Learning is a continuous process of growth and inquiry, in which all knowledge is interconnected and organized to understand and predict consequences of new situations. STEM curriculum uses this idea of relational learning to help students develop their problem solving skills within a framework of science, technology, engineering, and math . However, from the most basic concepts, to remarkably advanced forms of theoretical mathematics, learning is also a social, creative, and a surprisingly spontaneous process. A STEAM curriculum builds upon the foundation set by STEM and cultivates a student’s ingenuity and cultural awareness, by including the arts in the curriculum model. A STEAM integrated education focuses on experiential learning that allows students to engage in real world problems and solutions and gives them the opportunity to learn by succeeding often building resiliency as they continually look for different and better ways to solve a problem.
STEAM at St. Martin's
STEAM@SMES is designed to encourage, educate, and prepare our students to understand the importance of STEAM curricular areas. Progressing from the broad to the specific, our STEAM@SMES curriculum is centered around student creativity and an understanding of relational learning, rather than rote memorization and knowledge. In order to foster active inquiry, St. Martin’s students feel ownership over their educational experience. By studying in a minds-on, hands-on manner, our students are encouraged to look beyond the classroom and ask about the impacts, both positive and negative, that humans have on the world around them. St. Martin’s graduates are more confident in questioning the world around them and expressing themselves freely, and have a stronger love for learning. STEAM@SMES deliberately places emphasis on an education that will prepare SMES students to be problem solvers, innovators, inventors, and logical thinkers, skills that are vital for success in high school, their future workplace, and critical to our collective future.