THMS STEM Academy
The STEM Explorations Academy is an integrated science and engineering course that spans two periods, one core period and one elective period. Students in 7th grade will meet the requirements for Life Science (Standards of Learning) and Technology Foundations (tech competencies) and students in 8th grade will meet the requirements for Physical Science and Introduction to Technology, but will do so very differently than if they were taking separate courses. Most units will be based on an open-ended engineering design challenge where students will work in teams to use a combination of science, technology, mathematics and engineering to design and build a solution to a problem. Other units will look more like those in a traditional science or engineering class.