This session focused on partnerships between K-12 schools and community organizations and highlighted Hughes STEM High School and the Cincinnati Museum Center.

The Hughes STEM high school offers a bold new approach to education in Cincinnati Public Schools. Hughes STEM embraces the view that academic content should not be taught in isolation. Students are immersed in rich, meaningful, STEM experiences through interdisciplinary coursework applied in the context of the real world through business and community partnerships. In these workplace experiences, students not only learn to apply knowledge, but they also learn about a wide range of STEM careers, develop professional communication skills, and develop their ability to apply technology to real world situations. Hughes STEM High School leads students to develop the skills that they will need in order to succeed in the 21st century.

Kathy Wright, Program Facilitator, Hughes STEM High School, Cincinnati, OH

Tonya Matthews, Vice President of Museums, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OH

Kent Buckingham, Coordinator of the Science Mentoring Program at Hughes STEM High School, Cincinnati, OH

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