"Technology is a tool, it’s like paint, it’s like colors, you give [students] some instruction, you give them a little guidance and then let them go. They are astounding. It’s astounding what they come up with"
- Michael Borton, STEM Specialist
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning program based on real-world applications. STEM is not only about creating a new product or idea, it also embodies the way that you figure out that solution. It focuses on the process, and the processes within that process, to get to the end result.
Art is the key expansion of STEM to STEAM, both in and out of technology pursuits. Art structured with math plants the seed of visualization that supports deeper understanding of geometry and other math concepts. When the students learn about art, history and culture together, in combination with their outreach work, they develop an appreciation and understanding of their interconnection. Music is also integrated into STEAM programming, fusing music and science.
8th Grade's Dancing Robots!
Watch how our 8th grade programed robots to dance alongside them in a choreographed routine. Their little buddies joined in the fun as well!