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We are excited to offer two new STEAM courses in grades nine and ten this year at the SIS Bayside campus. STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. Throughout these courses, students are encouraged and taught to take risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. "Our STEAM class complements the math, science and arts curriculum and allows the students to apply those concepts in an authentic setting," explained secondary school principal Mike Livingston.
The program of study focuses on the application of the subjects in a challenging and rigorous manner. Emphasis is placed on project based learning and bridging in-school and out-of-school STEAM opportunities. The projects students undertake are designed as pathways that directly relate to real-world fields and occupations, as well as preparation for post-secondary education and future employment.
What separates STEAM from the traditional science and math education is the blended learning environment and showing students how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life. The courses are designed to be authentic and challenging, yet at the same time provide students with computational thinking that focuses on the real world applications of problem solving.
Through STEAM, students are introduced to the science process of engineering design including how to define a problem, how to create or refine solutions, and how to communicate and apply these solutions to an appropriate audience. The students explore a variety of fields of engineering from mechanical to electrical to chemical and biomedical engineering. They learn who engineers are and what engineers do in the real world. Students research and discuss important facts about engineering including course work required in high school and at the university level, as well as top rated universities for students interested in science, mathematics and engineering.
The STEAM course includes topics and projects that utilize the engineering design process. Over the course of the term, students work collaboratively on a variety of projects such as building and testing model bridges or towers, simulating Mars lander spacecraft, designing and creating model cars based on Newton's laws of motion, building and testing a functioning weather station, basic coding, electronics and robotics.
At SIS, we understand that today's jobs are requiring workers to have a greater ability to think critically and work both as a member of a team and independently. All students enrolled in STEAM learn independent innovation and collaborative problem solving, and they explore greater depths of the individual subjects by utilizing the skills required of today's students to become tomorrow's global leaders. We designed this course because we believe our students are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!