STEAM Studio Model for Innovation
By following the existing interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics approach, developing and testing incubator projects or prototypes and then integrating into the curriculum alongside professional development experiences, the STEAM Studio Model is providing students with experiential learning activities that promote computational thinking both within the curriculum and in afterschool experiences to transform teaching and learning. Connecting businesses and universities in remaking teaching and learning, a hallmark of this model, is making learning relevant for our students. This model is being developed to address the South Fayette Township School District’s STEAM vision to:
Facilitate learning in innovative "studio" contexts to foster creativity and innovation and student development that prepares students for emerging STEM/STEAM and information and communication technology careers.
Promote an engaging and capacity building learning culture where teachers are prepared to utilize and integrate new technologies in ways that support their STEM/STEAM curriculum content goals and understanding of STEM/ICT careers.
Address the need to expand and update the K-12 curriculum to include cross curricular computational thinking experiences and rigorous computer science course offerings within an administrative environment that includes funding shortfalls and limited teacher preparation for the work place STEM/STEAM computational skills and abilities.