According to data provided by the National Math and Science Initiative, the US has fallen considerably behind in STEM education, while the number of jobs in STEM fields continues to grow. Click here to read more about the STEM problem.
With over 80 courses in science, technology, engineering and math VHS is committed to providing solutions to the STEM education problem. Students engage in more substantive learning experiences that include a deeper exploration of content and the ability to better articulate their learning and thought processes, as outlined in the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards*.
STEM Courses at VHS include:
- Innovative Partnerships - By collaborating with STEM industry leaders, we provide access to cutting edge research and technology. Along with TERC, a research based organization focused on math and science, we have developed a state of the art Earth and Space Systems Science high school course. We have created a course with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to teach STEM concepts through the International Space Station. We are also collaborating with the Center for Translational Science Education at Tufts University School of Medicine to offer the Neurological Disorders portion of their Great Diseases curriculum to middle and high school students worldwide.
- Collaborative AP Courses - Now students can take an AP® Environmental Science with a class of peers from around the world, discussing global issues, asking questions, and comparing observations across states and countries. Our STEM offerings include a robust catalog of AP® courses, from AP® Statistics and AP® Computer Science A to AP® Chemistry and AP® Physics 1. These courses are rigorous, engaging and effective, as evidenced by AP® results where VHS course pass rates are typically above the national average, with many of our students earning 4’s and 5’s.
- Interactive Lab Program - students are analyzing histology using NIH Image J imaging software in Anatomy, calculating the rate of seafloor spreading using Google Earth in Earth and Space Systems Science, investigating Newton’s Laws using Vernier Go! Motion probes in AP® Physics 1, and investigating AP® Chemistry concepts using our carefully designed green lab program.
*Next Generation Science Standards is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.
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