Smith STEM School in West Hartford

Students in class (Photo: Shutterstock)

Smith STEM School in West Hartford

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Teaching science is not always an easy task.
But, a hands on approach can make learning a memorable experience for children. Juan Melian,the principal of the Smith Stem school in West Hartford and Sharon Zajack, a school specialist there join Sam Kantrow to talk about their unique school.

Students in class (Photo: Shutterstock)
Students in class (Photo: Shutterstock)

The STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.  Those are the areas of special interest that teachers focus in on.  There is a unique approach to teaching. They call it teaching through inquiry.  It means the students are given stimulating material that provokes them to generate their own questions.  That gives kids more ownership into the learning process. Teachers are trained by the Connecticut Science Center and some of the engineering curriculum is developed by the Boston Museum of Science.

The Smith STEM school is a neighborhood school that accepts 70% percent of students from the area.  The school is also a magnet school that accepts 30% of their students by lottery.

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