STEAM is a holistic educational philosophy that is strongly grounded in and supported with educational research. Through challenging, project-based learning experiences, core competencies are learned and evidenced by students.
At its inception, the STEAM movement began as the STEM movement – an educational acronym created by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to blend the subject areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. STEAM is an expanded interpretation introduced by the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), which introduced the elements of art and design into the framework. The “A” not only stands for the aesthetics embedded within fine arts and music, but also incorporates all of the humanities, including language arts, social studies.
STEAM challenges our students to not only learn the content standards, but also to apply this new knowledge of 21st century skills and discoveries to tackle evolving real-world challenges.
In clear alignment with the mission and vision of iLearn Schools, and through tenacious engagement in interdisciplinary learning experiences, students integrate knowledge, skills and methods of inquiry across the disciplines. Within this holistic immersion, students develop deep understanding of complex concepts by incorporating rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills and performance-based assessments. This knowledge then transfers to opportunities for real-world application of skills-mastery.
By employing research-based best-practices to accommodate differences in cognitive styles and achievement levels, all students gain the skills and knowledge to support critical thinking, embrace independent problem-solving, advance individual aptitudes, and are provided boundless academic and co-curricular opportunities for individual skills and talents to develop.