S.T.E.A.M. = S.T.E.M. + the Arts
What is STEM education?
The acronym STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These are the subjects Samueli Academy emphasizes (not that we ignore the others!) in order to meet the growing demand of colleges and careers in these subjects, specifically as scientists, doctors, software developers and engineers, and more.
This approach to education is designed to revolutionize the teaching of subject areas such as mathematics and science by incorporating technology and engineering into the regular curriculum. STEM Education attempts to transform the typical teacher-centered classroom by encouraging a curriculum that is driven by problem-solving, discovery, and requires students to actively engage a situation in order to find its solution (see Samueli Academy's Project Based Learning model).
Adding the "A"
The "A" adds the arts into the mixture. Not just visual arts, but music, drama, architecture, dance, etc… in short, that which nurtures the development of student creativity. Promoting the arts in education allows students the opportunity to problem solve, be imaginative, and to think outside the box. The arts can work to nurture and develop the "whole" student, not just the cognitive, process-oriented thinker.
Samueli Academy's S.T.E.A.M. approach
All students benefit from the STEAM approach because it teaches independent innovation and allows students to explore greater depths of all of the subjects by utilizing the skills learned; these skills are going to be required in order for today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders. All jobs and colleges are requiring workers to have a greater ability to think critically, work as a member of a team and independently, and be creative.
Learn more about our Engineering and Design pathways here.