STEM Program Highlights

Students in the CGMS STEM School will become...

Problem-solvers – able to define questions and problems, design investigations to gather data, collect and organize data, draw conclusions, and then apply understandings to new and novel situations.

Innovators – creatively use science, mathematics, and technology concepts and principles by applying them to the engineering design process.

Inventors – recognize the needs of the world and creatively design, test, redesign, and then implement solutions (engineering process).

Self-reliant – able to use initiative and self-motivation to set agendas, develop and gain self-confidence, and work within specified time frames.

Logical thinkers – able to apply rational and logical thought processes of science, mathematics, and engineering design to innovation and invention.

Technologically literate - understand and explain the nature of technology, develop the skills needed, and apply technology appropriately.



The CGMS program engages students in rich and rigorous STEM learning, sets high expectations for their participation and performance, prepares them for success in college and careers, and encourages their pursuit of advanced STEM careers.

STEM Focused Classrooms include:

Connected Learning— The integrated curriculum connects language arts, social studies, math, science, and technology.

Project Based Learning—students are given a real world problem to solve using the math, science, technology, and engineering they are learning in class.

School within a School—students are housed in central location with a dedicated staff that work exclusively with the STEM School students.

STEM Career Days— The program connects students with working scientists, engineers, and agencies throughout Arizona. Guest speakers from around the community and the State are invited to talk with the students about how math and science impact their careers.

STAE Program—School day is from 8:42am—5:00pm Monday through Thursday and 8:42am—3:45pm on Fridays. The STEM Afterschool  Enrichment (STAE) program provides students with the opportunity to work with STEM Staff members and receive extra academic help. Students who have completed all work and returned homework may leave at 3:45pm. This reflects the STEM School commitment to assisting all students in reaching their fullest potential and our desire for all students to experience success.

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