Williams Middle School

NASA’S Beginning, Engineering, Science, and Technology or NASA’S-BEST, integrates activities and technologies that challenge students in a fun environment utilizing many of the same projects as NASA engineers. The curriculum requires students to think critically, collaborate to solve real world problems and actively participate in the engineering process. Through William’s NASA’s BEST magnet program, students are given an opportunity to imagine, plan, design, and then build a project, just like real engineers. 

The program combines Next Generation Science Standards along with the International Baccalaureate foundations in building connections to the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards. This magnet program allows students to gain knowledge of the engineering process, strong technical writing skills, as well as the positive self-esteem needed to conquer any task. Upon completion of this program, students will have the problem solving skills and competitive edge to feel confident in any academic setting. 

So, what do we actually do?  We try to reach the stars!  NASA students work on satellite design, rocket launches, computer programming, satellite mapping, building (a robotic arm), designing (a lunar buggy), water filtration systems, rocket racing, and much, much more! 

What makes this program so special?  There is no cookie cutter approach to these missions. Students create whatever their mind can imagine, and work to redesign problems they encounter until they reach success.  NASA’S BEST is hands on, creativity filled, and student centered.  With the NASA’S BEST program at Williams Technology Middle School, the stars are no longer the limit!  

Student Profile

While this STEM program welcomes all students, possessing certain interests may enable a prospective student to excel in his or her course of study. The STEM student:

  • Is intellectually curious and a critical thinker
  • Has an interest in the design process
  • Responds to problem solving with fluency, flexibility, and originality

What Makes Us Unique?

  • Specially trained teachers in the NASA’s BEST program
  • Pathway to New Century Technology Magnet School that offers opportunities to participate in internships, job shadow, career fairs, field trips, and extracurricular activities
  • Students discover the ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind the creative design process

 

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