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Feature Solving the STEM Education Puzzle One Piece at a Time By Julie Smiley Foster It is not easy for students to push their own intellectual limits and perhaps fail at an inquiry. But BSMA instructors believe the total student is a problem-solver and critical thinker. 42 Techniques March 2014 he academy provided me a seamless transition to college." That's how University of Oklahoma (OU) freshman Abigail Jebaraj summarized the end result of spending afternoons for three years in the Biosciences and Medicine Academy (BSMA) at Francis Tuttle Technology Center (FTTC) in Oklahoma City. Accepted into the Medical Humanities program at OU, Jebaraj earned provisional acceptance to medical school as a senior in high school. She maintains her position in the humanities program and her medical school seat with strong grades, and a test score equal to, or greater than, the incoming class average on the Medical College Admission Test. She was homeschooled, is a National Merit Scholar 2012 and was president of Oklahoma HOSA before leaving the college-preparatory academy for pre-med studies. Despite the obvious academic successes, she was clearly uncomfortable and ill-at-ease answering questions in the required interview for acceptance into the BSMA. By the time she graduated from the academy, she possessed sufficient academic, laboratory, soft and professional skills to pursue her medical school career goal. The Statistics In Oklahoma, 38 percent of incoming college freshman who graduated from Oklahoma high schools in 2010 required at least one remediation course, as documented in Oklahoma's "Promise 2011-2012 Year End Report,"1 costing students time and money without earning college credit. Nationally, the remediation rate for incoming college freshman was 60 percent, as reported in a 2010 report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education and the Southern Regional Education Board.2 Math and English often required the most remediation. The report also found that the "majority of students who begin in remedial courses never complete their college degrees."3 The report continues: "Even those students who have done everything they were told to do to prepare for college find, often after they arrive, that their new institution has deemed them unprepared. Their high school diploma, college preparatory curriculum and high school exit examination scores did not ensure college readiness."4 Another alarming prediction came from "Oklahoma's Health Care Industry Workforce: 2006 Report,"5 indicating a shortage of 3,135 nurses, 606 medical lab technicians, 432 physical therapists and

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ACTE Techniques March 2014

Leading Edge
Classroom Connection
Leadership Matters
Capitol View
Q and A
Advocacy: A Dedicated Task
Actions Inspired by Words
Advocacy Saves the Day
Advocacy: The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Backyard Advocacy: How Local Business Partners Can Help
Top Five Local Advocacy Tips for Success
Solving the STEM Education Puzzle One Piece at a Time
Research Report
Indside ACTE
Career Curve

ACTE Techniques March 2014