Throughout the Orlando area schools have beginning a new way to teach their students during K-12 grades. This new way of teaching has been recognized as being more of real-world education to train students to get ready for college and the workforce. Many companies have been providing funding to schools that have been putting on real-world STEM programming for K-12. This helps provide schools with a greater knowledge of science and technology through real-world application and employers.
Orlando has some of the first schools of its kind and has been continuing to push the button. “[They] opened the first engineering and mathematics intermediate school in the U.S.” This school is used to help prepare fifth-grade students for college-level courses in design/modeling, engineering, energy, flight, etc. Programs such as “BRIDG,” have been instilled to introduce students to the industry and to professionals in engineering and other technical jobs.
The same level of programs that Orlando has been instilling in their public education can be found in several private institutions. For example, Montverde Academy, who focuses on engineering and robotics, attracts many students across the nation and from other nations to attend for their education.
The programs for Orlando prove to be unmatched with the collaboration they have with public/private industries as well as collegiate level courses. The schools provide opportunities for internships, college credit, among others. This is shown not only through K-12, but the continuance of real-world education shows through at the University of Central Florida as well.
Is anyone local doing this?
From what we’ve researched, not exactly like this. There are schools throughout Texas that show glimpses of similarity, but across a county/city there is nothing to this degree. There has been a list released of best schools for STEM in Texas – you can view here.
Many high schools have begun to pair up with community colleges to offer “dual-credit” classes for their students to receive credit for college and high school.
Few companies I’ve read about in Texas have been apparent in the push to grow hands-on learning. This looks to be more of a slow transition to helping obtain college credit but not as much of pushing hands-on, real-life learning for students in high school.