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STEAM is the antithesis of the silo approach to learning and teaching. The integrated nature of a STEAM study requires an intentional connection between lesson design and implementation, standards, and assessment. Teachers plan opportunities in which the disciplines intersect, allowing the mind of the scientist to interact with the mind of the artist or designer.

Through STEAM collaborations, students gain confidence as they share their own skills, knowledge, and thinking, and they experience empathy as they gain an appreciation for others’ talents and perspectives. Just as students learn from their classmates, teachers are able to draw on the expertise and energy of their peers. The end result is learning that is far richer and deeper for all.

STEAM explorations can take place anywhere: in one of our three STEAM Labs; in classrooms, both indoor and outdoor, across campus; and off campus during field trips.

How We Do It: A TCS STEAM Curriculum

Working with teaching colleagues, with our STEAM coordinators, and sometimes with outside experts, Country School teachers have drawn up in-depth curricula for all grade levels – PreSchool-8th Grade– with lessons designed to enhance both the traditional subjects and the skills our students will need as they enter an interconnected, globalized world. Below are a few samples of Country School STEAM units. For more, visit the STEAM Snapshots blog.