STEM

OVERVIEW

The UTPB STEM is an innovative public, open-enrollment charter school currently located on the UTPB campus in Odessa, Texas. The charter was approved by TEA for a total of 3,900 students in its service area of Ector and Midland counties.

The Academy started with K-6 in 2014 and will add one grade level each year with the intent to erase the transition barriers between high school and post-secondary education and to prepare college and career ready students.

Other school campuses will be added as funds are available until the maximum enrollment of 3,900 is reached within the two counties.

The UTPB STEM Academy is dedicated to implementing the newest and most promising practices in education with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The foundational belief is that learning should be both engaging and social.

Students work collaboratively on challenging curriculum, which in turn, enable them to experience engaging learning opportunities in order to develop conceptual knowledge and depth through project-based learning (PBL). Research provides evidence that this type of engaged problem-solving results in a better understanding of concepts and improves cognitive development at all ages.

Students learn 21st century skills like communication, research and collaboration, and problem solving which are deeply embedded into the PBL environment of the Academy. Teachers work together to design projects lasting usually 3-4 weeks.

The projects are designed using the state standards, TEKS and CCRS, which provide students the opportunity to not only learn the information required at each grade level but to also can put the information into action through real-life simulated projects.

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All students are engaged each day until 2:15 in problem/project-based learning and spend the remainder of the day receiving instruction using technology. All classes are capped at 22 and teachers are required to have master’s degree or in the process of obtaining a master’s degree. Students also have many opportunities to learn from college professors and other community leaders and professionals.

Students in grades K-3 receive iPads and grades 4 and above will receive Chromebooks or similar technologies. Most textbooks and library books will be virtual and downloaded onto their electronic devices. Upon reaching the 9th grade, it is expected that most of the students will begin to take dual credit courses from UTPB and that upon graduation, each student will be well on their way towards their bachelor’s degree.

The students at the Academy are taught research skills beginning in kindergarten which will greatly increase their likelihood for success in the pursuit of degrees beyond high school and in making life decisions.

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The UTPB STEM is an innovative public, open-enrollment charter school currently located on the UTPB campus in Odessa, Texas. The charter was approved by TEA for a total of 3,900 students in its service area of Ector and Midland counties.

The Academy started with K-6 in 2014 and will add one grade level each year with the intent to erase the transition barriers between high school and post-secondary education and to prepare college and career ready students.

Other school campuses will be added as funds are available until the maximum enrollment of 3,900 is reached within the two counties.

The UTPB STEM Academy is dedicated to implementing the newest and most promising practices in education with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The foundational belief is that learning should be both engaging and social.

Students work collaboratively on challenging curriculum, which in turn, enable them to experience engaging learning opportunities in order to develop conceptual knowledge and depth through project-based learning (PBL). Research provides evidence that this type of engaged problem-solving results in a better understanding of concepts and improves cognitive development at all ages.

Students learn 21st century skills like communication, research and collaboration, and problem solving which are deeply embedded into the PBL environment of the Academy. Teachers work together to design projects lasting usually 3-4 weeks.

The projects are designed using the state standards, TEKS and CCRS, which provide students the opportunity to not only learn the information required at each grade level but to also can put the information into action through real-life simulated projects.

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