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Imagine the Possibilities: Unlocking Potential Through STEM Education

When you picture your child in his or her classroom learning new concepts, what do you see? Do you envision a worksheet being completed? Students taking notes while their teacher speaks? Raising their hands to answer a question?

If your child is enrolled at Highlands School, think again. Our 21st century learning initiative has transformed the way students learn in a powerful way. Gone are the days of being confined to desks with notebooks and number two pencils. In our classrooms, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education makes way for creativity, imagination, and copious hands-on activities.

STEM education has received a lot of attention over the past few years. Educators are seeing that students need certain skills to thrive in this new century. Among these are critical thinking, problem solving, creative abilities, and teamwork. Our academic program fosters these skills from K4 through eighth grade, ensuring students are set up for success in high school, college, and beyond.

Breaking The Pattern
Sadly, students across America tend to muddle through math and science over the course of their entire academic careers. This unfortunate reality has been detrimental to our children, our workforce, and ultimately our nation. When students view these important subjects as “too hard” or “too boring,” they minimize their potential and miss out on countless opportunities in school and in life. STEM education reintroduces complex subjects in a way that is hands-on, exciting, and relatable. It’s not about changing what’s taught — it’s about changing how it’s taught to engage young minds.

Stimulating the Mind and Body
The mind and the body are not disconnected. Students — especially young students — need constant physical stimulation to ensure mental clarity and focus. STEM projects, by their very nature, are creative activities. They get students out of their desks and into collaborative workspaces. Working with their hands, moving around, and standing for longer periods of time can kick students’ imaginations into overdrive. Instead of learning the concept of gravity on paper, they see it in action and make their own observations.

Making New Ideas the Norm
Far too many students think that being successful in school boils down to reiterating facts and information on test day. Sure, comprehension and test scores are important, but contributing new ideas should be rewarded as well. Through STEM projects, students are not confined to their textbooks. They think outside the box to play with concepts in new ways. After all, this is what science, technology, engineering, and math are all about — discovering new ways to do things better, faster, or with more creativity.

Experience the Benefits of STEM at Highlands School
Every child is born with creative capacity. Highlands School is a place where imaginations are used on a daily basis. Through hands-on STEM projects, we are preparing the next generation of world changers, right here on our Birmingham, AL, campus. Schedule a tour today!
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Highlands School, 4901 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, (205) 956-9731
Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).

For more information, visit www.highlandsschool.org.