This is Maddox Hampton.
Like many soon-to-be sixth graders, he will be starting at a new school in the fall.
Except, his school will be using a brand new learning concept.
Hampton says he is most excited to see all school subjects blend together, “I’m going to be excited to be able to go through any kind of class like let’s say social studies and be able to see let’s say the math aspect of it no matter what class I’m in”.
Nettleton Middle School is transforming into a S.T.E.A.M. school.
S.T.E.A.M stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.
It will be open for kids in third through sixth grade.
The school is hoping to give students a chance to find out what they want to do with their futures sooner.
“All the kids that are gonna go to college know from an early age probably whether they are going or not and they work all through high school to prepare to go to college. But so many of the children who don’t go to college don’t have an opportunity to determine what they might like to do”, said James Dunivan, Nettleton Public Schools Superintendent.
The STEAM classes will focus on project-based learning.
For Donovan Mitchell this is a big incentive, “I wanted to do group projects and I’m looking forward to doing micro space”, said Mitchell.
Turing the Middle School into a STEAM school is the first step for Nettleton Public Schools. They are planning on transforming all their schools that hold 3rd through 6th graders to have certain themes.
“Next year we are focusing on the STEAM campus but the following year the University Heights Intermediate School will become focused on biomedical and nanotechnology. The Fox Meadow Intermediate School will be focused on computer science”, said Dunivan.
More than 330 applications have been turned in for students to be in the STEAM campus this Fall.
There is currently a waiting list in place.