Teachers from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) are currently engaging in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) internship at CPCC, learning how to prepare their students for jobs of the 21st century.
The internship is part of CMS’ STEMersion program, an integrated approach to teaching and learning that applies math and science principals to the solution of real-world problems. For the next two weeks, through August 7, 50 teachers from CMS will participate in STEMersion 2015. The program includes an intensive hands-on learning experience to train the teachers in the skills necessary to complete a variety of high-tech jobs.
Following their instruction at CPCC, the teachers will participate in a handful of professional development immersion internships with some of the top STEM businesses and industries in the Charlotte area, including Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bosch Rexroth, Piedmont Natural Gas, LPL_Financial, Skookum, Packard Place, Microsoft, Groninger, Peak10, TIAA-CREF, DAETWYLER, Xerox, Premier. Inc., Siemens, Livingston and Haven, AREVA and Duke Energy.
After successfully completing STEMersion 2015, the CMS teachers will create curriculum for use within instructional units across the district in order to better prepare students for today’s workforce. The partnership with the local STEM companies will help teachers understand how STEM comes to life in the workplace so they can create interesting and relevant lesson plans and authentic projects intended to spark student interest and curiosity in these in-demand career fields.