6-8 STEM Curriculum
During this stage American Woman will continue developing globally competitive mathematics and sciences teachers, partnering with high-quality supplemental STEM student learning centers, and building up engaged STEM parental advocates. In addition, heaving up on STEM extracurricular activities such as Science Fair Competitions or STEM summer camps are highly recommended (involvement in STEM extracurriculars even prior to this stage is advised.)
In 2013 it was reported According to one recent report on international assessment of mathematics and science, the science scores of white U.S. eighth graders were surpassed only by the scores of three counties (Singapore, Chinese Taipei, and Korea), while Hispanic and black U.S. eighth graders had scores equivalent to those of students in countries ranked in the bottom third of the 45 countries that participated in the 8th grade science assessment.
More girls are living in poverty and low-income households today than ten years ago. This is significant because these low socioeconomic-status (SES) girls face considerable challenges that affect their health, happiness, and achievement. Black/African Americans, and Hispanics/ Latinas were the least likely to be proficient in reading and math in 2015.
Getting students—especially females— excited about STEM is crucial at this level and not as hard as it may seem. Simply encouraging a child to participate in extracurriculars during middle school will help to cultivate students’ interest in STEM subjects and will surely continue on into high school.
Parental STEM Advocates
Encourage Middle School Parents support STEM Learning. For junior high students who are losing interest in STEM, parents can guide them to national math and science competitions. From building robots to programming, students will start to see how truly valuable STEM is in the real world. Bridge the classroom with extracurriculars. Help students visualize themselves in a rewarding career. Rapid changes in the field are creating new types of jobs that children may not even be aware of. By open their eyes to STEM’s global impact with iPhones, VR goggles, and hoverboards topping Christmas and birthday wish lists, expounding to junior high students the daily and global impact of STEM will cause them to reconsider their disinterest or further pique their curiosity.