STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math
STEAM at St. Anne’s is continually expanding to introduce these concepts in meaningful ways from Preschool to Grade 8! Thanks to our community's parents, grandparents and friends, we will continue to introduce new tools into our classrooms and support our great teachers in their professional development.
There is so much more we could be doing, however, with upgraded equipment and training.
Last spring, our fourth graders completed one of their exciting projects for the year: building robots in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). A true STEAM project, this problem-based learning assignment began in Mrs. Sherman’s art class, where students worked in teams to design and build colorful robots from recycled cardboard. Next students took their creations to the lower school science lab to solve a series of engineering and computer programming challenges with guidance from Mrs. Wilson and Mr. Hanlon.
Then students learned how to program what they wanted their robots to do, including sensors to stop and start commands, blink eyes, wag tails, flap wings and other responses. They collaborated on the length of wires and the placement of circuit boards in their design.
“Our goal in STEAM is to develop students’ natural curiosity about their world,” explains Mrs. Wilson. “We want our students to be thinkers, problem-solvers, and community learners.”
Your gift can put more robotics kits plus art and engineering materials in the hands of our youngest students so they can continue to create, collaborate, and explore!
Our teachers need new technology to continue to challenge our students. According to technology coordinator Mr. Hanlon, “While we have made great strides in our classroom technology, 30 of our faculty computers are now out-of-date. We also need faster internet speed to keep up with our increased use.”
Your gift can ensure our Middle School teachers have new, up-to-date classroom computers to serve the needs of their students and prepare them for high school. We hope you will respond with a gift today. Every student will benefit from your generosity. And, the faculty will have you to thank for their new classroom tools!
Please we have a few generous donors who are willing to match your gift 1:1 if given by April 30th!