BrewTech in Montgomery earns STEM certification

BrewTech earns STEM certification

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School has received certification for their accomplishments in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

BrewTech is the first school in Alabama to receive the STEM certification under accreditation agency Cognia and its new standards. An official STEM review team spent two days interviewing teachers, students, and stakeholders to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of the school’s STEM mission and vision. After careful evaluation, BrewTech received the certification.

Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School has received certification for their accomplishments in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School has received certification for their accomplishments in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

“It’s really an opportunity for the students at Brewtech to be recognized for what we’ve been doing for years upon years,” said senior Kyle Adams. “Students are being recognized for the opportunity to have STEM in all of the elements of their classes. It permeates not only in our academies but also in our academic classes as well.”

The entire certification process took about six weeks to complete.

“This has been about the students from the beginning," English teacher Shannon Lester said. "We are 100 percent positive that STEM has been implemented in this building since it opened in 2001. It was the mission of the school from the very beginning.”

For a lot of students, it’s an opportunity to show future colleges and employers just how much their school integrated STEM into every aspect of their education.

“BrewTech being recognized as a STEM school is an opportunity for me because I get a lot of scholarship opportunity,” said student Angelina Unich. “It’s something to put on my resume for college, and that’s going to benefit all of the future students at BrewTech as well.”

The BrewTech administration said discovery, innovation, collaboration, and excellence are the key components that the students and teachers at BrewTech continue to pursue every day.

These are Cognia’s STEM K-12 Standards:

STEM Community

Standard 1 - School/program provides equitable opportunities for students to engage in high quality STEM learning.

Standard 2 - STEM educators collaborate to develop, implement, and improve high quality STEM learning activities.

Standard 3 - School/program engages diverse STEM community in order to support and sustain STEM programs and initiatives.

Standard 4 - School/program has established a shared vision for STEM and has leadership structures to support effective implementation.

STEM Learning Culture

Standard 5 - Leaders ensure that all stakeholders have ongoing opportunities to access information and learn about STEM implementation.

Standard 6 - Educators and leaders participate in an ongoing system of STEM-specific professional learning.

Standard 7 - Students engage collaboratively in authentic inquiry during ongoing units of study.

Standard 8 - Students engage in self-directed STEM learning guided by educators who are effective facilitators of learning.

STEM Experiences

Standard 9 - School/program provides within-school and extra-curricular opportunities for students to extend STEM learning.

Standard 10 - Students demonstrate their learning through performance-based assessments and have opportunities to develop self-assessment and self-monitoring skills.

Standard 11 - STEM learning experiences integrate all STEM disciplines with an emphasis on processes and practices associated with STEM.

Standard 12 - School/program provides high quality STEM courses and curriculum aligned to recognized standards and organized into interdisciplinary frameworks.

STEM Outcomes

Standard 13 - Students demonstrate STEM content knowledge representative of STEM literacy outcomes that prepare them for the next level of learning and work.

Standard 14 - Students develop STEM skills and cross-cutting competencies that support workforce readiness.

Standard 15 - School/program engages in a continuous improvement process for STEM.

Standard 16 - School/program conducts evaluative activities to ensure the effectiveness of STEM implementation.

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