Normandy High School Takes Flight with WozED STEAM Program, First of Its Kind in Missouri
Normandy, MO -- A first-of-its-kind STEAM program is taking flight at Normandy High School, inspiring students to pursue the skills necessary to apply Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Mathematics concepts in the workplace.
Normandy High School is the first WozEd K-12 Pathways school in Missouri. WozED, the brainchild of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, is designed to inspire students to pursue engineering careers, and has chapters throughout the United States. Several students at the high school are participating in the STEAM education after school.
“I love how it’s teaching me how to fly [drones],” said Normandy sophomore Marquis Arch.
At a recent demonstration day, NHS students and staff showed community members who attended what the program involves, including flying drones and animation. The evening of hands-on learning and fun helps promote K-12 STEM education available in the district.
“We want to build awareness and give students access to something they might not realize they can pursue,” said Dr. Nakia Douglas, NHS Building Principal and Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education. “As educators, we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to engage students and help them see the relevance of what they are learning in the classroom.”
Douglas continued, “This program integrates science, technology and arts in a way to encourage them to seek out careers and degrees that may do the same.”
WozED was introduced at Normandy High School during the 2020-2021 school year, but organizers hope to expand the program in the coming years, as well as expanding it to the lower grades.