STEM Schools Partner with Uptown Organizations for Real-World Experiences
It’s been said that schools are the heart and soul of a community. Schools transform the next generation into young adults, providing education, scholastic challenges and guided instruction. For the neighborhoods of Uptown Cincinnati, two STEM schools provide unique approaches to teaching and learning. At Hughes STEM High School, located in Clifton Heights, and William H. Taft Elementary School, located in Mt. Auburn, STEM stands for more than just science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
At Hughes STEM High School, students in seventh grade through their senior year are challenged to develop higher-level thinking skills. Twice a year, the students enjoy intercession, a week during which students work one on one with community partners on real-world problems. For Hughes STEM High School partners with an abundance of highly reputable local businesses and organizations throughout Uptown. For examples, students team up with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the University of Cincinnati, Christ Hospital and the Civic Garden Center of Cincinnati among others.
Kierra Moore, a junior at Hughes STEM High School, explained the opportunities that she’s seized during her time there. Moore said she took a trip with other students to San Francisco as part of a young leadership program. She plans on attending UC, NKU or Miami.
And while Hughes STEM High School prepares its students for college and a lifetime of innovation and critical problem-solving, William H. Taft Elementary School prepares its young students for success in high school. Taft Elementary is the Tri-State’s only primary STEM school. Led by Principal Wayne Lane, Taft utilizes its community partners in the Uptown area, including the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Partnerships like these are good engines for our children’s education.