Tuxedo STEM Academies Information

 INNOVATION  INGENUITY  CREATIVITY 

  PROBLEM SOLVING  COLLABORATION   

Our program is designed to incorporate the ideology and methodology of an integrative STEM education in all coursework and in all academic classes. All classes will engage students with design challenges and project-based activities that teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics that have practical application and real world connections. 


“America needs a world-class STEM workforce to address the grand challenges of the 21st century, such as developing clean sources of energy that reduce our dependence on foreign oil and discovering cures for cancer" (John Holdren |White House Science Advisor)

The Tuxedo STEM Academies seeks to provide every student with a unique educational opportunity available through a STEM education by focusing on the processes and practices incorporated in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics as it applies to problem solving, collaboration, and ingenuity. We believe that every student can and will benefit from this unique educational opportunity and the skills developed in our program will be relevant in not just Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, but to fields of study.

Our classes will provide our students with the following skills:

Critical Thinking
Collaboration
Presentation
Troubleshooting
Engineering Design
Teaming Skills
Engineering Literacy
Analytical Thinking
Problem Solving
System Thinking
Active Listening
Digital Literacy
College Readiness
Mathematical Literacy
Brainstorming
Communication
Workplace Readiness
Active Learning
Technological Literacy
Scientific Literacy
STEM Literacy



What is the mission of our STEM Initiative? 

It is our intention to develop a fully integrated high school that will connect components of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and actively engage students in project-based, collaborative learning environments that incorporate and promote the use of higher level thinking, digital technologies, content-driven problem solving skills, and alternative assessments in EVERY CLASS.

The Tuxedo STEM Academies have developed performance-based assessment model that can evaluates collaboration, work ethic, presentation skills, classwork, journal logs, participation, and self-evaluation rubrics as a primary grading tool that is directly correlated with content-driven design challenges and problem solving. Through alternative means of assessment, all students are able to demonstrate an understanding of engineering design and practical application of content and use STEM interconnected skills through various mediums rather than relying on a single paper and pencil test. Performance-based models provide diverse learners with diverse means of assessment.

The Tuxedo STEM Academies are designed to provide ALL STUDENTS with progressively specialized instruction and hands-on experiences, in which the ideology and philosophy developed in the STEM fields is infused in all aspects of curriculum. This approach will be accomplished through hands-on, problem-based, collaborative learning ingrained with digital and technological literacy. Our program is designed to provide relevant learning opportunities that allow ALL STUDENTS to become active and effective participants in the learning process.


What is STEM Education?

STEM education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM Standards of Practice guide STEM instruction by defining the combination of behaviors, integrated with STEM content, which are expected of a proficient STEM student.

These behaviors include engagement in inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and investigation. The goal of STEM education is to prepare students for post-secondary study and the 21st century workforce.

Tuxedo STEM Academies are unique schools serving the needs of students from Tuxedo, New York. The administration and faculty take great pride in the friendly and supportive atmosphere of the school and the diverse programs that meet the varied needs of its student body.

In the George F. Baker High School we have also developed a fully integrated high school that will connect components of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and actively engage students in project-based, collaborative learning environments that incorporate and promote the use of higher level thinking, digital technologies, content-driven problem solving skills, and alternative assessments in EVERY CLASS.

Our program is designed to provide relevant learning opportunities that allow ALL STUDENTS to become active and effective participants in the learning process. The George F. Baker High School has implemented a Google Apps for Education Initiative within the high school. Every student in grades 7-12 is provided with a HP Google Chromebook for the academic year. Students use their Chromebooks throughout their classes where they are able to take notes, share work electronically, and collaborate with their fellow classmates on various projects. The Chromebooks provide our students with greater access to resources and materials while reducing the amount of paper used in each class. 


What is our vision of STEM Education in the 21st Century? 

STEM education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics with the arts and humanities. Through rigorous engagement in inquiry, applied practice, collaboration, and investigation students will engage in project-based challenges and diverse assessments that focus on real-world applications. The goal of STEM education is to better prepare our students for the challenges of tomorrow with the skills of today.


STEM Proficient Students

STEM proficient students are able to answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and develop solutions for challenges and real-world problems while applying the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content. STEM proficient students are logical thinkers who are technologically, digitally, scientifically, and mathematically literate.


Standards of Practice

The Tuxedo STEM Academies have developed six standards by which our STEM Academies will operate. These standards have been incorporated throughout our entire high school program and work in conjunction with the Engineering by Design Standards-Based Model and the Common Core State Standards set forth by New York State Education Department and the Board of Regents. The STEM Academy Standards of Practice include the following: 

1. Identify and Integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Concepts and Resources

Proficient students will be able to identify the appropriate STEM concepts and/or resources necessary to review, develop, assess and create potential solutions as they relate to various challenges, problems, and/or projects.

2. Interpret and Communicate Information and Ideas

Proficient students will be able to interpret, communicate, and present information/ideas when answering complex questions, investigating issues, and/or developing solutions for various challenges.

3. Identify and Investigate Problems and Engage in Research

Proficient students will be able to identify and examine issues then conduct research to find information or solutions to various questions, problems, and/or projects.

4. Strategic Planning, Problem Solving, and Systematic Approaches

Proficient students will be able to develop a plan of action or strategy to organize, answer and resolve various issues, problems, and/or projects.

5. Collaborate as a Team

Proficient students will collaborate as a team to research and develop ideas, answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and to design solutions for challenges and real world problems.

6. Apply Technology Appropriately

Proficient students will apply all types of technology appropriately to develop products, answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and to design solutions for challenges and real world problems.


For more information regarding the George F. Baker High School STEM Academy, please contact our Technology Education and STEM Instructor, Marco Margotta at (845) 351-4786 ext. 7726 or at mmargotta@tuxedoufsd.org 


George F. Baker STEM Logo designed by students, Samuel Kaufer (Class of 2014) and Kerri Burton (Class of 2014)