STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is the integration of computer science and engineering across all content areas such as language arts, science, and social studies. The goal of the program is to prepare students to be complex problem-solvers ready to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world.
At Roy Cloud, our STEAM program involves EdTech integration, coding and computer programming, and running a MakerSpace to spur student voice, choice, and creativity in their projects.
Roy Cloud's computer science progression spans grades K-8. Students start computer science in kindergarten, programming robots using scannable wooden blocks. In grades 1 and 2, students develop their coding skills by creating interactive stories using block-based programs. As students progress through grade 3-5, they add to their programming skills by building games and programs in content areas such as mathematics and social studies. By middle school, students are ready to build their own robots with microcontrollers to solve challenging engineering problems, which are integrated into their language arts curriculum. Middle school students also begin to transition to text-based coding.
The STEAM program prepares students to be effective communicators in collaborative groups and create meaningful solutions to engineering problems as they contribute to future innovation and the global society.
Check out this video to see what STEAM looks like at Roy Cloud!