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STAFFORD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

STAT ORIENTATION:

IT Program @ BPHS, August 26, 1:45-2:15 in Room 212
Engineering Program & Biomedical Science Program @ NSHS, September 3, 2:30 p.m.



STAFFORD ACADEMY FOR TECHNOLOGY

 

  Stafford Academy for Technology (STAT)  
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Interest, Career Detail and STEM Development

Parents are encouraged to use the links provided to discuss STEM career information with their child. Experts on STEM career development have discovered that, while increasing interest is important, awareness of career detail is essential for students to develop realistic, robust STEM career plans.

Interested in STEM Careers?

Take an assessment and view information and links for the corresponding clusters -Biomedical (Health) Sciences, Engineering or Information Technology - at the 16 Career Clusters Web Page.

The 16 Career Clusters system is used by middle and high school counseling departments to assist students in educational planning. This web page provides many connections to online resources that will allow students to explore and weigh their options. Career Clusters can help high school students make elective choices that complement their academic requirements while giving them experiences that build toward college and career success. For a career assessment based on the 16 Career Clusters, Click here.

Stafford Academy for Technology (STAT) is a state-approved Governor’s STEM Academy.  STAT is a four-year college-prep program of study utilizing integrated hands-on, project-based instruction focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career areas. (STEM includes medical fields). The STAT instructional team includes teachers from sciences,  technology, English, and mathematics.  STAT is open to rising ninth graders on an application basis. The program is half-day. Bus transportation from the base school to the program school is provided.

STAT offers students the advantage of learning in a "cohort" of like-minded students throughout the four-year program. Course content is integrated to create a more coherent learning experience.  Students will undertake service-learning projects and partner with mentors in the business community to build a stronger sense of purpose and a firmer commitment to success in college education, while learning about the demands of the workplace. Students will undertake a senior research project.

While STAT serves as an excellent preparation for students who look to careers in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics field, it will also help any student develop a powerful foundation for further learning and high-skill employment.  The STAT model is designed to go beyond the ordinary high school experience, and cultivate skills essential in the 21st century workplace:

  • think creatively and implement innovation
  • use systems thinking and solve problems
  • communicate clearly and collaborate
  • locate, evaluate and manage information
  • adapt to change
  • work independently
  • gain expertise through self-directed learning
  • value diversity
  • show accountability
  • lead and respect others

STAT is designed to help students fulfill their potential in the complex life and work environments of the future.

 
     
  Links and Resources  
 

STEM News and Information

STAT Application

STAT Overview brochure

STAT Curriculum

STAT Expectations

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum for STAT Biomedical Sciences and STAT Engineering

Career Interest Assessment

Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) 

Engineering Careers

I Want to Engineer...(Video)

Discover Engineering 

Engineer Your Life 

Try Engineering

Health and Medical Careers

"I Am A Scientist." (video)

Information Technology Careers

"Learn a Superpower - Learn to Code." (video)

Computing Careers

Dot Diva

Other STEM Resources

FIRST Robotics

Virginia FIRST Robotics

Career Resources

Virginia CareerView

SCPS Career Links

R U Ready? (magazine)

College Resources

Virginia Education Wizard

State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) Freshman Profiles for Virginia Colleges and Universities

Germanna Community College Engineering Program (transfer to complete 4-year program)

Germanna Community College  Guaranteed Admission Program

My Future, My Way (college planning for middle school students)

College Prep Checklist

 
     
 
                                                   
  STEM News & Information  
 

STEM programs at Germanna Community College

Germanna Community College has a new Science & Engineering Building and Information Commons on the highly accessible Fredericksburg Area Campus (Massaponax area). Germanna offers a variety of STEM-related opportunities, including Guaranteed Admissions Agreements with VT, UVA, and ODU Engineering programs. There are many ways for students to advance toward their STEM future by starting at Germanna. Speak with an admissions counselor at Germanna and and see the state-of-the-art, “green” (LEED Silver-rated) facility!

Why STEM?

STEM is more than just gadgets! STEM professionals use science, mathematics and technology to make the world a better place. Innovations in harnessing power from the sun and the wind can bring the benefits of electrification to rural and underdeveloped areas where traditional technologies have been unsuccessful. Already, cell phones are a powerful tool for personal banking in underdeveloped countries, helping people's businesses and lives become more financially stable. Finding better ways to purify water protects peoples lives - they suffer fewer bacterial and parasitic infections and live longer, healthier (and no doubt, happier) lives. Technology helps those with disabilities learn and contribute in society. Information technology allows us to use applications like Twitter and Skype to stay in touch with all our friends and acquaintances, no matter how numerous or distant! In addition to these types of opportunities, STEM careers offer creativity, variety, and secure, above-average income.

Would you like to be part of a team that makes tomorrow a better place? Then think about becoming a STEM professional. This is work that repays your heart as well as your mind!

To investigate careers in STEM, including health and medical careers and information technology, visit Virginia CareerView (www.vaview.org ) or Virginia Wizard (www.vawizard.org, account is free). Both of these sites allow students to take assessments and connect their interests with clusters or groups of suggested careers. They should spend time reading and learning about the activities, education, etc, associated with careers of interest.

General information about career development (assessments, resources, web sites) is available at the School-to-Career page.  Please click here for the School-to-Career Program page.


For additional program information contact Diane Bender, benderdm@staffordschools.net.


 
     

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