Our Nation‘s focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is clearly the foundation for education at the Marco Island Academy. Gone are the traditional chalkboards and even whiteboards. Instead Tekboards (which are similar to a high definition TV with IPAD capabilities) on the wall bring interactive lessons to multi-media life. Gone too are the Webster’s Dictionaries on the shelves for every student has been issued their own iPAD2 complete with teacher-selected curricular applications. Whether logging on to any one of twenty-seven Collier County Public Library online resources, using an electronic student planner, studying an electronic textbook for a test, or checking grades online, the portable tools are taking academics to a whole new level. According to Newgeography.com Florida currently has 760,396 STEM-Related Jobs with projected increases statewide. The Academy is apparently committed to its motto, “Empowering the next generation.” And one can rightly add, for STEM-Related Jobs.