To help stimulate students’ creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills, St. Michael’s is adding a Blended STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) pedagogy over the next five years. During the 2016-2017 school year, Coding was added in 1st-8th grades. Students enjoyed learning this new language while working in pairs to build websites and program tasks for computers.
This fall students will participate in STEAM Project-Based Learning (PBL) Fridays, when they will work in groups on such activities as building towers or rockets using limited resources. Junior High Science and Math teacher Mr. Medrano said, “STEAM PBL Fridays encourage a growth mindset. Small teams of students use the engineering design process to solve a problem. They ask a question, imagine a solution, make a plan, create the object, and then improve upon the process. Through this process they learn a lot about themselves and STEAM while also building valuable skills.”