T-STEM stands for Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM). A T-STEM Academy is a public secondary school that incorporates rigorous and in-depth academic standards within its curriculum-especially in regard to scientific and mathematically oriented subject areas. T-STEM Academies work to increase the number of graduating students who will continue on to pursue employment in STEM-related career fields. Through the partnership of public schools and private industry T-STEM Academies seek to become a wellspring of technically competent and confident learners who are ready to successfully engage the workforce demands of the 21st century.
Ysleta ISD Career and Technical Education
One of the ways in which the Ysleta Independent School District is working to support the T-STEM initiative is through integrating math and science throughout its curriculum and by offering students the opportunity to take part in innovative coursework such as Engineering Mathematics and Project Lead the Way Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering.
Through the Career and Technical Education program, students are also exposed to STEM-related curriculum. The importance of this can be seen when one understands all entering freshmen are placed in a CTE pathway upon entering high school, thus every student is a CTE student! Whether it be using high tech automotive analysis computer in the automotive program, calculating and aggregating data in business administration or applying the tools of forensic investigation in law and public safety, CTE provides numerous opportunities to highlight STEM principles and apply them to real-life situations in a hands-on environment.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce in their report “STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future”, http://www.esa.doc.gov/Reports/stem-good-jobs-now-and-future the projected rate of growth for STEM career fields during the overall period from fiscal year 2008 to 2018 will be 17% as opposed to non-STEM related fields with estimated growth rate of 9.8%. This disparity can is outlined in the graphic below:
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