The STEM Magnet Academy opened in September of 2011, with 220 students in grades K-3. One grade level will be added each year until the school services grades K-8. There are currently 285 students in grades K-4. STEM Magnet Academy is the first magnet school in Chicago to offer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as its programmatic focus.
The STEM Magnet Academy will provide the instructional building blocks to develop lifelong learners and 21st century global citizens. Students will become critical thinking problem solvers who work collaboratively to improve the world around them. An engaging learning environment will promote student leaders who are capable of making evidence based decisions and develop multiple solutions for complex real world situations.
Through the use of cutting-edge technology and an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, the STEM Magnet Academy will provide a rigorous and innovative academic program, while creating the blueprint for STEM education within Chicago Public Schools.
• STEM currently has a fully outfitted science classroom, an engineering lab, two computer labs and an art classroom
• Technology is central to the learning environment and is used daily in innovative ways
• Students have access to multiple forms of technology, including iPads, laptop computers and SMART Boards and SMART Tables
Science: Using a kit-based curriculum, students design experiments, analyze data, and make evidence-based explanations. Learning experiences are supplemented with an online curriculum.
Technology: Students are exposed to a variety of skills, including online drawing, digital presentations, word processing, beginning computer programming and data analysis.
Engineering: Students have dedicated time each week to explore engineering concepts and ideas; they are asked to explore a problem, identify possible solution,
develop the prototype for the solution and test the idea.
Mathematics: The math program supports development of factual and conceptual understanding through a problem-based approach. Students will be exposed to pre-algebra to ensure success in higher order math in high school.