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Houston Region STEM Programs

Houston’s public school districts provide innovative STEM and STEAM academic programs to all students. STEM education emphasizes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and STEAM programs take it to the next level by including Arts Education.

STEM programs in Houston public schools provide learning experiences that go beyond “technology in the classroom.”  Students use hands-on learning and project-based learning in individual and group settings. They learn skills to actively question, brainstorm, and make intellectual decisions, while they present and defend their work to their classroom instructors and peers. Students share ideas with one another and analyze multiple points of view.  They learn to apply the technology needed to develop solutions to complex questions. STEM curriculum focuses on using technology in a responsible and ethical manner. Students are introduced to the many available STEM occupations and how their public school STEM classes can prepare them for the future.

What is Project-Based Learning?

Project-based learning (or PBL) is teaching students by allowing them to actively engage in real-world and meaningful projects. Students work on each project over an extended period of time in order to provide the time and experience to engage them in answering a complex question. Problem-based learning allows students to demonstrate their project findings by creating a product or making a presentation to their peers.

STEM/ STEAM Curriculum

Houston STEAM school programs provide a preparatory foundation for college courses and career paths in a multitude of subjects.  Some popular courses include astronomy, aerospace engineering, biology, AP physics, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, math, psychology, mechanical engineering, AP calculus, AP statistics, robotics, etc.  STEM courses introduce and explore over 40 types of engineering career paths to students as early as elementary school.

STEM and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

Public school districts across the nation are required to comply with set educational standards, like the Common Core initiative. Texas schools instead adhere to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in Mathematics (or Math TEKS) state standards.

Read more about the Texas TEKS standards here.

Our public school districts’ STEM/STEAM courses offer students more than what a school of science and technology provides. Technology in schools encompasses a varied collection of classes and concepts that range from basic math and science classes to complex and abstract intellectual instruction. Students at all levels and in all Houston district locations appreciate the intensive, valuable STEM programs that our public schools provide.

Additional Resources:

Why Project Based Learning is Important- PBL Works

Project-Based Learning Lesson Plans– Cult of Pedagogy

STEM / STEAM Programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math programs emphasize critical and creative thinking to inspire students to be innovators.

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