soap Box Derby cars as a part of this class project based on physics.