Paxton/Patterson Blog

Helpful information about STEM education and CTE programs

STEM - STEW

by Peter 28. June 2016 10:07

Strategies That Engage Minds

Lead To

Strategies That Engage Women


Northside High School Advanced Applied STEM Academy Tower students

The combination of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is commonly referred to as S.T.E.M., however at Northside High School and the Advanced Applied S.T.E.M. Academy, it has another meaning. Director, Kari Cobb, focuses on Strategies-That-Engage-Minds, and those strategies are proving very effective at engaging a large number of diverse female students. 31.68% of students are female.

Female STEM Students

The Academy utilizes the Paxton/Patterson S.T.E.M. programs CareerPlus and CareerPlus 2. With these technology and engineering programs, students take the driver’s seat and Kari takes on the role of coach, mentor, and facilitator. “You can see a difference in these students,” She explains. “They come in asking questions like How do I solve this? What do you want me to do? What’s the answer?  Then after about a week or so of work in the labs, they stop asking and start doing and discovering. We want them to work in teams to find the best solution verses the right answer. Not all of the solutions work right away, but these students have grit. They persevere through challenges that many didn’t believe they would be able to overcome when they first started the class. That's engaging! I believe it is the reason we get such great participation from a wide range of students.”

Tags: STEM Education, STEM Learning Systems, high-demand degrees, stem careers, Paxton/Patterson News

Demand for Women in Skilled Trades

by Peter 16. June 2016 02:26

Huge demand for women in skilled trades!

The opportunity to earn more money and work as your own boss is encouraging women to pursue careers in nontraditional occupations.

Demand for Women in Skilled Trades Infographic

Credit: Tulsa Welding School

Tags: Construction Trades Education, female skilled trades, female job opportunities, women skilled trades, tradeswomen demand, female welders