Our program consists of students that are team-oriented problem-solvers, creative- tinkerers, willing to take risks and learn from failures, while also possessing an increased interest in science and technology.
Starting with the 2018-2019 school year, 50 eligible selected students entering 6th grade from all Wicomico County Schools will take the four core courses of Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, and English/Language Arts, as well as a designated Project Lead the Way- Gateway course. Each of these courses will teach using a STEM instructional approach that utilizes project-based learning where appropriate, lessons that require inquiry, problem solving, decision making, connections to other content areas, discovery, technology usage inside and outside of the classroom, and cooperative learning with a high degree of interactive hands-on involvement.
The STEM academy is an inclusive "school within a school," where students loop with the STEM teachers and their classmates for all three years of middle school. In addition to these courses, students will take electives of their choosing.
Middle school is a time of exploration, a time when students are figuring out what they are passionate about today and how that relates to who they will become tomorrow.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Gateway sparks engagement and illuminates possibilities with modules designed to empower students to lead their own discovery.
The hands-on program boosts classroom engagement and excitement, drives collaboration, and inspires “aha! moments” and deep comprehension. As students engage in PLTW’s rigorous and varied curriculum content, they see a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.