S.T.E.M. Magnet Program

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GROWING S.T.E.M MAGNET PROGRAM
SCIENCE*TECHNOLOGY*ENGINEERING*MATH

This magnet program prepares students for a diverse, ever changing world and gives them the necessary skills to pursue career goals.  The STEM theme focuses on STEM literacy, which includes literacy in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The four areas of STEM are interrelated and are taught through interdisciplinary models beginning in the sixth through eighth grades.  Students have multiple opportunities to participate in inquiry-based projects, working in small groups or individually on problem solving/research– based activities that connect students with others to develop solutions to global issues.

A key feature of the STEM learning environment is a Virtual Science and Mathematics lab that foster independent, as well as team learning, among all students.  Students participate in math and science virtual environments that challenges them to see for themselves if their hypothesis works.  In the Strength in Numbers (Math) lab, students are exposed to Mechanical and Civil Engineering.  In the AVIDS: Advancement Via Individual Design in Science (Science) lab, students are exposed to Biomedical Engineering and Biomechanics.

The goal of the program is for students to explore the world around them through field experiences developed in conjunction with project partners.  For example, students visit the South Florida Science Museum  for a science lesson.  Other visits include a trip to the Broward County Traffic Engineering Facility or a trip to the Medical School at Florida Atlantic University.  Partnerships with the following groups provide students with learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom: FAU, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Engineering Society, Museum of Discovery and Science, METIS and Associates, and Broward College.

The STEM program ensures that students participate in a culture of academic excellence thus preparing them for today’s global world.  Students enrolled in the STEM electives are exposed to specialized software such as:

  • Vernier Probeware
  • Gizmos
  • First in Math
  • Tabula Digita
  • IMacs Robotics
  • GIS (Graphical Information Systems)

In addition to the instruction taking place in the classroom, the following extended learning field experiences are provided to students:

  • Florida Atlantic University’s Engineering Week
  • Florida International University’ Engineering EXPO
  • Museum of Discovery and Science
  • National College Fair
  • South Florida Science Museum
  • Florida Lego League Robotics Club
  • Environmental club
  • TV Production
  • Lego Land
  • The Everglades
  • District Science Fair
  • Broward Traffic Control Center

For more information about the STEM Magnet Program, please email nikia.ragin@browardschools.com

 4th Quarter Project
Students will be actively working on their 4th quarter projects beginning April 29th.  Teachers are busy planning creative scenarios and activities that will maximize learning.  Students will be required to conduct research, analyze data, problem solve, and build models as they work cooperatively on these projects.  The essential question of each grade level’s project is below.

  • 6th grade: How can we use the resources available in our environment to survive?
  • 7th grade: How can we build an engineering learning environment based on individual Multiple Intelligence?

8th grade: How does the scientific method apply to crime scene investigation and how can clues left at a crime scene lead to an arrest?

 Upcoming Field Trips
 May 31- Lego Land; for any 6th grade student who has taken a STEM elective this school year  (Only $50)

 TBD- Broward Traffic Engineering Center; for 6th and 7th grade students currently enrolled in Civil Engineering STEM elective (Free)

 All seats for field trips are on a first come, first serve basis.  Students should turn in completed field trips forms as soon as they can to secure a spot on the trip(s).


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