STEAM at Bolton Central School

What is STEM/STEAM? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering nd Math. A variation of STEM is STEAM, which includes an “A” for Art and Design. This type of learning is based on finding a solution to a problem and tends to focus on project-based learning. These are not new teaching methods for BCS staff and students. All our students are encouraged to develop the knowledge and skills to creatively solve problems, gather and evaluate evidence, make sense of information and apply their experience to become the innovators, educators, researchers and leaders needed to sustain our future.

The common thread in all levels of study is that any idea can be developed, finalized and evaluated following a set of logical steps.

From Pre Kindergarten and lessons of observation, to elementary students and hands on experience leading to understanding, to the conceptual and experimental experiences utilized by the upper grade levels, STEM/STEAM are concepts that are present in many activities at BCS.

A makerspace is not solely a science lab, wood shop, computer lab or art room. It may contain elements found in all of these familiar spaces. Therefore, it must be designed to accommodate a wide range of activities, tools and materials.

Throughout their academic careers, BCS students are constantly sharpening their problem solving skills and learning to work together to creatively tackle challenges. This sort of education has the potential to fuel success on many fronts, but most importantly it creates a lasting passion for the process of innovation and a competence that builds confidence and shapes young learners to be life long imaginative, creative and critical thinkers.

Want a glimpse of what STEAM means to students at Bolton Central School? Click on any of the links below to see our students in action.

STEAM Fair - May 17 2016 Slide Show

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Markerspace Elementary Tower

STEAM Fair 2016 - Tornado Demonstration - Catherine Hall

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STEAM Fair 2016 - Volcano Project - Cameron Etu

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STEAM Fair 2016 - Solar Power - Jadyn and Jaxon Egloff

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STEAM Dream Lab Fall 2016 Slide Show

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Markerspace Elementary

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