STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
The emphasis on these four subjects is critical because the United States has lost its competitive edge in these academic areas while other developed countries are soaring ahead. According to the National Academy of Sciences, innovation is largely derived from advances in science and engineering. In order for America to remain competitive in the global marketplace, students must be better prepared in STEM subjects.
Beaumont's success in the sciences during the last several years is a testament to the dedication of preparing students in STEM subjects. Significant progress has been made in preparing students in these areas. Students are given a strong foundation in the basic concepts and an opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and collaboration through inquiry and experimentation. The curriculum has expanded to include a pre-engineering course, and student interest has fueled the Robotics team. The science curriculum stresses the relationship of science and technology to other fields, the importance of ethical decisions, and the impact of science on the past, present and future societies.
One of the recurring messages emerging from the national dialogue about the STEM Crisis is that the US is failing to produce and retain sufficient numbers of qualified math and science teachers. If teachers are not confident and creative in teaching STEM subjects, they cannot generate enthusiasm or passion for STEM in their students. In 2011-2012, Beaumont School was one of only 62 Ohio schools and 356 teachers to receive the Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education. Beaumont was only 1 of 12 schools to receive the maximum median score of 10 points. Seven of Beaumont's STEM teachers were recognized with this award, which sends a clear message that Beaumont's teachers value inquiry-based science and technology education.