STEM Program

stemMarshall ISD opened its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Academy at South Marshall Elementary in the fall of 2014 and the program expanded to the middle school level in the 2015-2016 year.

The vision of the Marshall ISD Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)program is to be a leader in STEM education, preparing and inspiring generations of diverse learners to meet the challenges of the global society through innovation, collaboration and creative problem solving.

What is STEM? For years, federal and state education leaders have been working on strengthening and improving our students' skills in science, technology, engineering and math. In order for U.S. students to compete in a 21st Century global workforce, they must be skilled in these areas.

STEM has become a focus area for our educational programs. The purpose of STEM is to increase student inquiry and curiosity through engagement, higher level questioning, self-reflection and openness to new ideas, and respect for evidence characterized through scientific inquiry. The goals of a STEM program are to increase proficiency of all students in STEM and increase the number of students capable of pursing a STEM career.

There are several reasons for implementing a STEM Academy program:

• STEM jobs pay higher wages compared with the same degree counterparts in other jobs
• Top 10 bachelor-degree majors with the highest median earning are all in STEM fields
• Average annual wage for all STEM occupations was $77,880 in May 2009, which was significantly above the U.S. average for non-STEM occupations
• STEM jobs grew three times faster than non-STEM occupations

The STEM curriculum is standards-driven and developed in collaboration with campus teachers, administrators, and the Ingenuity Center. The foundation of STEM curriculum is based on Project Based Learning with 21st Century skills embedded in daily lessons and schedules. Assessments are determined through the final product of the project. Grading is a standards-based system.

MISD STEM Mission Statement


The mission of the Marshall ISD STEM program is to provide leadership, support and opportunities for all STEM stakeholders through the following initiatives:

• Develop  STEM standards of practice, lessons and units that facilitate higher-level thinking.
• Implement professional development for STEM educators.
• Allocate funds for the implementation of STEM initiatives in Marshall ISD.
• Increase STEM participation from diverse populations.
• Collaborate and partner with other districts, businesses/industries, colleges, universities and technical institutions to promote and sustain STEM education.
• Develop skills utilizing electronic resources for STEM teaching and learning.
• Offer a quality education in an environment of democracy and equity.

Apply for STEM
STEM Applications are available to be completed online from November 1, 2016 - February 24, 2017.  Testing will begin on March 6, 2017.  

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CONTACT:
 Cindy Wallace
| STEM Coordinator      903-927-8700       E-Mail