STEM Academy


Agriscience • Engineering Technology • Medical Science

What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM education is not only critical for preparing our future leaders, doctors, rocket scientists, and game designers – it’s becoming more important for every type of job in the workforce. The problem is that most countries in the world aren’t producing enough STEM graduates. According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%. STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy and are a critical component in helping the U.S. win the future. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy. This innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the STEM areas.


The National Science Foundation states, "In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past."

Our Mission:

To build STEM literacy for students at Apopka Memorial Middle School while providing real-world learning experiences and exposure to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math via the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) platform and curriculum.

Our Goals:

STEM Academy Instructors

Angel Maldonado III – STEM Coordinator/Engineering Technology

Charlotte Fooks – Medical Science

Duncan Sikes – Agriscience
Contact information can be found here.