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Concordia Academy’s STEM2 program is uniquely, intentionally, and powerfully
Christian in nature and purpose.


“Preparing Christians to take the lead in advanced fields of
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine.”

 

Program Overview

  • Provides a rigorous curriculum path that includes the equivalent of 5 years of mathematics and 5 years of science
  • Requires an internship with a STEM2 company
  • Includes a senior research project entered into regional competion
  • Results in a special STEM2 endorsement upon successful completion of program

Math Curriculum Overview

5 years equivalent of Math Selected From:

  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Honors Geometry
  •  Honors Advanced Algebra
  •  Pre-Calculus
  •  College Calculus I
  •  College Calculus II

 Science Curriculum Overview

5 years of Science Selected From:

  • Honors Biology
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Anatomy/Physiology
  •  College Chemistry
  •  College Biology

Internship

Students fulfill a minimum of 40 hours interning for a STEM2 company.  Internships take place anytime after the sophomore year and before the end of senior year.

I pursued this to see first-hand what it is like to be in the working field with a background in the computer and information systems majors. [This internship] was exactly what I needed to answer my questions concerning my future and what I want to seek as a career.

-Senior Connor H.

Senior Research Project

•Students, in conjunction with a faculty advisor, design, complete, and present a major research project on a topic of their choosing.



“The greatest advancements in our society from medicine to mechanics
have come from the minds of those interested in or studied in the areas of STEM.”

-U.S. Department of Commerce
Economics and Statistics Administration


STEM: Good Jobs Now and For the Future

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers drive our nation’s innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies and new industries. However, U.S. businesses frequently voice concerns over the supply and availability of STEM workers. Over the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs was three times as fast as growth in non-STEM jobs. STEM workers are also less likely to experience joblessness than their non-STEM counterparts. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy, and are a critical component to helping the U.S. win the future.
• In 2010, there were 7.6 million STEM workers in the United States, representing about 1 in 18 workers.

• STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17.0 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations.

• STEM workers command higher wages, earning 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts.

• More than two-thirds of STEM workers have at least a college degree, compared to less than one-third of non-STEM workers.

• STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings, regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations.

Published July 2011 on Economics and Statistics Administration (http://www.esa.doc.gov)


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