We’re strengthening the American economy

On September 3, 2014 by Rebecca Whyte

Nicole Nowinski MS Science

The strength of the American economy is inextricably linked to America’s education system (whitehouse.gov 2014) . Since Stratford now offer Engineering, does that mean that we are strengthening the American economy? We think so!

Job creation in the areas of science, engineering, technology, and math will outpace jobs in unrelated fields over the next 10 years (U.S. Department of Commerce, 2011), and 60 percent of these new jobs will require 21st century skills that most graduates do not possess (National Commission on Mathematics and Science for the twenty-first Century, 2000).

Stratford now offers advanced Computer Science and Engineering courses to middle school students. Computer Science covers multi media, web design, animation, and programming. Engineering covers technical challenges, aerospace engineering, bioengineering, civil engineering, and electrical engineering.

Engineering consultants, along with Stratford graduates who continue to build their extensive knowledge in technology and engineering, were invited to help bridge the gap between engineering applications in the real world and the theoretical principles students learn in the classroom. Proud Stratford graduates have contributed to lesson designs and are now acting as student mentors!

Aspects of technology and engineering are taught at Stratford beginning in first grade preparing students for the deeper integration they will see as they graduate into the next school year. Upgraded elementary science textbooks, replete with STEM related activities are now featured at every campus, and elementary science labs have been upgraded to include advanced microscopes and STEM infused lab kits.

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