Bloomington Public Schools has integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) into its elementary, middle and high school core curriculum. All Bloomington students are exposed to STEM concepts starting in first grade and continuing throughout middle school. In high school, students can choose from a variety of STEM courses.
STEM initiatives are not science, technology, engineering and math in isolation. STEM is the integration of courses, programs or a series of linked learning opportunities using an interdisciplinary approach through exploration, discovery and solving real-life problems.
There are components of STEM in all elementary schools to meet the Minnesota State Science Standards. The district goes above and beyond those standards by embedding Engineering is Elementary® (EiE) units in the curriculum for all elementary students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Students partake in various learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom with help from local partners including The Works, Richardson Nature Center, the Science Museum of Minnesota, Science House, 3M Wizards, the University of Minnesota's STEM Center, the Bloomington Police Bomb Squad and others.
Poplar Bridge Elementary School is officially a STEM school. A STEM school's curriculum emphasizes connections within and between the fields of mathematics and science with meaningful integration of engineering and technology into the core curriculum. A STEM school provides the tools and space for exploration and invention while fostering a culture of collaborative inquiry among teachers and students.