What is S.T.E.A.M.?
STEaM is innovative problem-solving involving the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, arts and/or Mathematics. With the inclusion of Arts into curriculum previously identified as STEM, we recognize the crucial role of creativity and the understanding of aesthetics in problem solving. Through each division at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School, students have a tremendous set of ever-evolving opportunities to explore each of these worlds.
Lower School (PreK-3 – 3):
Students in the Lower School discover and explore the world around them. In Kindergarten, students construct models of sea grass beds, exploring their characteristics and inhabitants. In First Grade, students utilize recycled materials to construct castles while analyzing three-dimensional shapes in the design process. Students in Second Grade create solar ovens to cook a favorite snack while learning about heat absorption of various materials. Third Grade students design a water filtration system and begin basic computer programming.
Intermediate School (Grades 4 – 6):
Students in the Intermediate School participate in a variety of STEAM-themed projects, units and activities in multiple classes. In 5th Grade Science, students design, build and launch a Soda Pop Rocket, while learning about principles of aerodynamics and rocketry. In the 6th Grade Introduction to Technology class, students explore computer applications, software/hardware, the Internet, Office tools and the iPad. Sixth Grade Mathematics students design, build and test structures out of pasta while analyzing basic types of architecture. Students reverse-engineer everyday electronic equipment, learning about individual component functions and the science and math that created them.
Middle School (Grades 7 – 8):
Students in the Journalism and Videography class use technology applications to collect information, edit, and publish. Students in 7th and 8th grade participate in design challenges and complete experiments using their iPads, lasers, fiber optics and Vernier probes to explore science topics. Students in the Technology and Design class explore engineering fields and topics including coding, design and construction.
Upper School (Grades 9 – 12):
Upper School students explore robotics, network operations, fiber optics and rocketry in a Technology Internship Class. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in a course that focuses on engineering design and problem-solving. Computer Science is offered at levels from Introductory to Advanced with independent study options. In science classes, students have substantial lab time to support classroom instruction, offering opportunities for students to make connections between classroom and real-world situations, design experiments, and pursue specific interests in the curriculum. In mathematics, students create projects involving line designs, circle designs and optical illusions. Using geometric constructions, the students build a bird house using a blueprint. Students also solve maximization problems and explore the fascinating world of fractals.