Jul. 28—Kokomo High School’s STEM Academy was one of the 14 schools to receive STEM certification from the Indiana Department of Education this year.
The designation goes to schools and programs that teach STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. The department of education looks for programs that deliver curriculum in non-traditional ways, such as project-based learning, community engagement and out-of-school activities.
“The STEM Certified Schools program recognizes schools focused on a commitment to teaching STEM disciplines beyond the classroom,” Holly Lawson, deputy director of communications for IDOE, said in an email.
KHS’s STEM academy began six years ago. Since then, teachers and administrators have built the program into one that meets IDOE standards.
The certified high school STEM academy is also the first in the state, according to Superintendent Mike…