Initial Membership

In year one of our partnership we work closely with your school to understand your needs and to build a foundation of ASE excellence. 

  • STEM Philosophy and Goal Setting:  A philosophy for STEM should be developed and aligned with mission and vision.  SMART Goals are expected to be developed for future planning and follow-up.  

  • STEM Curriculum: STEM Focused classes and/or lessons as approved by ASE.  These are the foundations of a STEM program leading to a STEM diploma.  Clubs, classes, activities, or teams can all be a part of the building process.  

  • STEM Integration: STEM should be deeply woven into the fabric of the school.  Creating cross-curricular opportunities for students can help not only develop their skills in these classes, but build upon those skills across the curriculum as a whole.  

  • STEM Teachers: At least 15% of teachers certified and on site to teach or lead STEM implementation.  1 teacher or team of teachers is/are required to be lead STEM implementation and communicate regularly with ASE.  ASE will also assist with the hiring process if needed. 

  • STEM Materials: Sufficient computers, 3D printers and  designated STEM area (Makerspace, Lab, etc.), are expected.  In the initial phase, a long-term plan must be provided that a school is making progress toward their goal and the expectations set forth by ASE.  

  • STEM ASE Certificate of Course Completion:  The STEM certificate in the initial phase of membership provide flexibility for schools.  When students participate and complete a STEM course, club or activity, they will receive a STEM certificate of completion for each ASE approved offering on-site.

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Standard Membership

In year two and three of our partnership we build on our relationship to provide an exclusive course offerings that will ensure your school is distinct and competitive with established schools

  • STEM Philosophy and Goal Setting:  In years 2-3, ASE expects that a school or district is prepared to build on the foundation of year one and ASE will work with school administration to review and reflect on previous goals. 

  • STEM Curriculum: The STEM curriculum in years 2-3 is more developed than previous years. In addition to STEM focused classes, lessons, or activities, the school administration works with stakeholders to develop and implement additional STEM opportunities that lead to a STEM certificate upon completion.  The STEM curriculum should be clearly outlined as it pertains to course descriptions and credit offered.  Adding ASE approved classes for credit is a great way for schools to work toward obtaining a professional membership through ASE.

  • STEM Integration: STEM should be deeply woven into the fabric of the school.  Creating cross-curricular opportunities available to students in years 2-3 are more accessible in more classes. 

  • STEM Teachers: at least 20% of teachers certified and on site to teach or lead STEM implementation. 1 teacher or team of teachers is/are required to be lead STEM implementation and communicate regularly with ASE.  At this phase, a STEM department and committee are expected.  ASE will also assist with the hiring process if needed.

  • STEM Materials: Sufficient computers, 3D printers, designated STEM area (Makerspace, Lab, etc.), are expected. In the Standard phase, the long-term plan provided in Initial phase is reviewed and re-evaluated to ensure school or district is making progress toward their goals and expectations outlined by ASE.

  • STEM ASE Certificate of Course Completion:  Rather than receiving a completion certificate for each STEM related offering, students now receive a STEM certificate upon program completion in Elementary and Middle School.  High School certificates can be shared with the students in a graduation ceremony or a separate STEM ceremony acknowledging their accomplishments. 

  • New! STEM Courses/STEM Clubs: Years 2-3 should see an increase in courses, clubs and activities.  Specifically, credit-based courses.  It’s expected that schools work closely with ASE to develop a highly respected and rigorous program.  

  • New! STEM Exchange Opportunities: In years 2-3, ASE will work with your school and partner schools to assist in developing exchange opportunities with your students.  International virtual conversations, competitions, and cultural exchange are an important part of implementing a STEM program.  Students can teach and learn from others around the world!

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Professional Membership

In years four and five of our partnership we work hard to provide you the resources and consultation to enter the upper echelon of schools in your area.

  • STEM Philosophy and Goal Setting:  In years 4-5, ASE expects that a school or district has built the foundation and elaborated on their plans for the previous year.  As in years past, ASE will assist with review and reflection on goals and assist with setting new goals for the future.  

  • STEM Curriculum: The STEM curriculum in years 4-5 developed and implemented in all classes. In addition to STEM focused classes, lessons, or activities, the school administration works with stakeholders to develop and implement additional STEM opportunities that lead to a STEM diploma upon completion.  The STEM curriculum is clearly outlined and shared with stakeholders as it pertains to course descriptions and credit offered.   

  • STEM Integration: STEM should be deeply woven into the fabric of the school.  Creating cross-curricular opportunities available to students in years 4-5 are more accessible in all classes.   

  • STEM Teachers: at least 25% of teachers certified and on site to teach or lead STEM implementation.  1 teacher or team of teachers is/are required to be lead STEM implementation and communicate regularly with ASE.  At this phase, a STEM department and committee are established to lead school or district-wide initiatives and follow up on goal

  • STEM Materials: Sufficient computers, 3D printers, designated STEM area (Makerspace, Lab, etc.), are expected.  In the Professional phase, the long-term plan provided in Initial and Standard phase is reviewed and re-evaluated to ensure school or district is making progress toward their goals and expectations outlined by ASE. 

  • STEM ASE Certificate of Course Completion:  STEM Diploma Offered by School in addition to ASE Certificate?  Students receive an ASE STEM diploma for program completion at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.  High School diplomas can be shared with the students in a graduation ceremony or a separate STEM ceremony acknowledging their accomplishments. 

  • STEM Courses/STEM Clubs: Years 4-5 should see an increase in courses, clubs and activities.  Specifically, credit-based courses.  It’s expected that schools work closely with ASE to develop a highly respected and rigorous program.  

  • STEM Exchange Opportunities: In years 4-5, ASE expects that a school or district is prepared to provide international exchange opportunities for students in their STEM programs.  ASE will assist by researching and sharing opportunities as outlined in earlier phases in the hopes that students can travel international or compete/participate in an in-person event or conference.