Wheeling Park High School is now one of only eight schools across the Mountain State to be recognized by the Education Alliance as a model STEM school.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These schools encourage students to be creative and critical thinkers and provides them with a hands on approach in preparing them for the high demand jobs of the future.
"STEM would be more project based, more hands on, more useful to the student and see the mathematics in action and they can relate it to science concepts and social studies concepts," said Sue Hvizdos, Mathematics Department Chair.
The school will receive a thirty-thousand dollar grant over three years that will help school officials develop and implement a school based STEM Plan.
We are especially interested in increasing the student engagement level to get the kids hooked at an early age on science and technology and engineering and math. If we can hook them early then they will pursue stem career pathways.
Students say they are excited about the hand on approach.
"I'd say it's a way of combining things like connections between math and science and engineering and real life aspects you can see how one thing relates to another," said student, William Sellers.
"Typical math classes are usually notes and formulas and then formulas but with this new technology we are getting we are actually applying it to everyday life and we are working and it's stimulating a work place environment so it's is actually super beneficial when we are out in the real world," said student Danielle Kaminski.
Students are involved in the program starting in the 9th grade.