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An exciting,

new way to learn

Looking for a new challenge? STEAM School wants you!

TVDSB is excited to announce the continuation of the STEAM School for the 2018 – 2019 school year. With the success of the pilot project, we will be opening our doors to even more students at our new location at 168 Curtis St.

STEAM School is being relocated and re-imagined for 2018-19 school year. TVDSB is expanding the opportunity for more teachers and students from across our board to integrate STEAM education. The model is drawn from other School within a School (S()S) experiences, particularly the Greenhouse Academy.

Teachers interested in incorporating STEAM into their courses are encouraged to contact the STEAM Centre to make arrangements – Jessica Moyes (jessica@steameducation.ca) or Fred Cahill (fred@steameducation.ca).

 

The Re-Imagination of STEAM School:
Ideally, STEAM School in 2018-19 will have 5 to 7 School within a School projects as anchor programs running during the regular school day. These anchor S()Ss will visit the STEAM Centre on a weekly or semi-weekly basis, developing skills, incorporating new learning and technologies into ongoing projects, and developing “STEAM-based” workshops for classroom younger students.

5-7 school teams (School within a School programs) will each have a share in running STEAM School / STEAM Education Centre

  • Secondary students get workplace experience, learn about a business, obtain skills to teach others
  • Elementary school students have field trip opportunities that link to curriculum and global goals
  • STEAM Education Centre develops integrated science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics workshops and community challenges for students by students.

 

The Re-Location of the STEAM Centre:
NEW LOCATION as of 1 JULY 2018: St Thomas STEAM Centre, 168 Curtis Street, St Thomas

STEAM Education Centres is a 3rd party charitable organization that operates independently of TVDSB. This not-for-profit organization is moving from 50 Wellington Street to 168 Curtis Street in St Thomas (near the Library behind City Hall).

Frequently Asked Questions

About STEAM School

Q. What does STEAM mean?
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!
Q. Why STEAM School?
The world needs flexible and creative thinkers.  STEAM School will help students take full advantages of the world’s technology and give them the tools to be active thinkers and make their community better.
Q. What do the future STEAM School students have to look forward to?
This approach to learning is certainly not an easy task, but the benefits to students and the entire school community are tremendous.  Students and teachers engaged in STEAM make more real-life connections so that school is not a place where you go to learn but instead becomes the entire experience of learning itself.  We are always learning, always growing, always experimenting.  School doesn’t have to be a place, but rather a frame of mind that uses the Arts as a lever to explosive growth, social-emotional connections, and the foundation for the innovators of tomorrow…today!
Q. How much does it cost?
TVDSB and STEAM Centre are investing in our kids, so that this program will have no additional cost to the individual students.
Q. Are these high school credits?
Yes, regular high school credits in the level that the student applies either academic or applied.

Teaching Methods

Q. What does problem-based learning style mean?
Problem-Based Learning engages students in the process of problem solving: how to think about the problem and to find possible solutions.  The focus is on developing students’ ability to think critically, creatively and productively about a problem, while also nurturing team skills. Challenged with a complex, real-world problem, students work in collaborative groups or teams to understand the problem and propose solutions.   Often such problems do not have an obvious solution, but are examples of challenging, open-ended problems faced in our world today.  Students must analyze the nature of the problem, identify what they need to know and how to find needed information, reach informed judgments, and apply what they learn to generate ideas for possible solutions. Frequently combined, problem-based, project-based, and team-based learning are well-established teaching techniques developed at Stanford University’s Design School (dSchool).  All are collaborative and involve active learning.   Course are integrated and, with online technologies, globally distributed.  Problems may have local or global significance, and in some cases are provided by corporate and other partners.
Q. How will projects be evaluated?
Teachers will use the curriculum to identify the learning goals and success criteria that students will need to demonstrate. Evidence of achievement will be assessed through a combination of project work and tutorial sessions.

School life

Q. What tools and supplies should my teen bring to STEAM School?
Mobile devices and laptops are welcome and encouraged, but not required.
Q. Does my teen need to bring a laptop or tablet to school?
If your student already has technology provided by TVDSB they should bring it from their home schools. Technology will be supplied when needed, but student’s mobile devices and laptops are welcome.

Benefits

Q. How does STEAM School prepare my teen for their future careers?
In addition to the content students are learning, the structures in which they learn will be the same kinds of structures used in industries today for project management and innovation.

Credits included in STEAM School

STEAM School will integrate traditional credits into projects. Students will earn regular credit towards their high school diploma in each of English, Science, Civics and Citizenship, and Integrated Arts.

Here are the course descriptions from the Ontario Ministry of Education’s official curriculum.

ENGLISH GRADE 10 APPLIED (ENG2P)

STEAM School 2017 students touring Budweiser Gardens

This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in secondary school and daily life. Students will study and create a variety of informational, literary, and graphic texts. An important focus will be on the consolidation of strategies and processes that help students interpret texts and communicate clearly and effectively. This course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 college or workplace preparation course.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 9, Academic or Applied English, Grade 10 Applied E

ENGLISH GRADE 10 ACADEMIC (ENG2D)

STEAM School 2017 students on the left during the Hometown Hockey reveal

This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyze literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. This course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 university or college preparation course.
Prerequisite: English, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

 

SCIENCE GRADE 10 APPLIED (SNC2P)

STEAM School 2017 students during the Native Study Blanket Activity

This course enables students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science in real-world situations. Students are given opportunities to develop further practical skills in scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct investigations into everyday problems and issues related to human cells and body systems; chemical reactions; factors affecting climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.
Prerequisite: Science, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

 

SCIENCE GRADE 10 ACADEMIC (SNC2D)

STEAM School 2017 students at Jaffa Centre – taking education outside

This course enables students to enhance their understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and of the interrelationships between science, technology, society, and the environment. Students are also given opportunities to further develop their scientific investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientific theories related to the connections between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions, with a particular focus on acid–base reactions; forces that affect climate and climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.
Prerequisite: Science, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

 

CAREERS and CIVICS GRADE 10 OPEN (CHV2O)

This course explores rights and responsibilities associated with being an active citizen in a democratic society. Students will explore issues of civic importance such as healthy schools, community planning, environmental responsibility, and the influence of social media, while developing their understanding of the role of civic engagement and of political processes in the local, national, and/or global community. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate, and express informed opinions about, a range of
political issues and developments that are both of significance in today’s world and of personal interest to them. Prerequisite: None

 

INTEGRATED ARTS GRADE 10 OPEN (ALC2O)

This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in secondary school and daily life. Students will study and create a variety of informational, literary, and graphic texts. An important focus will be on the consolidation of strategies and processes that help students interpret texts and communicate clearly and effectively. This course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 college or workplace preparation course. Prerequisite: English, Grade 9, Academic or Applied English, Grade 10 Applied English