Dear Shaler Area Families and Friends,
Full STEAM ahead!
In the last several years, you may have heard of STEM education. STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math. The prevailing thought is that American schools need to focus on these subjects and promote academic opportunities to influence these areas of instruction so that the United States can remain competitive in the global marketplace. More recently, the prevailing thought is that one cannot ignore the importance of creativity within these disciplines and the new acronym STEAM (now including Arts) was coined.
At Shaler Area we have embraced the inclusion of STEAM in our classrooms. Through generous grants from the Grable Foundation, we have secured two STEAM specific classrooms….and we are looking for more! These classrooms have provided unique learning experiences that include the integration of technology and creativity. Our students are taking simulated voyages through the human body, under the ocean and outer space, they are making audio and video recordings to demonstrate their learning, they are being taught by teachers that have technology at their fingertips! When it comes to 21st century learning, Shaler Area is a pioneer!
However 21st century learning isn’t just about the latest and greatest computers. Our teachers are charged with raising the academic bar and 21st century learning skills, including higher order thinking, collaboration, research, communication, and critical thinking are all required.
The children of the Shaler Area School District deserve nothing less than our best. That means providing the best resources and training to our teachers, providing learning environments that inspire, and providing our children with the tools to be successful. Our focus on STEAM is a big step in the right direction.