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Helping our Youth Become Interested in STEM Subjects

Mar 08, 2018 03:36PM ● By Staff Writer

 The United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators. In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with that knowledge. Now, more than ever, it is essential that our youth become equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM.

In Lafayette Parish, we are fortunate to have STEM programs that specialize and teach a wide range of subjects that can significantly enhance a child's ability to not only survive as an adult, but thrive.

The Lafayette Parish School System’s Magnet Academies offers numerous opportunities of choice for our youth.

Here is a list of only a few of the many programs now available.

Elementary Schools:

J. Wallace James – Arts & Technology

L. Leo Judice – Environmental Science

Middle School:

David Thibodaux Middle – STEM Academy

Carencro Middle – Biomedical Academy

Judice Middle – Business Academy

High Schools:

David Thibodaux High School – STEM Academy

Northside High School – Broadcasting and Journalism

Lafayette High School – Health Care Academy

STEM programs are helping shape the future of our country. Set an early foundation and stress the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math with your child. Encourage them from a young age to participate in hands-on STEM activities. Those with an interest or aptitude in these subjects will continue to pursue these paths as they learn and grow.

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