In ACPS, students do science by making use of the three dimensions of scientific literacy to make sens of phenomena and develop solutions to design problems. The three dimensions of scientific knowledge include core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. (NGSS, 2021) These dimensions work together to support students in inquiry and building deep and usable knowledge that can be used to solve future challenging problems and make sense of new phenomena they experience in their lives.
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As employment opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) continue to expand in Virginia and throughout the United States, the selection of STEM courses in K-12 allow students to prepare for a variety of STEM careers. The Game of STEM was developed to provide a sampling of potential STEM careers and to support students, counselors, and teachers as students determine course pathways.