STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

McNicol Middle Magnet & STEM School



Magnet tours are scheduled for 12/11/2013,  1/8/2014, and  1/22/2014. Call Mr. Shaver at 754-323-3431 to reserve a spot on the tour.

MAGNET OPEN HOUSE, January 23, 2014 at 6:30PM.  All are welcome. No reservation necessary.


Students and staff at McNicol Middle School were  pleasantly surprised upon their return for the 2012-2013 school year. The opening of the McNicol STEM Academy in 2011 provided for a fresh start to the implementation of the STEM Magnet Program at our school. The McNicol STEM Academy highlights three houses of STEM Curriculum, which include: Bioengineering, Alternative Energy, and a STEM Paxton Lab. As recipients of the MSAP Grant ($8.6 million), McNicol Middle School students work in brand new 21st century hands-on learning and teaching labs.

The STEM Academy features two SMART classrooms, an outdoor learning lab, technology stations with laptop carts for 24 students, and a unique curriculum which allows for students to build solar ovens, outdoor heaters, solar powered cars & electronics, and much more! STEM Academy teachers have been developed curriculum through district and nationwide professional development opportunities, and have planned for a year filled with excitement for tomorrow’s leaders. Growing with the vision of creating high school ready, college-bound students will provide for an amazing year of growth for our 2012-2013 students!

So what exactly does STEM stand for and what is a STEM school?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. As a STEM school we focus on these subjects and intentionally integrate them into every aspect of our students’ education.

How do we incorporate STEM into a child’s education?
• Hands-on project based learning and activities
• Paxton modular labs
• State of the art computer labs
• Science and Pre-engineering research classes
• Educational STEM related field trips and competitions

For 2013-2014, all of our students are working on a problem-based research question. Each grade level is approaching the question from a different area:

The exponentially increasing human population is effecting:
(6th grade) Water resources
(7th grade) Food resources
(8th grade) Energy resources. 

The culminating project:  Design and construct a functional hydroponic and/or aeroponic garden that does not put a strain on Earth’s resources and that can be used to enrich the school cafeteria’s menu.  

How can I learn more about McNicol’s STEM program? Feel free to contact us at anytime to ask more questions! Call 1-754-323-3400 and ask to speak to Mr. Shaver.

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