Dallas ISD’s E.B. Comstock Middle School is among 80 schools using a curriculum provided by nonprofit Project Lead the Way to ignite interest in STEM careers.
Jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are among the most high-demand and highest-paying jobs. Encouraging today’s students to pursue such careers to build a high-tech workforce could lure companies such as Amazon, which is looking for a place to build a second headquarters.
Classes like the one at Comstock are planting the seeds.
“Every time I pick up a material and I’m putting things together, it makes me feel like a real engineer,” said Comstock eighth-grader D’Karya Jones.
Watch a report from CBS 11 that shows the students building dollhouses out of cardboard. The assignment includes making iall the appliances and furniture, and figuring out the best way to power them with wind and solar energy.
“This is not a textbook class,” said STEM teacher Pamela Gantt-Lee. “It’s flight in space, creating apps, automation and robotics. Amazon runs off automation and robotics.”