STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) CURRICULUM…

The core of your child’s education starts here.

Middle Country is a leader in integrating STEM curriculum into elementary and secondary school education. Our goal is the integration of STEM at every level, from K-12, so that we can open every path for every student in as many areas as possible.

The major point of STEM is that everything is completely integrated; the curriculum is holistic and written by district staff members. While STEM might be an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, we aren’t taking your kids away from art, music, history, or literature. Rather, we are enabling them to understand and appreciate these things all the more intensely.

We promote a higher rigor, intense requirements, and critical thinking. Media centers and STEM labs offer a dual approach to link the humanities with technology. Programs in all subjects have been expanded and revamped. Illustrative is social studies’ new emphasis on data analysis to encourage a frame of understanding. Mathematics now has an in-place curriculum from kindergarten through high school algebra 2. And a “literacy collaboration” through Columbia University’s Teachers College’s Reading and Writing project ensures that our teachers are familiar with and trained in the use of “best teaching practices.” Middle Country teachers in all grades and subject areas are encouraged to grow and expand as their students…your children…develop.

At the elementary level, your student will get to work with actual robots, and begin to understand how to program and code basic commands. This provides the perfect connection both to future schooling, as the language is consistent throughout the grade levels, and to the development of an interest in technological development.

At the middle school and high school level, your student will be exposed to zSpace 3D display software, which enables a virtual, hands-on experience in any number of situations, from dissection to solar system exploration. Outside partners come in and provide supplementary programs that align with in-class curriculum. For example, Brookhaven National Laboratory works with 7th and 8th graders to reveal the nanotechnology behind DNA extraction. In the higher grades, your child will have the opportunity to take courses focused in technology, like computer science and robotics. Robotics clubs are beginning to spawn across our district, and plans are in the works for more AP courses with a focus in STEM education.

We recognize that not all students are the same, and there are myriad opportunities for students who may be struggling or for our advanced students. As an example, students are able to engage in supplementary educational material such as GO Math! and enVISION that provide lesson links and step-by-step

explanations that you and your child can look at together. Teachers use these programs in the classroom, so your child is familiar with the format. These online sources provide platforms that offer your child the opportunity to do extra problems, or have class material re-explained.

Dr.Michael Dantona, Director of Common Core Curricular, and the man in charge of formulating and integrating the STEM program, says it best. “The STEM program allows students to connect to critical and creative thinking in a way that helps them learn to articulate and function in an ever-advancing world. The world is not broken down into subjects; STEM lets you get a look at the world as a whole.”