Engineering and Math
Mobile County Schools
Principal, Ms. Mary DiVincenzo
Superintendent, Mr. Chresal Threadgill
Clark-Shaw Magnet Middle School’s STEM program provided students with authentic learning experiences through problem identification, investigation, and analysis. Advanced aspects of computer literacy classes included coding, programming, and digital creations. In technology exploration, the creation of digital productions taught editing, storyboarding, and video recording, as well as critical presentation skills. STEM experiences in Computer Essentials and Technology Explorations classes allowed for individualization. In Forensics classes, students enjoyed the lure of crime scene investigation through problem solving techniques, hands-on discovery, and middle-school appropriate education about criminals, and the science behind apprehending them. In GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Mathematics, and Science), female students enjoyed “girl time” with engineering design challenges, such as designing Wellness Centers specifically for Clark-Shaw’s campus. The pinnacle of STEM learning at Clark-Shaw Magnet Middle was Project Lead The Way (PLTW). Additional PLTW classes exemplified the STEM experience for students. In these classes, students used a variety of tools and strategies to accomplish design challenges which incorporated real-world constraints and an authentic focus. Daily, students collaborated at tables to document, plan, execute, and redesign ideas. The PLTW lab is equipped with 3D printers and features its own dedicated computer lab for explorations into applications like CAD designs.