Have an Eighth Grader Interested in STEM? Consider Applying for the STEM Academy

Here’s a great opportunity for eighth grade students with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

Does your eighth grader like to:

  • Take things apart just to see how they work?
  • Investigate and resolve complex problems, especially in the company of others?
  • Get immersed in tackling real-life issues, hands on?

If this sounds like your child, then the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy at T.C. Williams Minnie Howard Campus may be a good fit.

What is the STEM Academy?

It is a small, cohort-based learning community for students with an interest in STEM topics that is built upon student-centered, inquiry-based learning. It offers an environment that is both challenging and supportive.

In STEM classrooms, students learn in a real-world, problem-solving, project-based environment. They are immersed in the investigation of engineering and technology problems and decisions affecting local, state, national and global problems related to human sustainability through the STEM Explorations course.

In addition, students take core classes that are taught by a team of teachers who focus on creating connections between the content areas studied through the lens of STEM. Through their cohort, students study math, English, history and science with a concentration on the core ACPS curriculum and on STEM-centered learning objectives. This group-oriented, rigorous model prepares students for STEM-related college courses and careers after high school.

Interested in learning more?

Applications are being accepted now.

The STEM Academy is accepting applications for the ninth grade cohort through Friday, March 27. Interviews will be scheduled in April and decisions will be made in May.

Ready to apply?

Applications can be submitted online.

For additional information, please contact the Minnie Howard Campus STEM Department Chair, Benjamin Matthews at benjamin.matthews@acps.k12.va.us.

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