Many schools are focusing on STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math – but one middle school is focused on putting the A in STEAM, adding Arts to the effort.

Putting the A in STEAM“We’re integrating the arts in a meaningful way,” principal Rocco Telli said of Gateway Middle School’s  STEAM-based curriculum.

A $20,000 grant from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit was used to furnish a dedicated STEAM classroom, but according to Mr Telli, STEAM is “truly in the entire building.”

“We want to expose every kid in the building to STEAM,” he said.

According to Craig Stamford, a middle school  technology education teacher the program is unique because they have a STEAM dedicated class.

All seventh graders take a nine week Engineering class, in which they design phones and tablet holders with the computer program Autodesk. Creations are then printed on the school’s 3D printer.

Students learn in the STEAM classroom that it is ok to take a few times to get something right.

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