Navajo Elementary School launches STEAM Design Academy

A view of a Scottsdale Schools music class. (Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Schools)

A view of a Scottsdale Schools music class. (Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Schools)

Navajo Elementary School is launching a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics Design Academy for fourth- and fifth-grade students starting in the 2015-16 school year.

The STEAM Design Academy is a specialty program for fourth- and fifth-grade students and provides the opportunity for students to learn using a problem-based inquiry approach, according to a press release.

Students will collaborate in multi-disciplinary project teams to identify real world problems, then develop and design solutions using all content areas, the release states.

“We are excited that Navajo will expand its learning opportunities for fourth- and fifth-grade students with the STEAM Design Academy,” said Principal Amy Moore.  “The STEAM Design Academy will enhance students’ potential to become creators and innovators using a problem based inquiry approach to teaching and learning.”

The characteristics of the program include:

  • Developing student innovators
  • Utilizing authentic STEAM teaching practices
  • Using Technology Science Lab for class projects to allow for designing, building and engineering
  • Integrating investigations into all subject content areas
  • Providing opportunities to develop public speaking skills and professional interaction
  • Using Chromebook laptops – one per each student
  • Art, Music and PE

Students’ success in the STEAM Design Academy include:

  • Having an interest in STEAM
  • Being self-motivated and self-directed in learning
  • Having an interest in working collaboratively with teams
  • Having a desire for projects and hands-on investigations

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