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University of Chicago
This free session will provide an in-depth look at Math, Engineering, Technology and Science Academy (METSA) in Carrollton, TX. METSA is for students interested in the field of Engineering or Engineering Technology. The Academy is housed at R. L. Turner High School, a comprehensive 9-12 grade high school located in Carrollton and one of four high schools in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. The program offers college preparatory mathematics and science courses, introduces students to the discipline of engineering and engineering technology, with the appropriate scope and rigor prior to entering college. The coursework is delivered in a project- or problem-based approach that allows students to investigate and experience practical problem-solving. METSA creates personalized learning environments where all students are given individual attention and challenged to meet high expectations. METSA is an open enrollment, T-STEM (Texas --Science Technology, Engineering and Math), Title I public school-within-a-school model which opened its doors in August 2007 to 86 incoming freshman. Since then we have added an additional class each year so that we now serve 337 students in grades 9th-12th. METSA enriches students' academic experience with a variety of active learning opportunities such as field-based experiences, senior exhibitions, and internships. In addition to acquiring technical knowledge and skills, students gain an understanding of career opportunities available in the field of engineering.
Many conversations in education today are focused on “STEM” schools. However these conversations are taking place among individuals and organizations who have little shared understanding of what exactly STEM schools are. This webinar series will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about a range of STEM schools across the country and to share information and engage with one another. The webinars will have an interactive format so that participants can learn about STEM schools directly from school leaders while also sharing experiences and ideas, raising questions, and beginning conversations about similarities and differences across STEM schools. The series will be of interest to anyone interested in STEM education today. For more information, see the RWB media page.
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