At MCPS, we strive to spark an interest in STEM disciplines early through innovative programming that begins with students as young as pre-kindergarten. With a curriculum that is centered on project-based inquiry learning, students begin to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration skills at an early age.
Examples programs for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade include:
Integration of NASA SEMAA (Science, Engineering, Mathematics Aerospace Academy) curriculum into science classes.
Introduction of the Jr. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League.
Integration of LEGO robotics into math and science curriculum through partnership with the Virginia Museum of Natural History.
Participation in the STEM Mobile Learning Lab, which includes a program for students in the school day and a program for parents on Family Café nights
Summer Enrichment through NASA SEMAA camp, robotics camp, and NASA Explorer camp