Changing the Culture of Learning

Teachers across the district are engaging students and providing enriching lessons that extend learning beyond the classroom walls. Take a look at the outstanding work of our teachers and students in Shaler Area School District.

Instructional Innovation at Shaler Area

Four students building a cardboard drum set
Project ENGIN/Project Caboose
 ENGIN allows students in the primary buildings to
 Engage, Network, Grow, Inspire and Navigate through STEAM subjects ­– science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics – with units aimed to increase the students’ content knowledge in coding, robotics, technological literacy and environmental sustainability. Project ENGIN launched in the
 2015-2016 school year with the help of a
 $20,000 grant awarded through the
 Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Center for
 Creativity. The program expanded in the 2016-2017 school year with another $20,000 grant from the Center for Creativity to fund Project Caboose, which focuses on Kindergarten and first-grade students.

Two students looking at iPads in a simulator space ship
IKS Titan
The IKS Titan (Infinity Knights Ship) is a classroom-simulator learning environment housed at Shaler Area Elementary School. Students are able to fully immerse themselves in critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration while applying content from their classrooms to the mission. The IKS Titan launched in the 2012-2013 school year with the financial support of an $80,000 grant through the Grable Foundation and the creativity of Dream Flight Adventures.

Boy standing in front of microphone
Music Speaks Classroom
Shaler Area was the recipient? of the AIU 2013 STEAM Grant, which transformed a? traditional music classroom? into a center-based, interactive music space for students in Shaler Area Elementary School. The Music Speaks classroom includes spaces for instruction, dance, writing, iPad use and a recording studio.

Middle School STEAM Courses
Shaler Area Middle School seventh-graders explore the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics in a nine-week STEAM 7 exploratory rotation course. The course gives students the opportunity to learn more about each of the fields and corresponding courses, which they can take advantage of in the high school. Eighth-graders have the option to take the STEAM 8 elective, a semester course, which builds on the fundamentals and combines students’ critical thinking skills and innovation.

Girl setting up dominos
High School STEAM Freshman Forum
The STEAM Freshman Forum is a concentrated course focused on defining STEAM, exploring engineering fields and continuing along a path toward a strong background in STEAM-related content for ninth-graders. The STEAM Freshman Forum started in the 2015-2016 school year with a cohort of about 80 students from the Class of 2019.

High School Areas of Concentration
High School students have the option of choosing from several key Areas of Concentration designed to guide students in course selection during their high school years. Each area is aligned with specific examples of S.T.E.A.M. careers so that students can gain a sense of those fields and the necessary skills needed for success. Students need to apply for a specific Area of Concentration during the third quarter of their senior year, and a team of administrators and guidance counselors will review the application and issue the advanced certificate to successful applicants.


Two boys looking at an iPad
Project ACE 1:1 iPad Initiative
Project ACE (Advancing Classroom Education) 1:1 iPad Initiative kicked off in January 2015 with every seventh- and eighth-grader being issued a District iPad mini device to be used for educational purposes in school and at home. The District expanded the Project ACE 1:1 iPad Initiative to provide iPad mini devices to every student in 7th through 12th grade at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. Classroom sets of iPads give students at the Primary and Elementary level access to the same technology with a 2:1 student to iPad ratio


Two boys standing behind a model bridge
Summer STEAM Camp
Since 2013, students have had
the opportunity to explore
science, technology, 
engineering, arts and math
 through fun, hands-on sessions during the weeklong Shaler Area Summer STEAM Camp. Students can choose from sessions that range from robotics to dance.
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