STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM will use innovation, collaboration, and problem-based learning to cultivate students' science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills. Considering predictions that 80% of new jobs will require math, science, and engineering, and more than 50% of the technical work force will retire soon, it is more important than ever to inspire students to pursue careers in all of these fields.
The program revolves around solving global problems-utilizing a problem-based learning model that begins with a global issue and works toward finding solutions to that issue. The curriculum emphasizes connections within and between the fields of mathematics and science with heavy and meaningful integration of technology. The arts and humanities further integrate the STEM disciplines, and all courses highlight the role of STEM in the global society and economy.
Theme based schools provide the opportunity for students for advanced learning as well as hands on learning and enrichment experiences. Each student will continue to study the DPI's Standard Course of Study, however, the focus of the curricular experiences will be theme based. All students will be measured at the end of each year by the current End of Grade and End of Course exams. Schools will also be held accountable for making Academic Yearly Progress in all subgroup areas.
The STEM experience can begin or continue at J. N. Fries. This grade 6-8 program will continue the use of problem based learning approach to delivering curriculum. This program will again focus on global issues that require the use of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to find solutions.
• Language Arts
• Social Studies
• Health/Physical Education
• Arts (Band, Chorus, Art)
Requirements for Admission (Grades 6, 7, 8)
* Resident of Cabarrus County School District
* EOG History: 3's or higher on math and reading EOGs for the prvious two years
* Expressed desire to attend and willingness to expend the effort to be successful in this challenging program
* Meet promotion standards for Cabarrus County Schools
If there are more qualified students who apply than there are spaces available for them, CCS will use a lottery to select the students.