METSA (Math, Engineering, Technology and Science Academy)

Statement of Purpose:
We believe in each student’s ability to create positive world impact, and that METSA is uniquely positioned to empower students to reach their full potential. At METSA, we challenge the traditional educational status quo through applied, authentic, and active learning experiences that foster critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and literacy in a technology rich learning environment. We create a safe learning environment, in which students graduate on time aware, eligible, and prepared for postsecondary pursuits in STEM fields.

METSA opened its doors in the fall of 2007. By 2008, METSA had already gained its TSTEM designation from the Texas Education Agency, making it one of only 120 STEM schools in the state. METSA has also partnered with the New Tech Network to support our STEM and technology initiatives, and to expand the educational opportunities for our students and staff.

METSA courses are taught wall to wall PBL (project based learning) and each classroom has a 1:1 ratio of computers to students.

By participating in authentic PBL, formal presentations to expert panels, regular academic and behavioral reflection, internships, digital portfolio construction, and community outreach, METSA students meet or exceed state educational requirements, graduate with real-world, future-ready skills surrounding STEM fields, and are inspired to become lifelong learners.

METSA

R. L. Turner High School
1600 S. Josey Ln.
Carrollton, TX 75006
972.968.5400

STEM Assistant Principal
Amy Bridges

METSA Director
Kathryn Bourne

Majors

METSA offers a number of exciting engineering majors:

FastTrack – Students play the role of race car designers, engineers, and drivers as they compete throughout the year on various challenges to reach the national competition.

Computer Science – AP Computer Science A focuses on computing skills related to programming in Java. The new AP Computer Science Principles course will complement AP Computer Science A as it aims to broaden participation in the study of computer science.

Ignite! – Ignite! Is an aeroscience curriculum using PBL to teach Physics, technology, Math, and engineering.  Students design and build rockets as they learn the STEM topics along with problem solving, leadership and teamwork.  Over the course of a school year, students will design and build several small rockets, and have a final projects launching larger rockets to altitudes of one mile and beyond.

Digital Electronics (DE) – DE is an electronics curriculum that uses PBL to expose students to designing and building electronic circuits. From the simplest circuits using simple logic gates, to more complex systems that are controlled by programmable logic devices, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi, students explore the world or circuit design, electronics and electrical engineering. Students learn combinational and sequential logic and what gates, circuits, and controllers apply most effectively to solve project challenges.

T-STEM Designation