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Prioritizing Time for STEM – 2017

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AcadeMir Charter School West NBRS 2017

AcadeMir Charter School West (Miami, FL). The mission of AcadeMir Charter School is to provide a challenging academic curriculum that includes an enriched STEM project-based learning program for students in grades K-5. AcadeMir extended the school day by 30 minutes so that students receive 60 minutes daily of mathematics instruction, 30 minutes daily of STEM enrichment instruction, and 150 minutes a week of science instruction. During the STEM Enrichment Block, all students practice applying knowledge and skills in inquiry-based learning activities using real-life scenarios. All K-5th grade students have an additional Science Lab elective class for 1 hour a week using a science engineering program. During the school year, the students in K-5th apply their knowledge in the scientific method by developing two science projects. The science projects gives students the opportunities to develop, plan, and explore science as they learn through inquiry-based instruction.