STEAM Program

STEAM Mission Statement
 
We believe that people learn best by making and doing. 
The best learning is hands-on and done with other people. We work together to develop the skills and imagination needed to design, create, and utilize advanced technologies. 
 
We believe that community is the foundation of innovation.
The STEAM program invites all members of the Windward community to make and learn together. We create open, accessible, equitable spaces for all students and community members to learn with and from each other. Our program values diversity, equity, and inclusivity and aspires to foster STEAM scholars who are also stalwarts of social justice. We challenge each other to create our best work. We celebrate each other’s successes and showcase our creations.
 
We believe in the power of creative connections.
When we synthesize ideas from many disciplines, we are able to create elegant solutions for our increasingly technological society. STEAM encourages innovation by forging creative connections across seemingly disparate work in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. 
 
We believe in mistakes and iteration. 
We are all capable of growth, and the STEAM program encourages bold ideas, tinkering, hitting dead ends, and trying new approaches, iteratively working through challenges in the service of achieving a goal. STEAM students and adults think creatively to solve problems. We create multiple possible solutions and prototype and iterate many times before arriving at final solutions. 
 
We believe in safety with tools, but risk-taking with creativity.
We use tools responsibly, and we allow ourselves to dream up wild, creative solutions. We celebrate both our successes and failures when taking bold risks.

Expanding Programs

Windward is pleased by our ever expanding STEAM offerings, particularly in engineering and technology. For students wanting to explore engineering and art, they can take full-year elective offerings such as Biological Engineering. In addition to having an increasing amount of coding integrated into core classes, Middle and Upper School students can delve into multiple technological electives, including both offerings of AP computer Science; AP Computer Science A and a post-AP Computer Science course.

The STEAM Scholars Program

Since 2013, Windward has offered an opportunity for upper school students with a passion in Science, Technology, Engineering, design Arts and Mathematics to be part of the STEAM Scholars Program.  Students join at the end of Sophomore year and in recognition for additional coursework and outside of the classroom learning, they receive recognition on their transcript. 

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