S.T.E.M. Advanced

S.T.E.M.  is science, technology, engineering, and math. In each one of these areas of learning it is imperative that kids need to be comfortable with and enjoy tackling the challenges that come their way to excel in their lives.  S.T.E.M.  makes creators, thinkers, problem solvers, doers, innovators, and inventors.

The focus of this class is hands-on inquiry and open-ended exploration in many different fields. Students will work collaboratively to discover and design to solve real world situations for real world problems.  There will be multiple right answers and failure will be reframed as a positive step on the way to discovering and designing solutions and as a necessary part of learning.

Another huge area learned in S.T.E.M. is the art of collaboration and cooperation.  Students will learn to work in groups with others and this may challenge them.  They will learn real world working skills of conflict management, teamwork, team leading, allowing others to take the lead, encouragement, and support of their fellow team members.

Our goal in S.T.E.M. education is activating students’ curiosity, leading them to ask good questions, and transferring the responsibility for learning from the teacher to the student. We will have challenges for the students that cover many disciplines. Architecture, solar power, clean water science, hydraulic machines, bridge building, electricity and circuitry, and simple robotics, just to name a few.

Class Homework Requirements: Some projects will need to be worked on at home for no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will not occur every week.

Required materials:

  • Access to Schoology – this is where assignments will be posted
  • No other supplies needed as supply fee will cover materials needed


Time:  12:55 – 2:25
Grades: 6-8
Class Fee: $375
Supply fee: $90
Tutor: Jill Knight

If the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom, we will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor will provide assignments to be completed weekly and supplies as needed to accompany lessons. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via live video streaming to review material and answer questions. Testing will be submitted and graded/corrected electronically. Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.