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The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math School at North Springs Elementary

 

Special Campus Features

  • 1-to-1 computing in grades 3-5Magnet Schools of America School of Excellence Award logo
  • 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

Program Structure

  • 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 playpassion, 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