STEAM–an educational acronym comprising of science, technology, engineering, art and math–has long been a strong focus at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. As a college-preparatory institution that sends off many of its graduates to further study STEAM areas in college, St. Margaret’s offers a challenging STEAM curriculum and program that prepares students for future careers in a variety of fields. Programs such as computer science and engineering begin at a young age and build year over year, engaging our students in a love of STEAM disciplines and challenging them to reach their highest potential.
Increasingly, our academic team has put a stronger emphasis on integrating the curriculum so that students can experience projects similar to how they are incorporated into STEAM fields in the industry. Among other innovative methods, we have incorporated the use of the design thinking process from Stanford University’s d.school, that is critical to creation, innovation and invention.
St. Margaret’s STEAM program serves our students’ natural interest, engages them through experiential, project-based curriculum, allows them to make sense of the technological world, builds critical and creative thinking and higher-order reasoning skills, and prepares them for college majors and careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
Further, our students and teachers understand the importance and interdisciplinary nature of STEAM concepts today and their evolution in the future, and feel the reach of STEAM into their everyday lives. Classrooms from different disciplines frequently come together to explore STEAM fields in an interdisciplinary way, such as engineering and visual arts, computer science and algebra, and life sciences with personal fitness and wellness.
Our students see the beauty of scientific phenomena, understand how technology can be used to solve everyday problems, marvel at the engineering of everyday objects in both form and function, and see the applications that math has every day. Our students are enthused by these fields and desire to be lifelong learners in these areas, during and after their time at St. Margaret’s.