Central earns national STEM certification

Central earns national STEM certification
Posted on 05/17/2018
STEM students

Grand Junction, CO – Central High School is officially the first high school in Colorado to be designated a Nationally Certified STEM Campus by the National Institute for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Education. Students and staff celebrated this accomplishment today, May 17, 2018, by hanging a banner outside the school. 

Central earned certification from the National Institute for STEM Education through a rigorous, lengthy process that includes classroom observations, teacher trainings, and cultural changes. More than just offering an increased number of science and math classes, STEM at Central High School means a shift in mindset that encourages classmates to learn from failure and try again, solve problems in creative ways, and focus on bettering the community around them. 

Approximately one-third of all full-time teachers at Central have completed or will soon complete STEM Teaching Certification. These teachers come from multiple departments, including English, math, science, business, social studies, special education, foreign language, performing arts, administration and STEM/tech education. 

Plans for next year include having integrated classes, included a biology and English inter-disciplinary class, and working toward the goal of having a STEM diploma endorsement.

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