The Indiana Department of Education has announced that Barker Middle School is among the most recent schools in Indiana to be awarded certification in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). There are now 32 such schools throughout the state of Indiana, with two of those, Lake Hills and now Barker, in the Michigan City Area Schools district.
According to the Indiana Department of Education: "Schools are chosen to receive certification based on their commitment to teaching the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math throughout the entire school. STEM Certified Schools exemplify a highly non-traditional approach to education, employing a great deal of inquiry, project based learning, community engagement, entrepreneurship, student centered classrooms, integration into humanities and related arts, and out of school STEM activities. STEM Certified Schools accomplish this while following educational policies set by the state and excelling under the system of accountability."
There is high demand for workers in STEM areas, which is projected to increase over the coming years. Barker's STEM certification reflects Michigan City Area Schools' commitment to ensuring students are college and career ready!
For more information about STEM schools: http://www.doe.in.gov/news/indiana-increases-number-stem-certified-schools