Programs of Study

The Engineering program of study focuses on the design, development, and use of engines, machines, and structures. CTE learners will learn how to apply science, mathematical methods, and empirical evidence to the innovation, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of different manufacturing systems.  



The BISD Middle School STEM Program reinforces math and science through mechanical, civil, environmental, biomedical, and aerospace engineering project-based learning (PBL) activities. Students apply concepts through hands-on projects such as building robots, rockets, and research on topics such as heredity and astronomy.  By enrolling in the CTE Engineering Pathway coursework starting in 7th grade, students are able to accelerate and earn an industry-based certification by the end of their 10th grade year (meeting IBC requirements).

Upon completion of the middle school program, students are well prepared to apply to a Pathways in Technology ECHS High School and/ or succeed in STEM coursework to earn the STEM Endorsement upon high school graduation. 

Students are required to use this program to prepare for and apply to BISD’s Science, Technology, and Medical Professions (STAMP) Programs or STEM Programs for Aerospace and Careers in Engineering (SPACE) Academies in high school. 

Eligibility Criteria

· Priority:    85% or above overall average in both STEM Math and STEM Science classes at the end of the 1st Semester.

· Recommendation letters from both current math and science teachers.

· An average of a 97% attendance record prior to application ( mitigating circumstances considered)

• An outstanding code of conduct record prior to application.

· Parent and student signature on commitment statement.

· Parent and student participation at the orientation meeting.

· Students must achieve a rating of “meets expectations” in all subject areas of the most current STAAR test.

*Final acceptance based on the Middle School Committee (Principal, Counselor, STEM Math and Science teachers) and space availability.

* Courses for High School Credit


Stem Statistics

· In general, STEM jobs are expected to grow 10.5% between 2020 and 2030 compared to 7.5% growth for non-STEM jobs. This equates to 1 million more job openings over 10 years!

· While the yearly salary in the United States is $41,950, the average annual wage for STEM workers is more than double at $89,780!

· The hottest STEM jobs were healthcare related with 25.9% growth between 2010 and 2020. Technology jobs still had an impressive 23.1% growth percentage between the same time period, followed by biological / environmental related jobs at 20.1% growth over the decade.