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What is STEM?

What is STEM?


Cabarrus County offers the only K-12 STEM Pipeline in the state of North Carolina. Our STEM schools teach using an interdisciplinary, problem-based approach to learning.  Students are encouraged to utilize the design cycle, work collaboratively, and think creatively.  Teachers use the inquiry model of teaching - they are facilitators who lead a student centered classroom.

  • Elementary
    • Introduces students to Problem Based Learning providing opportunities for authentic growth and development.
    • Links learning to career and industry as students investigate real world problems.
    • Promotes innovative thinking through the use of technology and our engineering design cycle.
    • Allows students the opportunity to explore, experiment, and solve problems logically.
    • Young children with a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will go on to play an integral role in our nation’s global competitiveness and economic stability.
  • Middle
    • Continues the use of Problem and Project Based Learning lessons to allow students to investigate and see real life connections.
    • Develops innovative, critical thinkers who can communicate their ideas
    • Lessons are student centered, and teachers are facilitators of learning
    • Many lessons are hands-on and encourage the students to develop their curiosity.
    • Uses the design cycle to help students improve their ideas and encourage a growth mindset.
    • Interdisciplinary lessons help students transfer knowledge between subjects.
  • High
    • Continues Problem and Project based learning to make global connections.
    • Provides opportunities for students to visit and work with community partnerships to see and understand how STEM is applied in the community around them.
    • Focuses on the concept of teamwork to solve real-world scenarios
    • Students are introduced to VEX robotics and higher levels of coding
    • Students focus on concepts of engineering and technology in depth in all content areas to better comprehend the twenty-first century’s stance politically, socially, and economically.

Learn more about the only K-12 STEM Pipeline in North Carolina.  


Last Modified on February 17, 2023