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What is STEAM?

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!

Students and teachers engaged in STEAM make more real-life connections so that school is not a place where you go to learn but instead becomes the entire experience of learning itself.  We are always learning, always growing, always experimenting.  

School doesn’t have to be a place, but rather a frame of mind that uses the Arts as a lever to explosive growth, social-emotional connections, and the foundation for the innovators of tomorrow…today!

STEAM Open House Commercial 2016-2017 from our students perspective

 

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STEAM Apps for Home

Amaziograph – How can you pack so much STEAM into one little app?  Explore tessellations and symmetry by creating kaleidoscopes and mirrors using the graph and art brushes in the app.  Easy to use interface, so it works for all grade levels.

 

Shadow Puppet – Easily create videos in the classroom with this free app by SeeSaw. Students as young as five can make videos to tell stories, explain ideas, or document their learning. 30+ lesson ideas supporting Common Core to make it easy to get started!

 

Bloxels – Gaming is definitely “in” and this app makes it super easy for students to design their own.  Students can use design-thinking to create their own characters, layouts and stories and then transform them into their own unique game.

 

SoundPrism – This app lets your students build musical loops graphically.  It’s a great tool for instantly integrating math, music and visual art and can be as complex or simple as you make it!

 

Visual Poetry – Who doesn’t love when poetry meets art?  This app makes it easy for you and your students to create both in a single spot.

 

Assembly – They call this an app that makes “graphic design for everyone”.  I have to say, it’s super easy to use and has so many applications that could connect arts and other content areas.  I’m having a lot of fun playing with this app this week!

 

MadPad – Make music out of anything! Turn everyday items and sounds into percussion instruments.  It’s like Blue Man group in an app.

 

Color Vacuum – This unique, interactive and educational app by Curious Hat encourages children to explore, experience and experiment with the world of color in their immediate environment.

 

Artisto – This is kind of like the Prisma app, but for videos.  You can upload any video and change it into a work of art so that it’s an action-packed moving artwork.  Lots of different ways to experiment with video production, story telling and art using this free app.

 

Blenduko – This app is like Tetrus for colors.  Students love it and it’s a fantastic way to discover the science behind color theory.

 

Dragon Dictation – As part of our Special Populations and the Arts series, we found this free dictation app for students that can be used in a variety of ways.  Have students dictate their work, share artists’ statements, record voice-overs for movie projects and so much more.

 

Lark, by Storybird – This cool free app allows you to create poetry based on works of art that you either find or upload.  You can even share it as a message with the messenger app on your phone. Such a great tool for students!

 

Brainsparker – Sometimes, getting out of a creative rut is just about asking the right questions.  This free app provides over 200 creative prompts to help you and your students think about problems and creative opportunities in a new way.

 

Roy G Biv – Turn your colors into sound! The app reacts to light and colors in the environment of the image and translates them in an aesthetic way in tones, sounds, and geometrical patterns.