Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Magnet School (STEMS)
STEMS (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math School)
The STEMS Magnet Program at Westview Middle School offers students an opportunity to develop their academic skills in an environment that enhances their science and math abilities. STEMS is designed to develop and refine scientific and mathematical achievement while allowing students to practice skills in exploratory classes. STEMS includes Gateway To Technology, a middle school component, which builds on the district’s engineering curriculum, and Project Lead the Way, offered at the G. Frank Russell Technology Center. STEMS offers a rigorous gifted and talented curriculum supported by activities designed to help all students explore math, science, and technology. Curriculum includes state academic standards and extensive activities in areas of science and math. The academic teachers will have the South Carolina Gifted and Talented Endorsement and will receive specialized training for the program.
A primary goal of STEM education is to provide both in class and beyond class experiences that integrate the four domains of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As a result, students in effective STEM programs learn how to integrate concepts from those four domains, to understand complex problems and to solve problems using innovative approaches.
STEMS students will explore their interests, grow academically, and experience science, math, and technology through a variety of engaging experiences. Rising sixth graders will be given an opportunity to apply for STEMS. Acceptance into the STEMS Magnet is based on the application, a STEM Challenge, and the availability of space. All student applicants should be eligible to attend school in Greenwood School District 50.