Why S.T.E.A.M.

The Need for STEAM Education

STEAM education infuses the creativity, design principles, technique, and expression of the Arts into the interwoven fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The integration of STEAM throughout the curriculum provides the backbone of our educational program, offering students opportunities to develop skills in 21st century technology, leadership, strategic thinking, problem solving, creativity, and expression.

As educators it is our responsibility to provide our students with the highest quality education and prepare them to be able to compete in the global marketplace. We recognize the importance and value that science, technology, and art play in our lives. This is why we selected the S.T.E.A.M. model as the means for our students to obtain the requisite 21st century skills to be successful later in their lives. This model embraces science, technology, engineering, art, and math through inquiry based instruction. Because this model is extremely engaging, it not only has the ability to motivate our students to reach their potential, but to ignite their desire to learn about new topics.

Our academic approach addresses far more than our subgroups but all students and categorize everyone as academic learners.

Subgroups:
Special Needs; English Language Learners; Black, Hispanic, and Asian ethnicities; females; and low income.

Academic Learners: All students can achieve academically through a differentiated and a rigorous approach.

The STEAM model is very appealing to learners who have difficulty understanding abstract concepts because it offers opportunities for them to conceptualize ideas through concrete representations and activities. It also fosters the use of higher order thinking skills to solve problems and provides opportunities for authentic or real life learning.