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The mission of the STEM Lab Parent Teacher Organization is to build and support the STEM Lab community of Students, Teachers, Parents and Families, Staff and Business Partners through fundraising and community events to develop and enhance the education of STEM Lab students.
In addition, the organization offers a number of opportunities for parents to support the efforts of the organization including: fundraising, The District School Improvement Team (DSIT), volunteering, and community events. The STEM PTO meets bi-monthly during the school year.
The PTO operates on an annual budget, which is approved by a PTO membership vote. All members of the STEM Lab PTO, attending the monthly PTO meetings, have voting privileges. The money used to sponsor PTO activities is raised through PTO annual fundraising events.
Inspiring Achievement Through Rigorous, Innovative, And Authentic Experiences.
STEM provides problem-based learning for our students. STEM students have opportunities to be problem solvers, risk takers, critical thinkers and innovators by taking positions on real world problems. By working through a combination of learning strategies they discover the nature of a problem, understand the variables involved and gain a perspective viewpoint of those affected. Students also participate in a number of unique field experiences every year and many industry partners/experts work side-by-side our students.
Characteristics Of A STEM Student
STEM students are observant, persistent, curious about how things work, risk takers, problem solvers and questioners! He or she may:
- Like to read and write about nonfiction topics; such as nature, earth sciences, technology, social studies, etc.
- Like to design, create, and build things.
- Like to communicate through designing, diagramming, drawing, discussing and writing.
- Like to work with friends to accomplish difficult goals, team sports, First Lego League, Destination Imagination, ropes courses, and other games that require 3 or more people.
- Like searching for “why” themselves when questions arise about how things work or interact.
- Have an affinity towards animals.
- Be Interested in the who, how, and why of sciences.
- Construct items from everyday objects like; tape, paper, rubber bands, paper clips, cotton ball, cardboard, etc.