What is S.T.E.A.M.?
S.T.E.A.M. intertwines the multiple disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math into one curriculum. Through experimentation and problem solving, students encounter real world applications of design. This unique department allows students to engage fully in every stage of the process – from conception and design to its physical production. If students can dream the idea, S.T.E.A.M. possesses all the technology and tools to bring their visions to fruition. The newly constructed I-Lab features 3D printers, laser cutters, one-to-one Macs, and numerous power tools (drill press/miter saw/band saw).
Introduction to Design Thinking
7th and 8th grade
This introductory course develops students’ creativity by using the design process. The emphasis is on visualization and communication skills using solid modeling software and 3-D printers. They will document and capture their ideas in a notebook and digital portfolio as their projects progress. Students will also study the design concepts of form and function as they translate conceptual design into reproducible products.
Introduction to Innovation and Creativity
7th and 8th grade
Introduction to Innovation and Creativity cultivates students’ problem-solving skills, with an emphasis on visualization and communication skills using the engineering design process. Students will design their own interactive devices to replace commonly used items. This course utilizes computer software to produce, analyze, and evaluate models of projects and solutions. Students will study the design concepts of form and function and then be challenged to solve a problem that currently exists on our campus.
Hardware and Media Design
9th and 10th grade
This course is an evolution from learning specific skills in laser cutting, wood, metal and plastic work to using them to problem solve and design. Once the students have gained proficiency; they will be challenged on a weekly basis to design and test. We will emphasize a design process composed of user testing, observation and modeling, while preserving the richness of the visual and formal traditions in the field. In the Industrial Design course students will have the opportunity to learn about the visual design of functional articles and products for everyday use. Projects will involve exploration of materials and forms through model making, the analysis of products and the study of ergonomic principles.
From Sketch to Fabrication: The Design Process at Work
11th and 12th grade
This class uses solid modeling software to introduce students to the design process. Utilizing this design approach, students understand how design has influenced their lives. Students will learn sketching techniques, and use descriptive geometry as a component of design, measurement, and computer modeling. Using design briefs or abstracts, students create models and documentation to solve problems. The instructional topics include: The Design Cycle, Sketching and Scale Drawings, 3-D Computer Modeling, and 3-D printing.