School of Engineering and Arts (SEA) addresses a STEAM-focus through the integration of content areas to allow students to practice critical thinking as they explore engaging, real-world learning experiences. Our method of instruction promotes collaboration, creativity, problem-solving, critical conversations, and learning from mistakes. Students are encouraged to have a growth mindset and show persistence in their learning.
Components of STEAM are addressed in a variety of ways throughout the curriculum. Learning in all subjects is addressed on a continuum from direct instruction, helping to build foundational knowledge, to open inquiry, promoting our students’ natural sense of wonder. Science, in addition to math and literacy, is a part of everyday learning at SEA, occurring both in and outside of the classroom. Technology is used as a tool and medium in which to consume and produce information. Engineering is viewed as an active process incorporating both design and invention. Students are supported in taking risks, making mistakes, and creating “almost final” products. A variety of art forms and principles are embedded throughout student learning. This fosters creativity, independent thinking, and risk-taking, in addition to giving students another way to express their learning. Math and literacy are both taught explicitly through stand alone instruction and woven into other contents. Students come to realize the importance of both math and literacy in all other endeavors.