SAS is moving full STEAM ahead

Picture of games and activities in STEAM labA redesigned Scotchtown Avenue School classroom will be equipped new technology to introduce students to science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) as early as they can.

The start of a new school year always brings about exciting, new challenges for both students and staff in any school district. This is true for the teachers at Scotchtown Avenue School (SAS) that are putting the finishing touches on the school’s new STEAM lab.

The lab will be equipped with robots, invention kits, iPads and craft materials that will provide students with opportunities to practice scientific thinking and problem solving through interactive, hands-on investigations and experimentation.

The creation of the lab comes from the school’s mission to expose its students to STEAM concepts early on in order to set a foundation that can be built upon at the secondary level.

Additionally, Scotchtown Avenue School has been working with a new curriculum called Project Lead the Way (PTLW.) In short, PTLW encourages problem-solving, collaboration and perseverance, using highly engaging activities, projects and problems.

SAS teachers took part in professional development and will continue with STEAM and PLTW training under the guidance of Instructional Technology teacher Michelle Girardi. Girardi, who also oversees the computer lab, will become the school’s unofficial “mentor” as the PLTW and STEAM implementation furthers.

The STEAM lab, which is located next to the computer lab, is scheduled to open in November.