PORTLAND (WGME) – STEM has become one of the most important teaching tools in schools these days.
Portland now has a STEM coordinator. Brooke Teller is helping schools in the city improve when it comes to science, technology, engineering, and math.
She points to Casco Bay High and its atmospheric chemistry program, Lyseth Elementary with its “Go Two Science” course and several robotic teams as good examples when it comes to hands on project based learning.
She says Portland has a five-year plan of getting students involved at very young age because when it comes to STEM, the earlier, the better.
“So, that means we need to start pre-k with good science programming all the way up through maintaining in what we have in the high schools and looking ahead for the high school and what comes next. So, I think all students feeling they are scientists or engineers, they can take a problem and solve it. I would like all of our students feeling confident that they can do that,” Teller said.
One thing Portland schools would like to do more of in the future is computer science and coding.