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ADM and STEM Education

Posted January 01, 2013 in Adel, Community Blogs

The ADM School District has been intensely focused on improving our STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programming and offerings for our students, PK-12. We have completely revised our math and science curriculum in 2011-12 and are in the first year of implementation of the new curricula in both areas. (For more information on our math and science curriculum, go to  http://www.adel.k12.ia.us/District/SchoolImprovement/Curriculum/tabid/411/Default.aspx)

At the secondary level we have invested heavily in a partnership with a national non-profit organization called Project Lead The Way or PLTW.

“Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S.

STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global  economy. For America to remain economically competitive, our next  generation of leaders — the students of today — must develop the critical-reasoning and  problem-solving skills that will help make them the most productive in  the world.”  (taken from PLTW.org)

In 2013-14 we will add the Biomedical Science PLTW strand of courses to our pre-engineering program at the middle school and high school. ADM will become the FIRST district in Iowa to offer all three PLTW programs!

We are also in the process of revising our computer science curriculum, PK-12, including revamping our computer science course offerings at the high school. PLTW is developing a new course called “Computer Science and Software Engineering” that will be available in 2014. We will be reviewing this course for possible adoption at ADM. The following information is taken from the iowastem.gov <http://iowastem.gov>  website:
Get the Facts About Computer Science Education

Jobs in computing are among the fastest growing and highest paying of almost any other profession. Despite these opportunties, the computing field faces a shortage of skilled workers and difficulty in keeping students in the pipeline. According to the Association for Computing Machinery, did you know that:

  • ½ of all STEM jobs will be in computing in 2020?
  • 22% job growth expected in computing by 2020?
  • $78,730 earned on average by computing professionals in 2011?
  • 19% of high school students took computer science courses in ’09, down 6% from ’90?

These are the kinds of opportunities that wait for our students who have a desire to take STEM-related coursework. ADM is attempting to be a state-leader in this effort.





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