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Arne Duncan: California needs to invest more in STEM classes

LA School Report | August 18, 2015



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By Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education 

On the Westside of Los Angeles, there’s a school where eighth-graders code and build websites, develop entrepreneurial ventures and use gaming software to design solutions for saving local endangered species. At the Incubator School, teachers leverage technology to individually tailor student learning and track progress toward challenging academic standards. And students regularly participate in a design laboratory in which they study sciences and complete projects based on their personal interests and passions.

High-quality instruction in science, technology, engineering and math — subjects collectively known as STEM — can provide students with a lens to approach and view the world. When students — like those at the Incubator School — engage in hands-on STEM learning, they aren’t just gaining subject matter knowledge. They’re developing a mind-set that affirms they can use inquiry and their own logic to reach new conclusions and tackle tough problems.

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