Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education drives innovation, economic vitality and global competitiveness. The nation faces a strong need to engage students in STEM education and prepare this future workforce for the global marketplace with the skills they need to compete. President Barack Obama said schools should “offer a rigorous course of study in mathematics, the sciences, technology and engineering,” and cooperate with industry experts to help teachers incorporate STEM content across grades and disciplines."
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) Academies of Engineering, Information Technology and Health Sciences prepare students for post-secondary education and careers through a theme-based, contextualized curriculum approach.
- The Academy of Engineering answers an acute need for engineers by educating students in the principles of engineering, and providing content in the fields of electronics, biotech, aerospace, civil engineering and architecture.
- The Academy of Health Sciences address the critical achievement gap in STEM fields and develops a pipeline of student prepared to pursue health-related degrees and professions in one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy, including biotechnology, genetics, nursing, therapeutics and diagnostics.
- The Academy of Information Technology prepares students for career opportunities in programming, database administration, web design and administration, digital networks and other areas in the expanding digital workplace.
Miami –Dade County Public Schools currently has 22 NAF Academies under the STEM umbrella guided by a STEM Advisory Board made up of theme specific industry and postsecondary leaders. These STEM Academy Advisory Board members bridge schools and communities by providing classroom speakers, mentors, job-shadowing venues, conferences and seminars, scholarships, and compensated internships for Academy students and teachers.