STEAM Program

STEAM Mission Statement
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.

Expanding Programs

Windward is pleased by our ever expanding STEAM offerings, particularly in engineering and technology. For students wanting to explore engineering they can dabble in a host of elective offerings or take full year courses in either Engineer Your World or 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 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. 

Program Overview

Windward’s STEAM Scholars program is for Upper School students with a passionate interest in extended studies in science, engineering, or other technical fields. STEAM challenges motivated students to bridge real-world applications and academic studies in order to enhance their abilities to succeed in the 21st century. Through an approved course of study, combined with out of class experiences, Upper School students may pursue their passion for science, technology, engineering, design arts, and mathematics. Upon completion of the program, students who earn the STEAM Scholars Certificate will have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to pursue further studies and careers in the STEAM fields.

Program Goals

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.

Course Requirements

Engineering and Technology - accumulate two years total:
The following are a list of courses that satisfy these requirements; however, other courses may also be considered and approved pending a meeting with the STEAM Director:
 
  • Period 1-7: Geometry (taken in 2015-16 or later at Windward), AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, Computer Science Advanced Topics, Engineer Your World, Biological Engineering, Tech Theater
  • Period 8 and 9: Introduction to Programming, iOS App and Game Design, Intro to Electronics, Intro to Mech and Machine, Product Design, Making and Engineering, Mechatronics; Mechanical Engineering Principles; Independent Study Robotics
  • GOA: Computer Science I: Computational Thinking, iOS App & Game Design, Computer Programming II: Analyzing Data w/Python; Computer Programming II: Intro to Java; Computer Science II: Game Design and Development
    • Internships: Summer STEAM-related internships (subject to STEAM Director approval) will count for ½ year towards the coursework requirement).
Arts Options - accumulate two years total (three years recommended):
All art classes, both in the visual and media arts and in the performing arts, count towards this cumulative total.

Other Requirements

Portfolio:
  • Students must maintain a digital portfolio of STEAM work, acquired skills, and reflections. This portfolio will be used to demonstrate progress in core competencies and will be regularly monitored by the STEAM Director.
Community:
  • Students must attend all Windward STEAM events, and monthly meetings  (exceptions granted by STEAM Director on case by case basis)
  • Students must complete a significant, STEAM focused, community service project every year in the program—all must be proposed and approved prior to undertaking.
    • Proposals for Sophomores and Juniors due December 2 - this form is accessible via the STEAM Scholars Haiku page
    • Proposals for Seniors due January 2*
*Senior Capstone proposals may be counted as service project where appropriate - approval of the STEAM Director must be obtained.

STEAM Designated Courses

Questions?

For more information about the STEAM Scholars Program at Windward, please contact Simon Huss, Director of STEAM Programs, at shuss@windwardschool.org

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