Hands-On Learning Improves Student Engagement at Edison Middle 

Edison Middle School is enhancing student engagement, school-wide STEM instruction and meaningful STEM partnerships. The pilot of nineteen new STEM courses for students in grades 6-8 has enhanced student engagement and school-wide STEM instruction. The launch of a community garden has allowed students to learn STEM skills in a new hands-on method that teach students about healthy eating and gardening. More than fifty 8th-grade students are experiencing careers first-hand through a Job Shadowing program where they are matched with local businesses. Students are participating in afterschool STEM clubs including Science Bowl and First Lego League. Local business partners not only served as valuable members of the school’s STEM Leadership Team but they also shared equipment, served as guest instructors and provided teacher training. The implementation of STEM courses and hands-on learning has led to improved student attendance, enhanced student engagement and a more realistic outlook on future careers.

Project Sponsors


The BelleJAR Foundation 

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