Middle school students are moving full STEAM ahead for a new technology program.
At McGee Middle School in Berlin, Connecticut, students tested video games created by classmates. The games were created as part of the new STEAM program.
“Once they understand, they have the license to create and experiment,” said Jason Rosa, STEAM teacher at McGee Middle School.
Traditional technology education was replaced at the middle school this year by a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and math program. “We wanted to sort of modernize the curriculum,” saidMcGee Middle School principal Salvatore Urso. “It’s a little more personalized.”
Each grade so far has had over three weeks of STEAM projects. In sixth grade, students learn video game design. They create their own computer games using a computer programming called Scratch, which was created at MIT. They also use a digital art program to create animated characters for their games.
“I thought of what can look different but not be as different as newer games with a lot of code,” said student Brandon Garrity.