STEM: Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics

Preparing Students to Compete in a Global Society

District 834 and Stillwater Middle School have a long history of providing students with quality educational opportunities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Stillwater Middle School's STEM programs create rigorous learning environments integrating science, mathematics and the application of appropriate technologies to solve relevant, real world problems.

"What We Need to Do Now", from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills reportRetool Instruction or U.S. Will Fail, 2008

The nation needs to do a much better job teaching and measuring advanced, 21st century skills that are the indispensible currency for participation, achievement and competitiveness in the global economy such as: Solving complex, multidisciplinary, open-ended problems that all workers, in every kind of workplace, encounter routinely. The challenges workers face don’t come in a multiple-choice format and typically don’t have a single right answer. Nor can they be neatly categorized as “math problems,” for example, or passed off to someone at a higher pay grade. Businesses expect employees at all levels to identify problems, think through solutions and alternatives, and explore new options if their approaches don’t pan out.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Lab

Stillwater Middle School remodeled its science classrooms as part of the 2006 building project. In 2008 the school added a two-room suite devoted to student activities that integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This STEM Laboratory is used by 7th, 8th and 9th grade mathematics and science classes. 

STEM Education in Mathematics Classes

Stillwater Middle School provides every student with a rich STEM experience to assure that each child has the necessary skills and exposure to the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The new Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Mathematics emphasize real world applications of mathematics and science. Our STEM lab provides the environment for our mathematics teachers to provide those experiences for our students. Every student visits the STEM lab several times each year to do activities in his/her mathematics class. Examples of Minnesota Mathematics Standards

  • Algebra: Represent real-world and mathematical situations using equations and inequalities involving linear expressions. Solve equations and inequalities symbolically and graphically. Interpret solutions in the original context.
  • Advanced algebra: Recognize linear, quadratic, exponential and other common functions in real-world and mathematical situations; represent these functions with tables, verbal descriptions, symbols and graphs; solve problems involving these functions, and explain results in the original context