The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math School at North Springs Elementary
Special Campus Features
- 1-to-1 computing in grades 3-5
- Innovative Design Center
- QuEST Program (gifted/talented)
- Outdoor Classrooms
- ITEC on Demand
- 3D Printing
- High-Tech news media (NSE-TV)
- National award-winning Professional Development School for research in collaboration with the University of South Carolina
- 2 classrooms each, K-5 (22 students per class)
What are the characteristics of a STEMS student?
- A survey of scientists, parents, and teachers conducted by the FMC Corporation shows agreement that curiosity is the most valuable trait for kids' success in STEM classroom work.
- “It is [the] combination of play, passion, and purpose that best develops the discipline and perseverance required to be a successful innovator.” (Tony Wagner, Harvard education professor)
- “Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” (Sir Ken Robinson, education expert)
- Our program reinforces skills and dispositions set forth in the State Department of Education’s Profile of a SC Graduate.
Acceptance into STEMS
Students enrolling in grades K-5 who have a strong interest in science, technology, engineering, math, and a willingness to develop and apply that interest are eligible to apply online via the district website. Selection will be made by random lottery. A carpool list is provided for interested parents entering the program.
"STEMS prepares you for life." J. Smith, student "STEMS is learning by doing, not listening. It's hands-on math and science. It's constructing with Legos and using your imagination." K. Gould, student The "STEMS program provides our son with an educational edge toward a set of skills that is vital; not only to our son, but to the future leaders and the direction of our country." D. Milliken, parent "These classrooms are characterized by a rich selection of materials, activites, and interactions among children and teachers." Dr. J. Varner, USC