The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced that 88 schools across Indiana are certified as leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Riverside Intermediate School in Plymouth was certified in 2017 and will have to recertify in 2023.
“The educational demand for jobs in today’s economy is changing,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. “More careers are requiring postsecondary credentials, and more of those credentials are focused around high-demand STEM fields. Indiana’s STEM Certified Schools have demonstrated impressive leadership in integrating critical thinking, problem solving and innovative STEM-principles across their curriculum, ultimately providing their students a springboard to lifelong success.”
Created in 2015, the STEM Certified Schools program recognizes schools focused on a commitment to teaching STEM disciplines beyond the classroom. STEM Certified Schools exemplify a highly non-traditional approach to education, employing a great deal of inquiry, project-based learning, community engagement, entrepreneurship, student-centered classrooms, integration into humanities and related arts, and out-of-school STEM activities.
Each school has completed a rigorous application and review process, which must be repeated every five years to remain certified. IDOE will announce newly-certified schools in May.