Shelby Scholars Summer Institute, also known as SSSI, is a signature experience available through Shelby County Schools that ignites students interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses and professions. It is designed for middle school students who have a readiness to excel in these areas. High-tech and cutting edge equipment and applications are among the aspect of the program. Student learning is accomplished through project and inquiry-based activities that reflect real world problem solving. Math/Science focused analytical equipment and applications with aggregate/disaggregate capabilities embedded in challenging curricular are among the aspects of the program. Student learning is accomplished through problem-based activities and through inquiry-based learning that reflect real world investigations. Other content areas, such as writing, geography, and economics, are integrated into each project to expose students to learning experience with a metacognitive approach. The goal of the program is to encourage shelby scholars to enroll in high-level science and math courses, further preparing them for post secondary STEM courses. A number of institute scholars are now participating in SCS's International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
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