I’m very proud that my school included the “A” for arts in our efforts to integrate science, technology, engineering, and math into our curriculum. The implementation of STEAM as opposed to just STEM demonstrates our efforts to integrate music, visual arts, performing arts, etc. into all aspects of the curriculum. In addition to the research that the arts are vital to students’ brain development, designing, computer programming, etc. all require aesthetics in order to be commercially viable.
Although our school has been focused on increasing the use of technology, we have a top-notch music program, our sixth-graders all receive instruction from an art specialist, and we integrate the arts across the curriculum.
Check out a recent performance of our sixth-grade band!