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To provide the highest quality education experience for students that ensures creativity and inventive thinking through a focus on science, mathematics and technology.
To nurture a community of empowered learners who will succeed in a global society.
Six pioneers are inventing the future.
It is a future that leaves 20th-century education practices behind. It is a time when students must be free to think, create, communicate and innovate in a rapidly changing world. It is a place that opens its doors to a new generation of teaching, learning and problem solving.
The time is now and the place is a science, technology, engineering and math middle school operated by Akron Public Schools and located inside the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The program will be strengthened by the expertise of The University of Akron along with the support and collaboration of the City of Akron.
With a golden opportunity to reshape teaching and learning, educators and facility planners envisioned a center that could prepare children for the rapidly-changing, technology-driven future ahead of them. Without doubt, tomorrow’s jobs will require strong skills in science, mathematics and technology; and tomorrow’s workers must be able to think, create, innovate, problem solve and collaborate in a global economy.
With an eye to the future and a desire to capitalize on Akron’s rich foundation in the sciences, an exciting, collaborative idea is unfolding among six exceptional institutions--Akron Public Schools, City of Akron, The University of Akron, National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, Greater Akron Chamber and Akron Tomorrow.
Together, the city schools, the city government, a museum, a university, the city chamber and local businesses are forging a unique and exciting partnership. A new science, technology, engineering and mathematics school for middle schools students opened in 2009 in a temporary location. Beginning in 2010, the school will be located at its new site, 199 S. Broadway, Akron. The former site of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation.
The STEM school experience is much like starting a first job. The student must bring to the situation his/her own strengths and talents and put them to use. Likewise, the students must be prepared to improve upon weaknesses and truly apply themselves. The National Inventors Hall of Fame School ... Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Learning is designed to let students work collectively with inventors, STEM-related businesses and organizations, and faculty and students from The University of Akron. The school will allow students to take intellectual risks and prepare them to become inventive, creative problem-solvers.
* Create a world class school
* Acquire 21st century knowledge and skills
* Increase science, mathematics and technology student achievement
* Inspire creative and inventive thinking
* Strengthen and enhance the delivery of science, mathematics, engineering and technology education
* Develop innovative teaching and learning techniques that challenge the students and make use of each partner's expertise
* Create a new educational program that no single entity could achieve
* Expand learning for students and adults beyond the school day
The National Inventors Hall of Fame School... Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Learning will be located at the former site of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation (NIHFF). In order to accomodate the educational program, the facility has been rennovated, inlcuding a new addition. The facility will feature:
* Multi-use and well organized spaces conducive to innovative group and individual learning
* Superior air quality with good acoustics and lighting
* Space for parent, teacher and community education
* Accessibility for children, family members, staff and visitors with physical challenges
Listed below is a summary of the CLCs sustainable design features, grouped by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) category.
* No disturbance of quality land, building on a pre-developed site
* Reduction of urban sprawl by producing high density developments
* Alternate transportation alternatives to conserve fossil fuels (I.e. bike racks, easy access to mass transit, preferred parking for car-poolers and persons that drive low emission/fuel efficient vehicles)
* Minimizing asphalt and concrete paving by reusing or minimizing new parking
* Reducing "heat island effects" by placing parking underground and providing a highly reflective roof
* Reducing light pollution by containing lighting to our site only
* Reduction of Landscaping irrigation by between 50%-100%
* Reducing water consumption by providing low flow faucets, toilets, showers, drinking fountains and waterless urinals
ENVIRONMENT AND ATMOSPHERE
* Optimizing energy use by reductions of at least 14% below typical guidelines
* Reducing ozone depletion by eliminating use of hydroflorocarbons in heating and cooling equipment
MATERIALS AND RESOURCES
* Diversion of construction waste from landfills by 50%-75%
* Use of building materials with high amounts of recycled content
* Use of local materials to reduce transportation, which reduces consumption of fossil fuels and exhaust emissions
INDOOR ENVIONMENTAL QUALITY
* Monitoring fresh air intake to the indoors to make sure proper air exchanges occur
* Eliminate the airborne particles in the HVAC system following construction
* Low volatile organic compounds to avoid air toxins, i.e., carpet, paint, sealants, varnishes, flooring and wood products without formaldehyde
* Separate ventilation for chemical/cleaning fluid storage rooms
* Provide natural light and outside views for 75% - 90% of all occupants
Check out the National Inventors Hall of Fame® School … Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Learning's new school folder for the 2011-2012 school year here
STEM High School FAQ
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