Family STEM Night
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Collierville Middle School
Collierville Schools STEM Connection Newsletter
Overview of STEM Programming in Tennessee
STEM Education is designed for students interested in the exciting careers available in the high-demand fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This program of study is uniquely structured to offer students an overview of STEM fields, occupations, and applications in the first year, followed by more specialized study of the scientific inquiry or engineering design process in subsequent years, culminating in a portfolio and internship experience. Upon completion of this program of study, students will be prepared to pursue advanced study in the STEM field of their choice at a variety of postsecondary institutions.
Given the critical nature of much of the work in STEM, job possibilities abound even in times of economic downturn. More scientists, technologists and engineers will be needed to meet environmental regulations and to develop methods of cleaning up existing hazards. A shift in emphasis toward preventing problems rather than controlling those that already exist, as well as increasing public health concerns, also will spur demand for these positions.
Current STEM Course Offerings in Collierville Schools:
HIGH SCHOOL COURSES
MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSES
STEM Inventions & Innovations
The 7th grade STEM Inventions & Innovations course is offered at both Collierville Middle School and Schilling Farms Middle School.
STEM Scholars Cohort Information
What is the STEM Scholars?
A specially-designed, STEM-intensive, three-year program of study for a select group of middle school students. This accelerated academic cohort consists of 24 incoming 6th graders at each middle school, identified annually at the end of their 5th grade year. Students are not added to the cohort after they start middle school.
How do I become a STEM Scholar?
Each cohort is determined through a combination of:
- Aptitude Test (Math, Science, English/Language Arts)
- Individual Interview
Who can apply to be a STEM Scholar?
Any current 5th grade students who are either a:
- resident of the Town of Collierville, or
- currently enrolled as a student in a Collierville School.
If you are a resident of the Town of Collierville but not currently enrolled as a student in a Collierville School, please contact the STEM Curriculum Supervisor, Dr. Ed Ducey (email@example.com), before February 28, 2017 to discuss opportunities to take the aptitude test and apply.
2017 Cohort Information
A General Information Meeting was held at 7pm during STEM Night (1/26) in the CMS Cafeteria. The program and application process were discussed in detail at that meeting. If you were unable to attend, please look at the bottom of this page to find a PDF copy of the presentation.
The Aptitude Test is scheduled for March 1, 2017. All current 5th grade students will take the test during the regular school day at their elementary school. If you are a resident of Collierville but not currently enrolled as a student in a Collierville School and wish to take the aptitude test, please contact the STEM Curriculum Supervisor, Dr. Ed Ducey (firstname.lastname@example.org), before February 28, 2017 to discuss opportunities to take the aptitude test and apply.
Applications will be made available online before Spring Break. Top-performers on the aptitude test will receive an email invitation to apply for the program; however, any current 5th grade student who is either a resident of the Town of Collierville or currently enrolled in a Collierville School may apply. The application window will close at 11:59pm on March 24, 2017. Check back here for the link to access the application.
After the results from the aptitude test and applications are completed, a committee of educators from each middle school and Central Office will determine finalists. Finalists will be granted a personal interview. Interviews will take place at the student's school and will be unannounced.
The committee will make final selections after interviews and invite those selected to join the 2017 cohort. Selectees will be notified on or after April 13, 2017. Selectees are REQUIRED to attend the Collierville Schools Board of Education meeting on May 9, 2017.
2017 STEM Scholars Cohort Presentation from STEM Night
2017 STEM Scholars Application
A link to the online application will be posted here before Spring Break.
The application window will close at 11:59pm on March 24, 2017.