McNicol Middle Magnet & STEM School
APPLICATIONS for 2016-2017
The APPLICATION WINDOW for 2016-2017 will open on December 1, 2015 – February 10, 2016. More information about this year’s application process will be available in November 2015.
MAGNET TOURS – Call for a reservation
Magnet tours are available starting October 28th and ending February 10, 2016. Call Mr. Shaver at 754-323-3431 to reserve your tour.
MAGNET OPEN HOUSE: December 10, 2015 at 6:30PM. All are welcome. No reservation necessary for Open House.
HISTORY OF MCNICOL’S STEM PROGRAM
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 a fresh start to the implementation of the STEM Program at our school. The McNicol STEM Academy highlights three houses of STEM Curriculum, which include: PhytoSTEMatics, 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 with a fruit garden and butterfly garden, technology stations with laptop carts for 22 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 developed curriculum through district and nationwide professional development opportunities and are prepared to bring enthusiasm and excitement to your child’s educational experience.
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/Pre-engineering research classes
• CAPE Academy for qualified students (Career and Professional Education)
• Educational STEM related field trips and competitions
For 2015-2016, 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.
Want to learn more about McNicol’s STEM program? Feel free to contact us at anytime to ask more questions! Call 754-323-3400 and ask to speak to Mr. Shaver.