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“STEM Changed My Life!”
“STEM changed my life!”

Karla is an eighth grader at Perkins Middle School in Sandusky, Ohio. The science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) project I describe below is one that changed her life. She transformed herself from a person who accepted what others told her to do to someone who took much greater control of her own life.

STEM projects are problem-based experiences that focus on developing students' abilities in science, technology, engineering, and math. Many schools across the country have adopted such innovative approaches, some in an effort to qualify for Race to the Top federal funding. These projects seek to enhance students' interests and capabilities in subjects in which our citizens have not performed as well as students in other countries.

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