Updated: Feb 13, 2019
When you walk into STEM School Chattanooga, located in southeastern Tennessee, several things immediately catch your eye: the Myers-Brigg poster with a Star Wars Character for each personality type. The classroom walls that don’t reach to the ceiling and don’t have doors, giving the building an open and spacious feel. The rubrics on display that include the definition of a skill (e.g., Critical Thinking is both the capacity to combine or synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways…) as well as the benchmark, milestone, and capstone for the development of that skill. The colorful “FabLab” with projects in various stages of development. The inspirational quotes decorating the hallways (“One man’s magic is another man’s engineering.”). The open access to a nearby college campus, where students can work towards associate’s degrees.