There is a distinct hum coming from the corner room on first floor of Turner Hall.
STEM students are all abuzz with hands on, experiential Maker Space projects and activities led by a specialist in this area. Wood Acres has extended integrated, cross-curricular learning with the addition of this dedicated lab. Collaborative learning is naturally coupled with student teams focused on creative thinking, the scientific process, problem solving, brain challenges, and open-ended projects.
S = Science T = Technology E = Engineering A= Arts M = Math
STEM/STEAM at Wood Acres School is a philosophy of teaching that encourages and supports creativity and innovation in K-8 students. It is not the “what” of the curriculum, but rather the “how”.
STEM/STEAM schools provide challenging, student-centered, inquiry-based experiences for all students in all areas. Students should integrate skills from different subject areas in order to solve real world problems.
STEM/STEAM education is designed to prepare students as responsible citizens for success in the real world, college, and work experiences.
No matter what the career path, STEM/STEAM teaches how to problem solve, think creatively, collaborate with others to come up with solutions, and communicate with one another.
STEM/STEAM education is a direct response to the knowledge that our future will be built on technological leadership, innovative thinking, and critical problem solving.
STEM/STEAM schools better prepare their students for their role in a global environment where they will be better equipped to compete for jobs, ideas, etc.
STEM/STEAM education is one of many keys to help unlock a child’s future.
Embraces creativity, logic, critical thinking, higher order thinking, divergent thinking, and cooperative work!
Is a highly personalized integrated approach to fit the needs of our students while reflecting the guiding beliefs of a Wood Acres education.
A STEM/STEAM enhanced education unleashes the potential and creativity of students as well as giving them the skills they need in order to develop revolutionary ways of thinking and problem solving. These students must also be firmly adept and grounded in basic math and science principles.
STEM and STEAM projects and activities can be wonderfully messy works-in-progress, especially as students progress in critical thinking and HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills).