Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math
Our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) program is now not just a stand-alone class. Students will now see STEAM in their regular classrooms! Our goal is that students continue to participate in our STEAM program as a specials class but that students will complete 4 STEAM Challenges a year in their regular classrooms. Ashland City Elementary is laying the groundwork for interest in STEAM related fields of study. The students learn first-hand how scientist work through experiments to find a solution. They will be working with real-world hand-held technologies to collect data and run tests. They will get to build and solve problems just like engineers. Students will learn how to become artists and be proud of their designs. They will become fluent with mathematical skills needed to solve problems. Every day as adults, we face struggles an obstacles in the work force. Our hope is that STEAM will provide our students the necessary skills needed to work through challenges and problems. Students must learn to work as a team to solve problems and overcome barriers to design a prototype that is successful. STEAM helps our students to be successful even if a design fails; the engineering design process has the ability of improvements. Giving teams an unlimited amount of times to succeed. STEAM allows students to become the facilitator and take learning into their own hands. Studies have shown that by 2024 the percentages of STEAM related jobs available in the US would be around 65%. That is why we started our STEAM program at such an early age, to prepare our learners to be successful outside of the classroom and now that we are incorporating STEAM school-wide we are SO excited to see the growth of our students and their knowledge in different skills sets evolve.