A fourth grade STEAM program is boosting state science scores in Laurelton, NY.
At Merrick Academy, the average score on the fourth grade New York state science exam was 96.4. Two years ago, the K-6 charter school launched a STEAM program, boosting science, technology, engineering, and math with the arts. According to technology coordinator Chris Levy, the courses emphasize the subjects in an interactive way.
“Students have access to laptop computers, iPads, smart tables, and we use different types of media like Final Cut Pro, Adobe, and professional photo equipment to teach the kids,” Levy said. “Earth Day we went outside to grow plants for a garden, and on June 14 we had a S.T.E.A.M. fair to showcase what they learned.”
Students have also learned how to use basic building blocks for coding that will make robots move, along with making newsreels and playing math games on smart tables. They also played the Xbox game Rock Band, learning music along with digital programs.