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Conclusions The greatest STEM need may be to get science-rich personnel into STEM classroom operations. STEM Catalysts offer one low-cost means of engaging the unique attributes of the science-rich for the benefit of the science-poor. Student Projects enable students to apply learned skills and knowledge or identify and learn skills and knowledge needed to do the work required for each specific project. The projects, developed with input from STEM specialists, are expected to be multidisciplinary and challenging to high school STEM students. Using Student Teams having student members from across all four years of high school offers major benefits enabling less prepared students to learn from more knowledgeable students and of relieving teachers of some direct teaching. It also enables students to practice teaching, a skill required in the adult world of almost everyone. Planning and teamwork also are skills developed within the team operation. Using Teacher Teams enables students to have ready access to specialists in each of the most common science fields plus engineering. The teachers also reinforce each other as classes proceed. Students are tested (formative) until an acceptable mastery level is shown in the tested topic. Initial or remedial teaching can then be done for any topic during any high school year – by teachers or peers.