|The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) committee’s goal is to "research best practices in these areas and to exam methods to broaden, bridge, and enrich the STEAM disciplines at Windward."|
Windward School’s STEAM Program strives to inspire joy at the idea of discovery, to create a culture that fosters innovation, and to prepare our students for effective involvement in an increasingly technological society. We engage our students with interdisciplinary courses that incorporate advanced technology-integrated projects, as well as encourage inquiry, integrity, collaboration, creativity, problem-solving, and critical reasoning. Through their challenging experiences in the program, students will:
- Demonstrate critical thinking, curiosity, adaptability, and initiative in order to be both contributors to and influential in a technological society;
- Exhibit an appreciation for the skills and imagination needed to design, create, and utilize advanced technologies;
- Engage in and explore the interconnectedness of the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Design Arts, and Mathematics;
- Practice and master the skills necessary to successfully pursue a higher degree in one of the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics;
- Develop as leaders and support one another through collaboration and team building.
The STEAM Scholars Program
In the area of STEAM, the approximately 35 students in the Classes of 2014 and 2015 are the first to participate in the new program. Throughout their time in the Upper School, students in the STEAM Scholars Program will engage in interdisciplinary approaches to learning, as well as bridge real-world applications and academic studies in order to enhance their abilities to succeed in the 21st century. STEAM Scholars willl complete at least ten approved courses in the STEAM fields; attend outside-the-classroom requirements, such as involvement in experiential programs; attend STEAM-related events; create a STEAM portfolio; and create a culminating project.
Expanding Programs in Technology/Engineering/Arts
The Principles of Engineering course exposes students to major concepts encountered in university engineering courses. Students develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to created solutions to various challenges, as well as document their work and communicate solutions. Additionally, we plan to enhance the Robotics I curriculum so students will acquire knowledge and skills in problem-solving, teamwork, and creating innovation, as well as explore STEM careers. Additional courses will be added to the certificate track over the next few years that integrate design, engineering, and technology disciplines. STEAM courses will use Windward’s active learning model and incorporate methodologies such as design thinking, project-based learning, and collaborative problem-solving.