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Career and Technical Education Department

Phillipsburg Middle School Career and Technical Education Department

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department at Phillipsburg Middle School provides students with courses in Family & Consumer Science (FCS) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Students will be provided with many problem-based tasks with which to work through the content. In addition, students will find themselves working on employability skills necessary for FCS and STEM careers.

Family and Consumer Science

Family and Consumer Science is offered every day for one marking period.  This class provides students with the essential knowledge and skills for managing the challenges of living and working in a diverse, global society.  Students are provided the opportunity to acquire knowledge about themselves and others through self-reflection and various group activities.  Content emphasizes collaborative and time management skills, problem-solving, health and nutrition, factors involved in the study of safe equipment use, apparel and textiles, food preparation, and proper etiquette.  Family and Consumer Science is also integrated with other academic areas, including the use of computers as a design tool, writing, public speaking, using math for measuring and graphing, along with an appreciation of food from other cultures.


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

The focus of this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) course will be to introduce students in 7th and 8th grade to the engineering design process and related careers in the field. The safety of all tools and materials will be emphasized. Students will create, modify and prototype solutions to current issues facing the world. Students will be forced to think critically and problem solve throughout the entire course. The course will prepare students to possibly pursue engineering courses at the high school level.