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ISD 281 Will Open STEM Middle School Magnet Program

If there are more applications than seats available, a lottery system will be implemented for the program.

During their November meeting, the Robbinsdale Area School Board approved the creation of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) middle school magnet program, which will be housed at Robbinsdale Middle School.

The program will begin in the fall of 2013 for incoming sixth grade students from around the district and beyond.  Each year the program will add a grade:  sixth and seventh grade students will be able to participate in 2014-2015, and the program will be open to all three grade levels at Robbinsdale Middle School beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.

The program will be a natural progression for those students at the School of Engineering and Arts at Olson Elementary (SEA), which is a K-5 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) magnet school and will include, among other things, a year-long course in engineering utilizing the Gateway to Technology (GTT) curriculum, the middle level leg of the national pre-engineering program Project Lead the Way.  Plans are being made for more components of the program and also specific professional development for teachers.

Like other magnet schools and programs in the district, a lottery will take place if there are more applications than seats available.  For more information on this program as it becomes available, visit www.rdale.org. 

Information provided by Robbinsdale Area Schools.

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