At GSMST, a major part of our integrated curriculum involves partnering with our business and educational community. Through bringing in speakers, visiting job sites, and internships, our students learn how to apply classroom knowledge and skills in real-world settings. The Partnership Program enhances our students' critical thinking and problem solving skills and ignites a passion for STEM education and careers.
GSMST Partnership Highlight - Innovative Partnership Award from NCSSS
GSMST is proud to announce that it is the 2018 recipient of the Innovative Partnership Award from the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools. The award was presented to Mr. IV Bray, Principal, at the national conference of NCSSS in November, 2018. To see their winning video submission that highlights the school's partnership with local business, Micromeritics, click the image below.
12th Grade: Senior Capstone Experience
Upon completion of the JFE, our students pursue the Senior Capstone Experience (SCE). The SCE is built along three pathways of student choice: the Thinker, the Doer, and the Maker. All SCEs involve internship experience and a performance outcome to be submitted at the end of the experience. At the conclusion of the SCE students present their experience to a panel of judges. Students are able to choose from multiple options for their SCE, including research (Thinker), apprenticeship (Doer), and engineering/entrepreneurship (Maker). All SCEs are yearlong.
11th Grade: Junior Fellowship Experience
During their 11th grade year, our students participate in the Junior Fellowship Experience (JFE). This program partners university and industry experts with our students to complete in-depth work assignments and projects. These internships are a graduation requirement for GSMST students and adhere to strict requirements regarding rigor, time commitment, and use of STEM skills. Students can choose to participate in a career internship or an independent project. The time frames are either summer, short-term (one semester), or long-term (yearlong).
10th Grade: STEM Site Experience and Job Readiness
Phase two of the Partnership Program involves our 10th grade students participating in a fall college and university visit and a spring STEM corporate site visit. The spring workshop involves business and post-secondary partners and faculty preparing students for interviews, cultivating their resume writing skills, and teaching business etiquette. In the spring semester, students also travel to a business or post-secondary partner’s location to experience the daily routine of an assigned employee or researcher. The STEM Site Experiences introduce students first-hand to collegiate programs, business etiquette, protocols, and career requirements common to an industry. This phase also gives students an idea of which internship they would like to pursue the following year.
9th Grade: Speaker Series
The purpose of the Speaker Series is to expose our 9th grade students to the vast array of careers within the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. Four times per year speakers are invited to the school to spend time with a small group of students who have expressed prior interest in the speaker’s particular area of expertise. These informal discussions typically begin with the speaker spending fifteen minutes describing his/her education background, career path, and daily tasks. The remaining ten to fifteen minutes involve open discussion and Q & A. All GSMST classrooms are equipped with DVD players, computers, and overhead LCD projectors.
For more information about the JFE and SCE internships, please visit GSMST's Internship page.
Speaker Series 2021-2022
The Speaker Series dates for this school year are:
- October 26, 2021
- November 15, 2021
- February 16, 2022
- March 16, 2022
We are so grateful to all of our community partners who participate in the Speaker Series events! If you are interested in being a speaker for any of these dates, please call Christie Williams at 678-518-6697.
Community Representatives Interested in Partnership with GSMST:
Please contact Nicole D'Antonio
Ms. D'Antonio's Direct Line: 678-518-6696