STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

McNicol Middle Magnet & STEM School

APPLICATIONS for 2015-2016

The APPLICATION WINDOW for 2015-2016 will be open from  December 1, 2014 – February 11, 2015. You will need to send this year’s report card and 4th grade FCAT scores.

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Acceptance letters will be mailed to the address listed on the application the week of March 9, 2015.

MAGNET TOURS

Magnet tours will be available in December, January, and February. Call Mr. Shaver at 754-323-3431 to reserve a spot on the tour.

MAGNET OPEN HOUSE: January 21, 2015 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 2014-2015, 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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