Jackson Middle School (JMS), a Title I school in Clarke County, AL, is creating innovative learning opportunities for its students (grades 6-8) through the development of a STEM and career exploration program to be housed in the historic 7th grade wing of our school. Currently known as the STEM Wing, this area will be a learning zone where core curriculum subject matter and career exploration will be studied in a collaborative context using STEM applications for delivery of educational concepts. Using a cross-sector approach, the designated research and maker spaces in the STEM Wing will allow teachers, community mentors, and local industry leaders to reach a broad range of students using a variety of tools and advanced technology with project-based lessons to enhance cross-curricular studies. Through this program we will create opportunities for deeper investigations through related academic teams, clubs, and service organizations such as Aggie Robotics and Aggie Acres, our school garden and greenhouse program.
- To increase student interests in STEM related fields, especially underserved and underrepresented students who make up most of our student body
- To provide project-based, hands on learning opportunities for enhancing core curriculum instruction
- To expose students and other visitors to career pathways, Alabama industries, natural resources, and workforce information as educational concepts as they relate to STEM and Career Tech Education
- To engage community stakeholders in an education initiative and community revitalization effort