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The STEM Academy is a program for sixth through eighth graders who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This is a college-preparatory program located on the Roy J. Smith Middle School, 6000 Brushy Creek Drive, Killeen, TX. The goal of the STEM Academy is to support a diverse learning community based on common interests. The STEM Academy supports students in developing a vision of future academic and career possibilities and enables students to translate those visions into the realities of college graduation, informed citizenship, and international leadership.

All young people should be prepared to think deeply, think critically, and solve problems. "In a world that's becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it's more important than ever to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information" (www.ed.gov/stem). These are the types of skills that students learning by studying science, technology, engineering, and math-STEM!

The STEM Academy at Roy J. Smith Middle School employs a project based learning (PBL) approach. The PBL model supports students in learning the content of their courses while learning the "soft skills" needed in college, career, and life. Students learn to take initiative and responsibility. They work in teams to solve real world problems, while developing communication and self-management skills. PBL empowers students to be part of a global community by collaborating with experts in various fields of STEM and sharing their learning with audiences around the world.

Students in the STEM Academy will use technology as a tool to enhance learning. The goal of the STEM Academy is full digital integration in most classes. Just as adults use computers and other technology to do their jobs, students will use technology to support and demonstrate their learning.

STEM education opens the world for students. Take advantage of this opportunity today by completing the application for admission to the STEM academy. All students in the KISD attendance zone who are in grades 6-8 during the 2017-2018 school year are eligible to apply Students who submit a completed application will be included in a lottery selection process. This lottery will determine which students will be offered enrollment in the STEM Academy. Students not selected will be placed on a waiting list.

For questions, please call Roy J. Smith Middle School at 254-336-1050 or visit rsms.killeenisd.org.