New STEM classes for Middle School are starting with the hope that eighth graders will be encouraged to develop an interest in science and math.
Librarian Brenda Kahn leads the class, which covers all four STEM areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
“I hope they see the future potential … I want them to love science and math,” said Courtney Carmichael, supervisor of curriculum and instruction for Closter public schools.
Each class of 20 t0 25 students will run for one third of the school year. Carmichael observed that most districts reserve classes like this for students who are gifted. However, this class has been made available to all students.
“We are living in the age of technology and teamwork and engineering and we wanted to give them the opportunity to step into that world a little bit,” said Superintendant Joanne Newberry.