We inspire and empower our students by providing a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) focused education that is exciting and challenging. Our teachers use an innovative, hands-on curriculum to engage our students in finding answers to real-world problems by using an engineering-inspired process.
Hopkins Public Schools STEM Initiative
We will embed STEM concepts and skills within real-world curriculum at every level to better prepare our students for the 21st century.
Students need project-based STEM learning to build 21st century skills. Science and engineering jobs are growing 70-percent faster than other occupations. This means our students will be at an advantage when competing for the high-tech, high-wage jobs of the future.
Learning by doing is inviting and exciting so students learn better and remember more. Successful, hands-on experiences exploring engineering can have a major influence on motivation and confidence in learning. Ultimately, we hope to inspire students to challenge themselves and consider careers in STEM fields.
Engineering is Elementary
Starting as early as preschool, Hopkins students begin taking STEM coursework through EiE (Engineering is Elementary) which applies science concepts to an engineering design challenge. Developed by the Museum of Science, Boston, the curriculum was brought to Hopkins in 2009 by the Science Museum of Minnesota from a Cargill grant. The program is fully implemented.
Full Option Science System (FOSS)
Our elementary science curriculum is hands-on and inquiry-based, using the FOSS (Full Option Science System) program. FOSS engages students by asking them to explore answers to open-ended questions. This allows students to construct an understanding of science concepts by completing investigations and answering questions about the real world. They then use their understanding of science concepts to solve engineering design challenges.