Science, technology, engineering and math, otherwise known as STEM is a program offered at Dutch Fork for students who are willing to challenge themselves.

Science, technology, engineering and math, otherwise known as STEM is a program offered at Dutch Fork for students who are willing to challenge themselves.

“[I joined STEM] to challenge myself academically and be a part of a group that shares the same goals as I do,” senior Richard Zhao said.

The STEM program is a way for students to get challenged every day, in and out of the classroom.

“Before every STEM class, take a moment to take a deep breath, say a prayer and enter the classroom ready to be challenged and learn how to overcome the challenges you face,” senior George Case said.

STEM is the magnet school at Dutch Fork

“It offers them an opportunity to be in a smaller learning community. It’s a magnet school within a school so that coming into the ninth grade students are placed into STEM based courses. It’s honors curriculum but the curriculum is differentiated just a little more to offer them more hands on, inquiry based type learning experiences.”

Students in the program are expected to work hard, but also have fun in the classroom as well.

“It is a good way to meet new people, acquire new study skills, and do more than you would in a regular classroom,” senior Cassarra Rhue said.

The goals that students in the program share is one of the reasons why friendships have evolved from STEM.

“STEM has allowed me to be in classes with other individuals that want to be challenged and want to challenge others to become the best that they can be in their respective fields,” George said.

Not only are the students a huge part of what make the program special, but the teachers do as well, helping their students with as much as they can so they will be successful.

“STEM has helped me because the teacher’s help you as much as they can and always want the best for you,.” junior Samantha Wei said. “Also being around others who have the same goals as you help you stay focused in school and help determine what you want to do in the future.”

Story by Maddie Mason, Sarah Emily Rish and Zakiya Austin

Photo by Sarah Emily Rish