STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics)
It’s full STEAM ahead in Redwood City School District (RCSD) classrooms when Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are interlaced into all areas of learning.
STEAM integrates computer science, technology, and engineering across curriculum so that students can readily experience, relate, and apply what they've learned to social studies, sciences, and language arts.
Students are prepared to be complex problem-solvers and out-of-the-box thinkers who are ready to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world.
RCSD has developed a computer science and coding progression that spans across all grades, building upon what students have learned each year.
Kindergarteners begin by programming and coding using scannable wooden blocks on touch screen devices. By grades 1 and 2, students are ready to further develop coding skills using block-based programs to create things such as interactive stories.
As students progress through grade 3-5, they move to using laptops and add to their programming skills by building games and websites in content areas such as mathematics and social studies.
By 5th grade, students are ready to build their own robots with microcontrollers to solve challenging engineering problems, which are integrated into other areas of daily curriculum.
Maker Spaces, or Makerys, on RCSD campuses are a place where ideas come to life and engineering theories are challenged. Students can get hands-on by putting what they learn–and what they have created–to the test!
The cross-curriculum STEAM program helps build our next generation of collaborators, communicators, innovators, problem solvers, and difference makers.