What is STEAM?
STEAM is an integrated approach to learning which requires an intentional connection between standards, curriculum design, lesson implementation, and assessment from at least two or more areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. At St. Benedict's our STEAM Specialist and Academic Chair have worked diligently to align our new STEAM curriculum to current pacing guides for complete program cohesion.
Our goal at St. B's is to prepare our scholars for a growing STEAM job market and to increase diversity in STEAM by exposing minorities and girls to STEAM educational content.
St. B's STEAM activities focus on Design Thinking which is a methodological approach to learning that consists of overlapping or repeating processes to ensure a problem is solved. In addition, children will engage in the Engineering Design Process, the Scientific Method, and Creative Expression. These methods are research-supported and proven to increase student engagement, participation, and learning.
St. Benedict’s Receives Grant To Power STEAM Initiative
St. Benedict’s has been named a grant recipient to fully fund an integrated STEAM program with state-of-the-art technologies and an interdisciplinary STEAM Specialist. The program will benefit the wider community with our STEAM-focused summer camps will provide exposure to resources that may not otherwise be available to them.
“The implementation of a robust STEAM program with the help of a STEAM grant from The Goizueta Foundation will benefit St. Benedict’s Episcopal School by allowing us to position ourselves as one of the most affordable –diverse – private schools in the area as providers of a cutting-edge STEAM education,” said Father Brian Sullivan, Head of School. “By providing the opportunity for integrative learning, St. Benedict’s
Welcome to Chris Scandrett
Interdisciplinary STEAM Specialist
How can parents contribute?
Parents can recycle, clean, and donate the following items:
Paper Towel Rolls
Clean Cardboard Boxes
Sanitized Egg Cartons
Engage In STEAM At Home
Make Invisible Ink
Lemon Juice, Cotton Swab, Piece of White Writing Paper, Clothes Iron
1. Dip the cotton swab into the lemon juice, and use this 'pen' to write an invisible message or picture on the paper.
2. Wait for your 'ink' to air-dry and completely disappear
3. Ask an adult to help iron over the dry paper. Watch your message reveal itself.
Did you know?
The heat changes the lemon juice into a new chemical. This chemical is brown and so your message can be seen on the white paper. Eventually, the paper would also turn brown and burn, but the lemon juice changes more quickly. Try using other acids such as vinegar as your ink.