STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.
Rutherford Private School has recently modified its STEM program to include an Arts component in order to strengthen and complement a student’s productive output. We believe that it is vital for a young learner to inherit performance traits, which translate well into the workplace, no matter the career or occupation. Self-confidence, demeanour, and physical disciplines are key components to success.
Here at Rutherford Private School, we offer an intense, university style approach to our STEAM programs. High school students will have the opportunity to train themselves in each facet of STEAM, earn a co-op credit as well as having an opportunity to work as an instructor to neighbouring elementary schools in an afterschool placement, and yes, we pay you!
Once you are enrolled into the STEAM co-op, you will begin with a 6-week course, first focusing on theory, such as understanding electrical and mechanical circuits, law of gases and bio-cells, the language of programming, including designing applications for real life devices, creating and reading blueprints as well as collecting and analyzing data.
Once you have gained the necessary knowledge required, you will spend significant time involved in the practical execution of tasks, such as working with soldering irons, measurement instruments, mechanical tools and chemical ware. It is during these hours that you will be tasked with a series of projects and experiments allowing you to test your knowledge in a practical hands-on forum. Some past projects include creating a home plant watering system with IVR, creating AI prototypes, designed to perform various tasks, building and engineering workable pulleys, lifts, cranes and many other mechanical devices.
Lastly, students will be trained in how to present their findings, inventions, data, and programs through public performance, such as movement, gestures, and posture, reaching and maintaining audible vocal intensity and learning how to keep an audience engaged. Students will participate in many artistic exercises tailored to enhancing the qualities necessary in order to becoming a strong, interesting leader, intelligent speaker and a consummate professional.
Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
-US Bureau of Labor Statistics.