Welcome to STEAM
Enhancing IB Learning through STEAM Experiences
(science, technology, engineering, art, & math)STEAM = Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements. STEAM education provides our students with the 21st Century skills they will need to be successful in the workforce. Children who study STEAM develop a variety of skills essential for success: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, innovation, and collaboration.Enhancing International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme of Learning Through STEAM ExperiencesThe PYP provides a comprehensive, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. While incorporating local, state, and national curriculum requirements as well as the arts and foreign language, the PYP reaches beyond minimum standards to provide a rich, rigorous education of habit and mind. In planning curriculum, schools consider 3 basic questions: What do we want to learn? How best will we learn? How will we know what we have learned?
STEAM experiences enhance the IB Planners by integrating the Engineering Design Process (Ask/Imagine, Plan/Design, Create/Test, Reflect, & Improve). Scholars apply their knowledge & understanding of concepts in concrete & innovative ways preparing them for 21st century careers and beyond.HOW CAN FAMILIES HELP MAKE STEAM A SUCCESS AT SAWYER ROAD?
Out of class activities have a significant impact on in-school performance. In the fall and spring newsletters, an At-Home Family STEAM project by grade will be included. Work together as a family to complete the project. Take pictures, make a slideshare, poster, etc. explaining the process. If your child chooses to do so, they may then present the project to their class! Let’s get started—Together we can have impact!
STEAM ENRICHMENT CLUBS OFFERED TO STUDENTS
Students meet twice a week for 45 minutes in various academic STEP (Starfish Tutorial Enrichment Program) Clubs. Those who are in STEAM-related STEP Clubs may be involved in one of the following:
Supply Donations Needed:
- In grades 2/3, students meet for the student-led Starfish News Production & Journalism club. The skills that are being developed include: presentation, voice, script writing, videography, lighting/set design, audio/visual production, video editing, genre writing, etc.
- Grades 4/5 students explore Robotics and develop such skills as: programming patterns, coding "personalities" for robots, coding and flying drones, and building a robot from recycled materials.
Students may drop off these donations in the appropriate bins near the Starfish Exploratorium. Thank you for your support of our STEAM program!
- Glitter (all colors)
- “D,” “AA,” “AAA,” & “C” batteries
- poster board
- Masking tape
- potting soil
- hot glue gun sticks
- gardening soil
- spices: cinnamon, pumpkin pie, apple pie, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, etc.
- Pam (butter flavor) cooking spray
- Baker’s Joy cooking spray