STEM Education Focus: Middle School
The IPAA/PESA Energy Education Center has expanded with the introduction of the IPAA/PESA Middle School STEM Career Exploration Initiative, a digital program designed for middle school students. Grades six through nine are particularly critical years, as research* shows that a key indicator of whether students will graduate high school with an interest in STEM is a demonstrated interest when they enter high school.
Through the IPAA/PESA initiative, learners engage with interactive content and familiar environments to show them STEM in their world. Students utilize STEM skills such as critical thinking, data visualization and analysis, rapid prototyping and design thinking. Virtual career cards are integrated within the digital learning experience to expose students to STEM roles relevant to their interests.
The IPAA/PESA Middle School STEM Career Exploration Initiative will initially launch in the Permian. Phase one includes 10 schools in six school districts and will reach 600-800 middle school students in the 2018-19 school year.