It’s Always Full- S.T.E.A.M.2 Ahead at the Choir School
STEM (the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) has been at the forefront of education reform over the last decade, but S.T.E.A.M.2 has pumped through the veins of the Choir School for the past two decades.
What is S.T.E.A.M.2 ?
S.T.E.A.M.2 is the emphasis and integration on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the arts and music. This avant-garde movement is gaining momentum in the education field. Education advocates are arguing for the importance of the arts in fostering the innovation that so many expect to come from STEM education. “S.T.E.A.M.2 implements our belief that students best learn science by acting as scientists,” explains MCS Science Instructor, Cari Pinkowski. “Students who actively participate in asking questions, designing procedures, carrying out investigations, and analyzing data, take responsibility for their own learning and develop a deep understanding of scientific content.” The same design technique goes for innovation in the arts.
The Choir School has known about the importance of the arts and innovation since its inception in 1996. What the movement really does, rather than simply add art and music, is work on developing high-order design and engineering skills while allowing students to innovate and invent on their terms. It forces students to produce original work using STEM, but gives them the choice of how to do so and what to produce, which makes all the difference.
Check out our second grade Invention Fair next winter and you will see innovation at its finest. This S.T.E.A.M.2 event culminates a unit on inventors and innovative people, while focusing on notable inventions and simple machines. As a learning task, students are required to design and create an original invention that addresses a problem in their immediate world. Each invention must include one simple machine. Check out the incredible work from last year’s fair pictured here.