GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- According to School District 51, Central High School is officially the first high school in Colorado to be designated a nationally certified STEM campus.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. Focusing on project-based learning to solve real-world problems in high schools.
At Central High School they also incorporate STEM lessons into English literacy, business, social studies, and performing arts.
They have 19 teachers who are all STEM certified with about dozen more currently training and working on rigorous qualifications.
"It looks good on job applications and college applications,” said Rylee Richards, Sophomore STEM student at Central High School.
"By helping kids constantly problem solve and think through that process it makes them more flexible and facile for their life which means they have better opportunities in their future,” said Krista Smith, STEM English teacher, Central High School.
Not all students are a part of STEM at Central, they have the choice to apply for these types of classes.