Science. Technology. Engineering. Math. Combine these four areas of study and you have STEM. Integrate them as fully and richly as the staff at Brier Terrace Middle School has and you become a model for other middle schools around the state. Recipient of the Lighthouse Award, Brier Terrace is one of only two middle schools to receive this distinction. It will be celebrated during the School Board meeting Tuesday night.
“It is a tribute to all of our teachers and staff for working toward a model that sparks student interest and excitement in these areas,” said Principal Kevin Allen. “We are further building on that energy by offering classes for high school credit beginning with the 2011-12 school year.”
The STEM Foundation class will afford eighth-grade students excited about Engineering and Technology the opportunity to earn a full high school credit, designing and building the slowest motorized Lego car, strongest bridge, fastest CO2 car, and most accurate laser cut wooden gear clock.
As a Lighthouse recipient, Brier Terrace will host many visits from other school districts next school year who will see these and other students in action. Those interested in learning more about STEM or in celebrating Brier Terrace Middle’s achievement are welcome to attend the School Board meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.