From STEM to
September, 2011 --
There is increasing interest nationally in integrating the Arts, particularly
design, into STEM programs and there is evidence of transforming existing
STEM schools into STEAM schools and developing new STEAM Middle and High
Schools. But most of this is targeted for Fall 2012 and I have been unable
to discover as yet any intentional STEM Middle or High Schools that currently
have a fully developed STEAM program and emphasis. Below are some links
for schools that are in the planning stages, and some interesting articles
and videos concerning the move from STEM to STEAM. -- Bob Pearlman
- Mounds View
Public Schools (MN): Turning
STEM into STEAM, Video: Full
STEAM Ahead, Brochure.
Middle schools in Mounds View have readapted curriculum to focus
more on preparing students in the concepts of science, technology,
engineering and math often referred to as STEM. In fall 2012,
all middle schools will add an arts component to this approach,
turning STEM into a standards-based STEAM program.
Academy at Crystal Lake Middle School, 2410 North Crystal Lake
Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801-6299, (863) 499-2970
STEAM Academy: The Newark STEAM Academy, opening in Fall 2012,
is an exciting new school that incorporates the nationally acclaimed
Big Picture Learning (BPL) design of a small highly personalized
and high performance school environment with a rigorous and relevant
cross-disciplinary approach that integrates academic and experiential
learning focusing on complex problem solving/critical thinking skills
applied to the challenges of sustainability and the environment.
Contact: Carlos R.
Moreno, New Jersey Director of Big Picture Learning, 973-400-9532.
Tech High, San Diego. HTH does not explicitly call itself a
STEAM school, but CEO Larry Rosenstock says
"A STEM focus is central to our design and success, but we
also integrate the arts (often referred to as STEAM) to prepare
students to participate in a global economy and help them to focus
on their futures both in college and in careers."