STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.  It is important to note that STEAM is not a program, but a philosophy.  In the real world, content knowledge is interwoven, layered and sophisticated, not experienced in isolation such as in traditional education settings (separate math time, separate science time, etc.).  STEAM skills are vital for success in the 21st century and critical to our collective future. The “Critical C’s” of Collaboration, Cooperation and Communication are emphasized through project-based learning, usually through interdisciplinary (across subjects) activities.

The National Academy of Engineers has identified 14 Grand Challenges that the world faces in this century.  Each of these grand challenges can be solved by lifelong learners of STEAM. Every job, even the ones you wouldn’t expect, will require at least basic STEAM skills. Research shows that these skills are transferable and needed in every job sector.

At CALSTEAM, students apply the curriculum through the lens of STEAM-focused activities.  Young learners master skills and competencies that will enable them to appreciate the complexities – and opportunities – of deeper work in addressing the Grand Challenges at the secondary level and beyond.

STEAM provides the underpinnings for every child to be successful in college, work, and life. STEAM graduates are problem solvers, innovators, inventors, and logical thinkers.

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