STEAM Studio Model for Innovation: Outreach to Regional Schools - Proof of Concept


With generous support from The Grable Foundation, The South Fayette Township was encouraged to test the sustainability of the STEAM Studio Model for Innovation and its ability to transform education through innovation, by providing outreach through curriculum development, teacher training, and classroom support. This unique and innovative approach to education, leveraging the expertise and resources from one district to help another, enhances learning for all students and may pave the way for a new direction in public education. 


Encouraged by The Grable Foundation to test the sustainability of the STEAM Studio Model approach to learning, with different populations of students, South Fayette searched for schools that were committed to similar STEAM strategies. We selected two diverse public schools as partners for the 2013-2014-school term: Fort Cherry School District and Manchester Academic Charter School (MACS). Fort Cherry and MACS represent two schools ready to transform but lacking the necessary resources. MACS, an inner city urban school on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, serves students from kindergarten through 8th grade. The student body is comprised of 97.2% African-American students and 2.8% Caucasian. In addition, 37.2% of the student body qualifies for subsidized lunch. Fort Cherry School District represents a small rural school district located in McDonald, Pennsylvania in Washington County, twenty minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Fort Cherry serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The student body is comprised of 95.3% Caucasian, 3.8% African-American, 6% Hispanic, and 3% Asian. 40% of the population qualifies for subsidized lunch. 


The learning outcomes of this model, as well as its impact on partner schools, are found in this site. 

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