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STEM Education

Jeffco’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs embrace a student-driven, inquiry-embedded instructional approach, utilizing educational models such as project- or problem-based learning and design thinking.  

In addition to core content, students have the opportunity to engage in industry-aligned STEM programming that develops the academic, technical and professional skills necessary for a successful future in STEM. All of Jeffco’s STEM programs emphasize durable skills such as communication and collaboration and transferable STEM-specific skills such as defining problems and designing solutions.

Jeffco offers STEM programs for students throughout the district. We emphasize deeper learning for students in core content courses through inquiry and phenomena-based science, complex tasks in mathematics, and computer science and engineering integration across disciplines.

Some Jeffco schools partner with organizations to support STEM education, including but not limited to:

  • Creative Learning Systems
  • Expeditionary Learning
  • Project Lead the Way
  • NASA HUNCH
Lasley students posing in class

Why STEM Education?

Jeffco is committed to excellence and opportunity for all students. STEM education is a critical component of this commitment, especially as our society continues to make great advancements in technology and commits to solving the complex problems of our age.  STEM skills are becoming increasingly important in a variety of fields. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM Occupations are projected to grow by 8% between 2019 and 2029, compared with 3.4% projected growth for non-STEM occupations, and the median annual salary for STEM occupations in the U.S. was more than twice that of non-STEM occupations. According to the Colorado Talent Pipeline report, the top 10 highest-growing occupations in the Denver Metro area are all STEM-aligned careers, from information technology to statisticians to veterinarians. STEM pathways allow all students to engage in STEM learning experiences and develop the STEM skills necessary for future success. Our students have the potential to solve the world's most significant and complex problems and a high-quality STEM education will allow them to develop the knowledge and skills to turn those ideas into reality.

Visit School Finder for more information about how individual schools across Jeffco provide STEM education opportunities.

Contact Us

STEM Department

Phone: 303-982-8974
Email:  kat.yelenick@jeffco.k12.co.us