S.T.E.M.

S.T.E.M.

On the campus of McKinley Technology High School is a building currently known as the “Broadcast Building.” It has the potential for about 50,000 square feet of space that could be used to build a S.T.E.M. Literacy Center (SLC) based on the model of the J.A. Finance Park that is currently operating in Fairfax, VA. Our vision is to create the SLC on the first floor of the building, inviting companies from the D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas as well as companies including Nike, Sirius SM, Samsung, Harley Davidson and 7-11 to create mock store fronts that highlight their products through their manufacturing processes so that students of all ages understand “The Why” of what they are learning in the classroom. The objective of the store fronts would be for the students to identify and reverse engineer the key S.T.E.M. concept to create “aha” moments for students. To ensure the students completely understand these ideas they would be introduced to a “maker space” (or Fab Lab or Tech Shop) where they could build on these lessons learned from the store front. They would use their own imagination; experiment with the different machinery to design, build and create, all while gaining insight into the relevance of their curriculum.