With education rapidly-shifting, what are trends in STEAM that our educators are monitoring and anticipating for STEAM/STEM education in the coming years? Learn more from this Q&A with Katie Behrmann and Chris Lazartic.
Innovation & STEAM
Can you imagine a space where kids are coding as young as four years old? A place where they take an ordinary picture they’ve drawn and use technology to make their picture come alive and talk? A space where they have to work as an engineering team to design a new invention? A place where students are taking their 2-D drawings and making them come to life through a 3-D model? You don’t have to imagine any of it as this type of space is a reality for all Aspen Academy students from Pre-K through 8th grade.
Middle School Innovation Lab
The Media + Design Lab
Aspen Academy leverages technology to connect students on-campus and off-campus to create an experience of community. Learn more about the unconventional approach that supports our learners who need an off-campus option due to medical accommodation.
Our fourth grade class, alongside STEAM instructor, Katie Behrmann, recently used the architectural contributions of Colorado’s indigenous peoples to explore the engineering design cycle. Using traditional materials, the students researched how Ute people historically engineered their shelters. Then, students performed rigorous testing on these tipis by putting them outside for the night and measuring how well insulated/ventilated the tents were through temperature data.
As technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, educators also continue to leverage it as a way to engage their students. There is no doubt that technology is both essential to preparing students for the future and a fun way to hook learners of any age. That being said, it is important to use technology in the appropriate ways to facilitate appropriate development and understanding. Below are some tips and examples to consider when engaging your students with technology.
A month ago, many of us transitioned to a virtual school or work model. This may have brought significant changes to our lives, both professionally and personally. My life as an educator changed, but I was able to adapt to continue to offer quality learning experiences to my students. As the Middle School STEAM Coach at Aspen Academy, one of my roles is to teach an Innovation class to students in grades 5 - 8. Below are some tips that you can use, either as a parent or educator, to continue to inspire science, technology, engineering, art and math skills while learning outside of the traditional school building -- as well as a challenge!