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Full STEAM Ahead

Full STEAM Ahead
Sarah Belisle

St. Martin's is pleased to announce an exciting new expansion to its STEAM@SMES program. As a longtime supporter of STEAM-based education, the school has been awarded a $500,000 grant by The Goizueta Foundation to support a new Industrial Arts Collective (IAC) woodshop program. The new program will focus on woodworking skills tailored for children ranging from pre-K through 8th grade. The grant will fund the build-out of an innovative woodshop, a STEAM-focused curriculum for the program and will enhance the already-established Goizueta Foundation Endowed Fund for STEAM Initiatives at St. Martin's. The program is planned to roll out a pilot phase for middle school students in January 2022.

St. Martin's has long been committed to a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) curriculum that builds valuable 21st-century skills and promotes innovative thinking to help students adapt to a rapidly changing world. The new IAC will offer students an introduction to woodworking with hands-on experiences and projects using a developmentally appropriate curriculum that seamlessly integrates into the school's current STEAM programs. The IAC will be designed to build essential habits of mind, including attentiveness, perseverance, patience and self-control. 

The Goizueta Foundation has been a longtime partner supporting the funding of STEAM programs at St. Martin's. Currently, all students, from pre-K to 8th grade, participate in experiential STEAM-based academics throughout the school year to enhance classroom learning. Early Childhood students experience collaborative learning in the STEAM Village, including a Science Lab, Tinker Lab (Makerspace) and its award-winning Outdoor Classroom. Elementary students collaborate in an indoor/outdoor STEAM Lab and Makerspace, founded in problem-solving, innovation, invention, and logical thinking. In Middle School, STEAM education is accelerated through computer and robotics programming, a competitive drama program, Warrior TV, and much more. SMES 8th graders round out their STEAM education with a capstone project where students work in teams to design, build, and race a full-sized boxcar. 

St. Martin's Episcopal School is excited to expand its STEAM efforts through this revolutionary woodworking program and provide students with a more comprehensive learning experience.

More information about the program will be shared in the fall.