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STEAM Courses and Labs

All Maxine Smith STEAM students will complete an elective course that is developmentally appropriate and engaging. In a blended learning environment, students will explore concepts using online access to the curriculum and then have the opportunity to complete hands on laboratory exercises during the day and in extended day sessions.

Sixth grade students are called “Technicians,” and they will search for answers to “What is STEAM?” A student proficient in this course will understand science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) as a collection of interrelated disciplines, rather than a series of isolated fields. Students will come away from this course with a thorough understanding of how the STEAM disciplines work together to investigate the world, define problems, and create optimal solutions to benefit society. In this course, students will explore the history of engineering and technology; they will be introduced to the practices of science and engineering; and they will explore various greenSTEAM fields to empower them to make an informed decision when selecting a career pathway in high school.

Seventh grade students are “Engineers,” and they will understand the relationship between STEAM and innovation, as well as explore the possibilities of “What could be?” A student proficient in this course will understand why innovation is important and how it benefits society. They will explore ways in which participation in the creative arts help make stronger STEAM students. Students will learn how innovation requires creativity and leads to new discoveries and technologies in environmental subjects that make life better for everyone. In this course, students will identify past innovations in environmental subjects and what inspired their creation. Students will continue learning the practices of science and engineering. This course will reinforce the specific practices of developing and using models; planning and carrying out investigations; and analyzing and interpreting data.

Eighth grade students, “Inventors,” define problems and methodically answer the question, “What is the solution?” Upon completion of this course, proficient STEAM students understand that engineering design is a process of developing solutions to problems and challenges in order to meet the needs of society. Students continue to apply the practices for science and engineering learned in sixth and seventh grades. As Inventors, however, emphasis on practices such as using mathematics and computational thinking; designing solutions; engaging in argument from evidence; and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. In addition to gaining a deep understanding of the relationship between engineering and design, students who complete this course will learn how both innovation and engineering design result in new technologies in environmental subjects that benefit humans.