STEAM at Kenmore stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Students may participate in a variety of STEAM classes while attending Kenmore. While all students are required to take a math and a science class each year, there are a variety of technology, art and engineering classes offered through the elective program. By meeting certain requirements at each grade level, students may elect to earn a STEAM certificate at the completion of their 8th grade year. Students may begin working on the certificate as a 6th or 7th grader.
All students interested in earning the STEAM Certificate must complete the STEAM Foundations class as either a 6th or 7th grader. STEAM Foundations is a year-long (6th grade) or semester long (7th grade) course where the five disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) are integrated into projects with real-world applications. Students will learn to solve problems through competitive and collaborative activities. Math and Science skills will be taught and interwoven into these activities. By the end of the course student will know how to solve problems by selecting and following the engineering design loop or a scientific inquiry method, understanding the math and science needed to find solutions, valuing both the functional design and aesthetics of the solution and knowing the best tools (technology) to solve the problem. Units of study will focus around the topics of Power/Energy, Sensory Design, Society and Sustainability and Structure and Engineering.
Students completing the STEAM Certificate must complete and document activities as a 7th and 8th grader in the three STEAM Pillars:
Project Based Learning
Real World Application