The kickoff event inaugurating a three year STEAM curriculum focused on how teachers are adopting STEAM in their classroom in Nashville middle schools.
Over 100 Metro Nashville school administrators recently attended the inaugural event at the Adventure Science Center, opening up professional development opportunities for teachers, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
“Students will notice that there will be, from day one, very purposeful connections between all of the subject areas. That’s how students learn, that’s how students think,” STEM Director Kris Elliot said. “If you were to visit our schools even a few weeks from now, you’re going to start to see those connections made for students. By the end of the year, you’re going to see students make those connections on their own.”
STEAM focuses on learning that builds off STEM curriculum by incorporating elements of art into the classroom.
The STEAM curriculum focuses on the interweaving of subjects, so teachers will need to collaborate with their colleagues and integrate other subjects into a lesson. Over 45o Metro middle school teachers participated in the workshops.
“They’re also going to learn a different way of teaching. It’s very much an inquiry-based approach where they facilitate the learning and let the students solve problems rather than being in the front of the room sharing knowledge,” Elliot said.