What is STEAM?
STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. The idea of emphasizing these subjects in delivering the curriculum has been driven by the business community, with the goal of preparing an agile and competitive workforce. STEAM skills are vital for success in the 21st century and critical to our collective future. The National Academy of Engineers has identified 14 Grand Challenges that the world faces in this century. Each of these grand challenges can be solved by lifelong learners of STEAM. Every job, even the ones you wouldn’t expect, will require at least basic STEAM skills. Research shows that these skills are transferable and needed in every job sector. STEAM education provides the underpinnings for every child to be successful in college, work, and life. At The STEAM Academy, our students are problem solvers, innovators, inventors, and logical thinkers. In addition, the "Critical C's" of Collaboration, Cooperation and Communication are emphasized through project-based learning, usually through interdisciplinary (across subjects) activities. Project-based learning will integrate the subject matters in an inquiry-based, hands-on curriculum that more closely aligns with what ¬students will experience in college and the workforce.