One of the central focuses of the NexGen STEM Academy is the study of the environment and the natural world throughout all of our courses. Our studies integrate content within the humanities, social sciences, engineering, mathematics, and natural sciences to give students the tools they need to examine complex environmental issues in depth and assess them from a variety of perspectives that will ultimately lead to student designed solutions. In addition to instruction within the classroom, and the NexGen Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (NLAE), the NexGen STEM Academy provides opportunities for extensive experiential learning within the field. Frequent opportunities for research and community engagement provide our students with a substantial foundation for further study at the high school level and beyond.
Throughout the course of the year, students have the opportunity to connect with nature beyond the time they spend during the school day through the field guide, The Nature Connection, by Claire Walker Leslie. Students utilize this field guide throughout the year and carry it over all three years that they are enrolled in the NexGen STEM Academy. The book allows students to explore the natural world right outside their own door in a creative and educational way. Monthly assignments consist of various activities taken from the book. It is a great resource for the student to enjoy.
James N. McCrobie, M.S.
Chad Pavlekovich, Ed.D.
STEM Curriculum Specialist/ Founder
Terance Dunn, M.Ed.
Salisbury Middle Principal