S.T.E.A.M. Education at Eagle Rock School: Nurturing Curiosity and Creativity
Eagle Rock School’s commitment to curiosity and continuous learning lends itself to our approach to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.). Shaping this curriculum is Josh Morris, Science Instructional Specialist. His mission is to ignite curiosity and excitement about the world in each and every Eagle Rock student. Josh brings a wealth of experience to the table, with a focus on S.T.E.A.M. education.
A New Vision for Education
Historically, there has been a common belief that the solution to educational challenges posed by industries such as science, technology, and medicine is to offer more science-driven, content-based courses. Eagle Rock School takes a different approach. Informed by EdLeader21’s 4C’s, Eagle Rock champions S.T.E.A.M. education and project-based learning, using the traditional academic subjects as vehicles that allow students to creatively collaborate to explore and solve complex problems.
S.T.E.A.M. education is an approach that integrates the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics into a cohesive learning paradigm. The term "S.T.E.A.M." is an extension of the more commonly known "S.T.E.M." (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) approach by adding "Arts" to the mix. The goal of S.T.E.A.M. education is to provide students with a well-rounded, interdisciplinary education that combines the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of science and mathematics with the creativity and innovation of the arts.
The Maker Space - A Hub for Creativity and Collaboration
One of the cornerstones of S.T.E.A.M. education at Eagle Rock is the Maker Space. This creative hub, brought to life under the guidance of Josh, is designed to foster creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Equipped with an array of tools, from 3D printers to a woodshop, it's a place where students learn to think outside the box and turn their ideas into tangible realities.
In the Maker Space, students don't just create projects; they create opportunities to explore their curiosity. They engage in hands-on projects through classroom and extracurricular opportunities. These experiences teach students not only the mechanics of S.T.E.A.M. but also how to use tools across campus to solve real-world problems.
Equipping Students for the Future
The S.T.E.A.M. education at Eagle Rock isn't about pouring more facts into students' minds; it's about giving them the tools and skills they need to become lifelong learners and innovative problem solvers. The emphasis is on teaching students how to work together, think critically, and approach challenges creatively.
In this unique educational environment, students are not just learning about science; they are becoming scientists. They are not just exploring technology; they are becoming technologists. The Maker Space and other creative learning initiatives at Eagle Rock set students apart by equipping them with practical skills and a mindset that extends far beyond the classroom.
In conclusion, Eagle Rock School's approach to S.T.E.A.M. education hopes to serve as a beacon of innovation in the educational landscape. By shifting the focus from merely offering more science classes to teaching students how to creatively collaborate and problem-solve, we are preparing our students for the complexities of the real world. Eagle Rock is not just teaching subjects; it's nurturing curiosity, fostering creativity, and shaping future leaders who are ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow.