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What is STEM?

STEM education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and investigation.


  • In the next five years, STEM jobs are projected to grow twice as quickly as jobs in other fields. (U.S. Department of Labor, 2009)
  • 80% of jobs in the next decade will require technical skills. (Why the Focus on STEM? The Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, 2011) 
  • The U.S. will have over 1 million job openings in STEM-related fields by 2018 (U.S. Bureau of Statistics, 2009); yet only 16% of U.S. bachelor’s degrees will specialize in STEM. (U.S. Bureau of Statistics, 2010)
  • To put these numbers into perspective, only 6% of the 3.8 million 9th graders in the U.S. end up choosing a STEM degree in college  (U.S. Department of Labor, 2009). 


What is the Scientific Method?

What is the Engineering Design Process?

2017 STEM+ Camp
Registration Open!

CCPS will host a STEM+ Camp June 26 - 30, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:10 p.m. each day. Students in rising grades 1-12 are eligible to participate in programs offered in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and the arts. On Friday, June 30, 2017 students will showcase their projects during an Open House/Ice Cream Social from 2:10 - 3:15 p.m.

Sign up early as some sessions are limited in the number of students who can participate!

Information on sessions, registration and fees is available at

For additional information, contact Debbie Biggs at or 540-955-6130 x7462.

Stem Festivals

2016 STEM Festival Information - Dr. Niall McCann (Nat Geo Wild TV and Biologist)
2015 - Dr. Reed Timmer (Discovery Channel                      Storm Chaser and Meteorologist)

2014 - David Albert from NOAA and his                               expeditions to the RMS Titanic

2013 -  Astronaut Cady Coleman (three space                    flights and six months on the                                    International Space Station)
Q102.5 Interview with Astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman 

Interesting Things to Read

RocketSTEM Magazine - focus on space

Spot the Station - Watch the International Space Station pass overhead.