DC recognizes the importance of STEM as part of a well-rounded educational experience. STEM skills and knowledge are not only valuable components to a solid academic program, but also core fundamentals for life experience. STEM skills and knowledge help students develop logic, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills that can be used in every discipline and that enable them to compete in the continually growing high-tech job sector. As such, DC strives to improve STEM opportunities for all its students and has established the following statewide goals for STEM:
- Goal 1: To prepare all students in DC to graduate high school with a college- and career-ready mastery of math, science, engineering and technology
- Goal 2: To increase the number of DC students who major in STEM fields in college and enter STEM careers
A coherent statewide vision for STEM is critical to achieving DC’s STEM goals. Under such a vision, DC will link programs, resources, students, teachers, and practices in the shared pursuit of STEM education. The District’s approach focuses on the following strategies:
- PK-16 STEM Education Pathways: Developing equitable pathways to support STEM awareness, interest, engagement, and achievement from pre-K through Postsecondary study.
- Systems of Support: Developing a coordinated system of support to actualize a cohesive vision for PK-16 STEM education that promotes equitable access to STEM rich opportunities for DC students and families
- STEM Workforce Development: Strategies aligned to address the demand for a highly skilled STEM workforce and create equitable opportunities for students to engage in career pathways.
- STEM Community Engagement and Outreach: Coordinated systems of support to promote city-wide engagement and awareness of STEM education initiatives and opportunities.
- Project registration opens: Monday, Jan. 20, 2020
- Project registration deadline: Monday, March 2, 2020
- DC Secondary STEM Fair: Saturday, March 14, 2020
- Awards Ceremony: date and location forthcoming
- DC Elementary STEM Fair (grades 3-5): Saturday, May 30, 2020
For more information or questions, please visit the DC STEM Fair website.
STEM Projects at OSSE
- 21st Century Community Grants
- College and Career-Ready Standards (see also NGSS)
- Common Core-Aligned Career and Technical Education standards
- Common Core Aligned Early Learning Standards
- Early Childhood STEM Learning Through the Arts Program
- Environmental Literacy Program (ELP)
- Farm to School Program
- Math Science Partnership Grants
- OSSE Scholars
- School Garden Program
- American Society for Engineering Education
- DC Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Network Memorandum of Agreement
- International Society for Technology in Education
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
- National Science Teachers Association
- Strategic Plan for Advancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education