STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Walton Academy was one of the first elementary schools in Eastern, NC to implement these lessons into our curriculum. These may seem like ordinary school subjects, but together these lessons promote higher order thinking skills through hands-on learning.
There are all sorts of projects our students do each week. This curriculum challenges students and encourages them to be creative and think outside the box. Great examples of STEAM projects are creating a crystal, block sculptures, tie-dye or using materials like lights and magnets for projects. These are fun ways for students to get involved in arts, science and math while developing skills that will be used for the rest of their lives.
The content in our STEAM lessons are complex, but it teaches our students to get creative with their problem-solving skills. They will learn that not every problem has one solution. They will learn through trial and error to find a solution. This encourages perseverance and mental work. Through group work, students will be able to work cohesively, learning with others and practicing communication skills.
STEAM lessons encourage students to think outside of the box. The complex lesson plans require students to think step-by-step and use a variety of methods to solve the problem. The critical thinking teaches students to take risks and use trial and error to find the right solution.
Hands On Problem Solving
Students are able to learn as they go. They can pick materials up and play with them to discover what they do. Hands on learning gives the students confidence in their ability to build and fix objects, and how it all comes together. Some may work backwards to find a solution while others may go for it and work on a trial and error basis. In the end, all students will learn how to verify and interpret results which they can apply to all aspects of life.
Why Choose Walton Academy?
Through our STEAM program at Walton Academy, students are able to work on their own or in groups to find the solution to their problem. They can create and explore new things while learning important life skills. By recognizing patterns, finding solutions and drawing conclusions, students can be prepared for a life of success in any field.