Cottonwood Creek S.T.E.M. and Innovation Department




Cottonwood Weather Balloon Launch 2018

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Why STEM?
  • 70% of all jobs have a technical component
  • 90% of all jobs in the future will have technical component
  • In 2008, one in four workers in America with a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics was 50 or over. Lockheed Martin, an aerospace firm here in Colorado, expects nearly half its science and engineering workforce to retire by 2019 and will have to hire a total of 142,000 engineers
  • Shortage of Math and Science teachers to reach 283,000 by 2015
S.T.E.M Framework Practices:
  • Asking questions and defining problems.
  • Developing and using models.
  • Planning and carrying out investigations.
  • Analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking.
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions.
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.



Growth vs. Fixed Mindset Plus Habits of Mind