How does The Country School make learning last?
The U.S. Department of Education has made advancing STEM education a national priority, and at The Country School we have added the Arts to the mix, because if our aim is to prepare the innovators of tomorrow, then creativity and design are essential parts of the equation.
Through integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, all students — PreSchool through Grade 8 — explore themes in depth and across the curriculum. They tackle real-world problems that require them to ask questions, problem solve, and use trial and error.
By integrating all elements of our curriculum, STEAM engages all learners, and the hands-on, creative nature of a STEAM exploration means the learning will last. Perhaps most important, STEAM gives our students the skills they will need for success in the future — communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity — and the inspiration to be tomorrow’s innovators.
Located in Madison, Connecticut, a part of New Haven County, The Country School is an independent STEAM based day school that is second to none. Peruse the blogs below for a true glimpse of STEAM in PreSchool through 8th Grade.
Experts estimate that 65 percent of today's grade school students will end up working in jobs that have not been invented yet; The Country School's STEAM curriculum is designed to prepare them for that reality.
STEM needs an A
Science, technology, engineering and math: STEM is the curriculum for future generations, but it must include an A for the arts. Without the arts we are robotic. Our future needs STEAM. To illustrate, visual art is a language unto itself, its images processed much more quickly than written information. Specific colors evoke emotions; intense bright colors alert and awaken, while muted colors calm. Lines and shapes behave similarly: vertical and jagged lines enliven, while horizontal lines relax. Think about shapes: circles are soft, while triangles are pointed. Shapes affect our perception. Often times visual art speaks to our subconscious and emotional self, which affects the marketing of a product. Clearly, the arts drive innovation and creativity. Ideas are more easily sold through the use of the arts: a catchy song, a convincing argument, appealing images. Moreso, the arts allow for collaboration. Google is hiring more people from arts and liberal arts backgrounds because these people tend, according to Google, to be better problem solvers and better on-the-job learners than straight STEM students. STEM needs its A. Art is the glue that binds and maintains cultures/civility. Guillaume Apollinaire said that without art, the world would become chaos. Art is what makes us human.