21st Century Skills

“My son’s math and reading skills have increased dramatically, especially in his first year at Linden Grove. The social skills that are taught at school also show outside of school. He loves school and his teachers so much that he is disappointed if we tell him he is too sick to go to school when he has a cold.”

—Al from Fairfield, OH


The accelerating rate of change in American society has necessitated a new set of skills for living and working in the 21st century. These skills include the effective use of digital devices, and critical thinking and problem solving skills for the ability to adapt to different roles, and the ability to interact and collaborate with others.

To help prepare students for an active role in our community as adults, Linden Grove School continuously develops and implements new learning opportunities and approaches at all grade levels, particularly related to STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) fields.

Older students can participate in a range of robotics activities and challenges. A typical project involves working in teams to build and program a LEGO® “mower” to clear a designated area of LEGO® debris. Students first considered the best design for moving debris, and then used data to effectively program their mower to move appropriate distances and execute turns, as needed.

Younger students also participate in STEM activities. 4-6 grade students were recently challenged to “Be Like Iggy.” The activity was inspired by the book Iggy Peck, Architect about a boy who built structures using available items. LGS students were challenged to build their own structures using toothpicks and marshmallows. The students showed great creativity, building items ranging from pyramids, to houses, to ladders.


You can give a student the gift of skills for the 21st century. Read more here.


Did you know? Studies have shown people with autism are drawn to STEM fields more often than the general population. Such individuals tend to have strengths in systemizing, memorizing and rule-based systems. The U.S. Department of Labor projects 1.2 million job openings in STEM fields by 2018 and a shortage of 95 million skilled workers by 2020. In response, companies like Microsoft and Freddie Mac are increasing recruitment among individuals with autism to fill a variety of positions from coding to data analysis to support services

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